James Brown “Papa Don't Take No Mess” from JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection (Polydor 1996) —Watching the TV show Memphis Beat, I get all kinds of great ideas for songs to play - hadn't thought of this classic in a while, but there it was setting up a scene, and I had to bring it with me.Buy it!
Jungle Brothers “Because I Got It Like That” from Straight Out the Jungle (Warlock 1989) —Sly Stone sample and unyielding groove!Buy it!
Charles Mingles “Fables of Faubus” from Mingus Ah Um (Columbia 1959) —The first jazz record I ever bought, and still one of the greatest I've ever heard.Buy it!
T-Bone Burnett “The Slowdown” from Tooth of Crime (Nonesuch 2008) —Nice, eerie little number from T-Bone, with some Mingus-like horns.Buy it!
Peter Tosh “Downpressor Man” from Equal Rights (Sony Legacy 2011) N —I've known all these songs forever, but I never really sat down and listened to this album until recently, when I picked up this nice package full of bonus material - Tosh in 1977 was as good as anybody recording that year.Buy it!
Ollabelle “Be Your Woman” from Neon Blue Bird (Thirty Tigers 2011) N —Here's my review of this one: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3263/Buy it!
Buddy & Julie Miller “One Part, Two Part” from Written In Chalk (New Word Music 2008) N —I don't know much about Dee ERvin, the writer of this beauitful love song, but Buddy sings the heck out of it.Buy it!
Hadden Sayers “Back to the Blues” from Hard Dollar (Blue Corn 2011) N —A sultry duet between Sayers and his sometime employer Ruthie Foster.Buy it!
Charles Brown “Black Night” from Blues Masters Vol. 1: Urban Blues (Rhino 1992) —One of the most perfect matches between song and singer - Brown could deliver a smooth heartbreak, and who the heck is playing that cool guitar lick?Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Johnny Ace Is Dead” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) N —Dave Alvin can write some mythic tales of musicians.Buy it!
Clarence Fountain & Sam Butler “I Shall Not Be Moved” from Stepping Up and Stepping Out (Tyscot 2009) —Even after singing for decades, this former Blind Boy could still deliver.Buy it!
The dB's “Black and White” from Stands for Decibels (IRS 1981) L —First song, first side, first album, first masterpiece I heard from them.Buy it!
Three O'Clock “Jet Fighter” from Sixteen Tambourines (Frontier 1983) —This was how we rocked back in the day.Buy it!
Mitch Easter “Break Through” from Dynamico (Electric Devil 2007) —And the 3 minute pop gems continue.Buy it!
City Squirrel “Watertown” from Blow Music OnlyWith Delicate Mad Worship (Redpill 2010) —Mitch Easter plays bass & co-produced this nifty record from St. Louis expat Stephan Bayley. Oh, yeah, & he got Dave Mattacks to play drums.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Slip On Through” from Sunflower (CAPITOL 1970) —Dennis Wilson wrote some amazing songs - and this one featured cowbell!Buy it!
The Cyrkle “There's a Fire In the Fireplace” from Red Rubber Ball (Sundazed 2001) —More than a 2-hit wonder, the Cyrkle rocked this cowbell classic.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “Ride Lonesome, Ride Hard” from Fool's Parade (Mercury 1998) —I don't know how I missed this record back when it came out, or for that matter, for the 13 years between then and two weeks ago when I finally heard it. Not only is it a good Wolf album, this song has cowbell!Buy it!
Jim Lauderdale “Don't Tempt the Devil (With Your Love)” from Reason and Rhyme (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Seriously, I can't believe it took Robert Hunter 40 years to think of this song title - it seems so like him. Bet he can't believe a singer as good as Lauderdale wants to present his lyrics.Buy it!
Dr. Hook “I Got Stoned And I Missed It” from Bankrupt (EMI 1975) —A nutty Shel Silverstein song I first heard by somebody else on Facebook the other day, so I tracked down this version.Buy it!
Jeff Bridges “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do” from Jeff Bridges (EMI 2011) N —It's not like Bridges is a brilliant singer or anything, but this is one heck of a catchy number.Buy it!
Richard and Linda Thompson “For Shame of Doing Wrong” from In Concert November 1975 (Umvd 2007) —One of the most devastating songs about the end of a relationship - and they sang this one while they were happy in love.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Perfect Far Away” from Not So Loud (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N L —The story Brian Henneman tells of the genesis of this song is hilarious - it's about trying to see Dolly Parton at the VP Fair.Buy it!
Willie Nelson & Asleep at The Wheel “Bring It On Down To My House” from Willie & the Wheel (Bismeaux 2009) —A match made in heaven.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Don't Be Ashamed” from Dedicated (429 2011) N —Bettye LaVette sings this one with Willie Jones - she sounds way more fired up here than she did on her last record. And Cropper obviously loves playing this stuff, too.Buy it!
Shirley & Lee “I Want to Dance” from Legendary Masters Series Vol. 1 (EMI 1990) —I want to jump, I want to shout, I want to jump because the feeling's good.Buy it!
Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns “Everybody's Whalin'” from This Is Huey Piano Smith (Music Club 1998) —I love that "wailin'" is spelled "whalin'."Buy it!
Ruth Brown “Wild Wild Young Men” from Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino 2007) —Wild men dig me but I love a cool one to go home to when I've had my fun. You go, Ruth.Buy it!
The Flamingos “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” from Best of the Flamingos (Rhino 1990) —This is doo-wop sadness at its best, no matter how "keep your chin up" the lyrics are.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs” from The Fabulous Charlie Rich (Koch 1969) —Thanks to Spencer Marquart for reminding me of this classic.Buy it!
Johnny Adams “If I Could See You One More Time” from Heart & Soul (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 1969) —So back when I was younger, I knew Johnny Adams was good, but I just couldn't be bothered to go see him the one time (in my memory) he played St. Louis. Talk about one of the dumbest decisions ever! The older I get, the more brilliant I think he was.Buy it!
Aretha Franklin “Something He Can Feel” from Queen Of Soul (Atlantic 1994) —Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced it, Aretha sang it, I loved it.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “I Confess” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —Big giant huge colossal song.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Damn Love Song” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) N —She was so good live at Off Broadway last week!Buy it!
John Hiatt “Damn This Town” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West www.newwest.com 2011) N —Easily one of the year's best songs. Actually, that last one was another of them.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three “Mississippi Girl” from Middle Of Everywhere (Free Dirt www.freedirtrecords.com 2011) N L —LP release party tonight at Off Broadway - I do need to get out and see him live some day.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Gonna Haunt You” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —Two of the South City Three are also in this band - they get their fill of old time stuff.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Freight Train” from Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings (New West www.newwest.com 2011) N —Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller, and Greg Leisz playing the heck out of this Elizabeth Cotton jewel.Buy it!
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