Discumentary: R.L. Burnside "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down"
In the year 2000, RL Burnside set out to continue the blues tradition while adding more contemporary influences to it. These influences are almost more hip-hop in nature, with scratching and looping provided by DJ Swamp and Iki Levy. At the age of 73, Burnside's modern spin on traditional Delta Blues paid off, Wish I was in Heaven Sitting Down went to #8 on the Billboard Blues Album chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award that year.
In 1995, Phish teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite to create their seventh album. Many critics cite this album as the closest representation of the energy of Phish's live performances. It also gave them their highest charting single in the U.S.
Already an established poet and novelist, Leonard Cohen released his debut album in 1967. Audiences were drawn to his literate songwriting on songs like "Suzanne" and "So Long Marianne".
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Janis Ian's seventh album was released in 1975, when she was just 24 years old. It won her two Grammy Awards and contains her best known song, "At Seventeen". Ian wrote all of the song for the album, and did most of the arrangements.
With only a small cult following in the U.S., Sarah McLachlan released this album and watched her star rise. The album features one of her best-known songs, "Posession" about obsession from a stalker's perspective.
In the early 90's Emmylou Harris experienced diminishing success as a country music artist. With "Wrecking Ball" she re-invented herself musically, with help from U2 producer Daniel Lanois.
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