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Billy Burnette "My Love Will Not Change"

I don't know if is it my age or the province of the times we live in, but I find myself saying "I love you" more often to more folks lately. Of course that is influenced by the frequency of people passing who made a huge impact on the culture. And so we said goodbye to BB King last week. His impact on American Music; The Blues, and Rock & Roll is incalculable.

The first time I saw BB King was at The Fillmore East in New York eons ago, and I cherish that I was later able to spend time in the Delta, and to visit his hometown of Indianola. The Mississippi Delta flattens you with its insistent sunshine and relentless expanse. Driving Highway 61 even today makes you understand just how good and just how determined you had to be to rise above it. BB did just that, and then sustained his success with grace for decades.

During our tenure at XM Radio, Music Fogger Jim McBean got to spend hours at BB's house to record him for the Bluesville Channel. Here is BB talking about an experience that informed his behavior for life.

Of course BB made his way from Mississippi to Memphis in 1947. I want to remind you about the book The Mojo Triangle, which frames American music through the geography of the area from Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans.

The seeds were being sown for Rock and Roll. Memphis’ Johnny and Dorsey Burnette would emerge with Paul Burlison as the Rock & Roll Trio, and Dorsey’s son Billy Burnette would carry on the tradition. Music Fog caught up with Billy, accompanied by Kenny Vaughan, Dave Roe, and Jimmy Lester at AmericanaFest 2011 from the studios of Marathon Recorders. I love this song. It is a co-write with Shawn Camp, and appears on two of Billy’s albums, Rock & Roll With It, and Memphis in Manhattan. Here is the Music Fog version of “My Love Will Not Change.”

- Jessie Scott


Kristin Andreassen "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes"

A couple of weeks ago, I headed out to Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California, which might just be the largest country music gathering in the States. Since its inception in 2007, it has welcomed an eclectic line up of bands: this year including great elder statesmen The Oak Ridge Boys, Merle Haggard, ZZ Top, and Eric Burdon. There was a seriously cool lineup of Americana artists there this year too. I was honored to be hosting the Stagecoach Radio broadcast on TuneIn (super cool fun!). You know every time I get to go somewhere, I always get to hear some new music. Summer season is festival season, and it is the time to get to a music event near you, to make some new friends and make some memories.

The Americana Music Association has just announced the first round of artists playing AmericanaFest in Nashville this September, including Los Lobos, Patty Griffin, Whitey Morgan and the 78s, honeyhoney, John Moreland, Andrew Combs, Nikki Lane, Pokey LaFarge, James McMurtry, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Nora Jane Struthers, and Jackie Greene. The nominees for this year’s Americana Honors & Awards are going to be announced this Thursday, May 14th, from 1pm to 2pm CT, and you can watch it on Music City Roots. Music Fog is proud to have attended past AmericanaFests, and we have our fingers crossed that the team will be able to go this year.

Today’s video comes from Kristin Andreassen, who is playing AmericanaFest this year, too. We got to film her back in January at Midtown Live in New York upon the release of her second album, Gondolier. She spent time with bands Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why, before going solo. Her debut CD Kiss Me Hello included the John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes." Here is the Music Fog recording of that song, featuring Kristin accompanied by Alec Spiegelman on bass clarinet and backing vocals.

- Jessie Scott