Nappy Brown & The Heartfixers “Tore Up Over You” from Tore Up (Alligator Records www.alligator.com 1984) —Now that's an exuberant bluesman.Buy it!
Joe Louis Walker “Eyes Like a Cat” from Between a Rock and the Blues (stony plain 2009) —One of my fave modern blues players - his guitar tone is so clean and smart.Buy it!
Magic Slim & the Teardrops “Full Load Boogie” from Midnight Blues (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2008) —And then there's the dark rumbling tone of Magic Slim.Buy it!
James McMurtry “Slew Foot” from Childish Things SINGLE (Lightning Rod Records 2005) —Speaking of dark rumbling guitar tones - McMurtry has one of the very best in the biz, and he's as great a guitarist as he is a songwriter. Oh, yeah, and Joe Ely sings with him on this.Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Slow Tom's” from single (Euclid 2010) —Recorded live at Euclid Records a couple years back, and released on a limited edition 7" single with a woodcut cover.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Bigger” from Raucous Americanus (Cool Dog Sound 2010) —A sweet song about limitations.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Rich and Broken” from The Innocent Ones (River House 2011) N —I don't think that I have ever seen her without a glass of wine between her fingers, my my my. That's an enticing opening line.Buy it!
Tom Petty “You Wreck Me” from Wildflowers (Warner Brothers 1994) —Hard to believe as much time has passed since this was released as had passed between Petty's first record and this one. In other words, it's the midpoint of his career.Buy it!
The Bangles “Through Your Eyes” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) N —A sort of Norwegian Wood homage, and then some. What a gorgeous record.Buy it!
Tinariwen “Genere Taqqim Tossam” from Tassili (Anti- 2011) N —I saw these guys on the Colbert Report the other night - this is the great song they played with the TV on the Radio guys joining them.Buy it!
Amabutho “Amabutho (The Warriors)” from SIkelela (Alma 2010) —South African, vibrant music.Buy it!
Tony Allen “Elewon Po” from Secret Agent CD ALBUM (World Circuit 2009) —The drummer who propelled so many of Fela's greatest records keeps the Afrobeat flame alive on his own.Buy it!
James Farm “Bijou” from James Farm (Nonesuch 2011) N —Joshua Redman I've known for years, but Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland are all great partners with him. This is a powerful modern jazz record.Buy it!
George Shearing “Cuban Love Song” from The Best of George Shearing (1955-1960) (Blue Note 1995) —From back in the day when Latin music had as much influence on American music as it ever would.Buy it!
k.d. Lang “Black Coffee” from Shadowland (Sire Records 1988) —One of the most dynamic and powerful of all vocalists.Buy it!
Miranda Lambert “Over You” from Four the Record (Sony 2011) N —Putting us in the mood for Christmas - or maybe regretting a past one.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Today I Started Loving You Again” from Remember Me Vol. 1 (R&J 2011) N —Willie sings classic country songs - money in the bank.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Clean Cut Kid” from Empire Burlesque (Columbia 1985) N —I learned this song by the Textones, but I've come to really dig Dylan's version of the song he gave them.Buy it!
Count Five “Psychotic Reaction” from Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Rhino 1972) —I hadn't ever noticed the cowbell before, but it is there.Buy it!
The Yardbirds “For Your Love” from Greatest Hits Vol. 1 1964-1966 (Rhino 1986) —Cowbell is all over this one, but I hadn't realized it.Buy it!
The New Pornographers “Crash Years” from Challengers (Matador Records 2007) —You gotta love a good whistling song.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart “Electricity” from Safe As Milk (Buddha 1967) —Shoulda been a big hit, this one.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Chelsea Hotel” from Weather (Naive 2011) N —A beautiful interpretation of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel." I was playing this album the other night, and Rene Saller recognized this was the Cohen song before I had noticed.Buy it!
Joe Henry “Piano Furnace” from Reverie (Anti 2011) N —Joe Henry produced the record before this cut and the record after this cut. In between, he recorded this amazing record on his own.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “Soon” from The Long Surrender (GSD 2011) —I should point out that all three songs in this set also share the incredible drumming of Jay Bellerose, who is a magician behind the kit.Buy it!
Geri Allen “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel (I)” from A Child Is Born (Motema Music 2011) N —This is a melody of my childhood, one I've loved as long as I can remember loving any tune. But Allen makes it haunting and deeper than I ever imagined it could be.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “Ring Them Bells” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —A gorgeous version of the Bob Dylan song.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Move, Shake, Bounce” from Give 'Em What They Need (self-released 2010) L —They'll be playing the show after Kinky Friedman's early show tonight, and they've got some fun special guests planned.Buy it!
Magazine “Hello Mister Curtis (with apologies)” from No Thyself (Wire-Sound 2011) N —A song worthy of being included in the Magazine catalog.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Face To the Highway” from Bad As Me (Anti- 2011) N —I'll turn my face to the highway and I'll turn my back on you. That's a blues line.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Mother of God” from Impossible Dream (ATO 2004) —Beautiful and rich song.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “River Is Waiting” from Simply Grand (Rounder 2008) —Pianist Henry Butler and vocalist Irma Thomas take John Fogerty's song to church.Buy it!
The Bees “Tired of Loving” from Every Step's a Yes (ATO 2011) —An oddly engaging little number, all off-kilter and yet perfectly constructed.Buy it!
Les Copeland “Long Lost Love” from Don't Let the Devil In (Earwig 2010) —A very talented finger picking guitarist and master of many traditions. He lives in British Columbia. That might be why you've never heard of him.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Down the Road a Piece” from Anthology (MCA 2000) —Chuck Berry wasn't half bad as a song interpreter in his day, either.Buy it!
Chris Clark “Do Right Baby, Do Right” from Motown Milestones: Motown's Leading Ladies (Motown 1995) —You'd better get yourself a woman who's gonna take your jive. She ain't messing around here.Buy it!
Eden Brent “Leave Me Alone” from Ain't Got No Troubles (Yellow Dog 2010) —Just a killer piano blues number with great vocals.Buy it!
Kenny Vaughan “Minuit Sur La Plage” from V (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —A masterful session guitarist puts out his own record at last - this instrumental shows off his skills fine.Buy it!
The Cadillacs “The Girl I Love” from Best of the Cadillacs (Rhino 1990) —A little doo-wop never hurt anybody.Buy it!
Andy Friedman “Going Home (Drifter's Blessing)” from Laserbeams and Dreams (City Salvage 2011) —A beautiful way to end the show today.Buy it!
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