14 September 2011

THE MUSIC AND PRESTON BLACK Nickel Creek, Merlefest Watson Stage, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC, April 27th, 2002


     "Where can I drop you off?"
     "Mountaineer Doughnuts is fine."
     "Okay. I made a mixtape for you."
     "You serious? It'd been years since anybody made me a mixtape, and this weekend I get two."
     "Well, a CD. Just some stuff you may have never heard. Sara Watkins, Yonder Mountain String Band, Uncle Earl." She handed it to me with an apologetic smile.
     "Thanks a lot. I'll listen to it today." I got my stuff from the back seat.
     "Yeah, right." Katy tooted as she drove away.
I stood on the corner waiting for whatever would happen next. Walnut Street looked a lot different today than it did Friday night on my drunken stroll up High. The sidewalk felt a little slippy, so I shuffled my feet, my Tele acting like a counterweight to all of the material Jamie had loaded me down with.
     I thought about heading straight to Dani's, but remembered she said she'd be up at the library. Pauly's message that he'd be on the road for a few days reminded me I had the apartment to myself. My stomach growled.      The easiest thing would be to take it into the diner to see mom. But she'd know I hadn't been talking to Pauly and ask a lot of questions and tell me how sin makes us a prisoner of Satan and all that. Seemed like a lot of trouble for a cheeseburger.

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Nickel Creek got so close to bridging that gap between traditional and pop. So close to being the band that delivered bluegrass into the 21st century. So close to being a Radiohead for the folks who preferred to get their music from Nashville rather than LA.

Still an amazing band, even if only in recording. Amazing melodies. Prodigious musicians.

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Nickel Creek
Saturday April 27th, 2002
Merlefest Watson Stage 11:00p.m.-11:55p.m.
Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro, NC

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1. ?
2. Reasons Why
3. The Lighthouse's Tale
4. Ferdinand the Bull
5. "Introductions"
6. Locking Doors
7. Seven Wonders
8. In the House of Tom Bombadil
9. Goodnight, the Lord's Coming
10. "She rips, he rips, they all rip"
11. This Side
12. You Don't Have to Move That Mountain
13. Ode to a Butterfly (w/Lithium)
14. The Fox (w/Subterranean Homesick Blues)

12 September 2011


Spotify never ceases to blow my mind. In an effort to experiment and make it more social, I spent the morning going through THE DEVIL AND PRESTON BLACK to compile (curate, in hipster-speak)a soundtrack for the book. These are not the original songs for the book, which i hope to finish up in October. These are the songs that I mention either directly, or the song I had in mind while writing a particular scene. There's the link, and the list, so load it up and enjoy!

For the most part they are in order as they appear in the book. I was in the process of putting them all in exact order, and must've accidentally published the list, which wouldn't let me rearrange the track order. But this probably matters only to me...

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Weezer – Tired Of Sex
The Grateful Dead – Friend Of The Devil
Black Flag – Black Coffee
Pixies – The Holiday Song
Ozzy Osbourne – Over The Mountain
Ralph Stanley – Pretty Polly
Nick Pynn – The Hangman's Reel
The Allman Brothers Band – Statesboro Blues
Derek & The Dominos – Layla
David Grisman – Nine Pound Hammer
Paul McCartney – Eleanor Rigby - Live
Letz Zep – Bron Y Aur Stomp
Pickin' On Series – Trampled Under Foot
Ringo Starr – Octopus's Garden
The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Jim Sturgess – Strawberry Fields Forever
Rise Against – Hero Of War
Vasa Prihoda – Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 - Zigeunerweisen op. 20
Aloys Kontarsky – Dvorák: 8 Slavonic Dances, Op.46 - For Piano Duet - 7. No.7 in C minor (Allegro assai)
Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros – Minstrel Boy
Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros – (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
The Clash – Career Opportunities
The Clash – Spanish Bombs
The Clash – Know Your Rights
The Clash – Straight To Hell
The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais - Live
Johnny Cash;June Carter Cash – Jackson
Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down
Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Stockholm, Sweden, September 5, 1967)
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble – Little Wing
Roger Waters – Dogs - Live
David Grisman – Dreadful Wind And Rain
Gandydancer – Boozefighters
The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower
David Grisman – Wildwood Flower Instrumental
Nickel Creek – Cuckoo's Nest
Nickel Creek – Ode To A Butterfly
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – John Henry
Emmylou Harris – Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia
Williamson Brothers And Curry – Cumberland Gap
Williamson Brothers And Curry – Lonesome Road Blues
The Old 78's – Indian War Whoop
The Old 78's – Devilish Mary
Tony Elman – Shakin' Down The Acorns / Over The Waterfall
Wilco – I am trying to break your heart
Social Distortion – Story Of My Life
Miles Davis – Blue In Green
Yonder Mountain String Band – Looking Back Over My Shoulder
Yonder Mountain String Band – Hill Country Girl
Uncle Earl – Black-Eyed Susie
Uncle Earl – The Last Goodbye
The Clarks – Cigarette (Live)
U2 – Instant Karma
The Sounds Of John Lennon – Whatever Gets You Thru The Night
Stereophonics – Don't Let Me Down (Beatles Cover)
Mudhoney – Touch Me I'm Sick
Queen – These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Queen – Under Pressure - Live
Soundgarden – Slaves & Bulldozers
Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church) – The Thing That Should Not Be
Elvis Costello – (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, & Understanding
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Radio, Radio
Radiohead – (Nice Dream)
Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Weezer – Island In The Sun
Bono – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark
The Replacements – Alex Chilton
Ralph Stanley – Clinch Mountain Backstep
Robert Johnson – Hellhound On My Trail
Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues
Robert Johnson – Me And The Devil Blues
Norman Blake – Forked Deer
Tim O'Brien – Yew Piney Mountain
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band – Dance All Night With A Bottle In Your Hand
Chance McCoy & The Appalachian String Band – Greasy Coat
Darol Anger – Black Mountain Rag
Dave Matthews Band – Grace Is Gone
Led Zepagain – Rain Song
John Denver – Mother Nature's Son - Live
Zepparella – Since I've Been Lovin' You
The Who – Baba O'Riley - Live Sheperton Film Studios
Willie Nelson – Crazy
The Band – The Weight
Wilco – Jesus, Etc.
The Allman Brothers Band – Melissa - Live
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Blinded By The Light
Mötley Crüe – Home Sweet Home
Foo Fighters – Everlong - Acoustic Version