Happy Birthday Richie Havens!
Richard P. Havens was born January 21, 1941 in Brooklyn, making him 69 today! The legendary folk singer/songwriter began is career in 1965 with the album “The Richie Havens Record” his career is still in full swing, his last album “Nobody Left to Crown” was released in 2008 and he is still touring across the country. Richie’s most popular album was 1967′s “Mixed Bag” featuring songs like “Handsome Johnny” and “High Flyin’ Bird” this album acted as the stepping stone to not only a career spanning five decades but also the invitation to be the opening act at the festival that defined a generation, Woodstock.
Commemorate the career of Richie Havens and folk music in general by sharing your favorite song, performance, lyrics, musician, or anything your heart desires! Already posted is the video of Richie’s performance at Woodstock, enjoy!
Peace & Love!
By A. Grant
David Wax Museum blends North American folk with Latin American sounds to create the band’s “Mexo-Americana” sound. It started out when lead singer David Wax’s Latin American friends introduced him to their music. David then moved on to studying Latin American history and literature at Harvard before going down to work in Central Mexico (which he visits every year). The songs feature a well-orchestrated mix of the guitar, fiddle, and clarinet.
The band played three new songs: “Beatrice,” “That’s Not True,” and “Colas.” The first song of the set, “Beatrice,” fused Americana lyrics with a hint of Latin orchestration. “That’s Not True” is more North American folk, but Wax admits writing it in Mexico. For their last song, “Colas,” Wax replaces his guitar with the jarana jarocha—an instrument originating from the southern region of Veracruz in Mexico. It has more of the Latin sound but Wax adds some English lyrics to the song.
Catch David Wax Museum play at Club Passim on April 16.