Home' Rhythms Magazine : November-December 2018 Contents Welcome to Edition 290 of Rhythms. Thank you to all those who have
subscribed and supported us in the past two months as we move into
a new era. Your response has been very gratifying. I hope you enjoyed
the sampler CD that we produced and we look forward to a brand new
one for the New Year.
If you are not already a subscriber and you wish to get a copy then all
you have to do is go online and join the fold. This particular CD offer
will expire on December 31. Subscribers are really the lifeblood of the
magazine and without you the magazine would not be here. So, try to
convince a few friends to join us as well.
On October 11, I was honoured to receive one of the Vanguard/
Trailblazer awards (along with Shane Howard) at the second annual
Australian Americana Awards held at the Thornbury Theatre.
Normally, I am extremely reluctant to blow my own trumpet – or pump
up my own tyres, as they say these days. However, I thought I should
mention it here because in accepting the award I thanked the most
important components of what I do: the readers of Rhythms and the
listeners to Off The Record, the radio show I have presented on Triple
R FM and the community radio network for a few decades. Without
you there is no magazine or radio show. So please take a bow and
accept the honour with me.
I recently returned from Nashville and the excellent Americana Music
Festival & Conference. This really is one of the best music festivals
anywhere. Preceded by the Moon River Festival (relocated from
Memphis to Chattanooga) we got about a month’s worth of music in
We must have seen dozens of acts but a few really stand out – and
mainly ones who appear in this edition. The absolute highlight was
John Prine’s appearance at the City Winery in a 75-minute show
that was a master class in songwriting. Brilliant is not an adequate
description. I am excited that Prine will return to Australia next March
for the first time in more than 25 years. I first saw him at the second
Womadelaide in 1993 in a shortened show (due to flight delays) and
it took years to catch up with him again. We will have an extensive
feature on him in the next issue. Miss him at your peril.
I was also blown away by Marc Ribot’s show with his trio at a small
venue, The High Watt, in the Cannery Ballroom complex. I am
not sure I will ever see a better guitarist. I must admit that it was
not to everyone’s taste and the avant-garde jazz might have been
challenging for some - but it was memorable. We also saw John
Hiatt with The Goners featuring the great Sonny Landreth on slide
guitar. Hiatt is also one of the great songwriters and when you hear
a batch of songs from across his career strung together it is really
I hope you enjoy the November/December edition featuring John
Butler on the cover. I thought the cover story by Meg Crawford was
appropriate for a couple of reasons. This was, I believe, the first
magazine to feature John on a cover and he has always been a strong
supporter of the magazine as his career has unfolded. As well as that,
his music has been continually evolving over the years and he has
taken another bold leap.
Brian Nankervis, of RocKwiz fame, conducted an extensive interview
with Paul Kelly about Paul’s new album Nature. It is fascinating
reading. We also cover some forthcoming tourists in PP Arnold and
Wreckless Eric and we have features on other international artists
such as John Hiatt, Elvis Costello and Marc Ribot. As well as that
we feature Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Melanie Horsnell and Steve
Appel, Matt Joe Gow, Jackie Marshall and many more.
This month’s history section features Ian McFarlane’s profile of
Armstrong Studios, one of the most important locations in Australian
music history. We also have an excerpt from the new Broderick
Smith memoir - which is a terrific book – and interviews and reviews
by David Johnston. It is marvellous to be able to salute one of our
greatest singers. We were also fortunate to have an excerpt from
Stuart Coupe’s Roadies, a book that celebrates the real heroes of the
rock ‘n’ roll road.
Of course, as I said last month, it wouldn’t be Rhythms if we didn’t
have something about Bob Dylan! In this issue Michael Goldberg
tackles the new 6-disc box set More Blood On The Tracks. Do you
really need 12 versions of ‘You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When
You Go’ or 11 versions of ‘Buckets of Rain’? Read the review and find
If you have any feedback or suggestions please get in touch with me
(email@example.com). I welcome all your comments.
Until next issue.....
AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA & MORE
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