The Blasters “Never No More Blues” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (Rhino 2002) —Not one of their classics, just plain ol' good.Buy it!
The Rascals “People Got to Be Free” from Anthology (1965-1972) (Rhino 1992) —Ask me my opinion my opinion will be it's a natural situation for a man to be free.Buy it!
The MC5 “American Ruse” from Back in the USA (Rhino 1970) —Reasons why people need to be free.Buy it!
Big Star “O My Soul” from Radio City (Ardent 1974) —Sheer perfection. What's better than a song like this?Buy it!
Lonnie Brooks Blues Band “Cold, Lonely Nights” from Living Chicago Blues Vol. 2 (Alligator 1978) —You just never go wrong with Lonnie Brooks, solid as they come.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Turn My World Around” from In Between Tears (Fungus 1973) —Newly reissued album Thomas did with producer Swamp Dogg back in the early 70s. It's as good as that sounds.Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “Gone Baby Gone” from Memphis (429 Records www.429records.com 2013) N —A little bit Al Green-like. Okay, a lot Al Green-like.Buy it!
Shuggie Otis “Give Me Something Good” from Wings of Love (EPIC/LEGACY 2013) N —This sounds like the love child of Stevie Wonder and Todd Rundgren.Buy it!
Hot Chocolate “Don't Stop It Now” from Their Greatest Hits (EMI 1995) —You probably only remember "You Sexy Thing" and "Everyone's a Winner," but these guys had a lot of cool songs. Great use of strings on this funky groove.Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Useless Heart” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) N —Eric Ambel produced this record, and this song reminds me of one his fellow Del Lord Scott Kempner would write.Buy it!
The Del-Lords “Flying” from Elvis Club (GB Music www.gbmusic.com 2013) N —This is a song Scott Kempner wrote. Watch for the Del-Lords hitting St. Louis sometime this summer.Buy it!
Ivan & Alyosha “God Or Man” from All the Times We Had (Dualtone 2013) N —I think these guys are my favorite band named after characters in a Dostoevsky novel. But I'm open to being proved wrong.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “When the Spell Is Broken” from Live at the BBC (Universal 2005) —From the great band including Christine Collister and Clive Gregson.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Will You Dance, Charlie Boy” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —This is why you need to get the version with the bonus disc. Read this: http://www.40wattgigolo.com/2013/02/will-you-dance-charlie-boy-richard.htmlBuy it!
Tom Jones “Charlie Darwin” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) N —Jones does an exquisite take on a wonderful song by the Low Anthem - which reminds me, I guess I need to hear the Low Anthem one of these days, because I love this song.Buy it!
Mike Stern “All Over the Place” (Heads Up 2012) —I saw this guy play with Miles Davis 30 years ago. He's still great.Buy it!
Robben Ford “Fool's Paradise” from Bringing It All Home (Provogue www.mascotlabelgroup.com 2013) N —Everybody knows Ford is a hot-shot guitarist - what I hadn't realized is how good a singer he is. This is one fine jazz vocal.Buy it!
Cassandra Wilson “Sankofa” from Blue Light 'Til Dawn (Blue Note Records 1993) —A beautiful little acapella number with beautiful harmonies.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Gonna Miss You When You're Gone” from American Kid SINGLE (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —An emotionally riveting song of expected loss.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Dear Heart” from Watch the Sky (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2008) —One of the best singer/songwriters working today.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “This World” from Interiors (Columbia 1990) —So I'm on an Interiors kick. I can't help loving Rosanne Cash. This song, by the way, is devastating.Buy it!
Ray Wylie Hubbard “Lazarus” from The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello 2012) —He'll be at Plush on Wednesday, June 5, part of the opening night of Twangfest, and well worth catching.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “I'll Remember You” from Anchors & Anvils (Archer www.archer-records.com 2007) —She'll be at the Duck Room as part of the band Motel Mirrors, next Thursday, June 6, the second night of Twangfest.Buy it!
Lee Ann Womack “Let 'Em In” from Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney for Linda (Reviver 2013) N —She's not at Twangfest, but this song fits perfectly after the Amy LaVere cut.Buy it!
Son Volt “Livin' On” from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) N L —At the Pageant tomorrow night June 1.Buy it!
Meat Puppets “Down” from Rat Farm (Megaforce 2013) N —Who would have predicted 30 years ago these guys would still be making good records after all this time?Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “Sad Joy” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —An album that keeps surprising me with a new fave song every time I hear it.Buy it!
Arthur Alexander “Go Home Girl” from The Ultimate Arthur Alexander (Razor & Tie 1993) —The love of a girl and the love of a friend are two things you can't compare.Buy it!
Professor Longhair “Big Chief” from New Orleans Funk: New Orleans - The Original Sound Of Funk 1960-75 (Soul Jazz 2000) —I like this funkier version, with the horns kicking things up a notch.Buy it!
Marathons “Peanut Butter” from Chess Rhythm & Roll (Chess 1994) —There's a food going around that's a sticky, sticky goo / Well, it tastes real good but it's so hard to chew. Poetry, pure poetry.Buy it!
The Ready Men “Shortnin' Bread” from Get Ready (Norton) —Ain't nothing like this one.Buy it!
Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns “Sea Cruise” from This Is Huey Piano Smith (Sue Records 1958) —Nothing against the Frankie Ford vocal we fell in love with, but this sounds even cooler.Buy it!
Teddy Presberg “Saint Louis” from Outcries from a Sea of Red (Outright 2009) L —This is what Presberg wrote when he came to this town a few years back - he's since moved on, but the funk remains.Buy it!
Judith Hill “That Power” from single (iTunes 2013) N —She was robbed on the Voice, being let go despite being a better singer than any of them, thus leading Adam Levine to mutter,"I hate this country," & fueling stupid indignation about that.Buy it!
Madeleine Peyroux “You Don't Know Me” from The Blue Room (Decca 2013) N —Okay, there are a million versions of this classic, but I think this one holds up pretty well.Buy it!
Joan Osborne “Who Divided” from Pretty Little Stranger (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 2006) —Shoulda been a big country hit, but what do I know about the charts?Buy it!
Richard Barone “River to River” from Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert (RBM 2012) —Well, the board turned itself off for a couple minutes there, but we're back with a live cut of one of my fave songs from the late 80s.Buy it!
Ana Moura “Amor Afoito” from Desfado (emarcy 2013) N —This Portuegese woman sings almost impossibly beautifully.Buy it!
Luka Bloom “Keeper of the Flame” (Bar/None Records 2001) —A subtle and pretty take on a song by Nina Simone.Buy it!
David Olney “JT's Escape” from Through a Glass Darkly (Philo 1999) —Great song which was supposed to play while we were off the air, and yet only the last minute of it made it when we came back.Buy it!
Rodney Crowell “I Walk the Line (Revisited)” from The Houston Kid (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2001) —One of Crowell's greatest, and he got Johnny Cash to make it even better.Buy it!
Roger Miller “King of the Road” from The Best of Roger Miller Vol. 2: King of the Road (Mercury 1992) —One of the best songs ever, and I hadn't heard it in ages.Buy it!
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