Bob Dylan “Knockin' On Heaven's Door” from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (Columbia 1973) —Here's a chipper little number to open the show today.Buy it!
Dave Edmunds “I Hear You Knockin” from The Anthology (Rhino 1993) —No matter how hard Dylan knocks on heaven's door, he can't come in.Buy it!
Rolling Stones “Can't You Hear Me Knocking” from Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones Virgin 1971) —The most rockin' knock of all.Buy it!
LL Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out” (Def Jam/RAL 1990) —The icing on my knocking cake.Buy it!
Kanye West “Power (featuring Dwele)” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A Fella 2010) N —This song didn't grab me when he did it on Saturday Night Live last month, but the King Crimson sample works better on recod, and this is one undeniable groove.Buy it!
The Animals “Don't Bring Me Down” from The Best of Eric Burdon and the Animals (Polydor 1991) —Boy, this 1964 record sounds like a hip hop groove to me.Buy it!
Lee Dorsey “Working In a Coal Mine” from Wheelin' and Dealin': the Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —Albert "June" Gardner, drummer on this classic record, passed away a few days ago.Buy it!
Sam Cooke “Twistin' the Night Away” from One Night Stand! Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (RCA 2005) —Gardner played in Sam Cooke's touring band in the early 60s, so I'm assuming this is him on this darn near perfect live record.Buy it!
Ray Charles “It Hurts To Be In Love” from Rare Genius (Concord 2010) —This album of previously unreleased Ray Charles material is a delight - this is one of the cuts which were found complete in the vaults, needing no overdubbed instrumentation.Buy it!
Mavis Staples “Wrote a Song For Everyone” from You Are Not Alone (Anti 2010) N —Mavis handles this CCR song with aplomb.Buy it!
John Legend & The Roots “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” from Wake Up! (G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia 2010) N —The gospel truth right here.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Strange Things” from Praise & Blame (Lost Highway 2010) N —Yeah, that's Tom Jones doing justice to Sister Rosetta Tharpe's classic.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “If I Had My Way” from Downtown Church CD ALBUM (CMG 2010) —Some of my fave music this year was gospel.Buy it!
Beat Farmers “Reason to Believe” from Tales of the New West (Rhino 1986) —One of the finest Springsteen cover versions ever made.Buy it!
Tom Waits “Putnam County” from Nighthawks at the Diner (Asylum Records 1975) —The young Tom Waits visits the working class world.Buy it!
Howlin' Wolf “Evil” from Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' in the Moonlight (MCA 1960) —Bob Reuter posted a pretty spellbinding Youtube video of Wolf doing this song live. Facebook gives me so many good ideas.Buy it!
Nazareth “Carry Out Feelings” from Close Enough For Rock'n'Roll (Universal Special Products 1976) —Jim Varvaris is tipping me off to lots of great cowbell songs these days - I honestly never knew this pop gem before.Buy it!
Bachman-Turner Overdrive “Give It Time” from Bachman-Turner Overdrive II (Mercury 1973) —Another gem I'd never heard suggested by Mr. Jim.Buy it!
Soft Boys “Old Pervert” from Underwater Moonlight (Yep Roc 1980) —At it's heart, this cowbell-infused number is a very strange blues.Buy it!
John Hardy & the Public “A Hard Year” (Jon Hardy & The Public 2010) N L —I heard this on Roy Kasten's show the other day - masterful cut from this St. Louis band.Buy it!
Poi Dog Pondering “Thanksgiving” from Wishing Like a Mountain and Thinking Like the Sea (Columbia 1989) —I woke up yesterday morning with this song in my head.Buy it!
Sandy Denny “Blackwaterslide” from The Northstar Grassman & the Ravens (Hannibal 1971) —That lead guitarist sure is great - so's the singer - so's everything about this record.Buy it!
Jimi Hendrix “Tears of Rage” from West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (Sony 2010) N —I've just been dipping into this new box set online, but what I've hard has convinced me this is revelatory material from a guy you'd think we'd know everything about by now.Buy it!
Rory Gallagher “I Could've Had Religion” from Beat Club Sessions (Eagle Rock 2010) N —This album collects live performances Gallagher did for a West German TV show back in 71 & 72. It sizzles.Buy it!
Kilborn Alley Blues Band “Better Off Now” (Blue Bella 2009) —These guys will be at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups tomorrow night.Buy it!
Cee-Lo Green “Fool For You (featuring Philip Bailey)” from The Lady Killer (Ekektra 2010) N —Cee-Lo is showing more range ont his new album than I've heard from him before - this guy is a major talent.Buy it!
Kid Cudi “Scott Mescudi Vs. the World” from Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (Universal Motown 2010) N —I've only heard 2 cuts by this guy, but I'm hooked. Got to check out more.Buy it!
Lakeside “Fantastic Voyage” SINGLE (Solar 1980) —This song always finds me singing along at the top of my lungs.Buy it!
Afrocubism “Al Vaiven de mi Carreta” from Afrocubism (World Circuit/Nonesuch 2010) N —The long-awaited combination of Malian and Cuban musicians is absolutely gorgeous. This is the great Eliades Ochoa singing with Kass Mady Diabate.Buy it!
Joni Mitchell “The Hissing of Summer Lawns” (Asylum 1975) —I know I got the idea to play this from somebody on Facebook, but alas, I've stolen the idea with no attribution, 'cause I forget who brought her up.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “A Slow Drag With Josephine” from National Ransom (Hear Music 2010) N —Elvis Costello finger-picks now.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Cry, Cry, Cry” from The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958 (Time Life 1957) —A work of pure perfection.Buy it!
Darden Smith “Bull By the Horns” from Marathon (Darden Music 2010) N —A self-released record chock full of great songs from this always excellent singer/songwriter.Buy it!
Raul Malo “Sinners & Saints” (Fantasy 2010) N —That opening trumpet fanfare knocks me out every time I hear it.Buy it!
Alan Jackson & Martina McBride “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Columbia 2010) N —They aren't exactly Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, but they do justice to this great song.Buy it!
The SteelDrivers “Guitars, Whiskey, Guns and Knives” from Reckless (Rounder Records www.rounder.com 2010) N —For those who think bluegrass doesn't have any songwriting talent, I present Exhibit A.Buy it!
Robert Plant “Harm's Swift Way” from Band Of Joy (Rounder 2010) N —What a great version of the Townes Van Zandt song.Buy it!
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