Words & Music


March 5th, 2014 ~ Do the words make the song or the notes? What does it take to tell a good tale in music or about music? We put those questions to a few writers of both songs and stories. Singer-songwriter and memoirist Rosanne Cash sits down before a live audience to tell us about her authorial journey, then we chat with novelist Cyril Vetter on translating a musician's life into fiction. And New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King spins a few tall tales from the juke joint.

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  • Open Bed: That's Alright Mama Bill Frisell
    Disfarmer, Nonesuch
  • You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover Bo Diddley
    Willie Dixon: The Chess Box, Chess
  • Paper Back Writer The Beatles
    The Beatles 1962-1966, Apple
  • Write Me a Few of Your Lines Mississippi Fred McDowell
    The Best of Fred McDowell, Arhoolie
  • Write Me a Few Of Your Lines Bonnie Raitt
    Takin' My Time, Warner Brothers
  • Almost Persuaded Etta James
    The Essential Etta James, MCA/ Chess
  • The Way We Make a Broken Heart John Hiatt w/ Rosanne Cash
    The Best of John Hiatt, Capitol
  • Instrumental: Death Letter Cassandra Wilson
    New Moon Daughter, Blue Note
  • I Walk the Line Johnny Cash
    The Legend, Columbia/ Legacy
  • SEGMENT: Rosanne Cash
  • Tennessee Flat Top Box Rosanne Cash
    Kings Record Shop, Columbia
  • I Still Miss Someone Johnny Cash
    The Legend, Columbia/ Legacy
  • Instrumental: Real Life Stories Donald Harrison
    Real Life Stories, nagel heyer 2022
  • Dark End of the Street James Carr
    The Essential James Carr, Razor and Tie
  • The Same Old Story Billie Holiday
    Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia, Columbia
  • Summertime Herbie Hancock w/ Joni Mitchell & Stevie Wonder
    Gershwin's World, Verve
  • Dixie Flyer Randy Newman
    The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2, Nonesuch
  • End Bed: One Sweet Letter From You Coleman Hawkins & Lionel Hampton Orchestra
    Jazz Tribune No. 52 The Indispensible Coleman Hawkins, RCA
  • Open Bed: Driftin' Christian McBride, Nicholas, Mark Whitfield
    Fingerpainting: The Music of Herbie Hancock, Verve
  • Nirvana Tom Waits
    Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, Anti-
  • Bus to Baton Rouge Lucinda Williams
    Essence, Lost Highway
  • SEGMENT: Cyril Vetter
  • Instrumental: Chicken Reel Bill Monroe and Doc Watson
    Live Duet Recordings 1963-1980: Off the Record Volume 2, Smithsonian Folkways
  • Barnyard Dance Martin, Bogan and Armstrong
    Barnyard Dance, Rounder
  • Uncle Bud Boozoo Chavis
    Who Stole My Monkey?, Rounder
  • CLIP: Little Freddie King
  • Chicken Dance Little Freddie King
    You Don't Know What I Know, Fat Possum
  • Whole Lotta Shakin' Carl Perkins
    The Classics, Bear Family
  • Instrumental: This is the Pig Edgar Myer and Chris Thile
    Edgar Myer and Chris Thile, Nonesuch
  • May I Sleep in Your Barn Tonight, Mister Charlie Poole
    You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music, Columbia/ Legacy
  • Motorpsycho Nitemare Bob Dylan
    Another Side of Bob Dylan, Columbia
  • The Weight The Band
    Music From the Big Pink, Capital
  • Wrote a Song For Everyone Mavis Staples
    You Are Not Alone, Anti-
  • End Bed: Pop's Instrumental The Staples Singers
    The Staples Singers/ Great Day, Milestone