Evie Sands “Angel of the Morning” from Cameo-Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2005) —Then slowly turn away from me. Sigh.Buy it!
Petula Clark “Love Me Tender” from Lost In You (Sony 2013) N —A sweet version of a sweet song.Buy it!
Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues “The One And Only” from Electric Landlady (EMI 1991) —Just last week, an old friend saw this CD in the record store and laughed hysterically at the name. I'd forgotten the joke after 22 years of just loving the record.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Sadako Folding Cranes” from Warp and Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) —Veirs continues to make entrancing and melodically idiosyncratic music. This song is particularly beautiful.Buy it!
Carrie Rodriguez “Sad Joy” from Give Me All You Got (Ninth Street Opus 2013) N —Why aren't my fellow KDHX djs as enamored with Carrie Rodriguez as I am? This song is as good as any to come out this year.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Natural Forces” CD ALBUM (Lost Highway 2009) —I'm subject to the natural forces / My home is where my horse is.Buy it!
Darden Smith “Distracted” from Love Calling (Compass www.compassrecords.com 2013) N —See, he can't think straight 'cause he's in luv!Buy it!
Ethan Johns “The Turning” from If Not Now Then When? (Three Crows Music 2013) N —The silence will be beautiful.Buy it!
Peter Gabriel “And Through the Wire” from Peter Gabriel (3) (Real World 1980) —Those early Peter Gabriel solo records still stand up beautifully!Buy it!
Richard Barone “Tangled In Your Web” from Cool Blue Halo 25th Anniversary Concert (RBM 2012) —That ringing guitar matched with that deep cello - lovely.Buy it!
Robyn Hitchcock “Strawberries Dress” from Love From London (Yep Roc 2013) N —A typically pleasurable song from Mr. Hitchcock.Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Tuf Skin” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —Who says there aren't great rock bands any more?Buy it!
Queen “'39” from A Night at the Opera CD ALBUM (EMI Records 1975) —I owned this album back in the day - bought it at J.C. Penny's record department at River Roads. When I listened to it again for the first time in 35 years, I didn't remember this song.Buy it!
Dave Alvin “Johnny Ace is Dead” from Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc 2011) —It may be a myth, but Dave Alvin turns it into one great song.Buy it!
Rene Spencer “Will You Drive Me to Drink” from Out of the Gate (Rick Wood 1988) L —Way back before there was the phrase "alternative country," my friend Rick noticed all these bands had something in common and put out a cassette. My friend Rene sang this brilliant song she wrote.Buy it!
Rockhouse Ramblers “Get Up Get Busy” from Torch This Town (Hayden's Ferry 2002) L —A jazzy country song from one of St. Louis's best outfits of the first part of the millenium.Buy it!
Della Mae “This World Oft Can Be” (Rounder 2013) N —A song from outside St. Louis that's as good as the ones I just played by my friends.Buy it!
Amanda Shires “Look Like a Bird” from Down Fell the Doves (Lightning Rod 2013) N —I want to look like a bird, careless, weightless, and free.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Ohio” from American Kid SINGLE (New West 2013) N —This is one of the songs where Robert Plant essentially writes a counter-melody to serve as harmony. Stunning.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “These Four Walls” from In Between Tears (Fungus 1973) —Produced by Swamp Dogg!Buy it!
John Boutte “Sisters” from Treme: Music from the HBO Original Series Season 2 (Rounder 2012) —Probably my favorite discovery from the Treme series (as most of the artists featured are ones I knew already).Buy it!
Joe Tex “The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)” from Greatest Hits (Curb 1991) —People, I've been misled, and I've been afraid / I've been hit in the head and left for dead.Buy it!
Dinah Washington “What a Difference a Day Makes” (Mercury 1959) —Every single time those strings stop and she opens her mouth on the word "what," I get a chill! Every single time.Buy it!
Jimmy Witherspoon “No Rollin' Blues” from Rockin' With the Spoon (Charly 1995) —When I went to see my baby she pulled the shades and locked the door / She said goodbye Witherspoon, I don't need your rollin' no more.Buy it!
Wynonie Harris “Good Morning Judge” from Bloodshot Eyes: The Best of Wynonie Harris (Rhino 1993) —Just one of my favorite records of all time.Buy it!
Delbert & Glen “Just When I Needed You the Most” from Blind, Crippled & Crazy (New West 2013) N —So what has Glen Clark been doing all these years that I never heard of him?Buy it!
The Vibrations “The Watusi” from The Best of Chess Rhythm & Blues Vol. 1 (Chess 1987) —They sure don't write 'em like this no more.Buy it!
Conway Twitty “Rock House” from The Conway Twitty Collection (MCA 1994) —Conway started out riding the rockabilly train.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “Leavin'” from Cheater's Game (Thirty Tigers 2013) N —I love the way he sings the word "peelin'" here.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson “Once in a While” from Rattlin' Bones (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2008) —Australian country stars before Keith Urban was cool.Buy it!
Gogol Bordello “I Just Realized” from Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO 2013) N —So many good songs on this record.Buy it!
David Bowie “Time” from Aladdin Sane (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1973) —Straight out of musical theatre, and better than most musicals since he came up with this song.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “Much Too Much” from Excitement At Your Feet (Second Motion 2013) N —This new album of covers comes out in less than 3 weeks - yes, he does justice to the Who here!Buy it!
Johnny Marr “Sun and Moon” from The Messenger (Sire Records 2013) N —That's a rock'n'roll riff right there.Buy it!
Ian Gomm “Come On” (Line 1997) —An odd but very cool take on Chuck Berry.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “There's” from Like Comedy (429 2013) N —Really, these guys put on songwriting clinics a lot of the time.Buy it!
Les Negresses Vertes “Sous Le Soleil De Bodega” from Le Grand Déballage: Best of Les Negresses Vertes (Virgin 2002) —I used to play these guys all the time on the old Pop Quiz show. Had almost forgotten them until I found this compilation recently.Buy it!
Orchestre National De Barbes “Alaoui” from En Concert (Collective 1997) —More Algerians in France.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Gypsy Davy” from This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 (Smithsonian Folkways www.folkways.si.edu 1997) —There sure are a lot of folk songs about women running away with gypsys.Buy it!
The SteelDrivers “Shallow Grave” from Hammer Down (Rounder 2013) —My fave young bluegrass-influenced band.Buy it!
Son Volt “Down to the Wire” from American Central Dust (Rounder 2009) —I just like the dark groove of this cut.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “A New England” from Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Cooking Vinyl 2003) —A song about feeling adult at age 22, among many other things.Buy it!
Chip Taylor “One More Lousy Picture Show” from Unglorious Hallelujah / Red, Red Rose & Other Songs of Love, Peace, and Destruction (Train Wreck 2006) —You had your popcorn, now it's time to go. From the man who wrote "Wild Thing."Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Come Rain or Come Shine” from American Classic (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2009) —I could listen to Willie sing jazz for days on end. Or almost anything else he wants to sing, for that matter.Buy it!
Jim Hall & the Radio Pals “I Love My Work” from 50 Early Rockin' Tracks (Collector 2000) —I like my work and my work is loving you. A perfect song when your show is just about one minute shorter than you thought it was.Buy it!
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