Brothers Lazaroff “Cluck Ole Hen” from Hope, Fear, Youth (self 2013) L —Having some fun with a trad folk song.Buy it!
The Secret Sisters “I Cannot Find a Way” from Put Your Needle Down (Universal Records 2014) N —It took me a while, but I've learned that T Bone Burnett wasn't kidding about these women.Buy it!
Half Knots “Sweetheart” from Proof (self 2013) L —Amazingly beautiful cut from this St. Louis band.Buy it!
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey “Haven't Got the Right (To Treat Me Wrong)” from Mavericks (Rhino 1991) —Swoon-worthy harmonies and a stunning melody from Stamey.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Game of Fools” from Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music 2006) —Nile's last decade has been as good as anybody's.Buy it!
The Psycho Sisters “This Painting” from Up On the Chair, Beatrice (Rockbeat 2014) N —One in a long line of songs where somebody ends a relationship and leaves behind a souvenir.Buy it!
Jenny Lewis “Love U Forever” from The Voyager (Warner Brothers 2014) N —This new record keeps calling my name - I suspect there is a lot to absorb with repeated listenings. But just to start, wow - this is glorious pop music.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Is This What I Get For Loving You?” from Marianne Faithfull: The Collection (Universal 2005) —The young and sunny sound of Marrianne. Sunny sound, not a sunny song, though.Buy it!
The Association “What Were the Words” from Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology (Rhino 2002) —Speaking of great singing. And arrangements. And songwriting. And just plain greatness.Buy it!
Bob Kuban & The In-Men “Try Me Baby” from Look Out For The Cheater (Collectables 1966) L —Walter Scott! The guy could sing.Buy it!
Eden Brent “Valentine” from Jigsaw Heart (Yellow Dog Records 2014) N —I never was good enough to be a saint, I never had a day that took my name, I always stumbled over my best lines, can I be your valentine?Buy it!
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein “Henry's Boogie” from Viper's Drag (Impulse 2014) N —A killer New Orleans piano record, with some punchy horns.Buy it!
Big Jay McNeely “Tondalayo” from The Big Horn: The History of the Honkin' and Screamin' Saxophone (Proper 2003) —Saxophone is great, but this cut is led by a very cool piano part.Buy it!
Little Feat “Cat Fever” from Sailin' Shoes (Warner Brothers 1972) —A delightful example of the days when these guys were just incapable of doing wrong.Buy it!
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin “I Feel So Good” from Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc 2014) N —Man, they just sound like they're having a ball on this record. Really kicking myself for not going to see them when they were in town.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Golden Slipper Rose” from Boss Man (Koch 1970) —Everyone called Mama Golden Slipper Rose.Buy it!
Donnie Fritts “Sumpin' Funky Going On” from Country Funk Vol II 1967-1974 (Light In The Attic 2014) N —You can't argue with the quality of music put together on these two volumes of a genre which never really existed but you know it when you hear it.Buy it!
The Holmes Brothers “Darkest Hour” from Brotherhood (Alligator 2013) —I get caught up just in the sound of this record, the depths of the blues, and the battle between hope and despair.Buy it!
Culture “Natty Dread Taking Over” from Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie 1977) —From one of the very finest reggae records ever made.Buy it!
Percy Sledge “When a Man Loves a Woman” from Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 (Atlantic 1985) —Sometimes you just have to play the classics. And then you remember it's been years since you've heard this one.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “Believe” from Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn Music 2014) N —Produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Which automatically elevates anything in my book.Buy it!
John Nemeth “If It Ain't Broke” from Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music 2014) N —Backed by the Bo-Keys, this is some mighty fine new soul.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Let Me Breathe” from Original (Fathead 2014) N —She'll be in town Sept. 17 at the Old Rock House. She's a great live performer.Buy it!
Candi Staton “I Gave a Little and Lost a Lot” from Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace 2000) —Such a great voice, such killer musicians.Buy it!
Santana “Fried Neck Bones And Some Homefries” from Live at the Fillmore 1968 (Columbia 1997) —Willie Bobo translated for the Fillmore audience - every bit as scintillating as you'd expect.Buy it!
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