Archive for John Prine

Veterans’ Day: Thank You

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by 30daysout

Today is Veterans’ Day in the United States – a day we set aside each year to honor and give thanks to the men and women who have defended our many freedoms.   Veterans’  Day is close to the holiday season that includes Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that helps us to remember that many of these brave people in uniform will not be home with family and friends over that celebratory time.

Thank you for your sacrifice, and your patriotism.

MP3: “Sam Stone” by John Prine

MP3: “Born In The U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

MP3: “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” by Johnny Cash

MP3: “Johnny Come Lately” by Steve Earle

MP3: “Red, White and Blue” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

MP3: “Soldier’s Last Letter” by Merle Haggard

MP3: “MIA” by Avenged Sevenfold

MP3: “And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by the Pogues

MP3: “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” by Pete Seeger

Review: Rockin’ the Weekend!

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on June 11, 2010 by 30daysout

Don’t know about where you live, but in our neck of the woods summer’s here and it’s hot.  Best thing to do on the weekend is hit the pool or lounge on the patio, pop the top on a cold one and put on a few fresh hot platters.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a Vermont-based band that’s been knocking around for a few years.  Their newest, simply titled Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, is a good calling card for those unfamiliar with the band’s take on 1970s style rock, soul, blues and country.  The most arresting thing about the band is the frontwoman’s astounding voice – she can rock out in front of a guitar storm on “Paris” or “Medicine,” then she can credibly pull off pop gems like “Goodbye Kiss” or the Fleetwood-Mac flavored “Tiny Light.”  Potter even strikes a perfect singer/songwriter pose on the gentle anthem “Colors.”  This is a perfect summer record, with a great band playing behind an excellent singer in a style you thought you’d never hear again.

MP3: “Tiny Light” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

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Black Tide: Trouble In The Gulf

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on June 6, 2010 by 30daysout

If you pay attention to the news, you know there’s a catastrophe happening down south in the Gulf of Mexico.  It started in late April, when an offshore oil well exploded and began leaking crude oil into the water.

Since then as much as a million gallons continue to spill out each day, while the oil company feebly tries to stop the flow.  Meanwhile the thick toxic stuff is washing into Gulf shorelines and threatens to kill wildlife, ruin the wetlands and destroy the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Americans.

It seems to me that not enough Americans are enraged by this.  Maybe it’s because the disaster isn’t threatening places like New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.  You know, the really important places.

Maybe it’s because that is not your backyard being turned into a sludge pit, it’s not your home becoming a toxic waste dump.  Well, not yet anyway.  As the song says, “Sometimes you’re better off not knowing how much you’ve been had.”

MP3: “Don’t Go Near The Water” by the Beach Boys

MP3: “The Devil’s Been Busy” by the Traveling Wilburys

MP3: “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” by Marvin Gaye

MP3: “Oil Well” by Carbon Silicon

MP3: “Paradise” (live) by John Prine

MP3: “Revelation (Mother Earth)” by Ozzy Osbourne

MP3: “Ecology Song” by Stephen Stills

MP3: “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell

30 Days Out Contest! “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” prize pack

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by 30daysout

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…is clearly the best music program on television. Costello is a great interviewer and we get to see him play not only his songs every week, but his own versions of songs by artists like U2, Bruce Springsteen, etc. So when we received an e-mail to do a “give away” promotion for the show, we jumped at the chance. Here’s what is in the prize package:

* Season 1 of “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..” on DVD.

* John Prine’s (this week’s guest) new CD.

* Various Sundance Channel parephenalia including a hat and pen…

How can you win? We will give you a question, if you get it right, we’ll put your name in a hat. The drawing will take place on Monday, Jan. 25. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Please send your answer to the “leave a reply” box at the bottom. Here is the question:

Next week’s guest on Spectacle is Bruce Springsteen, what Springsteen song did Elvis Costello record and release?

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… Official Website

Lyle Lovett talks to Elvis Costello

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Jesse Winchester on a recent episode

Lost Classics! Steve Goodman

Posted in Lost Classics! with tags , , , on September 4, 2008 by 30daysout

Our hometown heroes the Houston Astros shut down the wild Wrigley Field crowds the past three days and possibly hastened the Chicago Cubs’ inevitable free fall.  Whenever I see the Cubs my mind always produces a flash of singer Steve Goodman. 

Goodman was a singer-songwriter of the 1970s, he was a familiar face to anyone who watched TV shows like “The Midnight Special” or “In Concert” (late-night ABC) or “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert.”  Goodman was playing in Chicago in 1971 when he encountered Arlo Guthrie and forced Guthrie to listen to a song he’d written.  “City of New Orleans” was the song, and it went on to become a huge hit for Guthrie in 1972; later it would be covered by many others including Johnny Cash, John Denver, Judy Collins and Willie Nelson.

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Friday Is Boss’ Day: Bruce’s Guest Shots

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2008 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen and Joe Ely, Houston 2008.  Photo courtesy of

It was certainly an electrifying moment during Bruce Springsteen’s recent Houston stop: Texas music legend Joe Ely stepped up to join Bruce in a rousing version of “All Just To Get To You.”  It wasn’t the first time Springsteen performed that song – he and Ely have performed it together frequently ever since 1995, when it first appeared on Ely’s Letter To Laredo with Springsteen on backing vocals.

Bruce has popped up on a handful of other artist’s recordings, playing guitar and singing duet or background vocals, and in many cases the song is one of the better tunes on that artist’s album.  So today we take a look at some of these … with a few notes.

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