Willie Nile “If I Ever See the Light” from American Ride (River House www.willienile.com 2013) N —Willie Nile has now put out more music in the last ten years than he did in the first 20 years of his career - and all of it is excellent.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Radio Silence” from Glow (Bar/None Records 2010) —Former Bongos front man still has it!Buy it!
John Hiatt “Cherry Red” from Same Old Man (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2008) —One of Hiatt's finest songs, methinks.Buy it!
Procol Harum “Bringing Home the Bacon” from Grand Hotel (Repertoire 1973) —You can be forgiven if you hear the opening to this song and think you put on a Spoon record by mistake. I wonder if those guys are fans of Procol Harum.Buy it!
Cream “Strange Brew” from Disraeli Gears (ATCO 1967) —Sometimes, you just gotta hear the classics.Buy it!
J. Geils Band “The Usual Place” from Houseparty: Anthology (Rhino 1992) —Great version of a Don Covay song. Any similarity between Mick Jagger & Peter Wolf might come from their mutual love of Covay.Buy it!
Magic Slim & the Teardrops “Part Time Love” from Raising the Bar (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2010) —We lost a great bluesman when Magic Slim passed away a few months back.Buy it!
Carol Douglas “Doctor's Orders” from Disco Classics (Varese Sarabande 2003) —I'm never gonna get tired of a song this joyously yearning.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Koochie Koochie Koochie” from Blax-Plosion (Charly 2001) —Almost certainly, this will not be a song Mavis sings when she plays the Bluesweek Festival tomorrow night downtown for free.Buy it!
McCrary Sisters “Hum and Moan” from All The Way (self 2013) N —There aren't many songs truly deserving of the description "awesome," but this recording definitely merits it.Buy it!
The Fifth Dimension “Love's Lines, Angles & Rhymes” from Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —Really, kids, this sort of sophisticated music was all the rage for a little while there when I was young.Buy it!
Delroy Wilson & Slim Smith “Look Who Is Back Again” from Full Up: The Best of Studio One Vol. 2 (Heartbeat 1983) —Not that complex melodies are the only thing in life; sometimes simple and sweet is good enough.Buy it!
War “Outlaw” from Anthology: 1970-1994 (Avenue 1994) —And sometimes simple and tough and driving beats make the world go round.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “Harlem in Havana” from Taming the Tiger (Reprise 1998) —It's a given that Joni's later music isn't as perfect as her classic years, but I keep getting entranced by individual cuts when I hear them again.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson & Krystle Warren “Pink Moon” from Way to Blue: Songs of Nick Drake (StorySound Records 2013) —An incredible version of the Nick Drake classic.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “I Want a Cure” from Interiors (Columbia 1990) —I missed seeing her when she was just in town. But she remains one of my all-time fave singers.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “Devil In Mind” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —The second song this morning to reference the Devil, but this one seems to think he's more fun.Buy it!
Steve Dawson “Know Now” from I Will Miss the Trumpets and the Drums (Kernel Sound Recordings / Undertow 2009) —Dawson's band Dolly Varden will be at Twangfest on Saturday, June 8, also doing an instore at Euclid Records that afternoon. Never let it be said I don't know how to promote by playing from an older solo record.Buy it!
Son Volt “Barricades” from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) L —Playing at the Pageant Saturday, June 1.Buy it!
Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools “Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues” from Songs from the Barn (Leroy Records 2013) N —Killer version, with Johnny having a completely different kind of rasp than Dylan does these days.Buy it!
Jackson Browne & David Lindley “Mercury Blues” from Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino (inside recordings 2010) —David Lindley at The Wildey Theatre Friday, 05/24/13. For more info: www.thewildeytheatre.comBuy it!
Chris Stamey “London” from Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc 2013) N —An atmospheric and beautiful song from a man who has so many great ones.Buy it!
Denny Brown “Where Will You Go” from The San Francisco / Austin / Hollywood Sessions (Unknown 2013) N —This song about the middle of the night fits nicely with the previous one.Buy it!
The Bridge “Stranger in My Own Home” from National Bohemian (Woodberry 2011) —I can't remember the story behind these guys, but Steve Berlin was involved as producer, so I listened & I liked.Buy it!
Ivan & Alyosha “Be Your Man” from All the Times We Had (Dualtone 2013) N —Another artist I don't really know, but the record is really good.Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “Bird on the Wire” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) N —Yep, it's another terrific version of this perfect song.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Is The Better Part Over” from Let's Face the Music and Dance (Legacy 2013) N —Any Willie song that gives equal time to his voice and his guitar is a song I'll play over and over!Buy it!
Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Dutchesses) “The Low Highway” from Low Highway (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —The state of today's America.Buy it!
The Deadstring Brothers “Like a California Wildfire” from Cannery Row (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —They'll be at Off Broadway tomorrow night, and at Euclid Records for a live instore at 5 pm, too.Buy it!
Beth Hart “With You Everyday” from Bang Bang Boom Boom (Mascot Records 2013) N —Very good soulful number from a woman who can do a lot.Buy it!
Bobby Purify “What's Old To You” from Better to Have It (Proper 2005) —The very fine comeback album from this classic soul singer.Buy it!
The Enchanters “I Wanna Thank You” from The Best of Loma Records - The Rise and Fall of a 1960's Soul Label (Warner Brothers 1995) —An undeservedly forgotten gem from the early 70s.Buy it!
Delbert McClinton “She's Not There Anymore” from Acquired Taste (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2009) —Delbert's voice is fading, but he still can sing, if you know what I mean.Buy it!
Chucho Valdes Trio “Son No. 2” from Jazz Bata (Malanga Music 2007) —Recorded back in 1971, when this great pianist was 30 years old.Buy it!
Los Straitjackets “Magia Bianca (Devil Woman)” from Rock En Espanol Vol. 1 (Yep Roc 2007) —This hour's mention of the Devil. En Espanol, of course.Buy it!
Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra “For the Baby Doll” (self 2013) N —Here's a guy who's been around for ages but I only just heard him very recently. Nice stuff.Buy it!
They Might Be Giants “You're On Fire” from Nanobots (Idlewild 2013) N —Okay, this caught me by surprise - my first hearing of this record did nothing for me, then I tried again and found several really strong songs like this one.Buy it!
Tegan and Sara “Closer” from Heartthrob (Warner Brothers 2013) —Oh, it was so sweet and cute to watch Matty dance awkwardly to this song on uh, Awkward the other night.Buy it!
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