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Elvis Costello with Kristofferson, Cash, Jones and Mellencamp

By April MacIntyre Jan 21, 2009, 6:33 GMT

Elvis Costello with Kristofferson, Cash, Jones and  Mellencamp

Elvis is joined by actor/singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson (pictured); singer-songwriter Cash; Jones; and recent Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductee Mellencamp. © Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Sundance Channel Presents: Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...Wednesdays at 9:00pm EST.

"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash,  Norah Jones and John Mellencamp" this Wednesday, January 21.

Elvis is joined by actor/singer-songwriter Kristofferson; singer-songwriter Cash; Jones; and recent Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductee Mellencamp.

The "guitar pull" is said to have started in Johnny Cash's living room in Tennessee, with writers and musicians like Kris Kristofferson, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan taking turns playing their songs for the Man in Black and his guests.

Yearls later, Elvis gathers a stellar group for a "guitar pull" of his own - and it includes a couple of people who were at the original gatherings in the Cash home, Kris Kristofferson and Cash's daughter, Rosanne.

Rounding out the group are Norah Jones (who brings along a "new" song co-written by none other than Hank Williams) and American rock superstar John Mellencamp, who strips his music (old and new) down to the bare essentials.

The latest edition of Spectacle is an embarrassment of riches of the craft of songwriting, from some of the best-known (and loved) tunes of the past 40 years to brand-new, previously-unheard compositions.

Rosanne and Kris on Cash's Guitar Circle -
The two musicians discuss some of the great musicians who joined Cash's guitar circle.

For highlights from this episode, go here

In addition, be sure you check out former Senior Writer for Rolling Stone Alan Light's weekly comment on each episode, exploring the relationship between Elvis and his guest - here

Season 1 of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... is as follows:

Episode 9 - January 28th
"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Renée Fleming"

Episode 10 - February 4th
"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Herbie Hancock"

Episode 11 - February 11th
"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan"

Episode 12 - February 18th
"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Diana Krall"

Episode 13 - February 25th
"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Smokey Robinson

 



Further Reading on M&C

John Mellencamp Biography - - John Mellencamp Movies -
Norah Jones Biography - - Norah Jones Movies -

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