Where did all the minstrels go?

March 27th, 2007

Singing storytellers ruled the 70s.

Jim Croce

Gordon Lightfoot

Don McClean

Harry Chapin

Dan Fogleberg

Some of these guys could be a little corny, cialis generic prescription but they all performed in a style that you hardly ever see anymore.

The only current performer I would even think to include in this group is Lyle Lovett and he’s not exactly contemporary.

So what happened?

Where are our documentary song singers?

You might say there are plenty in Country music, buy viagra cheap but there’s always been Country music.

Whatever happened to the poet with a guitar who told stories in songs instead of in stanzas?

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Casper  |  March 27th, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Jim Belushi in a toga smashed their guitars against a wall. But he did say he was sorry.

  • 2. Administrator  |  March 27th, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    I bought my love a cherry…

  • 3. Billiam  |  March 27th, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Animal House rocked. Great list. I enjoy their music yet today. I especially enjoyed Chapin. Man, that was a loss. Bruce Hornesby carried on somewhat in the 80’s. However, those 5 were the best. Just call me Rapid Roy the Stock Car Boy who has the Workin at the Car Wash Blues!

  • 4. grumps  |  March 28th, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Okay, first, it was John Belushi in Animal House. Nuff said.

    There are plenty of storytellers out there. They just don’t play well into Clear Channel’s target demographics. Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark spend two or three months a year touring together.

    It’s possible to find many more but they’re not going to be on the radio. Except, of course, if you live in New Braunfels.

  • 5. Administrator  |  March 28th, 2007 at 8:47 am

    You know, I love Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me,” but I’ve never been able to get into him in general.

    And I can’t believe none of us noticed Casper wrote Jim instead of John.

    In fact, I always have a hard time remembering John even had a brother.

    (Did you know that John was originally going to play the part Bill Murray made famous in Ghostbusters? I hate to say it, but as much as I loved John I can’t believe he would have done a better job than Bill did in that role.)

  • 6. Casper  |  March 28th, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Grumps, I know better than that. My bad. Very much my bad. But it’s Jim Belushi’s for being the one that lived!

  • 7. grumps  |  March 29th, 2007 at 9:29 am

    True enough. No harm. No foul.

  • 8. Caroline  |  April 3rd, 2007 at 7:06 am

    I just have to comment — Lyle in concert is so much fun! I’ve seen him 9 or 10 times — and I saw the Storytellers tour with Lyle, Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark — in Hiatt’s hometown of Indy — he’s great in concert too! Worth checking out anytime Lyle or John is near

  • 9. Administrator  |  April 3rd, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I’ve missed two opportunities to see Lyle in concert and I promise you I won’t miss a third. And I forgot Hiatt was from Indiana. That’s at least two very good things that came from there. ;)

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