Monday, April 30, 2007
The Dixie Hummingbirds- Move On Up a Little Higher
James B. Davis, founder of the Dixie Hummingbirds, died on April 17. He was 90. The group's powerful sound, heard to good effect on "Move On Up a Little Higher," directly influenced countless musicians. It's taken from this out-of-print compilation of '50s material. In fact, it looks like the entire Dixie Hummingbirds catalog is a mess. Of the few titles available new directly from Amazon, this might be the way to go.
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First was "Tim McGraw." Taylor Swift's song used the name of a country music star as a gimmicky title. It worked. Jason Aldean just came out with "Johnny Cash". It has nothing to do with The Man In Black. The concept could work in every genre. The image of a lightweight pop star- someone like Lindsay Lohan- would be enhanced by a song titled "Fugazi." An up-and-coming heavy rock band- maybe Black Stone Cherry- might consider separating themselves from the pack with a singled called "Black Sabbath." One of the many new R&B revival acts could record a song titled "Isaac Hayes."
Kansas City Click: I saw Italian prog-metal act Lacuna Coil do an in-store at my neighborhood Borders last year. They were good; their intense fans were even better. They play with Shadows Fall and Stone Sour tonight at the Beaumont.