09 May 2006

Bruce Springsteen Returns Home, Back Porch Music

Saw a fascinating CMT (Country Music Television) presentation of Bruce Springsteen's latest recording of "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions", which featured The Boss doing 13 of Seeger's great folk tunes. It's not standard Boss fare, but it may open up a whole new set of doors (and fan base) who have only known the Bruce in his prouder (and overblown, overplayed, and overly commerical) "Born in the USA" days, and not the Bruce (and certainly better, imho) of "The River" and "Thunder Road" days. I, for one, was slightly concerned as to whether he could pull off standard folk tunes and keep a straight face. I should not have doubted the Pride of New Jersey...the album is a must hear.

NPR (National Public Radio) did a wonderful interview with Bruce about this latest offering, and it even includes some musical snippets of Seeger versus Springsteen. Sadly, they did not feature "O Mary Don't You Weep", which is the standout piece here and also on 'the making of' documentary that CMT featured.

The official Bruce Springsteen website can be found here, and it features far more information.

Also, tremendous kudos (as always) to the absolutely wonderful Back Porch Music radio show, which features such wonderful folk, blues, bluegrass, and Gaelic music on weekend nights here locally. They are part of the WUNC Radio network (also a NPR station). You can learn more about Back Porch Music here (and God bless 'em, they were the first that played any of the above Springsteen/Seeger works locally), and can listen to the show live on the web (go this 'listen now' main page, and then choose either Real Audio, MP3, or Windows Media...downloads of each also available there, too). The show lasts generally 8pm-12am US EST on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, although some programming changes are made from time to time as necessary. A truly wonderful experience...and a fantastic way to relax and recharge on the weekend.

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