Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, two of the all-time great American music icons, were friends and occasional collaborators. And one day in 1969, the two of them recorded a loose, informal session together, with rockabilly legend Carl Perkins sitting in on guitar. We’ve never heard that session, but we will soon. Dylan recently More »
Can you believe there are unreleased Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash duets out there in the world? Well, there are. Dylan and Cash, two of the all-time great icons of American music, were friends and mutual admirers, and they liked playing music together, but we don’t have too much record of it. Dylan and Cash famously teamed … More »
There’s a moment three episodes into Ken Burns’ new eight-episode/16-hour binge-doc Country Music when I had to hit pause. Ernest Tubb, an up-and-coming country crooner who loves to sing but hates his voice, visits the widow of his hero, Jimmie Rodgers, popularly known as the Singing Brakeman and generally considered the first superstar in country … More »
By this point, I don’t need to put out spoiler warnings to talk about Avengers: Endgame, right? It’s the biggest fucking movie. If you haven’t seen it, you are being willfully obstinate. So: One of the remarkable things about Endgame is that the movie makes a visual punchline out of depression — Thor is sad … More »
As a producer, it can be difficult creating a home studio. In an ideal world, a musician or producer would have a recording studio in their own living space. The goal is to get authentic, amazing sounding audio and minimize travel time. Looking at layouts for some of the most famous recording studios in the world might help. The infographic below shows the floor plans of studios responsible for recording some of the all-time greats: Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, The Beatles, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash.
It also contains techniques to create a recording studio at home, the sound science behind recording music, and some of the best albums recorded at home.
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Kacey Musgraves married fellow Nashville musician Ruston Kelly last year, and her new album Golden Hour taps into the awe-inspiring power of love. Though the two met at a songwriting night, we haven’t heard any of their collaborative work yet. When I interviewed Musgraves last month, she told me that she and Kelly … More »
Long before he teamed up with Rick Rubin on the American albums, Johnny Cash was looking outside his country-music world for cover material. And way back on his 1987 album Johnny Cash Is Coming To Town, he covered “The Big Light,” an Elvis Costello song that had come out only a year earlier. More »
In 1996, on his Rick Rubin-produced album Unchained, Johnny Cash covered Soundgarden’s stomp-rock howler “Rusty Cage,” transforming its Zeppelin wails into dusty, hardbitten poetry and its battering-ram riffs into elemental acoustic country and then back into battering-ram riffs. Years later, after Cash died, Chris Cornell took Johnny Cash’s words and turned them into … More »