Charlottesville

Charlottesville I strongly condemn any ‘white supremacy’ movement. Anytime. Anywhere. I don’t believe in white supremacy. I don’t believe in the superiority of any race, for that matter. Lately, I’m not even sure I believe in the supremacy of humans, looking at the...

NIGEL GRAINGE

NIGEL GRAINGE

My friend Nigel Grainge passed away this week. He was a mentor, guide, confident, source of perpetual curiosity and frustration, role model for how to remain interested in the world. But above all, he was an enduring inspiration. In the music business, Nigel did what...

JD SOUTHER

JD SOUTHER

Back in 1979 I dragged two friends to Rockefeller's in Houston to see J.D Souther. I was just a junior in high school but I knew that he was cool, that he'd written all these great songs. Black Roses, White Rhythm And Blues. New Kid In Town. He was sick that night,...

MODERN FOLK MUSIC

MODERN FOLK MUSIC

Years ago, David Kahne (the record producer and also my A&R guy atColumbia Records) told me that the magic of Bruce Springsteen is that he writes new folk songs. You feel like you've heard them for years. This morning when I sat at the piano for an hour learning...

Joe Ely

Joe Ely

The first time I saw Joe Ely was around 1986, at the Austin Opry House. I remember saying to the person with me, "Well, that's what Rock and Roll looks like." It was raw like good church, a show. He was all over the stage. The songs were a crazy mash up of West Texas...

Marathon Speeding Ticket

Marathon Speeding Ticket

You get used to driving fast in West Texas. There's no reason not to. So, when I went through Marathon on my way to Marfa, yes I thought I was going slow. But compared to 90, 60 feels slow. When the sheriff pulled me over, right in front of the Gage Hotel, looked at...

Knox Chandler

Knox Chandler

In 1992 I was in NYC to make "Little Victories." The producer Richard Gottehrer told me that he had this guitar player he wanted to try on a couple of tracks. I showed up at RPM Studios on 12th Street a little before we were supposed to start and there was this guy in...