The Glories “Dark End Of The Street” from Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios (Ace 2012) N —This is a version of the Dan Penn/Chips Moman soul classic that I have never heard. Recorded in 1969 and featuring the lead vocals of Frankie Gearing. This compilation is the soundtrack to Roben Jones's book about American Studios.Buy it!
Lee Fields “Faithful Man” (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Shades of James Brown abound on this leadoff & title track off his new release which just hit the stores last week. This song killed live when he performed it at SXSW last week.Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “We're Getting Careless With Our Love” from Taylored In Silk (stax url 1973) —Written by Don Davis (who also produced the album) & Frank Johnson with the rhythm tracks recorded at Muscle Shoals. A trio of cheating soul songs to put you in a M2M frame of mind.Buy it!
Lee Fields “Intermission” from Faithful Man (Truth & Soul Records 2012) N —Music bed. Instrumental from his new release.Buy it!
Elaine Brown “Until We're Free” from Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974 (Light In The Attic At The Firebird on 2/1 W/ Roky Erickson! 2012) N —From the soundtrack to the book with the same title written by Pat Thomas. Written by Elaine Brown who was heavily involved with the Black Panther Party from 1968-1977.Buy it!
J P Robinson “George Jackson” from Sanctified Soul (Kent 2000) —Soul version of the not-often covered Bob Dylan song recorded for Atco in 1971.Buy it!
Homer Banks “The Ghetto” from Change Is Gonna Come: The Voice of Black America 1963-1973 (Kent 2007) —Previously unissued 1968 Stax demo recording written by Homer Banks, Bonnie Bramlett & Bettye Crutcher. The song was later covered by Delaney & Bonnie and The Staple Singers.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Sunday Sermon” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. 1970 Stax instrumental written by Art Jerry Miller.Buy it!
Kim Weston “The Beat Goes On” from For The First Time (MGM 1967) —Written by Sonny Bono & recorded for her first album on the MGM label after she left Motown. Produced by Mickey Stevenson, Jr.Buy it!
Barbara Lynn “I'm A Good Woman” from A Good Woman: The Complete Tribe & Jet Stream Singles 1966-1979 (Kent 2011) —Written by Barbara Lynn and released on the Tribe label in 1966. What a pleasure it was seeing a full set from Barbara Lynn in Austin last week.Buy it!
Sharon Cash “Fever” from Soul Sides, Vol. 2 (The Covers) (Zealous Records 2007) —Recorded in 1974 and found on this collection of soul cover versions compiled by Oliver Wang. Oliver Wang has a fine soul blog (though he doesn't have as many entries as he used to) at http://soul-sides.com.Buy it!
Bill Doggett “Twenty Five Miles” from Honky Tonk Popcorn (King 1969) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the song made famous by Edwin StarrBuy it!
Ruthie Foster “This Time” from Let It Burn (Blue Corn Music 2012) N —Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn will be appearing at the Old Rock House next Thursday (3/29). Ruthie Foster's trio put on a terrific set last week at SXSW. This Los Lobos cover is on her new release.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “The Contortionist” from The King of In Between (Big Lake 2012) —Stones-influenced track written by Garland Jeffreys & found on his highly recommended 2011 release. His set at SXSW was one of the absolute highlights for me.Buy it!
Barry & the Remains “Mercy Mercy” from The Remains (Sundazed 1991) —Don Covay cover recorded in 1966 in Nashville.Buy it!
The Nevegans “One Armed Bandit” from It Came From The Beach (Ace 2008) —Music bed. 1963 Southern California garage instrumental recorded for the -XPANDED label.Buy it!
Kevin Gordon “Gloryland” (Crowville Collective 2012) N —One of my favorite records of 2012, so far. Written by Kevin Gordon & mixed and produced by Joe McMahan (who also plays guitar & Hammond organ on this album).Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Pop's Instrumental” from Soul Folk in Action (stax url 1968) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Pops Staples & recorded in 1968 for Stax.Buy it!
Neko Case “Nothing to Remember” from The Hunger Games (Songs from District 12 and Beyond) (Universal Republic 2012) N —Previously unreleased Neko Case song found on this movie soundtrack for 'The Hunger Games' which just came out this week.Buy it!
The Belle Brigade “Sweet Louise” from The Belle Brigade (Reprise 2011) —Written by siblings Barbara & Ethan Gruska who happen to be the grandchildren of composer John Williams. One of very best sets I saw at SXSW last week.Buy it!
Jackie DeShannon “Dream Boy” from What The World Needs Now Is...Jackie DeShannon (EMI 1994) —Previously unreleased Jackie DeShannon-penned song from 1964 with Jimmy Page on guitar.Buy it!
The Ventures “Windy And Warm” from Surfing (Sundazed 1963) —Music bed. Reissue of their 1963 album recorded for the Dolton label. Written by J.D. Loudermilk.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “After The Rain” from No Other Love (New West 2002) —Duet with Chuck Prophet & Stephanie Finch. Chuck Prophet is appearing at Off Broadway tonight (Thursday 3/22) with The Jans Project opening. I put this in the "crazy if you miss this show" category.Buy it!
The Jans Project “High Noon” from The Jans Project (Jans Project 2011) L —See previous entry. Written by Nick Rudd & found on their 2011 4-song EP.Buy it!
Wussy “Magnolia” from Strawberry (Shake It 2011) N —Words and lead vocals by Lisa Walker and music by Wussy. Coming to a June music festival near you.Buy it!
The Ventures “Stranger On the Shore” from Walk, Don't Run Vol. 2 (dolton 1964) —Music bed. Reissue of their 1964 album recorded for Dolton Records.Buy it!
Woodenbox With a Fistful of Fivers “Everyone Has a Price” (self 2012) N —Scottish band with members from Glasgow & Edinburgh and one of the biggest unexpected surprises for me at SXSW last week.Buy it!
Belle and Sebastian “The Blues Are Still Blue” from The Life Pursuit (Matador 2006) —Glam rock-influenced song written & sung by Stuart Murdoch.Buy it!
Mogwai “Folk Death 95” from Mr. Beast (Matador 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Delgados “Pull The Wires from the Wall” from Peloton (Chemikal Underground 1999) —Featuring the lead vocal of Emma Pollock.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Shine Like a New Pin” from Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2002) —Written and sung by Tracyanne Campbell.Buy it!
The Hazey Janes “Girl In the Night” from The Winter That Was (Armellodie 2011) —2011 release from the band based out of Dundee, Scotland.Buy it!
Mogwai “Emergency Trap” from Mr. Beast (Matador 2006) —Music bed. Instrumental from the Glaswegian band.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “Blue” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) N —From Enskede, Sweden & featuring the vocal harmonies of Johanna and Klara Söderberg.Buy it!
Linda Ronstadt “I Won't Be Hangin' Round” from Sounds From The South: At The Crossroads Of Rock, Country and Soul (Soul Jazz www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/ 2011) —Written by Eric Kaz & recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1971. Merry Clayton is one of the background vocalists on this.Buy it!
Sammi Smith “Cover Me” from The Best of Sammi Smith (Varese Sarabande 1996) —Written by Wayne Carson (who also wrote 'The Letter') and recorded in 1975.Buy it!
The Byrds “Universal Mind Decoder” from The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Expanded) (Columbia 1997) —Music bed. Early 1967 instrumental demo version of 'Change Is Now' written by Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Where You Going Now?” from Science Won (self-released 2012) N L —From their more acoustic forthcoming album slated for release in mid-April.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” from Release Me (UMG Recordings, Inc. 2012) N —Considerably slowed down version of the song written by Chuck Berry & found on his new release mainly made up of covers.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Route 66” from Chuck Berry Blues (MCA/Chess 2003) —Written by Bobby Troup & recorded for Chess in 1961.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “The Prince of L. A.” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) L —Appearing at Plush this Friday (9/23) along with Beth Bombara & The Ebanjoist, Royal Smokestacks & Trigger 5.Buy it!
Trigger 5 “Sunday Morning Service” from Three Cords (self-release 2011) L —Appearing at Plush this Friday (9/23) along with Beth Bombara & The Ebanjoist, Royal Smokestacks & The VondrukesBuy it!
Johnny Paycheck “He's In a Hurry To Get Home (To My Wife)” from The Real Mr. Heartache (Country Music Foundation 1996) —Now this is a sad tale. Written by Joe Poovey and recorded for the Little Darlin' label in 1966.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Post to Wire” (El Cortez 2003) —Featuring the word & vocals of Willie Vlautin & harmony vocals by Deborah Kelly.Buy it!
The Byrds “This Wheel's On Fire” from Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde (Columbia 1969) —Written by Bob Dylan & Rick Danko and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
Lone Justice “East of Eden” from Lone Justice (Geffen 1985) —Written by bassist Marvin Etzioni and found on their 1985 debut release.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “The Crude Oil Blues” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA 1995) —Everybody's singing this song right now. Written by Jerry Reed & recorded in 1973.Buy it!
Buddy Miller, featuring Duane Eddy “Sneaky Snake” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet Records 2011) —Found on this collection of various artists singing songs from Tom T. Hall's 1974 'Songs of Fox Hollow' releaseBuy it!
O.C Smith “The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp” from Hickory Holler Revisited (Columbia 1968) —Written by Dallas Frazier.Buy it!
Greg Brown “Spring & All” from Slant 6 Mind (Red House Records 1997) —Seems like an appropriate time of year to play this.Buy it!
Candi Staton “Mr. and Mrs. Untrue” from Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace 2011) —Let's end this show the way we came in. With a soul cheating song. Originally made famous by Lloyd Price. Recorded in 1970 at Fame Studios.Buy it!
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