Friday, January 09, 2009

Delaney Bramlett, 1939-2008


Don't misinterpret the delayed acknowledgment of Delaney Bramlett's death at There Stands the Glass' as disinterest in the singer, songwriter and musician. Leon Russell aside, Bramlett was my favorite artist among his generation's gifted assortment of American roots rockers. His style felt exceedingly honest and sincere. Here's his New York Times obituary. Check this surreal version of "Never Ending Song Of Love," a song he co-wrote with Bonnie Bramlett, for further proof of Bramlett's cultural significance. The original version is contained on this essential collection that's currently selling for only nine dollars at the major online retailer. Even without the fantastic liner notes, it'd be a bargain.

The first nominee for my favorite song of 2009 is Scooter Smiff's "Head of My Class". No, I'm not kidding.

Kansas City Click: Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson hit the Sprint Center tonight.

Joshua Bell fiddles at the Folly on Saturday.

Jardine's hosts a fund-raising party for their new piano on Sunday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There have been too few entries in blogland about the passing of Delaney Bramlett, so I am especially pleased to find yours. Thank you. Delaney was a pioneer performer, songwriter and inspiration to many fine musicians. I listened to Accept No Substitute until the grooves wore out. It is too bad that Delaney's pre-D&B work has not been preserved.