Chris Gantry may not be a household name, but we can hold out hope that At the House of Cash will go some way to remedying that. These songs are all from back in 73′, recorded at the home of Johnny Cash. While the balladry is sincere and heartfelt, what really stands out is the lush arrangements that were laid behind the core of the tracks. Sure, it was studio magic used many a time for that era, but as you’ll see on the single below it creates an artist of grand vision, something that never fades in time. Drag City is releasing this album on November 17th.
There are few song subjects that lend themselves to expressions of pure happiness. Songs about automobiles seem to be an exception. The sense of freedom that comes from driving a car always seems be a joyful experience in songs. Whether you’re talking about The Beach Boys or The Geto Boys, exalting the virtues of the automobile seems to be a peculiarly American phenomenon. Most songs seem to be about American cars too as, to my knowledge, no one yet has written a great pop song about a Honda Civic. Maybe some day. In the mean time, follow the jump for five great songs about (American) cars.
In a break from new music posts, here’s a bit of tasty news from one of our favorite actors making the all too baffling leap into music. Some of you may have already seen the ridiculous video of Joaquin Phoenix rapping/falling on stage, but you may not have known that Phoenix plans to bring Sean “Diddy” Combs on board to produce his album. You may also not know that Casey Affleck (Ben’s sort of talented younger brother) plans to make a documentary about the creation of this album. We don’t even know what to say… just look at that picture. Phoenix is either on heavy medication/drugs or just another actor who plans on embarassing themselves for our amusement. Singing like Johnny Cash does not mean rapping is a good idea. ATH fans, how about a Joaquin Phoenix album title or worst musical acts by famous actors? Go!