allen toussaint

SPECTACLE REPORT: Elvis Costello's Must-Hear Tracks Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint, Richard Thompson and Nick Lowe

SPECTACLE REPORT: Elvis Costello's Must-Hear Tracks Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint, Richard Thompson and Nick Lowe

Elvis Costello with Nick Lowe on SPECTACLE BUILDING THE BAND This was one of the more chaotic SPECTACLE evenings. It was also one of the most joyful. We began with the simple idea of constructing a one-time-only band of guitar, piano, bass and drums, each member having taken some kind of cue from another somewhere…

SPECTACLE REPORT:  ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… Southern Knights: Levon Helm and Allen Toussaint

SPECTACLE REPORT: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… Southern Knights: Levon Helm and Allen Toussaint

The legendary Levon Helm at the drums on SPECTACLE. On this week’s SPECTACLE, Elvis Costello assembles a band of musical legends. At its heart are two artists who act as living links to the traditions of the American South – drummer Levon Helm and pianist Allen Toussaint. Arkansas-born Helm, best known as one of the…

21st Century Elvis Costello

21st Century Elvis Costello

“I’m very glad to be doing the job I’m doing, which is playing music in front of people,” Elvis Costello recently said. “Making records—it used to be the thing that made the motor go round. Now I just sort of make a record and let it go.” In the New World Order of the music…

SPECTACLE playlist

SPECTACLE playlist

Check back each week for the previous week’s playlist. Episode 3 with Bill Clinton “Mystery Train” by Elvis Presley Performed by Elvis Costello and band (James Burton, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas) “Baby Let’s Play House” by Elvis Presley Performed by Elvis Costello and band (James Burton, Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas) “Is This America? (Katrina 2005)”…