Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Alan Ashworth

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Alan Ashworth is a former national newspaper journalist now retreated to the Ribble Valley, where he grows cacti and tramps the fells with the family dog Bingo. He and his wife Margaret run a website, A-M Records , which includes their collected TCW columns plus extra features including Tracks of the Day. Requests, queries and comments can be sent to alanj126@yahoo.co.uk

Off the Beaten Tracks: Sufjan Stevens, motherless son

I THINK it’s fair to say that Sufjan Stevens didn’t get off to the most promising start in life. His schizophrenic, alcoholic, drug-addicted mother...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Joni Mitchell Part 4 – the best of the rest

HOW did Joni Mitchell follow the towering achievement that was Hejira? Answer: With difficulty. As I wrote in a previous column, the album released in late...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The Beach Boy and the evil Wizard

IT WAS in the spring of 1968 that Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson stopped his car for two attractive girl hitch-hikers in Malibu, Los...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Tell Laura we love her

AMONG the many things I admire about Laura Veirs is that she is the polar opposite of a rock chick. A Mandarin Chinese-speaking geology...

Off the Beaten Tracks: A Christmas Cringefest

BACK in September we grimaced our way through Kenny Everett’s World’s Worst Record Show, a collection of 20 truly terrible tunes from the vaults, and I...

Off the Beaten Tracks: A Jackson Browne Study (Part 3)

BACK in March, which seems a very long time ago now, we left Jackson Browne grieving after the suicide of his wife Phyllis but experiencing...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Lindisfarne through the fog

THE last time I visited Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, I intended to show our son Jim what a lovely place it is. Unfortunately the...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Quitters sometimes win

WITH the release of her fourth album Voyageur in 2012, Kathleen Edwards was on a career high. It made the US top 40 and the Canadian...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Cooder’s Story, Part 3

LAST week I wrote in glowing terms about the band 10,000 Maniacs and their album In My Tribe. A few hours after publication I was surprised...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Maniacs on the loose

I OFTEN wonder how many listeners were put off the music of the band 10,000 Maniacs by their name. Borrowed from a low-budget 1964...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Your lockdown songbook

A FEW weeks ago I wrote a curfew-themed column on songs about house and home, and invited readers to supply their own selections. Thanks for...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Super Cooper

A GUIDED tour of my record shelves will discover nestling between Ry Cooder and Elvis Costello a musician who, while hardly a household name,...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Well-done Beefheart (Part Two)

IN a previous column we left Captain Beefheart claiming all the credit for his 1969 double-album masterpiece Trout Mask Replica and insisting that his band’s contribution...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Home thoughts, a lockdown songbook

WITH Field Marshal Johnson attempting to confine us all to barracks, I thought I’d take a break from musician profiles this week and provide...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Mr Dave, Jackson Browne’s main man

WHILE his contributions to classic LPs by Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Terry Reid, Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon and many others would be enough to...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Lowe Life Part 3

CRIKEY! It’s getting on for a year since we left the Nick Lowe story with him at a loose end, his band Little Village having...

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