Tom Waits: As Good and as Bad as Ever

October 31st, 2011 by Frank Randall · No Comments · Author/Narrator News

Say you’re a music fan of recent vintage, and you’re puzzled by all the hoopla surrounding a new release by a gruff voiced character in a jacket and fedora. If you need a little background on Tom Waits as his new album releases—his first in seven years—a fantastic primer can be found on American Routes: Songs and Stories from the Road, a collection of musical highlights and revealing interviews by Nick Spitzer featuring a slew of music legends.

The Waits segment is a treat, as the cantankerous genius discusses his roots, the creative process, and the unexpected sonic results. And if you love Waits, you know you’re gonna love the interviews with Leiber and Stoller, Nina Simone, and—trust me—Dolly Parton. This HighBridge release, which elegantly ties together many diverse stops on the American musical landscape, is highly recommended. Check the Waits version of self-promotion below, and see what you think of the new record. I think it’s going to hold up well.

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