Watch Americana Legend Carlene Carter at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, May 7, 2015 02:37pm | Post a Comment

Carlene Carter Live at Amoeba

As the daughter of musical legends Carl Smith and June Carter Cash, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and granddaughter of Maybelle Carter of the original Carter Family, Carlene Carter's roots in country music run deep. Last year she stopped by Amoeba Hollywood to pay tribute to her family heritage by performing songs off Carter Girl, her 2014 album featuring original songs as well as Carter Family classics. Produced by Don Was, the album saw special guests like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Vince Gill, among others, sharing vocal duties with Carter.

Now that Carlene Carter has just set off on a lengthy spring/summer tour of North America with John Mellencamp, it's a great time to revisit her amazing performance here at Amoeba Hollywood. She starts off the set with "Little Black Train," a gospel song made popular by the Carter Family and charms the room with her childhood favorite song "Poor Old Heartsick Me." You can watch more from her set here.

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It's 4/20: Rallying Call Continues To Be Legalize It, And Make Today A National Holiday

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2015 12:50pm | Post a Comment

On his past Friday night's HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the long time outspoken supporter of pot legalization said that 4/20 (aka today's date April 20th) should be made an official national holiday. He says this because already it is the day set aside to fully celebrate the positive effects of weed and the advancements and recent strides towards marijuana legalization and its accepted use for medical uses - it just needs a Federal stamp of approval. In showing his sincerity for his proposal Bill Maher noted that he had alredy created a petition that calls on Congress to make every year's April 20 date a national weed-related holiday. He is serious and has consistently championed the legalization of pot, routinely calling out President Obama on his slowness to fully promote legalization on a national level.

You can sign the Change.Org petition here which has already reached about 80% of its desired petition signees. Despite the general lax attitude towards weed in California these days, thanks mostly to the efforts of those who fought for medical cannabis legalization which date back to Proposition 215 (AKA the Compassionate Use Act of 1996) the California law concerning the use of medical cannabis, it is important to remember that it is still not legal for recreation use in the Golden State. And hence why a couple of grassroots political groups have recent filed ballot initiatives to try and make weed (medical and recreational) more accessible to adults in the State.The California Craft Cannabis Initiative is for both full legalization and for initiating both a cannabis trademark and a state cannabis commission. Meanwhile the other recently filed ballot initiative is The Compassionate and Sensible Access Act which is more of a health-care (versus recreational) rooted initiative that is pushing for weed to be viewed and fully accepted as a “legitimate, alternative medicinal treatment.” Both of these (or just one or neither) could well end up next year (2016) for voters in California to make a decision on at the ballots.

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The Ethereal Joe Hinton

Posted by Joe Goldmark, January 25, 2015 04:07pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Joe Hinton, Funny

Name the only gospel singer to have a million-selling soul hit record with a country song, which also happened to have been written by Willie Nelson

That would be Joe Hinton, who grew up in the church singing in various gospel groups and eventually became the lead singer in the Spirit of Memphis Quartet. He had a number of great singles with them during the period when they recorded for Peacock Records, a subsidiary of Houston's Duke Records.

If It Ain’t One Thing (It’s Another) – The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet

Lost In Sin – The Spirit Of Memphis Quartet

Noting Joe’s huge talent, Duke Records owner Don Robey decided to try some secular tunes with him on his Back Beat subsidiary.  After a few misses they had a monster hit with “Funny How Time Slips Away,” AKA “Funny” as they called it on the label. You’ll want to listen all the way through on this one.

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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys ...

Posted by Charles Reece, March 31, 2013 09:51am | Post a Comment
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Willie on gay marriage.

The Art Of The LP Cover- Who Is That?

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 14, 2012 02:55pm | Post a Comment

Today's feature is a collection of ill advised portrait covers. 
Some are worse than others, I think that the Frank Sinatra / Lena Horne pairing might be my favorite.
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