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New Mary Cutrufello Music

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It has been my privilege to share the stage with Mary Cutrufello and try to hang on as she kicks our Long Beds shows into high gear with her guitar. Now I’m happy to announce she has new music out–just click here.

Mary Cutrufello Album in the Works

I’m always ready to hear what Mary Cutrufello has to sing or say. Yale? Check. Texas roadhouse chops? Check. Telecaster built for the road? Check. Can back a FedEx truck anywhere you need it using nothin’ but the mirrors? Check.

For her new album*, Mary’s going the self-funding route. If you wish, you can get more info and samples and pitch in here.

Me and the Long Beds did some harmonies thereon.

Singing With The BCO

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Usually when I stand up with a guitar (like tomorrow in Wild Rose), I have my beloved Long Beds backing me, but when I head out on tour with Tent Show Radio, I always get to perform a couple of my songs with the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and they take real good care of me.

Here’s a rough cut of us performing “Could Be You” in Richland Center:

 

And this is “Shaman Girl,” from the show at the Door County Auditorium:

 

 

Shine Up Your Country

Recent Ray Wylie Hubbard discussion about the state of country music got me to thinking about something I wrote in Truck: A Love Story (Full disclosure: I once did a story for a men’s magazine in which I had my eyebrows plucked and got a spray tan, so I got no room to talk.) (Also, only reason I didn’t wax my abs is ’cause I got no abs.):

This new stuff suffers from overgrooming. Even the redneckiest tunes ring tinny. One sometimes fears the lyrics of the latest busted-heart song were transposed from a marriage encounter handbook. It isn’t that today’s superstars aren’t talented and hardworking. It’s just that their way of doing things has passed me by. I look at the pretty cowboy on the Jumbotron and think, It is one thing to polish your craft, it is quite another to wax your abs. Recipe for the real deal: Combine two parts busted heart with one part busted knuckles, sprinkle with cheap trucker speed and crushed Valium to taste, and marinate in hard luck and leaky motor oil. Stir in Genesis and Revelation, add a dash of hope, and finish off while being forcibly evicted from a hotel bar. Hello, Tanya Tucker.

Accidental Enculturation

Made dumb flatfoot man jokes while daughters watched figure skating but as a result I am now gullet-deep into Chopin’s Nocturnes. Yearning like sixty.

Blind Boys Video

Dan Huiting (same guy who shot the cannon video for Visiting Tom) did this mini-documentary about the making of the next Blind Boys of Alabama album. It was recorded last winter just a corn field or two over from our farm (in fact, after you watch the video, click here to see who that was getting pushed out of the snow right around the 0:50 mark). I was allowed to write the liner notes for this album, and couldn’t be more honored. Kind of thing you never dream of as a kid baling hay in Chippewa County.

Blind Boys of Alabama via Fall Creek

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This was recorded just down the road a piece. I got to be a little part of it. I’ll say more when the time comes. It will be released September 30, but you can listen to one track right here right now.

(The link isn’t real obvious, look for the little circled triangle).

Miscellaneous Fall Creek convergence trivia: The Bon Iver song featured on the page linked above floats through the final chapter of Visiting Tom.