Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sundance Channel

One the few bright stars in these days of 200+ TV channels is The Sundance Channel. And just two of its unique shows are Live from Abbey Road and Spectacle with Elvis Costello.

Just the other night Elvis Costello had one-on-one chats with each of the three Police members: Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland and Sting. That was followed by a great performance by The Police and Costello doing hits Walking on the Moon and Sunshine of Your Love.

In essence it's great conversations and great live performances by gifted musicians.

Live from Abbey Road has no host. Simply it features new and old musicians recording live in the studio made famous by the Beatles. Here are just some of their eclectic musical mix: Dashboard Confessional, David Gray, Brian Wilson, The Black Keys, Diana Krall, Gnarls Barkley, The Fratellis, Herbie Hancock and the list goes on!

Each show usually has 2-3 groups and the mix of styles is very refreshing.

Bored with TV? Tired of top 40? Try the Sundance Channel.

And while I'm at it, how 'bout a hand for Robert Redford and his attempt with the whole Sundance concept of helping the arts flourish! Who knew that Butch Cassidy's partner would leave such a legacy.

(I nearly hyperlinked myself to death in this post ;-)

Oh, and how did a guy like Elvis Costello end up married to a hottie like Diana Krall???!