Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Live Lu & Neko Preview

Really enjoyed Saturday's Lucinda Williams concert and hanging out with David K. (Read all about the show on his blog here.) Here's a video I grabbed... Not great quality, but it's better than nothing...

Also, you can check out Neko Case's new album in its entirety over at NPR. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lucinda Williams Saturday Night

I'm excited to see some live music on Saturday night... Lucinda Williams is playing Warehouse Live, and I'm gonna be there! I'll be meeting fellow Houstonian and great music blogger David K. for dinner and enjoying the show after. Here are his posts about Lucinda.

I first discovered Williams as a writer. Emmylou Harris covered "Sweet Old World" on her magnificent Wrecking Ball album (as a duet with Neil Young, no less!) and "Crescent City" on Cowgirl's Prayer, and Mary-Chapin Carpenter had a hit with "Passionate Kisses" from her album Come On Come On. Next, as I was discovering the wonderfully wacky world of Victoria Williams, I heard Lu cover "Main Road" on the Sweet Relief benefit album. Finally, as I continued to passionately explore alt.country music, I heard 1998's Car Wheels on a Gravel Road. I was hooked. Back then the story was that she was a neurotic control freak who wouldn't release an album until it was perfect, which often took years. Since then, for whatever reason, she has given all that and become a very prolific artist, releasing five albums in ten years. (All Music Guide profile here.)

Her latest album is the critically acclaimed Little Honey. (Paste Magazine review here.)

Here's a video from Youtube of a recent performance on Letterman.

American Idol

My TV viewing has expanded this spring. I'm a longtime fan of The Office and Lost (Check out Long Live Locke for a great Lost blog), and now you can add me to the ranks of American Idol fans.

Has anyone been watching American Idol this season? I've never watched this show before, not even one episode. Maybe it was a kind of protest, I don't know. But this season I started recording it, and over the last week and a half, Luanne and I got caught up. It's been pretty fun.

I know it's way too early to know anything, but my early favorite is Danny Gokey. What a guy. He's a church music director... I like him already! And what a story. His wife died just four weeks before his initial audition, and his best friend Jamar Rogers was a favorite contestant of mine as well... Still can't BELIEVE the judges dumped him in favor of the completely forgettable Brent Keith, the "am I a second-rate comedian or a third-rate singer" Nick Mitchell or the "will I remember the words this time, and who really cares when I'm just singing bad Michael Jackson karaoke?" Stephen Fowler.

Tatiana Del Toro is an emotional wreck, and I can't believe she made it into the Top 36, but when she calms down, she actually has a great voice, and I think singing Whitney last night was a good choice, even if the judges weren't all that impressed.

[UPDATE: Good for Danny. He's in the Top Twelve. And check out this stuff about him... Very cool. He's a follower of Jesus, and he's using his fame and influence for a good cause... a foundation set up in honor of his late wife. Here's his church and the foundation.]

Monday, February 9, 2009

VOX on the Night Train with Natalie J

Last night Ted, Dune-Micheli, Ayad and I had the privilege of appearing on The Night Train with Natalie J on KCOH Radio. We talked about Dune and Ayad’s recent show and previewed VOX IV… coming March 27 & 28. Natalie even played a track from my CD, Still Standing. It was a great couple of hours. Thanks, Natalie and KCOH!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Quick Update - Hot Water, Midwinter Conference, Vox Culture on the Radio TONIGHT, Grammy Awards

1) We got hot water back on the 30th, right as I was leaving for Chicago. Thanks for caring.

2) It's good to be back home in Houston, but MAN did I have a wonderful week in Chicago. I love the Covenant so much, and the Midwinter Conference is always one of my favorite times of the year. This year I was privileged to join some great friends - old and new - to lead worship in the worship gatherings. You can see some videos here. I hope to write more about the conference in an upcoming post.

3) VOX on the radio! Tune in tonight at 8pm to KCOH (AM1430) as Ted Law, Dune-Micheli Patten and I join host Natalie J to talk about Vox Culture and our efforts to live out the mission... to bring together artists, musicians and entrepreneurs to DO GOOD in the community... This is a last-minute thing, and I'm excited to see what becomes of it. We hosted an exhibit on Friday and Saturday for some of our artist friends, Dune-Micheli Patten and Ayad Fadel. Here's the flyer and a few pictures.

4) I am a little sad about missing the Grammys. Thank God for DV-R. Lots of great performers tonight, and it looks like it could be more unpredictable than normal... Can't wait to see M.I.A., Coldplay, U2, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Adele and Radiohead... Great stuff.

Peace out. More later.
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