Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Grassroots Music: New Albums from Marcia Ball and Steve Earle

AltTulsa keeps abreast of all things cultural, but we have to admit that we don't post much about music. Let's remedy that today with a recommendation for two new albums by some favorites, Marcia Ball and Steve Earle. 

We see that Ball, a long-time Austin blues singer, is out with Roadside Attractions (Alligator Records). The CD contains 12 original songs, including one called "This Used to be Paradise." USA Today's Edna Gunderson called it a powerful song about "how greed has destroyed traditions."

Earle's new album, I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, has the same name as his new novel. (Earle is a serious writer!) The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and channels the spirits of Oklahoma's own Woody Guthrie, as well as Hank Williams and others.

We say: Check 'em out.

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