The Move “Wild Tiger Woman” from Omnibus: The 60s Singles As and Bs (Edsel 1999) —Equipment issues had me start off the show sounding like a maniac. But the music sounded good once I figured it out.Buy it!
The Kinks “Sitting On My Sofa” from Kinkdom (Rhino 1965) —You can write a song about almost anything - if you're Ray Davies.Buy it!
Paul Weller “When Your Garden's Overgrown” from Sonik Kicks (Island 2012) —A pretty decent little song from Mr. Weller's pretty decent little album last year.Buy it!
The Youngbloods “Sunlight” from Elephant Mountain (Edsel 1969) —I swear, it's as though I've never done this before. Anyway, this is a sweet number from Jesse Colin Young.Buy it!
Green On Red “Gravity Talks” from King of the New York Streets (Slash 1983) —I remember this came out on the same day as the first Los Lobos EP, and I listened to both of them over and over and over and over.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone” from The Bootleg Series, Vol 4, Live 1966 (Columbia 1998) —Oh, the kids were freaked out by Dylan when he rocked.Buy it!
Tom Jones “When the Deal Goes Down” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder 2013) N —Great singer covers great song - this was on Dylan's Modern Times album.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The Tic-Tac Man” from Electric (New West 2013) N —You have to get the deluxe version, because the bonus cuts are really, really good. Like this one.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Banish Misfortune” from Strict Tempo! (Hannibal 1981) —Richard just playing an old trad instrumental on solo guitar - what more do you need?Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Old Thames Side” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2011) —Well, he could sing an original that sounds like an old trad folk song.Buy it!
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell “When You Get to Asheville” from Love Has Come For You (Rounder 2013) N —When you get to Asheville, send me an e-mail. That's the coolest opening line for a modern folk song!Buy it!
John Fahey “Hawaiian Two-Step” from Return of the Repressed: The John Fahey Anthology (Rhino 1994) —A gorgeous example of the great guitarist!Buy it!
Fred Friction “Old Tin Bucket” from Murder Balladeer (self-released 2013) N L —Yesterday, Fred Friction shocked St. Louis by announcing that he was leaving his long-running KDHX show Fishing With Dynamite.Buy it!
The Carper Family “Would You Like to Get Some Goats” from Back When (self 2011) —How can you resist that song title?Buy it!
Skip James “Crow Jane” from Blues From the Delta (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 1998) —Nobody else rocked that falsetto the way Skip James did.Buy it!
Memphis Minnie “I'm a Bad Luck Woman” from Hoodoo Lady 1933-37 (Columbia / Legacy 1991) —Every man I get if he don't get sick he will die.Buy it!
Clifton Chenier “The Things I Did For You” from Bayou Blues (Specialty 1970) —Zydeco in 1955 was often a freakier version of blues. I love it, of course!Buy it!
The Chi-Lites “Trouble's A Comin'” from I Like Your Lovin' (Do You Like Mine?) (Diablo 1970) —The Chi-Lites deserve more credit for making great albums with songs that could have been hit singles but there were too many good ones to have them all be big.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “We Got to Have Peace” from People Get Ready: The Curtis Mayfield Story (Rhino 1996) —I once got to shake this man's hand. That was an honor.Buy it!
Alice Smith “Loyalty” from She (Rainwater 2013) N —Holy cow! This is a singer!Buy it!
Judith Hill “Feeling Good” from single (iTunes 2013) N —It's not easy to take on a song as iconic as this Nina Simone classic, but Judith Hill - well, this is a singer way beyond any other on any TV competition show. She damn well better win The Voice!Buy it!
Ollie & The Nightingales “I Got a Sure Thing” from Stax 50 - 50th Anniversary Celebration (stax 2007) —Not one of the best known from Stax, but a gem nonetheless.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Faithful Son” from American Kid SINGLE (New West 2013) N —My review of this terrific record: http://blurtonline.com/review/patty-griffin-american-kid/Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Nickel & Spoon” from With These Hands (Ryko 1996) —A beautiful song sung with Willie Nelson!Buy it!
Deadstring Brothers “Lucille's Honky Tonk” from Cannery Row (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —You can catch these guys May 25, two weeks from tomorrow at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Maria Muldaur “Please Send Me Someone to Love” from Steady Love (stony plain 2011) —A masterful take on the masterful Percy Mayfield classic.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Blues Stay Away From Me” from Blaze of Glory (TallGirl 2013) N —I love her original songs, but this Delmore Brothers cover is so insistently seductive.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Sunrise In New York City” from American Ride (River House www.willienile.com 2013) N —The man just knows how to write hooks. And give his songs substance, too.Buy it!
Willie Nile “Hide Your Love” from The Arista Columbia Recordings 1980-1991 (Acadia 2006) —For more exhibits of Nile's prowess, get this indispensable 2 disc set collecting all his classics from the olden days.Buy it!
Denny Brown “Rolled Out Past Midnight” from The San Francisco / Austin / Hollywood Sessions (Unknown 2013) N —I don't know much about him, but he has David Grissom on guitar and Booker T. on keyboards, and this is one heck of a song.Buy it!
Dion “New York City Song” from King of the New York Streets (THE RIGHT STUFF 2000) —This was originally on one of the quietest Phil Spector productions ever.Buy it!
Joe Stickley “Wasn't It Pretty” (Peola 2012) N L —St. Louis schoolteacher by day, excellent singer/songwriter by night.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Waterside” from Watch the Sky (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 2008) —A simple and beautiful little song.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “Only a Clown” from The Stand-In (ATO 2013) N —I still haven't fully absorbed this record, but I know it brings a smile to my face and a spring to my step whenever I hear it.Buy it!
Free Energy “True Love” from Love Sign (Free Energy 2013) N —Even when they don't rock, I'm thrilled by the hooks and the groove.Buy it!
Big Star “September Gurls” from Keep an Eye On the Sky CD ALBUM (Rhino 2009) —On the short list of songs nearest and dearest to my heart.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Gypsy Woman” from My True Story (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —Beautiful rendition of a Curtis Mayfield masterpiece.Buy it!
James Carr “What Can I Call My Own?” from The Essential James Carr (Razor and Tie 1995) —Well, that organ and that voice just set my skin to tinglin'.Buy it!
PRINCE ALLA “Only Love Can Conquer” from Only Love Can Conquer (1976-1979) (Blood and Fire 1996) —Deep roots.Buy it!
Budos Band “Unbroken, Unshaven” from The Budos Band III (Daptone 2010) —Nice funky, deeply soulful instrumental.Buy it!
Nick Drake “Day Is Done” from Five Leaves Left (Island 1969) —I love the string arrangements on this one.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “Cheater's Game” (Thirty Tigers 2013) N —I do wish I'd had the energy to catch these guys a couple weeks back when they were in town. The record is darned good.Buy it!
Radney Foster “I Won't Lie to You” from This World We Live In (Dualtone 2006) —One of dozens of excellent songs Foster has cranked out while almost nobody pays any attention.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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