Monday, February 14, 2011
OLD TIME ACOUSTIC MUSIC AT THE GRAMMYS
The 2011 Grammys show had some fine performances--Lady Ga-ga, Mick Jagger, Eminem, Cee Lo, and a star-studded tribute to Aretha Franklin--but everything was very high-tech and glitzy, heavy on production values and razzle-dazzle, very Hollywood, except for this odd little set of acoustic music. Three bands, three songs, all from another time and space, a place Greil Marcus called "old, weird America." With wooden instruments and harmonies, this set owes much to folk, bluegrass and backporch country music, and you can even hear strains of The Band and Dylan holed up at Big Pink. Then Dylan himself strolls out and sings "I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More." The song--and the entire set--left J Lo scratching her head, but Neil Young dug it. So did we.