I'm starting the week with music from the beautiful, troubled, complicated country I was raised in and still love....
Above: "The Line Between" by the English/American roots duo Son of Town Hall (Ben Parker and David Berkeley), from their fine new album The Adventures of Son of Town Hall. I love these guys and hope the new album brings them more attention on both sides of the Atlantic.
Below: "Morning Fields" by Son of Town Hall, recorded at a Studio Session last year.
Above: "Down in the Water" by Mipso (Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, Joseph Terrell), an American roots quartet from North Carolina. This performance was filmed in Saxapahaw, NC, in 2016.
Below: "My Burder With Me" by Mipso, performed in New York City in 2017.
Above: "Scrape Me Off the Ceiling" by The Steel Wheels (Eric Brubaker, Brian Dikel, Kevin Joaquin Garcia, Jay Lapp, Trent Wagler), an American roots group from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The song is from their album Wild As We Came Here (2017).
Below: "February Seven," an old favorite from The Avett Brothers (Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford, Joe Kwon), from Concord, North Carolina. I love the underlying theme of this video: examining the process of songwriting (or another kind of creative work), and reminding me of this advice for writers from Hilary Mantel:
"If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient."
And one more to end with, below: "Marching On" a song of hope and persistence during these difficult times by Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, from Austin, Texas.
March on, everyone. March on.
The art today is by the great American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009).