The Clash “Jimmy Jazz” from London Calling CD ALBUM (Epic 1979) —I had a vision of opening the show with this song - and now I've made the vision come true.Buy it!
Psychedelic Furs “The Ghost In You” from Mirror Moves (Columbia 1984) —It's just purty.Buy it!
Jim Byrnes “He Was A Friend of Mine” from Everywhere West (Black Hen Music 2010) —This former St. Louisian actor/musician does a lovely version of this old trad song.Buy it!
BOBBY BLUE BLAND “Rockin' in the Same Old Boat” from The Anthology (MCA 2001) —I forget which of my Facebook friends hipped me to this one this week - somehow, I'd never noticed this slow, menacing gem before.Buy it!
Rosanne Cash “Our Little Angel” from Retrospective (Columbia 1995) —Back when this compilation came out, I paid it no attention, since I had all the original Rosanne Cash records - then the other day I realized that I'm 16 years late hearing Rosanne sing this Elvis Costello classic.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Posioned Rose” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —And then I got to hear the forthcoming Nick Lowe album, and darned if he doesn't cover another one from King of America. That's how radio sets are born.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Sleep of the Just” from King Of America (Columbia/Legacy. 1986) —This is one complicated song to unpack, though I know there's some bits in there about masturbating to pictures, and another odd reference to Madonna.Buy it!
Peter Wolf “It's Too Late For Me” from Midnight Souvenirs (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 2010) —Wolf is joined by Merle Haggard for a beautiful little number.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Poison In Your Heart” from Kitty Wells Dresses - Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only 2011) N —Laura Cantrell does a great job singing these old Kitty Wells numbers.Buy it!
Ben Hall “Oklahoma Hills” from Ben Hall! (Tompkins Square 2011) N —I highly recommend you check out this talented young guitarist who plays mostly Merle Travis or Chet Atkins inspired instrumentals like this Woody Guthrie song. Produced by Eric Ambel.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Mr. Lacey” from What We Did On Our Holidays (Island 1969) —It's not exactly representative of the band's overall approach, but I always loved this little blues ditty.Buy it!
Jimmie Vaughan “I Hang My Head and Cry” from Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory 2011) N —Gene Autry goes r'n'b. Here's my full review: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Jimmie-Vaughan-Plays-More-Blues-Ballads-And-Favorites-2011.htmBuy it!
Howlin' Wolf “Shake It For Me” from Rockin' the Blues: Live in Germany 1964 (Acrobat www.acrobatmusic.net 2003) —Some live Wolf - yeah!Buy it!
Etta James “Tough Lover” from R&B Dynamite (Flair 1987) —She was really young when she made this - talk about rock'n'roll!Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Messin' Up” from Dedicated (429 2011) N —Sharon Jones is one of the few who can compete with Etta. My full review of this: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/3247/Buy it!
Johnny Cash “Rock Island Line” from The Sun Years (Rhino 1990) —Marshall Grant, the bassist for the original Tennessee Two who backed up Johnny Cash, passed away the other day.Buy it!
Johnny Cash “I Walk the Line” from The Sun Years (Rhino 1990) —And another example of his talent.Buy it!
Delois Barrett Campbell w/ Oslo Gospel Choir “I've Got a New Home” from Live in Chicago (Norske Gram 2002) —One of the great vocalists (and a star of the brilliant Say Amen, Somebody movie), Delois Barrett Campbell passed away the other day.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City” from Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (Live) (Columbia 2006) —One of the greatest live albums I know.Buy it!
James Brown “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul” from Baadasss Cinema (Tvt 2002) —The cowbell & the blaxsploitation movie - a match made in heaven.Buy it!
Isaac Hayes “Truck Turner (main title)” from Baadasss Cinema (Beyond 2001) —It's like the theme from Shaft, only with cowbell.Buy it!
B.t. Express “Express” from Baadasss Cinema (Tvt 2002) —Some very impressive cowbell on this one.Buy it!
Amy LaVere “Tricky Heart” from Stranger Me (Archer Records 2011) N —She'll be at Off Broadway tonight. Hope to see you there.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Gee Baby” from Horses & High Heels (Naive 2011) N —I don't know the original of this, but I'm guessing it comes from New Orleans.Buy it!
Dr. John “Jinky Jinx” from Tribal COMP (429 2010) —A nice slice of voodoo.Buy it!
The Civil Tones “Sanctimonious Bee” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —This St. Louis instrumental band has been around for something like 17 years, and they continue to make incredrible music.Buy it!
Lee Morgan “Candy” (Blue Note url 1957) —He was only 19 when he recorded this - unbelievable, when you think about it.Buy it!
The Beatles “Lovely Rita” from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (CAPITOL 1967) —It's a silly lyric, but you can't argue with the tune or the production. And I haven't heard it in a long time.Buy it!
Electric Light Orchestra “The Diary of Horace Wimp” from Light Years: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra (Sony 1997) —A late period catchy ditty from ELO.Buy it!
Teddy Thompson “Jonathan's Book” from A Piece Of What You Need (Verve Forecast 2008) —Despite 5 albums, 4 of which are excellent, Teddy Thompson just can't sell records. How can you resist songs like this?Buy it!
John Hiatt “Don't Wanna Leave You Now” from Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West 2011) N —A beautiful song begging forgiveness.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Old Times” from Sign of Life (Savoy Jazz 2011) N —Frisell's latest features what he calls the 858 Quartet - Frisell on guitar, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Eyvind Kang on viola, and Hank Roberts on cello. It's fabulous.Buy it!
Pat Metheny “Rainy Days and Mondays” from What's It All About (Nonesuch 2011) N —Like the Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects a 7 minute solo baritone guitar exploration of an old Carpenters song.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “School's Out” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N L —A simple and catchy pop song drenched in extra reverb.Buy it!
David Lowery “The Palace Guards” (429 2011) N —This song sounds better and better as the year goes on and I navigate its twists and turns a bit better.Buy it!
Liam Finn “Cold Feet” from Fomo (Yep Roc 2011) N —The kid can write some songs!Buy it!
Devo “Uncontrollable Urge” from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Warner Bros. 1978) —Amazing how weird these guys sounded when they first appeared, and how classic this sounds now.Buy it!
French Frith Kaiser Thompson “Peppermint Rock” from Invisible Means (Windham Hill 1990) —One of Richard Thompson's best and least known songs.Buy it!
Big Star “Kanga Roo” from Keep an Eye On the Sky CD ALBUM (Rhino 2009) —Ending on a cheery number.Buy it!
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