Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Catherine Russell Sings “New Speedway Boogie”



Jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell covered the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie” at the Winter Garden, NYC, in January 2007. The performance was part of the “American Beauty Project,” two shows in tribute to the Dead’s folk and bluegrass albums “American Beauty” and “Workingman’s Dead.” The lyrics are about the disastrous Altamont Concert in 1969, depicted in the movie "Gimme Shelter" (1970). Following Russell’s outstanding performance, Jon Pareles wrote in the New York Times, "Catherine Russell, a longtime backup singer, was the concert’s discovery... She sang “New Speedway Boogie” over a jazzy bass vamp and Larry Campbell’s mandolin, in a skeletal arrangement that only heightened the song’s philosophical reflections."

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Catherine Russell has four great albums under her belt. My recommendation is to get them all, sit back and enjoy the next few hours.

Jeff Tone said...

I'll either do that or find a good friend who has them all. ; )