The country singer Jessi Colter, best known for “I’m Not Lisa,” has a new album called “Psalms” -- Bible verses set to her own melodies. It’s not exactly gospel music, but it sure delivers the Word. To watch Jessie Colter perform “Psalm 23: The Lord Is My Shepherd,” click on the video player below. It got me thinking how many popular songwriters have used scripture as a lyric sheet.
Mike Campbell, lead guitarist for Tom Petty's band, the Heartbreakers, knows the chaotic side of Bob Dylan very well. Back in the '80s, Campbell played with the singer-songwriter on several tours. On any given night, Campbell wouldn't know where in the world Dylan might take the music.
The headliners were born in the 1940s. The audience was all ages. There were wrinkled hippies and young families. There were college-age backpackers, white-haired fanny-packers and sleepy-eyed six-packers.