Season 614 - Music scene is crazy...

Hmm.. How about album long collaborations between a group of solo artists ( not a bunch of duets) and then the artists go long to do full album collaborations with other artists? Example Emmylou Harris in Trio with Tons tart and Parton, then doing an album with Rodney Crowell?”

Not my original intention for the theme (Cloverdale Kid and Hendulele give some great examples above). But if you can’t find something else then go for it.
Adding Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Wilco trifecta to the list of possibilities this week. Have to do some difficult adulting this afternoon but y’all will get to Watch Me Fall shortly.
For my reggae loving friends, The Vikings, Maytals, Toots and the Maytals trifecta works as well. Be back with more later 😉

EDIT- Shoot, how did I skip these two for my punk rockers?
Minor Threat- Fugazi
Husker Du- Sugar
Sex Pistols- Public Image Limited
The Clash - Big Audio Dynamite- Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

SECOND EDIT- OK, my head is now solidly in the game. Yardbirds - Led Zeppelin.

THIRD EDIT from Melissa. Andy Bell, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure.

Ok, stopping for now.

Again, lies. Joy Division- New Order
And Dave Grohl. Nirvana, Tenacious D, Foo Fighters
It would have been Jay Bennett’s birthday earlier this week Dave, if you’re thinking about bridging the seasons. Just sayin’.

Although it would be hard to argue that Wilco are secondary to Uncle Tupelo or Son Volt. But hey, ymmv.
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Daydream - John Sebastian

In the sixties there was a group called The Even Dozen Jug Band. It was made up of a bunch of musicians from different genres of folk music, playing a variety of instruments and taking turns doing the lead singing. They broke up after recording just one LP, but making a number of personal appearances and being featured in a Sing Out! article. The members moved on to join/form new bands, one of which was John Sebastian, who formed a pop juggy band and named it after a line in Mississippi John Hurt's Coffee Blues. The band was called The Lovin' Spoonful, and one of their songs was Daydream.

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The earlier link was helpful. But one suggestion is to find a song from a band you like, and then see if members of that group were in previous (identifiable … subjective, I know) bands.

Some examples —Crowded House (Split Enz); Rockpile (Brinsley Schwarz, Love Sculpture); Huey Lewis and The News (Clover); Fun Boy Three (Specials); Fine Young Cannibals (English Beat); Traffic/Blind Faith (Spencer Davis Group); Traveling Wilburys (too many to name); Bangles (Runaways); etc.

Wikipedia is your friend.
Brinsley Schwarz started life as Kippington Lodge but one of Nick Lowe's biggest hits, Cruel to Be Kind was written with Ian Gomm while the two were in Brinsley Schwarz. Rockpile were a band in all but name for years playing on Nick Lowe's and Dave Edmunds' records but only produced one album before splitting. Complicated, isn't it? 😁
Probably would have been best to play a Wilco song, bridge the seasons, and call it a day as they are the most commercially successful part of this story, but as I said in the video…I am in the Jay Farrar camp, and man was Uncle Tupelo an important band, so I chose that route. In fact, to me, one of the most important bands ever.
Long story short, group of kids started playing in a garage in Bellevue Illinois in the early 80’s. They had a few names before settling into Uncle Tupelo. They made a record they did not like for a company that paid them no royalties. For me, I did not have them on my radar until Peter Buck (yeah, that guy) produced March 16-20 1992, and after hearing it at a party, and seeing them on tour with SUGAR, Bob Mould’s new band after Husker Du (I am a raging Bob Mould fan…see him every time he is anywhere near).
I was gobsmacked to say the least…what is this?
Incidentally, Brian Heinemann was in this band, and left to form the Bottle Rockets.
The bands next and final album would include a duet with Doug Sahm (Doug Sahm Quintet and Texas Tornadoes).
Anyway, this was music I had loved my entire life in secret and without a title, in every Townes song, every Doug Sahm song…even Gram Parsons and the Byrds played this…but in Uncle Tupelo, it finally had a name. Alternative Country, Alt-country…alternatwang. It had a publication- No Depression, named for an early Uncle Tupelo (first?) release. It was minutes in Sonoma County California before hearing grunge everywhere was replaced by the more hippie friendly aesthetic of alt-country guided into things by a local band called Nuisance (Green Day opened for them for several years up here before signing to a major).
They eventually broke up. It was ugly. Listen to Wilco’s Box Full Of Letters. That said, after the breakup, Wilco made AM, Son Volt made Trace…and man those are great albums as well. If we could play more than one a day I would play them both, or do my darnedest to do so.
Anyway, I played this. I have opened every live set I have ever done with it, and it is not a Jay Farrar. It is a Jeff Tweedy. Thanks for coming to my TEDtalk ;)
Now the song- off Still Feel Gone, and as promised.
Hi again Andy and friends,

I found a band called TC&I, an English duo made up of bassist Colin Moulding and drummer Terry Chambers, both formerly of the band XTC.
(I like XTC and I knew Andy Partridge played with Peter Blegvad (amazing music they made together!) so I was trying my luck and BINGO, I found TC&I, which Moulding and Chambers formed after XTC's disbandment.

This song I tried to cover, quite lacklustre-ly, even though I had some colours on me, is from TC&I's debut record Great Aspirations.
I was planning on recording this at a park today after work, but there were kids playing there. And then it started raining. So I thought I will share my practice take at the library......

Scatter Me by TC&I
I believe Tom Petty was still a teenager when he started up the band Mudcrutch for which he was the bassist. They were very popular on the Florida bar circuit and they eventually scored a recording contract and cut a single which went nowhere. The label broke up the band but retained Petty which resulted in the formation of the Heartbreakers a few months later. Fast forward 30+ years after huge success with the Heartbreakers and as a solo act, Petty reunited most of the original band members of Mudcrutch and cut two albums and toured as well. This is a song from Mudcrutch's first album - Orphan of the Storm.

Hey, Andy. Cheers for hosting!
I didn't think I'd find the time this week but everyone has unexpectedly cleared off out for a couple of hours and left me and the dog to our own devices...

Yep, I loved Uncle Tupelo. As a scruffy little punk with a love of country music it was like somebody had set about making a band especially for me!
Out of the rubble of their demise, as TCK has said, we got two great, great bands in the form of Wilco and Son Volt.
Here's one from the former...

Dark Hollow - Bill Browning

Another member of The Even Dozen Jug Band was a clean-shaven mandolin player named David Grisman. David played in and fronted several bands, but one super group was the Muleskinner band, with David on mandolin, Pete Rowan and Clarence White on guitars, Bill Keith on banjo, Richard Green on fiddle and John Kahn on bass. Pete and Clarence swapped lead vocals with David adding harmony. One of the songs on the Muleskinner album was Dark Hollow.
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The photo of David is in the Even Dozen Jug Band days.

I guess that'll have to do. If I tune to standard, I can't reach the notes, but if I tune down, which I did, the strings buzz.
Each verse in this song only differs by one line; what Pete Seeger calls a "zipper song".
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"End of the Line by Traveling Wilburys is a song that embraces optimism and a carefree outlook on life. The lyrics convey a sense of acceptance, contentment, and resilience in the face of challenges.
The song carries a message of embracing life's uncertainties, valuing personal freedom, finding contentment in the present, and cherishing meaningful connections with others. It celebrates the journey of life and the resilience to keep going until we reach the end of the line, whatever that may be."

Played on banjolele, and sung in my own carefree style

Hi Andy, thanks for hosting! Fun theme - it's got me to do quite a bit of digging and I've found a thing I want to do but I'm going to have to practise it a bit more (I know right? Practice? Now come on...)

Anyway, until then, here's an original about being thankful that I wrote during the 50/90 songwriting challenge this summer. I won't give any spoilers about what I'm being thankful for here (and, to be honest, there may be a little bit of Thornton Rule going on here because I wanted to record it anyway) but it's a thing that I reckon we should all be thankful for from time to time. It doesn't explicitly say "thanks" but hopefully the bridge will make it clear why I think it fits...

Ok, it looks like we got some traction and are well and truly rolling along now. Thanks all for embracing the change and finding something to play. I’ll catch on commenting in a bit, but the playlist is current to here.
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