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"We learned more from a three minute record baby than we ever learned in school..." -from No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen

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Rosanne Cash to sign memoir at Blueberry Hill

With her new compilation, the Essential Rosanne Cash out a couple of months ago in time for her birthday, Rosanne Cash plans to mix book tour stops with live performances the road this summer and fall including a stop in St. Louis. Cash will stop for a book signing at Blueberry Hill in University City to promote her book "Composed," originally released in hardcover by Viking last year, the paperback edition comes out August 1. If you're interested in finding more about the book read an excerpt from the book here. Watch a video of a 2010 interview with Cash from PBS here.

For her last studio album in 2009, The List, Cash finally found the time to record some of the songs her father jotted down for her in the early 1970s as classics she needed to know. The album genesis stemmed from that age-old generational discussion between parent and child, teacher and student or mentor and student when the older person learns that the younger person has not been exposed to certain necessary benchmarks. Therefore, the older person feels it necessary to educate the younger person to bring them up to speed. In this instance, Johnny Cash learned that his daughter Rosanne needed to know more about the history of country music and essential songs.

“When I was 18,” Cash explains, “I was on the road with my dad. One day, we were sitting in the tour bus, talking about songs, and he mentioned a song, and I said, "I don‟t know that one.‟ He mentioned another one, and I said, "I don‟t know that one, either.‟ Then he started to get alarmed, so he spent the rest of the day making a list on a legal pad, and at the top he put "100 Essential Country Songs.‟ And he handed it to me and he said, "This is your education." ”

The album, The List, won "Album of The Year" at the 2010 Americana Music Honors and Awards and was nominated for a GRAMMY in the "Best Americana Album" category.

Listen to a few streaming audio tracks contained on the compilation The Essential Rosanne Cash below

Rosanne Cash - Seven Year Ache from Seven Year Ache (1981)

Rosanne Cash - What We Really Want from Interiors (1990)

Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac from Black Cadillac (2006)

Rosanne Cash with Bruce Springsteen - Sea Of Heartbreak from The List (2009)

Seven Year Ache - Live In Studio 1983

Tennessee Flat Top Box - Live from Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute 2003

Rosanne Cash, host of the 2010 5 Under 35 Celebration, Interviewed by Amanda Stern

Thank you for the music Big Man...

Sadly, Clarence Clemons, iconic saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen and the E St. Band, passed away yesterday. I do not normally feel overly saddened by celebrity deaths, but this time I could not but help to feel very saddened upon hearing the news. If you have ever noticed the quote at the top of our page, you know that Bruce and the E St. Band's music means a lot to Scott and I. When we were kicking around ideas for the name of the blog, I was immediately drawn to the "3 Minute Record" name because of a long time love of the song "No Surrender" in which that quote comes from. That song still moves me as much now as when I first heard it some 25 years ago. I have already shared on this blog how my love of Springsteen can be attributed to my dad. The bond I share with my father has a lot to do with the music we have been able to share, especially the sounds of Bruce and the E St. Band. Mr. Clemons was one of the most important figures in helping create those sounds, and having to imagine the E St. Band without the Big Man is just unbelievable. I guess that is why I feel so sad tonight. I have so many great memories of seeing Bruce live and getting to hear Clarence's sax echo through the arena. I usually prefer intimate, small club shows as opposed to arenas, but there was something about seeing Bruce and the band live that was just amazing even in an arena. Clarence's sax soaring out of the PA and echoing throughout the hall had a way of just making you feel so alive. To know that I will never get to have that experience again is why I feel so sad tonight. Bands break up, relationships end, people pass on. When you realize that you will never get to experience something that brings so much happiness into your life, all you can really do is raise your glass and shed a few tears. Thank you sir for all the great music and performances, you had a great life.

"To bring joy and light to the world is my purpose in life" - Clarence Clemons

Library of Congress debuts The National Jukebox

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Put away your handful of quarters, nickels and dimes. This month the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. launched a new ambitious project called The National Jukebox.

I first heard about this project earlier this month on NPR. The site is a free archive of sound recordings that documents sounds (music and speeches) recorded at the dawn of the 20th century and allows the listener to stream (but not download) each song via their computer. Still the site garnered interest from the public with over 250,000 visits already.

The Library of Congress spent the majority of 2010 digitizing over 10,000 sides (78 RPM records have one song on each side) from the Victor Talking Machine Company (now under the arm of Sony Music Entertainment) originally produced between 1900 and 1925. The website states that, "The National Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives." As a mission this ambitious project has 

The goal of the Jukebox is to present to the widest audience possible early commercial sound recordings, offering a broad range of historical and cultural documents as a contribution to education and lifelong learning.

Further, this collection will not remain static and stodgy lending credibility continued. The website continues by stating, "New recordings are added to the Jukebox every month. Later this year, we will begin digitizing recordings from additional record labels, including Columbia and Okeh, along with selected master recordings from the Library of Congress Universal Music Group Collection."

First, I clicked on genre and found the Traditional/Country section and near the top was a favorite country standard of mine.

Wreck Of The Old 97 - Vernon Dalhart - 1924 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.8696789029376122

Next used a search term "St. Louis" and found some interesting hits from an even earlier era. The first song is a classic from the 1904 World's Fair hosted in Forest Park in St. Louis performed here by Billy Murray. A strong tenor voice helped Murray become one of the most popular singers of the first quarter of the 20th century singing into as acoustic recording horn. Murray started out in vaudeville as a teenager and by 1903 he was in the New York area making studio recordings. By the mid-1920s when the electronic microphone came into use, the new sound of crooners eclipsed Murray's sound forever.  

Meet Me in St. Louie, Louie - Billy Murray - 1904 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.8545572064060243

St. Louis Tickle - Ossman-Dudley Trio - 1906 (Instrumental) http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.4831903982451466

St. Louis Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band - 1921 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.18645644567922426

That Baseball Rag - Arthur Collins - 1913 http://media.loc.gov/player/flowplayer.commercial.swf?0.4422833037025974

As an owner of both a vintage jukebox and my great-grandfather's Victrola, this project intrigues me to no end. The website allows you to make playlists to back and listen to these songs again and again; just like pulling out your old records over and over.

Before reading any articles or news reports, the first thing I thought about when I heard about this project was Joe Bussard's collection of 78 RPM records. Wouldn't it be great to have his collection as part of this rich history of recorded American music?

If you've never heard of Joe Bussard then you're in for a treat. Bussard, the self-professed "King of Record Collectors," is a record collector who started collecting 78 RPM records in the 1950s and 1960s - mostly blues, Cajun, country, folk, gospel, and jazz. He took trips into remote Mid-Atlantic towns near his Maryland home to seek out people who would sell their rare records. Presently, Bussard is an opinionated, cigar smoking old man with a record collection of 78 RPM sides that has few rivals. There is a well done documentary about Bussard called Desperate Man Blues: Discovering the Roots of American Music that gives a nice synopsis of the man and the collection.

Old Hat Records released a compilation of some of Bussard's 78 RPM sides a few years ago on Down In The Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage 78's.

But these will remind others of the collection Harry Smith put together in the 1950s for Moe Asch's Folkways Records called the Anthology Of American Folk Music. Cited by countless musicians as a heavy influence on their work, this collection effectively re-started the entire Folk music revival of the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Kudos to the Library of Congress for taking on such an ambitious project. America's musical heritage is a treasure and worth preserving for future generations to hear.

Footnote: For some reason the ability to embed these songs into the post did not work correctly and I'm not sure why. If you can speak to that issue please let me know.

Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine debut new song via new video project

Last week, a press release from Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine showed up about an ambitious new project they were involved with a couple of weeks ago. Love Drunk studio, a live music video project out of Omaha, Nebraska, came to St. Louis on April 30th to shoot a live, one-take music video with St. Louis indie folk duo Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine. The band and crew spent part of an afternoon in an undisclosed warehouse in South St. Louis shooting the video.

You can watch the video of Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine - "These Years" below.  "These Years" is a new, unreleased track by Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine.

Cassie Morgan & the Lonely Pine: These Years from Love Drunk on Vimeo.

The press release advised that "the video shoot with Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine is part of a tour in which the folks of Love Drunk are shooting live sessions of 16 bands in 15 days, in 13 cities, for free.  These live, one-take music video sessions are featured on hearnebraska.org, which is a non-profit cultural organization that cultivates the state's vibrant, fertile music and arts community."

Recently I caught up with Morgan out on the town and she advised there are plans to make a record later in the year, but the schedule may be dictated by the producer's decision to go back to graduate school.

Next Friday, May 20 you can catch Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine playing the 10:00 p.m. slot at the "Home Grown Showcase" with Warm Jets USA, Ellen the Felon & the , and Riley James & the Bad Men at The Pageant in the U-City Loop.

In June, the folk duo will also play during Twangfest 15 presented by 88.1 KDHX. The show at Blueberry Hill Duck Room on June 9 with Jill Andrews, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, and Eileen Rose & the Holy Wreck.

And mark your calendars for July 8 when Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine will play The Sheldon with Kentucky Knife Fight and Pretty Little Empire.

R.I.P. Ferlin Husky

The end came last Thursday for a performer with one of the more perfect names for country music, as word from Nashville came on Friday that country music pioneer Ferlin Husky died. He was 85. Born in Cantwell, MO on December 3, 1925 and reared on a farm near Flat River, MO, Husky grew up as a typical Midwesterner with a hard scrabble existence during the Great Depression and an eighth grade education.

Learning the basics of guitar as a boy from an uncle, Husky performed in honky tonks around St. Louis after dropping out of high school in the early 1940s. He worked blue-collar jobs as a truck driver and at a steel mill before enlisting in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. Here he further honed his performing skills while entertaining other troops and adopting a stage persona of Simon Crum, an outspoken hayseed comic character based on a neighbor from back home.

After the war, Husky took a job as a disc jockey and performed from 1948 to 1953 under the stage name Terry Preston before reverting back to his real name. On the radio he continued to work on his Simon Crum character drawing an audience and sponsors. With the help of Tennessee Ernie Ford's manager, Cliffie Stone, Husky signed to Capitol Records in 1953 and recorded for the label until 1972.

Husky entertained country music fans in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s with hits like "Wings of a Dove" and "Gone."

His first number one hit on the country charts came during his first year at Capitol - "A Dear John Letter," a duet with Jean Shepard. The song also crossed over to the pop charts reaching number four.

In 1957, Husky reached the top spot on the country charts again with "Gone."


In 1960, Husky returned to the top of the country charts with "Wings of a Dove," a song written by Bob Ferguson, that stayed at number 1 for ten weeks and rose to number 12 on the pop charts.

Although Husky never reached the top of the charts again his music remained popular with country music fans. He reached number 4 twice with "Once" (1967) and "Just for You" (1968).

Husky semi retired in the late 1970s after heart issues. Though he returned to touring and performances, he ceased recording. In February 2010, the Country Music Association announce that Husky would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Over his career Husky charted 11 top ten country hits, 23 top twenty hits, and 41 top forty hits.