Jeff Beck “Corpus Christi Carol” from Emotion & Commotion (ATCO 2010) N —Hey, if Jeff Beck can open his record with a beautiful little piece like this, I can open my show with it.Buy it!
Rionnie Earl & the Broadcasters “Miracle” from Spread the Love (stony plain 2010) N —A gorgeous hymn worthy of following Beck.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Beautiful Brother of Mine” from Roots (Curtom 1971) —We got love!Buy it!
Dirty Projectors “Stillness Is the Move” from Bitte Orca (Domino 2009) N —Strange little rhythm track grabbed me when I heard it - unusual melody, too.Buy it!
Janelle Monáe “Make the Bus” from The ArchAndroid (Wondaland/Bad Boy 2010) N —The blending of Monae and Of Montreal - it will all happen live at the Pageant next month (I think).Buy it!
Bg Boi “Daddy Fat Sax” from Sir Lucious Left Foot . . . The Son of Chico Dusty (Def Jam 2010) N —What an incredible rhythm track!Buy it!
CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE “Sad and Beautiful World” from THE WELL (Alligator 2010) N —Sweet swinging blues with co-vocal by the great Mavis Staples - her new album comes out Tuesday, and I'd play it but I can't find where I put it.Buy it!
Otis Rush “Reap What You Sow” from Mourning in the Morning (Cotillion 1969) —Otis Rush went down to Muscle Shoals (in the days when young Duane Allman was there) and recorded this wondrous record. This song burns.Buy it!
Magic Slim And The Teardrops “Shame” from Raising the Bar (blind pig www.blindpigrecords.com 2010) N —Slim will be headlining Sunday night at the Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing.Buy it!
Terry Allen “Amarillo Highway” from Best of the Sugar Hill Years (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2007) —The great Terry Allen will be one of the artists coming to the Sheldon a week from Sunday, Sept. 12, to pay tribute to our lost friend Larry Weir,. I know Larry was the man who taught me how cool Terry Allen is.Buy it!
Brenda Lee “Sweet Nothin's” from Anthology (1956-1980) (MCA 1991) —What a great song sung so darn brilliantly by the very young Ms. Lee.Buy it!
Velvet Underground “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” from Loaded (Cotillion 1970) —I saw the Black Crowes do a great version of this one last week.Buy it!
Richard Barone “Gravity's Pull” from Glow (Bar/None Records 2010) N —Former Bongos front-man has a brand new record of his delightful pop music.Buy it!
Tight Pants Syndrome “Breakin' Up With You's Been Great” from Fully Attractive CD ALBUM (Blip Blap! 2010) N L —Local band puts out a new record of 17 songs, each one a marvel of pop craftsmanship with hooks to kill for.Buy it!
John Wesley Harding “When the Sun Comes Out” from Here Comes the Groom (sire 1989) —Since I don't have and haven't yet heard his new one, I thought I'd go back 21 years for the record that made me realize his major talent.Buy it!
Booker T & the MG's “Soul Limbo” from The Very Best of Booker T & the MG's (Rhino 1994) —A cowbell-laden tune from the keyboard player who will headline the Big Muddy Festival on Saturday night at 9.Buy it!
Booker T “Hey Ya” from Potato Hole (Anti 2009) —I admit it - I heard John Wendland play this yesterday, and I said to myself, "Self, this is a cowbell classic."Buy it!
Lone Justice “Ways To Be Wicked” from Lone Justice (Geffen 1985) —These guys had the hype, these guys had the heart, these guys had the songs. I don't know why they didn't climb the charts with this brilliant Tom Petty song.Buy it!
Thin White Rope “Not Your Fault” from Moonhead (Frontier 1987) —One of the greatest bands of the 1980s - I saw them live a few times, and I'm still thrilled.Buy it!
Heart “Red Velvet Car” (Eagle 2010) N —A stunningly lovely song from the Wilson sisters.Buy it!
Eliza Carthy & Norma Waterson “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” from Gift (Topic 2010) N —It's unfair how beautiful this is!Buy it!
Richard Thompson “The Money Shuffle” from Dream Attic (Shout Factory 2010) N —"I love kittens and little babies / Can't you see that's the guy I am / And your money is so safe with me / I'm such an honest man." Brilliant.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Silver Cloud” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) N —Alejandro rocks! Hope he won some new fans at LouFest last weekend.Buy it!
Undertones “Teenage Kicks” from The Undertones (Rykodisc) —Here's a classic radio conundrum - knowing that the majority of my listeners have probably never heard the Undertones at all, I offer their greatest song, thus preventing me from playing the other great ones they have, not yet heard by fans of this one.Buy it!
XTC “Real By Reel” from Drums & Wires (Virgin 1979) —On the other hand, here's a great XTC song that's a little bit deeper catalog than just going for the biggest hits of an unjustly obscure band.Buy it!
Miles Davis “Filles de Kilimanjaro” (Columbia 1968) —Magnificent cut from the last album by Miles' classic 2nd quartet of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me” from Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (Verve 1957) —Don't believe those rumors, I'll tell you the truth.Buy it!
LaVern Baker “Play It Fair” from Soul On Fire: The Best of LaVerne Baker (Atlantic 1953) —Baker belts out this ballad.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Night Time is the Right Time” from The Very Best of Ray Charles (Rhino Entertainment Co. 1957) —I've had this in my head for a few days now - glad to share it.Buy it!
Bunker Hill “Hide and Go Seek, Parts 1 & 2” from East Coast Teen Party (East-Coast Music) —I've never heard anything like this one before - it's unbelievable.Buy it!
The Chords “Sh'Boom” from Atlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947-1974 (Atlantic 1985) —The original and still the best.Buy it!
Jackie Wilson “Et Cetera” from East Coast Teen Party (East-Coast Music) —Jackie Wilson could speak in tongues sometimes.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad” from Vintage Collections Series (CAPITOL 1996) —He hugged me and he kissed me and he asked me not to do it again.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Here I Am” from Stumble Into Grace (Nonesuch 2003) —Hard to believe it's been 7 years since this one came out - harder to believe she's only released one solo album since this one.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Hangman” from Ghost Train (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N —Marty co-wrote this witth Johnny Cash.Buy it!
Marty Stuart “Porter Wagoner's Grave” from Ghost Train (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2010) N —This wasn't what I was planning to play, but I got confused. A nice cut, anyway.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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