The Donnas “It's On the Rocks” from Spend The Night (Atlantic Records 2002)Buy it!
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts “Make It Back” from Unvarnished (Liberator Music 2013) —I love Joan Jett. Unequivocable and absolute. The woman flat out get it done. I wonder if I could apply to be a Blackheart....Buy it!
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts “I Need Someone” from Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth (Blackheart Records 1992) —the album was originally released in 1984; this re-issue 4 bonus cuts. Good stuff!Buy it!
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts “Bits And Pieces” from I Love Rock 'N Roll (Blackheart Records 2006) —a fast and furious take on a Dave Clark 5 tune. This re-issue includes several bonus tunes and some video.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Love Sneakin' Up On You” from Longing in Their Hearts (Capitol Records 1994) —Bonnie was just in town for the VP FairBuy it!
LaVern Baker “I Can't Love You Enough” from La Vern / Rock & Roll (Ideal Music 2014) —LaVern Baker --one of my faves.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “My Big Iron Skillet” from Rockin' in the Country (Rhino 1969) —Wanda gettin' medievalBuy it!
Lydia Mendoza “Malaguena Salerosa” from La Gloria de Texas (Arhoolie 1993) —One of the most beautiful voices....most of this album was recorded in Lydia's kitchen the afternoon right after an early gig, with Lydia playing 12-string guitar and singing. NO autotune, NO overdubs. SOUL music, babies.Buy it!
Cimarron “Tierra Negra (Black Land)” from ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings folkways.si.edu 2011) —I love this stuff. It's nothing but Colombian soul music, ya know? Very powerful music.Buy it!
Chavela Ortiz and Brown Express “Besos Y Copas” from Brazos Films Presents Chulas Fronteras and Del Mero Corazon (Arhoolie 1995) —Chavela was one of the few women fronting a conjunto band AND playing accordian. Sadly, she passed away at 40 due to a horse riding accident..Buy it!
Phinda “Tiki Tiki” from South Africa (Putumayo 2010)Buy it!
Ann Peebles “St. Louis Woman with a Memphis Melody” from Full Time Love (Rounder Records www.rounderrecords.com 1992)Buy it!
Queen Ida “(Oh!) What Can I Do” from Mardi Gras (Crescendo)Buy it!
Elizabeth McQueen “Mind of Men” from Live At KDHX 14Jan2012 (KDHX 2012) —Elizabeth recorded 4 tunes during a real nice session at the old Magnolia Studios in January of 2012. Check it out on kdhx dot org, or on Soundcloud.Buy it!
Elin Ruth “Oh My, Do I Long for You!” from Queen of Queens & the Last Man Standing (Divers Avenue Music 2012) —Elin Ruth Sigvardsson, a native of Sweden but now living in NYC. She's got a groovy, cool musical sensiblity. I like her!Buy it!
Suzie Brown “Sugar Blues” from Almost There (self-released 2013) —Suzie is trained as a research cardiologist, but just couldn't resist the pull of music on her life. It's good to know that if you fall ill at one of her shows, she could jump down off the stage and attend to you!Buy it!
The Judds “Endless Sleep” from Why Not Me (Curb 1984)Buy it!
Angelique Kidjo “Battu'” from Black Ivory Soul (Sony Records 2002)Buy it!
Nikki Hill “strapped to the beat” from Here's Nikki Hill (Deep Fryed 2013)Buy it!
Trudy Lynn “Street Walkin' Daddy” from Royal Oaks Blues Cafe (Connor Ray Music 2013) —Trudy is a fine blues singer, working out of Houston, TX. While she does composes a bit, she is more noted as a fine interpreter of song.Buy it!
Katie Webster “C.Q. Boogie” from Two-Fisted Mama! (Alligator Records 1989) —St. Louis' own Gus Thornton is playing bass on this album. He's got great stories about his days with Katie. By the way, C & Q are Courtney and Quentin - they were Katie's 1st grandchildren (born around 1989.)Buy it!
Miss Lavelle White “Oh What A Feeling” from It Haven't Been Easy (Discovery 1996) —The Queen of Austin's soul and blues singers. Most all the top Austin cats are playing on this album. Miss Lavelle is still with us, although the last I heard her health wasn't as good as you'd like it to be.Buy it!
Big Maybelle “Ocean Of Tears” from The Complete OKeh Sessions 1952-55 (Sony 1994)Buy it!
Margie Joseph “Sweet Surrender” from Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Sisters (Rhino Atlantic 2006)Buy it!
Martha and the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” from The Return Of The Soul Sisters (BGP url 2005)Buy it!
Martha & The Vandellas “Nowhere To Run” from Hitsville USA, Vol. 1: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (Motown Record Company 2009)Buy it!
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