the museum of americana

a literary review

American Music Celebration — Editor Lauren Alwan on Miles Davis

  Kind of Blue: Oakland, 1995 I first heard Kind of Blue, late at night, somewhere in Oakland, California. This was in 1995, and the LP was one you heard … Continue reading

June 19, 2015

American Music Celebration — Keith Lesmeister on Deer Tick Covering John Prine

Unwed Fathers There are those curiosities in life that prompt us to do things we ought not to do, but do anyway, and come out on the other side often … Continue reading

April 1, 2015

American Music Celebration — Kevin Miller on Fred Neil

Fred Neil, 1967 Nineteen sixty-nine, nineteen seventy, Bellingham’s south side featured one stunning aisling and three great taverns: the Kulshan, the Fairhaven, and Pluto’s. The Kulshan once a bank had … Continue reading

March 15, 2015

American Music Celebration — Norbert Krapf on His Deeply Personal Connection to the Blues

  Poetry and the Blues No poetry class I ever took pointed out a parallel between English and American poems printed on the page and blues lyrics sung with guitar … Continue reading

March 7, 2015

American Music Celebration — J.D. Schraffenberger on Henry Flynt

  The Avant-Garde Hillbilly and Blues Music of Henry Flynt There are plenty of good reasons that I’d never heard (or even heard of) the strange, arresting “back porch hillbilly … Continue reading

February 26, 2015

American Music Celebration — Terry Barr on Neil Young

  Neil’s Dreams The first girl I ever told I loved came to me from Cherokee Beach, a lakeside recreational area near my home of Bessemer, Alabama. Her name was … Continue reading

February 23, 2015

American Music Celebration — Stephen Roger Powers on Dolly Parton

Hello, Dolly For my thirty-third birthday in 2007 I drove down to Nashville from Wisconsin to see Dolly Parton on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry.  After the … Continue reading

February 19, 2015