Mystery And Manners Dispatch:
Notes on News, December’s Children and Into 2009
I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving. The holiday season is upon us. Here at Swampland we’ve been updating the site so bear with us during our minor renovations. We appreciate everyone’s patience…
Word out of Athens, Georgia, is the Drive By Truckers recorded with the great Booker T. Jones for his first solo CD in 20 years at David Barbe’s studio. I’ll be attending the Truckers gigs in January at the 40 Watt in Athens for the Nuci Benefit as well as their annual homecoming gigs. As it turns out, Neil Young also recorded with Booker on the solo CD set for release in early 2009. Young and Jones worked together on Young’s Are You Passionate? CD. Speaking of Ol’ Neil—an avid car, train and technology freak—he wrote an interesting piece on electric cars. Neil no doubt deserves his Honorary Southern Artist mention here at Swampland. More news out of Athens soon…
J.J. Cale has a new record coming out, which should prove worth the wait. I’ve got some Dust To Digital news to report in the next couple of weeks. Among other things, I’m still working on Volume 1 of the Stanley Booth Interview Series, which will follow soon this week. It’s been busy as of late with the Jimmy Herring Interview, visiting The Black Crowes in Birmingham, hearing Hunter S. Thompson’s The Gonzo Tapes and various other reviews such as More Dirty Laundry.
A new Doug Sahm tribute is on the horizon, and this photography project on country musicians proves worth seeking out. I’ll be reviewing a new Hank Williams collection that preserves historic live recordings on the radio by the king of country music. Also, here’s a link to a photo gallery during Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder tour when Sam Shepard wrote his Tour Logbook. In Gram Parsons news, Flying Burrito Brother Chris Hillman co-wrote a new book with John Einarson for Jawbone press called The True Story of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Look for that review soon also.
We’re all in a vortex of constant change, but for these last 30 days of the year…we’re all December’s Children…a thin veil of frost will soon descend on States in the Southern Footprint. See yins in a couple of days. The above photo is of Atlanta's landmark Varsity restaurant under winter skies...