Joan Armatrading “Into the Blues” CD ALBUM (429 Records www.429records.com 2007) —One of Armatrading's strongest latter-day recordings.Buy it!
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band “Grow Fins” from The Spotlight Kid (Warner Brothers 1972) —I love the sound of the harp on this modern blues.Buy it!
Imelda May “Wild Woman” from Tribal (Decca 2014) N —Truly the sound of a passionate wild woman!Buy it!
Los Lobos “Do the Murray” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) —Your basic rock'n'blues shuffle - these guys do this as well as anybody in the world.Buy it!
Lee Ann Womack “Tomorrow Night In Baltimore” from The Way I'm Livin' (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2014) N —From Jersey to Baltimore isn't very far.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Jersey Girl” from Heartattack And Vine (Elektra 1980) —I think I first heard this song by Springsteen - I remember being surprised he didn't write it.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Mournin' Glory Story” from Harry (RCA 1969) —Masterpiece!Buy it!
Sean Watkins “Wave As We Run” from All I Do Is Lie (Roaring Goal Records 2014) N —The third leg of Nickel Creek doesn't get enough attention - man, this is great stuff.Buy it!
Sid Griffin “Blue Yodel No. 12 & 35” from The Trick Is To Breathe (Prima Records 2014) N —Someone who loves Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Dylan.Buy it!
Billy Joe Shaver “Hard To Be An Outlaw” from Long In the Tooth (Lightning Rod Records www.lightningrodrecords.com 2014) N —Wonderful duet between Shaver and his ol' pal Willie Nelson.Buy it!
Gene Clark “Silver Raven” from No Other (Rhino 1974) —Clark was so good at every musical direction he took. This song is gorgeous.Buy it!
Bob Dylan & The Band “Lo and Behold (Take 2)” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 (Columbia 2014) N —I admit - I haven't researched it - I think this is the version we all know from previous Basement Tapes releases.Buy it!
The Band “Rag Mama Rag” from Rock of Ages (CAPITOL 1971) —The delightful horn-infused live version.Buy it!
The Kinks “Do You Remember Walter” from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Sanctuary 1968) —See what I did there? Remind me to Remember? I just noticed that myself.Buy it!
Dionne Warwick “Always Something There to Remind Me” from The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits (Rhino 1989) —It's just amazing to think of Bacharach melodies graphically, the way they slide around the scales and dip and swoop so dramatically. And it's all beautiful!Buy it!
Brenda Holloway “Reconsider” from Soulvation: The Best of Northern Soul (Audiovisual 2007) —She just sings the heck out of this.Buy it!
Don Covay “Mercy, Mercy” from Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 (Atlantic 1987) —How much did Mick Jagger take from Covay? Plenty!Buy it!
Albert King “Need You By My Side” from The Complete King & Bobbin Recordings (Collectables 2004) L —What the heck - this one features the amazing guitar of Albert King, when he was a fixture on the St. Louis blues scene back in 1959.Buy it!
Icky Renrut “Hey---Hey” from I Like Ike! The Best of Ike Turner (Rhino 1994) L —This one features the amazing guitar of Ike Turner.Buy it!
Paul Butterfield Blues Band “I Got a Mind to Give Up Living” from East-West (Elektra 1965) —This one features the amazing guitar of Michael Bloomfield.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “Whole Lot of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)” from Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (Motown 2002) —Not the most familiar song from Smokey, but it sure is a great one.Buy it!
FONTELLA BASS “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” from Brown Eyed Handsome Man: St Louis Salutes The Father of Rock and Roll (Undertow 2004) L —One of the greatest of all Chuck Berry covers.Buy it!
Gedeon Luke & the People “Lend Me Your Sunshine” from Live Free & Love (Monocentric Music 2014) N —One of my fave songs this year - just a pure delight.Buy it!
Gene Pitney “She's a Heartbreaker” from The Definitive Collection (Charly 1999) —When Gene Pitney went full-on soul music!Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Squeezums” from A Simpler Sugar (self-released 2014) N L —A theme song if I've ever heard one!Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Holding On to the Earth” from The Indescribable Wow (Virgin 1988) —This record was on near constant rotation in my car that year - it was one of the few pre-recorded cassettes I ever loved.Buy it!
Danny Wilson “Mary's Prayer” from Meet Danny Wilson (Virgin 1987) —One of the most delightful records that most people ignored back when it was new.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Born In Chains” from Popular Problems (Columbia 2014) N —I haven't had a chance to listen closely to this new record, but I sure do like what I've dipped into here and there.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Take 'em or Leave 'em” from This World Is Not My Home (Archer Records 2005) —Quietly, LaVere has amassed one of the most impressive songwriting resumes of the millenium.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Willie Mays Is Up At Bat” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) —I know he has a new album, but I really wanted to hear this masterpiece again today.Buy it!
The Vertigo Swirl “Ginger Jake” from Sane As The Sun (self 2014) N L —See this great local band Thursday Dec 11 on the Stage at KDHX as part of the KDHX Discovery Series: History of Psychedelia.Buy it!
13th Floor Elevators “Monkey Island” from The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Collectables 1966) —Still the best record to play when you want to hear an electric jug.Buy it!
Tom Verlaine “Postcard From Waterloo” from Words From the Front (Collector's Choice 1982) —Still one of the most beautiful and devastatingly sad records I know - with all the lyrics based on letters home from soldiers in WWI.Buy it!
The Delgados “Russian Orthodox” from Peloton (Chemikal Underground Records 1998) —Back in the late 90s, these guys were one of the brightest lights of original, inventive, and emotionally resonant music.Buy it!
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