Robert Plant “Big Love” from Manic Nirvana (Es Paranza 1990) —Ah, Bobby Plant - he made some good records with those giant drum sounds.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Fotheringay” from Best of the BBC Recordings (UMe 2007) —The live version at the BBC sounds almost exactly like the studio recording, but I like to think it's more impressive that they did that live on the radio.Buy it!
Jesse Winchester “Biloxi” from Jesse Winchester (bearsville www.rhino.com 1970) —That first album by Mr. Winchester still stands as one of the all-time greatest singer/songwriter records. This song is so gorgeous.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Fall on Me” from Life's Rich Pageant (I.R.S. Records 1986) —Back when this radio station was new, I think I was excited to have the chance to share my love for this band, and this song in particular; I figured if people could hear the music I liked, it would become popular. In this band's case, that was true.Buy it!
Neil Young “Look Out For My Love” from Comes A Time (Reprise 1978) —I remember my dad telling me I was just listening to country music when I bought this album. Maybe not this song, but yeah, there is country on that record. At the time, that seemed confusing, but now it seems comforting.Buy it!
Bobby Charles “Tennessee Blues” from Bobby Charles (Bearsville Records www.rhino.com 1972) —Speaking of country, or r'n'b, or something outside of genre and inside of beauty.Buy it!
Maria Muldaur “Please Send Me Someone to Love” from Steady Love (stony plain 2011) N —My review of this very fine record is here: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreview1/fr/Maria-Muldaur-Steady-Love-2011.htmBuy it!
Lone Justice “Ways To Be Wicked” from Lone Justice (Geffen 1985) —One of Tom Petty's greatest songs, and he handed it over to the young Maria McKee who nailed it.Buy it!
Pistol Annies “Bad Example” from Hell on Heels (Columbia 2011) N —Thanks to Spencer Marquart for introducing me to this highly pleasurable Miranda Lambert side project.Buy it!
The Delmore Brothers “Used Car Blues” from Freight Train Boogie (Ace 1993) —I love the late 40s country music, with all that boogie and blues in it.Buy it!
The Rockhouse Ramblers “If You Want Me To” from Lies and Damn Lies CD ALBUM (self 2011) L —Gary Hunt kicks some serious butt with this gem from the album they snuck out last year, several years after recording it.Buy it!
Imelda May “Let Me Out” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —I have so fallen in love with this record - everything, the twangy guitars, the rockin' rhythms, and especially Imelda's spectacular vocals.Buy it!
The Heartbreakers “Born To Lose” from D.I.Y. Blank Generation: the New York Scene (1975-1978) (Rhino 1993) —Junkie rock, but it definitely rocks.Buy it!
Chuck Berry “Reelin' and Rockin'” from Johnny B. Goode: His Complete 50s Chess Recordings (Hip-O 2007) —Yeah, that's a pretty good song.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Come On & Save Me” from Dedicated (429 2011) N —Dylan LeBlanc and Sharon Jones duet on this 5 Royales gem, which sounds like Gospel music changed to secular.Buy it!
The Swan Silvertones “Trouble In My Way” from Love Lifted Me (Specialty 1970) —And then there's this joyous Gospel excitement!Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Stoplight Roses” from The Old Magic (Yep Roc 2011) N —I am excited that I'll get to see Nick Lowe open for Wilco in just about ten days.Buy it!
Les Copeland “Silently” from Don't Let the Devil In (Earwig 2010) —Beautiful little song from a very talented guy who doesn't stick to the blues genre he's placed in.Buy it!
Ray Price “Release Me” from The Essential Ray Price 1951-1962 (COLUMBIA/LEGACY 1991) —Lovely.Buy it!
Susana Baca “Plena Y Bomba” from Afrodiaspora (Luaka Bop 2010) N —That's like the only song on the record that doesn't have a cowbell. Oh, I'm stupid. But the song is gorgeous. Oh, maybe there are a few clinks here and there.Buy it!
Brian Eno “King's Lead Hat” from Before and After Science (Virgin 1977) —Fun fact, for those who don't know: The title of this song is an anagram of Talking Heads.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Free Money” from Outside Society: Looking Back 1975-2007 (Arista 2011) N —Every night before I go to sleep, find a ticket, win the lottery, scoop the pearls out from the sea, cash them in buy you all the things you need.Buy it!
Morrissey “When I Last Spoke to Carol” from Years of Refusal (Decca 2009) —It's amazing how I randomly dip into the Morrissey catalogue every now and then and find another gem from the guy.Buy it!
Phil Judd “Rendezvous (With a Girl Like You)” from Other Enz: Split Enz & Beyond (Raven 1997) —It's hard to mess up a song with the word "rendezvous" in it, isn't it?Buy it!
Paul Kelly “Dumb Things” from Greatest Hits (Universal unk 2011) N —So much of Paul Kelly's catalogue is hard to find, it's nice to see him get this 2-fer collecting 40 of his best songs.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “He's Misstra Know-It-All” from Innervisions (Motown 1973) —Don't forget the Stevie Wonder tribute event at Off Broadway next Friday, Sept. 30.Buy it!
Easy Star All-Stars “Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band” from She's Leaving Home (Easy Star www.easystar.com 2009) —I do like a good reggae Beatles workout.Buy it!
The Beatles “Your Mother Should Know” from Magical Mystery Tour (CAPITOL 1967) —Of course, I like my Beatles straight, too.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Thirty One Today” from @#%&*! Smilers (Superego 2008) —OH, the difficulties of growing old.Buy it!
James Brown “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul” from Baadasss Cinema (Tvt 2002) —I've only recently discovered this cool funk number.Buy it!
Koko Taylor “Wang Dang Doodle” from What It Takes: The Chess Years (Geffen 1966) —One of the world's greatest records right here.Buy it!
The Supremes “You Can't Hurry Love” from The #1's (Motown 2003) —Sometimes you think of songs as being ubiquitous when suddenly you realize it's actually been a few years since you heard them.Buy it!
Sleepy Kitty “Ridin' With St. Louis” from Infinity City (Euclid Records 2011) N L —I always think of this cut as showing the White Stripes what they could have done better.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Do the Murray” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) —Los Lobos lets it all hang out with an instrumental.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “Bang Bang Bang” from Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds Recording Company 2011) N —I should have gone to see Eileen Jewell when she was in town, but you just can't hit everything that happens around here.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Boy From Tupelo” from Red Dirt Girl (Ekektra 2000) —As I was quite disappointed with this year's Emmylou Harris album, I revisted one of her older ones, and found this gem I'd almost forgotten.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Girl Downtown” from Trouble In Mind (Lost Highway 2008) —Nothing wrong with the latest Hayes Carll, but I had a hankerin' for this one from his last record.Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys “Rocky Road Blues” from Blue Moon of Kentucky 1936-1949 (Bear Family 2002) —Now the road is rocky but it won't be rocky long.Buy it!
Carl Mann “Mona Lisa” from Mona Lisa: the Very Best of Carl Mann (Collectables 1999) —There was a time in my life when I actually knew the Nat King Cole version better, but damn! I was very young then.Buy it!
Lonnie Johnson “Hard Times Ain't Gone No Where” from The Blues of Lonnie Johnson (Swaggie) —One of the greatest guitarists of the olden days, and a terrific singer.Buy it!
Bettye Lavette “' Round Midnight” from Change Is Gonna Come: Sessions (Epitaph 2009) —One of the greatest vocal versions of Monk's tune I've ever heard.Buy it!
Lindsey Buckingham “Rock Away Blind” from Seeds We Sow (Eagle Rock 2011) N —Some more finger-picking - it would be nice to hear him bang out a chord once in a while. But this is purty, I admit.Buy it!
Jackson Browne “Time the Conqueror” (inside recordings 2008) —I thought this was a darned fine Jackson Browne song when it came out a few years back. Still do.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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