Kris Kristofferson “Blame It On the Stones” from Kristofferson (Monument / Legacy 1970) —I had completely forgotten this little gem until somebody posted it on Facebook the other day; ah, remember the early days of the culture war? How innocent it all seemed.Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “Prodigal Son” from Beggars Banquet (London 1968) —There was us - and by us, I mean the young people - and there was them - you know, the ones who were told old to understand.Buy it!
Chris Smither “The Devil's Real” from Happier Blue (Flying Fish 1993) —I haven't listened to this classic Chris Smither era in a long time - gotta rectify that.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Ophelia” from Ramble at the Ryman (Vanguard 2011) N —Levon Helm brought a gigantic band with horn section and all to the Ryman to play a bunch of Band classics and other great songs. Yeah, I'll listen to that.Buy it!
NRBQ “Here I Am” from Keep This Love (clang 2011) N —The Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet has assumed the mantle of Adams' previous band, NRBQ - this song was co-written by St. Louisian Scott Ligon.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “All I Do” from Hotter Than July (Motown 1980) —Bubbling, propulsive rhythm track and a lovely tune with an unforgettable hook - yeah, I'll take Stevie.Buy it!
Raphael Saadiq “Heart Attack” from Stone Rollin' (Columbia 2011) N —An r'n'b stomper - Saadiq plays drums, bass, gtrs, and mellotron, not to mention singing.Buy it!
Peter Bjorn & John “May Seem Macabre” from Gimme Some (Columbia 2011) N —One of my fave song titles - and the music actually lives up to it.Buy it!
Pelvic Girdles “Simple” from Sad Hammer (self www.georgeportz.com 2011) N L —I've been playing this album in my car the past couple days - excellent job by this St. Louis band.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Usual Suspects” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot 2011) N —Definitely one of my fave records so far this year.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Castanets” from No One Got Hurt (Bloodshot 2011) N —A new live album featuring most of the greats from the Bloodshot label over the years. This is a killer version of a masterpiece.Buy it!
Slade “Just A Little Bit” from Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet (Warner Brothers 1974) —Great version of a song that is always welcome.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Everything Is Everything” from The Road From Memphis (Anti 2011) N —Booker T. makes the Lauryn Hill song sound magnificent.Buy it!
Staple Singers “We The People” from Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (stax 1971) —The hits on this album are so awe-inspiring that it's easy to forget the deeper cuts that are almost as great.Buy it!
Carole King “Music” (Ode 1971) —I woke up with this ditty in my head the other day - now it's in yours.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Sing It Loud” (Nonesuch 2011) —Great advice. Sing it loud.Buy it!
Paul Simon “So Beautiful or So What” (Universal 2011) N —Life is what we make of it, so beautiful or so what.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Vicious” from Transformer (RCA 1972) —A cowbell classic.Buy it!
Humble Pie “C'mon Everybody” from Smokin' (AM 1972) —Thanks to Said Parker for reminding me of this cool little cover (with some cowbell).Buy it!
Bleu “Singin' In Tongues” from Four (The Major Label 2010) —He'll be playing tomorrow afternoon at Euclid Records at 3 pm. I'll be there.Buy it!
Sarah Jarosz “The Tourist” from Follow Me Down (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2011) N —Jaw droppingly great - Jarosz backed by the Punch Brothers on a Radiohead song.Buy it!
Mia Doi Todd “My Baby Lives in Paris” from Cosmic Ocean Ship (City Zen 2011) N —I'm starting to catch on to this talented singer/songwriter - yeah,sometimes I'm behind the curve.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Burn Thru” from City of Refuge (Rounder 2011) N —Not going down with the rest of you.Buy it!
Peter Case “Good Times, Bad Times” from The Case Files (Alive 2011) N —Peter Case plays a hard blues.Buy it!
Gregg Allman “Floating Bridge” from Low Country Blues (Rounder 2011) N —Dennis Crouch on bass and Dr. John on piano make this cut shine!Buy it!
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones “Prickly Pear” from Rocket Science (Eone Music 2011) N —The Flecktones play some blues with Howard Levy back on harp.Buy it!
Cheri Knight “The Knitter” (East Side Digital 1998) —I somehow missed this gem of an album back when it came out, but it's chock full of terrific songs.Buy it!
Warren Haynes “River's Gonna Rise” from Man In Motion (stax 2011) N —After hearing about how great it was, I'm sorry I didn't catch this guy at the Pageant the other night.Buy it!
Al Green “For the Good Times” from I'm Still In Love With You SINGLE (Hi Records www.fatpossum.com 1972) —A Kristofferson song that's always amazing, but this is the most amazing version I know.Buy it!
Tracy Nelson “The Love You Save” from Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove 2011) N —Sing it, Tracy! My goodness, she's great.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “I Gotta Be With You” from Hold On Tight (Universal 2011) N —The Bishop of Soul tore it up on this final release.Buy it!
Patty Griffin “I Love” from I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2011) N —From a brand new tribute album to an old Tom T. Hall album.Buy it!
Blind Boys of Alabama “I Was a Burden” from Take The High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —The Blind Boys are joined by the very talented Lee Ann Womack for this cut.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Don't You Think I Feel It Too” from Natural Forces CD ALBUM (Lost Highway 2009) —A David Ball song done beautifully by Lovett.Buy it!
Randy Newman “Sandman's Coming” from Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2 (Nonesuch 2011) N —A somewhat bittersweet lullaby.Buy it!
Chris Thile & Michael Daves “You're Running Wild” from Sleep with One Eye Open (Nonesuch 2011) N —Thile can play straight bluegrass with the best of them - I don't know Daves, but he's excellent, too.Buy it!
Gibson Brothers “Just Lovin' You” from Help My Brother (Compass www.compassrecords.com 2011) N —I just love the voices of these guys together.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station “My Opening Farewell” from Paper Airplane (Rounder 2011) N —Beautiful song, beautiful singer.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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