Saturday, January 13, 2007

Leon Redbone: Last 50 Years of Music a Bust

Says Mysterious He:
""Ukulele Ike, for instance, is a favorite. I guess you might call him a tortured soul, or alcoholic or God knows what else, but he could put a song across..."
Amen, brother. Link


Anonymous said...

Great article, Gary. I've been a fan of Redbone's for a long time and have seen him live a few times in nice small venues where you really can appreciate his talent. He appears (or he did then, in the 80s) with just himself on guitar and a tuba player.

I read what he said about the recording industry and I do think this has held back a lot of artists such as Redbone from putting out new material. I'm hoping that advances in home recording techniques and the new online distribution methods will mean we can hear new work from them. Because it puts money in their pockets instead of bolstering the corrupt (and increasingly obsolete) recording industry, then I think there's a real incentive for artists to pursue this route.

Gary said...

Gotta love Leon. He's a big Lee Morse fan, btw...Maybe since he sang the duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Zooey Deschanel for Elf he can get her interested in Lee, too!

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