Yola, Opinions on Angel Olsen & RIP Chrissie Dickinson
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their interview with British singer Yola, who is in the new Elvis film playing Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Plus they review the new album from Angel Olsen and pay tribute to music writer Chrissie Dickinson.
On Angel Olsen's sixth album, Big Time, she leans into some hallmarks of country music, but it is not a “country album.” Jim and Greg agree this is one of her best efforts, showcasing her incredible voice which has a new confidence when compared to previous albums.
British singer-songwriter Yola made an impression with her debut album in 2019, “Walk Through Fire,” breaking stereotypes as a black British country singer. Her follow-up, “Stand For Myself,” breaks out of genre boundaries and is her best work to date according to Jim and Greg. They have a wide-ranging conversation with Yola that covers how the pandemic affected her writing process, differences between racism in the U.S. and the U.K., and her role as Sister Rosetta Tharpe in the new Baz Luhrmann “Elvis” film.
Obit: Chrissie Dickinson
Music writer Chrissie Dickinson was a friend and colleague to Greg and Jim. Greg actually hired her to cover country music for the Chicago Tribune. She introduced him to the music of Miranda Lambert. Dickinson died in May at age 62.
Angel Olsen, "Big Time," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022
Angel Olsen, "All The Good Times," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022
Angel Olsen, "Right Now," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, "Like I Used To," Like I Used To (Single), Jagjaguwar, 2021
Angel Olsen, "Dream Thing," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022
Angel Olsen, "Go Home," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022
Angel Olsen, "Through The Fires," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022
Yola, "Starlight," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021
The Highwomen, "Highwomen," The Highwomen, Elektra, 2019
The Staple Singers, "Hear My Call, Here," Hammer And Nails, Riverside, 1962
Massive Attack, "Harpsicord (Live in Copenhagen)," Unreleased, NA, 2008
Phantom Limb, "Draw the Line," Phantom Limb, Naim Edge, 2009
Yola, "Break The Bough," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021
Yola , "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021
Yola, "Diamond Studded Shoes," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021
Miranda Lambert, "Gunpowder & Lead," Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Columbia Nashville, 2007
Wet Leg, "Chaise Longue," Wet Leg, Domino, 2022
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