Amanda Petrusich and Nathan Salsburg share ten songs emblematic, in one way or another, of the folk music revival that flourished in New York City in the 1960s. Like all mixes, these songs represent their time and place, our time and place, and a few breathtaking points of intersection.
He began writing a sketch of an idea for a novel, to try something different. He wanted the novel to be a fictionalized account of a very rough period of his life in the early nineties, and he knew the title would be Slam Dancing In The Pews, the name of a forgotten song he once wrote for a forgotten band called Virgil Kane. A songwriter at heart, Hood started interspersing song lyrics in between chapters of the book, but predictably, the songs quickly became more central. He decided to abandon the book altogether.
Under a majestic harvest moon in Marfa, Texas, Austin-based singer Amy Cook sang about shedding her summer skin at the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love, the perfect metaphor for the final night of desert revelry. Despite the cold steady rain of the first two days, the spirit of the weekend still inspired dips in hot tubs, dancing in galoshes, and steeping in the sweet sounds of rock and blues.