Knopfler and “Em” Harris – Promising duo plans CD, Tour

The David Gilmour tour didn't stop in New England, but Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris will hit Boston this summer in support of their album, "All the Road Running," due to hit stores April 25.

Knopfler is an underrated guitar master who should be canonized with the likes of Clapton, Beck and the horribly overrated Page (it feels trite to use the last-name-only designation in his case). Harris has quietly cast her shadow over much of the last century's important music, beginning with her work with Gram Parsons, and continuing with the amazing Hot Band, the lineup of which reads like a who's who of genre-bending country music.

It's fitting that their new CD took over 7 years to come together. The languid, soothing music both of them make is timeless.

Check out this British write-up for all the details.

Paste Magazine – What A Value!

I buy Paste Magazine every month just for the broad spectrum of music it covers; the writers are first-rate too.  But the free discs are alone worth the $7.95 cover price.  Usually, there's a CD and a DVD, as is the case this month, chock full of new releases.  

The April/May offering is especially tasty, with songs from Americana supergroup the Little Willies (featuring a bouncy Norah Jones piano solo), Teddy Thompson, a more than capable heir to father Richard Thompson's musical throne, jam alchemists Umphrey McGee's, and many more.  

That's just the CD – The DVD has vintage clips from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.  For cutting edge fans, there's the Arcade Fire, the Decembrists (would someone please explain what the hell "chamber pop" means?) and Eels.  There's also John Cale, Beth Orton and the hauntingly beautiful Sia.

All tallied up, there's 22 songs on the CD and 26 DVD clips, plus some short films, movie trailers and a couple of specials (including one featuring Rosanne Cash, one of my all-time favorites).

That, dear readers, is a bargain.