Ragamuffin's Brian and Mike read two short extracts
from Vince Bell's book One Man's Music which begins with the horrific
car smash that stalled his life for many years.
|Vince Bell talks about growing up in Houston
and the communities of bohemians that thrived there which introduces
his song The Fair from the album Texas Plates. The Fair
is a graphic song about an artist returning to his roots: "We
called the shots, we made the rules, spaghetti bars were our music
Mudd and Mr. Gold - Townes
Van Zandt (Live At The Old Quarter) "Townes Van Zandt
was the most gracious man I've met in music and one of the more talented
. . ." Vince chooses one of his favourite Townes songs and talks
of how Townes encouraged him to produce a songbook. Live At The Old
Quarter is the ace live album from Townes and his guitar recorded
in the mid 1970s in Houston.
Moon and Stars - Vince
Bell (Phoenix) Vince Bell's brush with death was the
subject of a play by Tom White
named after one of his gorgeous of song Sun, Moon and Stars. Check
out Nanci Griffith's cover of this great song. And read Tom White's
script online at the link above.
"The Sun, Moon and Stars is the old wardog, that song has drug
me around America for thirty, forty years now. Great little piece."
Beast Vince Bell (Phoenix)
A decade after his accident Vince and his partner Sarah produced a
giant press pack of songs on cassette, lyrics and poetry for selected
record companies, producers and agents. From this came the chance
to record with Bob Neurith and the release of the first Vince Bell
Had Enough - Lyle Lovett (Step
Inside This House) Lyle Lovett's beautiful tribute to his fellow
Texas songwriters included Vince Bell's I've Had Enough from the
Phoenix album. We follow this with one of Miscreant Mike's favourite
Vince Bell songs:
Who Never Saw A Mountain. Vince
Bell (Phoenix) Vince explains how the song came to be written.
Train, Oakland Station. Mike goes some way to explaining his
fascination with Girl Who Never Saw A Mountain by slipping in this
snippet of tape . . .
the Universe - John Lennon.
asked Vince to select some favourite music by fellow artists, first
we had Townes Van Zandt's Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold, then Vince picked
John Lennon's Across the Universe
- Little Feat (Sailing Shoes). Vince picks another favourite
song of his, Lowell George's classic Willin' from the second Little
Feat album Sailing Shoes. "I've warped by the rain, driven
by the snow, drunk and dirty don't you know, but I'm still willing
. . ." This is the classic Little Feat lineup, Lowell George,
Bill Payne, Roy Estrada and Ritchie Hayward plus Sneaky Pete guesting
on pedal steel.
The Way To The Moon - Vince
Bell (Texas Plates) ". . . and Texas Plates is
a classic example, a neat little production album with an amazing
little song on it, I think you'd really like called All The Way
To The Moon."
Last Chance Dance - Vince
Bell (Texas Plates)
"Steven Fromholz is probably my best buddy in music, he
and I used to travel from edge to edge in Texas, Shreveport to El
Paso . . ."
Miles From Mexico - Denice
Franke The gorgeous Vince Bell song from Texas Plates covered
here on the latest and very fine piece of spinning silver from Denice
Franke called Comfort. Check out Denice's singing with the Beacon
City Band, Nanci Griffith and not forgetting her beautiful first album
You Don't Know Me.
With Normal - Bruce Cockburn Another
of Vince's favourite songwriters is Bruce Cockburn. Vince talks
here about his work with the head injured: "Me and my head
injured pals are like border collies, there's no two of us alike
at least we have that in common . . ."
That You Will - Vince Bell
(Live In Texas)
Other Side - Vince Bell (Live
Texas - Vince Bell Vince
Bell talks about songwriting, Hemmingway and closes the programme
"collar to the wind, future in the breeze"
Vince Bell UK. Tour Schedule
12 Bar Club, 22-23 Denmark Place, London WC2H 8NL
020 7916 6989.
ARTS CENTRE, Fulston Manor School Drama Studio, Brenchley
Restaurant in Lugley Street, Newport
105 Southover Street
820896 Box Office: 02392 820896
HOUSE CONCERT SERIES, The Forge, Allington Lane
Live in Texas, Lyle Lovett and Vince Bell, Austin
City Limits. (Pic Dave Roth)
Special thanks to Vince and Sarah for all their help
and also our friends for providing photographs and music:
Capricorn Kate (Sierra Nevadas); Susan
Cane (Bristol); Our Americana
in pAris pAl Herve