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Barack Obama, Next-Level Media Troller

Source: Splice Today

November 28, 2014: The President devotes the entirety of his weekly video address to an impassioned demonstration of his proficiency on the electric guitar, regaling the nation with selections by Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, and Yanni. January 31, 2015: While campaigning for local Democratic candidates in an open-air drug market in Detroit, the President encounters a tearful young man slinging crack on a street corne ...
Full article at: Splice Today Jul 16 2014, 8:28am CDT
 


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John Mellencamp's Americana Roots

Source: Splice Today

John Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music, advancing the tradition of rock ‘n’ roll, while digging up Americana roots of folk and rhythm and blues. Originally denigrated as a poseur when his record company forced him to adopt the unfortunate moniker of Johnny Cougar, Mellencamp has outlasted all the poseurs with a commitment to creating bawdy rock, bittersweet songs of joy and melancholia, and impassioned political dissent ...
Full article at: Splice Today Jul 15 2014, 8:32am CDT
 

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Carving the Life of a Writer

Source: Splice Today

Recently I was commissioned to come up with a t-shirt woodcut design for a North Hollywood Literary Festival. The email from the festival sponsors requested something that “depicts the journey of the creative writer in these modern times when so few people read.” My initial brainstorming elicited depressing ideas like a writer committing hara-kiri with a fountain pen, the Greek character Sisyphus rolling a massive tome up a hill, a man drowning from the weight of a typewriter tied ...
Full article at: Splice Today Jul 7 2014, 7:01am CDT
 

Gerry Goffin Passes Away; Rhiannon Giddens Plans Solo Album; New Book Celebrates the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Source: The 9513

Songwriting legend Gerry Goffin passed away yesterday at the age of 75. What’s your favorite song that Goffin co-wrote? (I’m partial to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and The Byrds‘ version of “Goin’ Back.”) The project to restore Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Okemah has hit a snag due to a financial dispute. The 615 chose Lera Lynn as their next spotlight artist; the site also premiered “La Di Da” from Lynn’s next re ...
Full article at: The 9513 Jun 20 2014, 9:30am CDT
 

America's national anthem is under attack

Source: WND

Anchors away! A nation adrift … Heading off to war … Patriotism. These are the images that are conjured up by the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But now our national anthem is under attack. The same forces that waged war against the Pledge of Allegiance are out to destroy “The Star Spangled Banner” to replace it with something easier to sing, something less offensive, less historic and less stirring. Is it possible that anyone would wish to remove the na ...
Full article at: WND May 27 2014, 7:01pm CDT
 

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