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August 04, 2006

Singers and Songwriters

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

On a page where they sell DVDs of their shows, the Austin City Limits gang offer generous samples of music performances. Adequate visuals, complete songs, excellent sound quality ... And the line-up! Just to mention a few of my faves: Fats Domino, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Delbert McClinton. Don't miss Delbert's "Giving It Up For Your Love" -- soul-stirring stuff. I rhapsodized about the magnificence that is Delbert here.

Some other recent sightings: alt-country god Guy Clark is caught on amateur camcorder performing his classic "L.A. Freeway" ...

A young Bette Midler has a lusty, er, ball with double-entendres on "Dr. Long John" ...

Here she zings home an exuberantly campy rendition of "Pretty Legs and Great Big Knockers" ...

Have you ever seen a performer who loves, just loves, being on stage quite as much as Bette does?

And Shouting Thomas can now be found on iTunes!



posted by Michael at August 4, 2006


Bette was never good on the big screen. Her talent is raw and wonderful and was meant, absolutely destined for live stage performance. I remember seeing her waaay back when on the Mike Douglas television show. I recall thinking this kook has true talent, but she's too unique and weird to make it.

Glad I was wrong. Bette is a delight.

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on August 4, 2006 10:30 PM

Michael - This reminds me of a time when a girlfriend took me to see Frank Sinatra, even though he wasn’t really my generation or the type of music that I usually listened to. I came away bowled over by his stage presence, his phrasing, his way with a song, and his way with his audience, this even though his voice had lost some of its range and purity. I was similarly blown away once watching Tito Puente perform live. He made everything look effortless, even though the music he was performing was outrageously joyous and intricate, especially since some of the younger musicians around him seemed to have to do more just to keep up with him. Even though I had seen lots of live performances of various types of music, I really didn’t understand “showmanship” until I saw Frank and Tito. I get this as well from some of Bette’s performances.

Posted by: Alec on August 7, 2006 5:36 AM

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