Dennis McGee “Mon Chere Bebe Creole” from The Return of the Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (Yazoo) —It remains my belief that in a previous life I was a Cajun - I just love all the music from down there with a completely uncritical ear. Although this is particularly sweet, I'll tell you what.Buy it!
Clifton Chenier “Let's Rock a While” from King of the Bayous (Arhoolie 1970) —He really was the king, wasn't he?Buy it!
Slim Harpo “What A Dream” from Sings Raining In My Heart (Hip-O 1960) —Nobody sang the blues with such a dirty smoothness like Slim Harpo.Buy it!
Johnny guitar watson “I Love to Love You” from Hot Just Like TNT (Ace 1996) —Man, that guitar stings sweet!Buy it!
Little Willie John “You Hurt Me” from 28 Big Ones (King 2001) —As Tom Russell put it, Willie was a great blues singer.Buy it!
Johnnie Taylor “Hello Sundown” from RAW BLUES (stax 2006) —Hello sundown, I'm so glad you're here / I've been waiting so long for you to appear.Buy it!
The Holmes Brothers “How Can I Love You” from Soul Street (Rounder www.rounder.com 1993) —Just rock solid country soul.Buy it!
Hortense Ellis “Hold Me Tenderly” from Duke Reid's Nuclear Weapon (Sanctuary 2003) —Mid-sixties Jamaica was a musically magical place.Buy it!
The Slide Brothers “Motherless Children” from Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers (Concord 2013) N —This cut smokes!Buy it!
Robert Randolph & The Family Band “Take the Party” from Lickety Split (Dare 2013) N —Trombone Shorty helps bring the funk! He'll be at the Old Rock House Nov. 11, though Robert Randolph won't.Buy it!
The Mavericks “In Another's Arms” from In Time (The Valory Music Company 2013) N —Raul Malo's voice makes me swoon.Buy it!
Shannon McNally “I Don't Want to Know” from Small Town Talk (Songs of Bobby Charles) (Sacred Sumac 2013) N —Great singer covering great songwriter!Buy it!
Wilco “Hate It Here” from Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch 2007) —One of my fave Wilco songs, very soulful.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Where's Home?” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —Really, I don't know why so many sad songs are coming up in a row - I feel pretty darn good this morning.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “Phenomenon” from B-Room (Anti- 2013) N —They just announced a concert at the Pageant in March. That's 4 1/2 months away. Almost a new baseball season.Buy it!
Elvis Costello and the Roots “(She Might Be a) Grenade” from Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs (Blue Note url 2013) N —Damn! ?uestlove rules!Buy it!
The James Hunter Six “Chicken Switch” from Minute By Minute (Go Records, under license to Concord Music Group 2013) N —I don't think I can dance slick enough to match this song, but I sure feel like trying whenever I hear it.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Dance to the Music” from Higher! (Epic / Legacy 2013) N —Listening to this on headphones the other day was a revelation, as though I'd never heard it before.Buy it!
Mose Allison “Do Nothing 'Til You Hear From Me” from Greatest Hits (Fantasy 1980) —Mose sings Duke.Buy it!
The Clovers “Love Potion No. 9” from The Doo Wop Box II (Rhino 1996) —What a great song to get stuck in your head randomly, as happened to me yesterday morning.Buy it!
Greg Kihn Band “The Break Up Song (They Don't Write 'Em Like That Anymore)” from Anthology: All the Right Reasons (Castle 2001) —It's been 32 years since they wrote 'em like this.Buy it!
Johnny Thunders “Blame It On Mom” from Born Too Loose (The Best of Johnny Thunders) (Jungle 1999) —When he wasn't nodding out, Thunders could rock.Buy it!
Sex Robots “Jet Awesome” from Sex Robots (Roadhouse Tunes! 2006) L —One of the few punk bands I've liked in the last 20 years.Buy it!
Julian Cope “Bandy's First Jump” from World Shut Your Mouth (Island 1984) —What a great record this was all those years ago.Buy it!
The Beatles “Back In the USSR” from The Beatles (CAPITOL www.hollywoodrecords.com 1968) —On the way the paperback was on my knee. Maybe he needs a Kindle.Buy it!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Always” from Mosquito (Interscope www.thehip.com 2013) N —A caller said this reminded her of Cocteau Twins, and I can hear that.Buy it!
Toshi Reagon “Happy and Satisfied” from The Righteous Ones (Razor & Tie 1999) —Do ya, do ya, do ya want to fall in love.Buy it!
L'Orchestre Afrizam “Mwana Me” from Sambi Noko Ya Libala, Vol. 1 (Ngoyart 2003) —Gorgeous and sultry African music.Buy it!
Inner Circle “We 'A' Rockers” from Rockers: Original Soundtrack (Mango 1978) —I'd completely forgotten the joyous spring of this one.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “The Makings of You” from Curtis (Rhino 1970) —Curtis Mayfield knows his way around a love song.Buy it!
The Viceroys “Slogan On the Wall” from The Viceroys at Studio One: Ya Ho (Heartbeat 1995) —Dark and intoxicating sound.Buy it!
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” from The Ultimate Collection (Motown 1997) —Sheer perfection, right?Buy it!
The Soul Rebels “We Gon' Take Your Body” from Unlock Your Mind (Rounder www.rounder.com 2012) —Brass band funk!Buy it!
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones “P'lod In the House” from The Hidden Land (Columbia 2006) —This tune is so catchy & cool.Buy it!
Roy Buchanan “Soul Dressing (Live)” from Sweet Dreams: The Anthology (Polydor 1992) —There are times he played guitar as well as anybody in the world.Buy it!
Buddy Guy “All That Makes Me Happy Is the Blues” from Rhythm & Blues (RCA 2013) N —I feel a little better knowing someone hurts the way I do. What a song!Buy it!
Della Mae “Mabeline” from This World Oft Can Be (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) N —Why aren't these women getting more attention? Great songs, great vocals.Buy it!
Court Yard Hounds “A Guy Like You” from Amelita (Columbia 2013) N —I'm sitting here alone on Sunday.Buy it!
Chuck Mead “No Requests” from Journeyman's Wager (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2009) —The bane of a musician's existence.Buy it!
Robbie Fulks “The Many Disguises of God” from Gone Away Backward (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —One of these days, I'm gonna have to really sit down with this record, because it's very intriguing stuff.Buy it!
Martin Carthy “Eggs In Her Basket” from The Collection (Topic 1993) —Oh, how I love the music of this man.Buy it!
Aoife O'Donovan “Lay My Burden Down” from Fossils (Yep Roc 2013) N —What a singer! What a song!Buy it!
Doc & Merle Watson “Omie Wise” from The Definitive Doc Watson (Vanguard 2013) N —Listening to this two disc compilation reminded me of just how great Doc Watson was. And who doesn't love a good murder ballad?Buy it!
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell “King of Boys” from Love Has Come For You (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) N —Was Edie Brickell always this good or is it an extra fruitful collaboration?Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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