Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline was released on April 9, 1969. It continued the country leanings of the last two songs on his prior album John Wesley Harding. It was a lot different than the albums he had produced just a few years earlier of image-laden organ-drenched pounding rock.
This was a straight country album and didn’t seem very ambitious. It was peaceful during a really turbulent time. The best songs have held up well – I prefer “I Threw It All Away” and “To Be Alone With You” to the hit “Lay Lady Lay”.
The film was released 65 years ago today. Try to see it in 3D on Blu-ray or at events like Blobfest. I got to meet Ricou Browning at Blobfest several years ago – he played the creature when he was underwater.
Professor Longhair is my favorite New Orleans musician. His piano playing is amazing and the rhythms are always pushed by the percussion. There are lots of good albums but my favorite is Rock’N’Roll Gumbo which was recorded in 1974 but not released in the US until the mid-1980s. His albums have huge overlaps on songs but that’s fine because the versions are always unique and worth listening to.
Today would have been Professor Longhair's 100th birthday. In his honor, some of those who knew Fess well, performed with him or were influenced by his unique style share their memories of the great Fess https://t.co/MGim3Q6rwq