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Trivia time: two famous sons of famous fathers

Over the past few days I’ve been listening to two of my favourite albums of 2009, Elvis Perkins in Dearland’s self-titled sophomore effort, and Justin Townes Earle’s third album, Midnight at the Movies. They’re both great records (in particular Midnight at the Movies, which I’ve come to like more and more as time’s gone on) but they’re also noteworthy because both Perkins and Earle both boast interesting family histories.

Of the two, Earle is the musical blueblood: the son of Steve Earle, his middle name is in honour of the singer and songwriter Townes van Zandt, he is also the stepson of Shelby Lynne’s sister, Allison Moorer. But in a way it’s Perkins’ family history that’s really interesting: the son of actor Anthony Perkins, who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1992, and Berry Berenson, who was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, and was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, an event whose shadow hangs heavily over Perkins’ first album, Ash Wednesday.

Anyway, here are a couple of tracks from Midnight at the Movies (the title track and a live version of ‘Mama’s Eyes’) and ‘Shampoo’, one of my favourite tracks from Elvis Perkins in Dearland.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your eclectic taste in music is delightful as always. Thanks James!

    June 16, 2010
  2. Um, Mr. Hopkins is still alive, last I heard….?

    June 16, 2010
    • Whoops – I meant Perkins. I might just correct that . . .

      June 16, 2010
      • Sorry – am rather the pedant, aren’t I? 🙂

        June 16, 2010
  3. Not at all – I’m glad you pointed it out.

    June 16, 2010

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