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Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 23

by WFUV Staff
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Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Cover

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa highlights the new Joe Henry-produced Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, a reworking of the original, ground-breaking Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, released in 1964. This 50th anniversary tribute to Cash, America's champion of the rights of the powerless and abused, features Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson, Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Steve Earle, Norman Blake, Emmylou Harris and more, all backed by a fine "house band." Vin explores the original Cash recording too, along with the Smithsonian Folkways recordings of Peter La Farge, who was one of Bitter Tears' main songwriters and composer of "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" and "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow." 

Also in tonight's show, Vin explains the "segued" relationship between Frédéric Chopin and Chet Baker ... and plays music from Agnes Obel, Dusty Springfield, Desert Noises, Elizabeth and The Catapult, Tom Paxton, Mike Mattison's charming reworking of a classic Buzzcocks tune and lots more.

That's Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"®, Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. on 90.7FM, also streaming online.

Away for the weekend? You can find "Idiot's Delight"® in the FUV archives for two weeks after broadcast.

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