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The current issue of Rolling Stone
magazine features an article titled "Elvis Costello's Music Marathon," in which the golden-voiced delivery man speaks of his affinity for Nashville, mentioning a nine-day drinking binge with Greg Allman at an unnamed Music City "rock 'n' roll hotel" during the recording of his first country endeavor--1981's Almost Blue
. I was shocked to hear--considering his prolific career--that two years ago he doubted his will to continue recording. Thankfully, he was reinvigorated by his 2007 stint opening for Bob Dylan, which sparked an interest in making an unplugged album that has resulted in the newly released bluegrass album Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
. The record features performances by Jerry Douglas, Mike Compton and Jim Lauderdale, and was recorded with T Bone Burnett in Nashville over the course of three eight-hour sessions last year.
The article goes on to mention that he's recently been recording with Rosanne Cash and Kris Kristofferson as well as trying to entice Lucinda Williams into joining him for a duets album. The article is not currently up on the RS
site but since I love you like the children I've yet to have, I've done you the service of uploading it onto our server. Take a look
. Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes appear at the Ryman Mon. June 16. Costello also appears by his lonesome at Bonnaroo next week. Can you say vibrato?