Tuesday, December 10, 2013

From The Music Desk….

We stumbled upon this item about a new Neil Young recording, "Live at the Cellar Door," which brings back memories for those who were in the D.C. area circa the late 1960s and 1970s.  The Cellar Door was a music club in Georgetown for, at first, folk acts, and then other acts who were comfortable playing in a room that barely seated 200 patrons.  Artists like Joni Mitchell, John Denver, The Byrds, Miles Davis and many others performed there, often for multiple nights.  Regulars Bill and Taffy Danoff (of the Starland Vocal Band) wrote "Take Me Home Country Roads" while working there, and let John Denver record it -- his most recognizable hit recording.  (The song was inspired, by the way, not by West Virginia's beauty, but by a drive along the side roads of western Montgomery County, Maryland).

Sadly, the Cellar Door closed back in 1981, but Neil Young's recording is a wonderful tribute by a great artist to a great, intimate venue for music.

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