Over the past week, both June Carter Cash & Freyda Epstein passed away. Everyone knows who June Cash is…the writer of Wheel of Fire. I am a writer (though not a songwriter) & I sometimes think that if I could’ve written anything as powerful, vivid & profound as that song, I’d be a happy man & consider my life worthwhile. See this wonderful New York Times obituary cum music review describing the music performed at her funeral.
Kieran Kane, a founder of the O’Kanes and proponent of country music’s neo-traditional movement, pays high tribute to June Carter Cash in the toe tapping, “June Carter (Can Sure Sing),” at the same time taking a swipe at today’s contemporary, so-called “country divas”, with lyrics such as “in a world of country costume jewelry, she’s a real diamond ring.” This song is a gem. For more on the song and album it is on see Takecountryback.com. Or buy the CD Shadows on the Ground
Freyda Epstein was a founding member of the folk group, Trapezoid. Her warm, lilting alto voice graced many a wonderful folk ballad like Do You Love an Apple? on their recordings. A KBCS-FM (Bellevue, WA) dj announced yesterday that she died in a car accident. She left us far before her time.