Album Challenge Day 10: Hard Times in Babylon by Eliza Gilkyson

Let’s start be acknowledging the misogyny in my previous 9 picks. Not a single woman in the bunch. During my formative years I did not listen to many (really any?) female musicians. Part of that is due to the era. There weren’t a lot of opportunities for women in the music business, and especially beyondContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 10: Hard Times in Babylon by Eliza Gilkyson”

Album Challenge Day 5: Inside by Bill Morrissey

I had a difficult time choosing between two different Bill Morrissey albums. I ended up choosing “Inside” over the other consideration, “Standing Eight.” I think overall, “Standing Eight” is a better album, certainly the one I listen to more. However, Inside has a cover of Dave Van Ronk’s “Hang Me Oh Hang Me,” on whichContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 5: Inside by Bill Morrissey”

Album Challenge Day 4: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen

This album. This fucking album. When I was a junior in high school, one of my history teachers and wrestling coaches loaned me a copy of this album. He warned me that this is not the Bruce Springsteen you know from “Born in the USA” which came out after Nebraska and still getting significant radioContinue reading “Album Challenge Day 4: Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen”

Album Challenge Day 2: The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel

I think this was the last album I owned on vinyl in the BCDE (Before CD Era). It came out in 1982. My two best friends gave it to me for my 16th birthday (in 1984). For 20+ years I had a box of vinyl (years after I had a working turntable) in the basement.Continue reading “Album Challenge Day 2: The Nylon Curtain by Billy Joel”