Random Notes: From Johnny Cash to Johnny Thunders

Did I predict this would happen or what? No sooner than I post Tuesday’s tribute roundup than I pick up the LA Times and see a big Randy Lewis article on a new Johnny Cash tribute. Look Again To The Wind is a remaking of Cash’s historical, and historic, album Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. This record is historical as it examines the world of the Native Americans and historic as it was a controversial concept album for its time. Contributors to this new version include Bill Miller, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, the Milk Carton Kids and, not surprisingly, Cash’s old compadre Kris Kristofferson.

Roddy Frame, who made an immediate cool impression, when he fronted Aztec Camera in the early 80’s, has a new album out this week – it’s his first in 8 years. Seven Dials was put out on AED Records, which is Edwyn Collins‘ label (just to slip in a reference to the fine Scottish band, Orange Juice).

Also, have to say that I listened to the new album by the Ben Miller Band, Any Way, Shape or Form and I was totally blown away by it. High marks across the board for the album. I don’t know how they have not gotten on my radar before. Here is a live, acoustic version of their tune “Twinkle Toes” from their new CD.

Lastly, the late Johnny Thunders is the subject that documentary Looking For Johnny – The Legend of Johnny Thunders.  Slated for an October release, it covers the colorful life of the founding member of the New York Dolls. While “you can’t put your arms around a memory” (to quote one of his song titles), you can re-live your Thunders memories and more in this doc.

here is a version of that tune that I came across on YouTube

 

 

 

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About Michael Berick

I am a longtime writer, and lover, of music and pop culture. I have written for Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the LA Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Scene and more places (that I wouldn't take up more of your time mentioning now).
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