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Bob Childers, Oklahoma Singer/Songwriter, Dies

April 29, 2008

Bob Childers died April 22 of lung disease related to emphysema. He was 61. Childers was an influencing figure in the "Red Dirt" music genre, a sound specific to Oklahoma that included elements of country and folk and owes a great debt to the work of Woody Guthrie. He recorded his first album, "I Ain't No Jukebox," in 1978 with the help of Jimmy LaFave. After following the industry to Nashville and Austin, Childers returned to Oklahoma, releasing records and acting as narrator of LaFave's Guthrie tribute, "Ribbon of Highway."

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:31 PM | Comments (7)

Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize

April 21, 2008

Music god Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize during the super-prestigious organization's April 7 awards ceremony. It was the first time the Pulitzer judges have rewarded a rocker. His citation is for "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Todd Haynes' freaky sort-of film biography of Dylan, I'm Not There, which stars a variety of actors as the singer (including a very female Cate Blanchett - who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance), will be released on DVD on May 6.

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:01 PM | Comments (12)

Junos Reward Folk Alley Artists

April 8, 2008

This isn't something I get to say everyday, but an artist on the Folk Alley playlist has taken home multiple trophies in a major awards contest. Of course, that artist is Leslie Feist who is hotter than melted butter right now, but still... Feist picked up Canadian Juno Awards over the weekend for Album of the Year (The Reminder, which is sitting on my desk by chance), Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Single of the Year (for "1234," aka "that iPod song"). Other winners making Folk Alley's hit list: Blue Rodeo for Group of the Year (esp. impressive since the award is based mostly on CD sales), Video of the Year and Adult Alternative Album of the Year (Small Miracles); David Francey for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo (Right of Passage); and Nathan for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group (Key Principles).

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at 5:34 PM | Comments (1)

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