Archive for April, 2011

Emmy’s Hard Bargain

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The foxy silver-maned Emmylou has just released Hard Bargain, her latest from Nonesuch Records. On it is the beautiful elegy she wrote for for my sister entitled ‘Darlin Kate.’ When I first heard it last Winter I broke out in tears and couldn’t listen to it. Kate and Emmy had a special bond and it’s all there in the song. A couple of days before Kate went, I called Emmy to tell her my sister was fading fast but still conscious and she said ‘I’m coming to Montreal right now.’ Within hours, Kate had slid into a coma and I called E. back and said ‘it’s too late. She’s unconscious.’ She said ‘I’m coming anyway.’ Emmy will perform ‘Darlin Kate’ the night of the Kate tributes in NYC, May 12 & 13, Town Hall. Hard Bargain has a lovely funky folky sound that will draw you right in. Emmylou Harris site

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R.I.P. Phoebe Snow

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

We came out of the gate around the same time in the mid 70s. Phoebe actually had a solid hit with her Poetry Man while Kate and I showed with our slightly more schizoid offerings. I remember P. as being a very soulful talented woman and quite funny. Kate and I often ran into her in NYC, either in studios or venues catching other acts on their way up. Then life kicked in. Around the time Kate had Martha, Phoebe gave birth to a daughter with severe disabilities. There but for the grace of God..Phoebe retreated for a while, Kate moved back to Montreal and we weren’t really in touch anymore. In the words of Woody Guthrie ‘ this World was lucky to see her born.’


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