– Levon Helm, RIP. It’s hard not to begin this post with the inevitable: we said good bye to a music legend yesterday, and there’s not much I can say that would express how monumental a loss to the music word this is, or just humanity in general. I used to go to Woodstock once a year when I lived in New York, and I never made it to a Ramble. That’ll be a lifelong regret. Like I do with most things in life, I’ll leave the final words on this to Bob Dylan, who posted a short tribute to on his web site.
– The Kingston Springs are unleashed in Nashville tonight, playing a house party with Sol Cat. Unfortunately we can’t share the address – but Sol Cat posted on Twitter that if you message them, they’ll share it. Probably directed at friends, but it’s worth a shot if you want to go. You can find Kingston Springs in a traditional venue, 12th and Porter, on 5.26, where they will do doubt be playing new material from their upcoming release (I’ve had a sneak listen, and it’s mighty good). Buy tickets here. And if you happen to be at the party tonight: send us photos.
– It’s 4.20, which means a lot of things. For me, it’s my dad’s birthday: so, happy birthday dad! For Natural Child, it’s release day for their LP For the Love of the Game. Buy it here. Let it, um, get ya high. For honorary East Nashville mayor Todd Snider, it’s a day to release an outtake from “Time As We Know It: The Songs Of Jerry Jeff Walker” – listen to it by clickin here.
– Yeasayer tix are on sale now, Fiona Apple tickets are on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. Availability is also running low for Punch Brothers at Cannery, so grab those here while they last.
– Red Earth Trading Company is screaming Paul Simon‘s new documentary tomorrow at 3 p.m. at their pop up store in Hillsboro Village.