Johnny Adams “I Don't Worry Myself” from Heart and Soul (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 1969) —A short but hot soul number.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Isn't It Wonderful” from Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters (Concord 2010) —Hard to believe this cut lay in the vaults all those years - it's Ray Charles in a laid-back, bluesy vibe.Buy it!
Esperanza Spalding “I Can't Help It” from Radio Music Society (Universal 2012) N —I don't love her the way Jon Stewart loves her, but I'm quite fond of this sinuous little funk/jazz mood.Buy it!
Carlinhos Brown “What Is This?” from unknown (Unknown) —Now I can't remember what album I burned this off of, but I thought it was one of those Luaka Bop Brazilian albums.Buy it!
Sam Mangwana “Galo Negro” from Putumayo Presents Afro-Latino (Putumayo 1998) —Lilting and beautiful rhythms and tune, what a great singer, too.Buy it!
Dr. John “Big Shot” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —Just try to resist this urgent groove with its references to Ellington-styled horn sections.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from Porgy & Bess (Verve 1957) —You want to hear one of the greatest vocalists who ever lived at the top of his game? Check out Louis Armstrong on this cut! Holy cow! And then Ella soars, too.Buy it!
Rufus Wainwright “Out of the Game” (Decca 2012) N —I'm excited to find a brand new record sitting on the shelf from one of my favorite songwriters.Buy it!
Loudon Wainwright III “The Days That We Die” from Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound 2012) N —Rufus's dad reading what he wrote 30 years ago about being a dad, and gets his son to sing on it.Buy it!
Fairport Convention “Book Song” from What We Did On Our Holidays (Island 1969) —A lovely and nearly forgotten gem co-written by Iain Matthews and Richard Thompson.Buy it!
Bert Jansch “Blackwater Side” from The Best of Bert Jansch (Shanachie 1980) —I tried playing this last week but it kept skipping - burned it to a new CD, and voila. The gorgeous guitar and vocals of the late great Mr. Jansch.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Mahalia” from Leaving Eden (Nonesuch 2012) N —This tune makes me happy every time I hear it.Buy it!
Shirley & Lee “Why Did I” from The Legendary Masters Series Vol. 1 (EMI 1990) —Great and obscure number from this classic duo, played here because it's short enough to fit, and cool enough to hear any time.Buy it!
Levon Helm “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” from Electric Dirt (Dirt Farmer Music www.vanguardrecords.com 2009) —The last track on his last studio album - RIP the truly great Levon Helm.Buy it!
The Band “Up on Cripple Creek” from To Kingdom Come (CAPITOL 1989) —Levon in his prime as brilliant singer and drummer.Buy it!
The Band “Don't Do It (Baby Don't You Do It)” from To Kingdom Come (CAPITOL 1989) —Here's a Motown cover that as far as I'm concerned was absolutely owned by Levon Helm.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Wide River to Cross” from Ramblin' At The Ryman (Vanguard 2011) —This is actually a Buddy Miller song sung by Miller and featuring Sam Bush on mandolin, but that's gotta be Levon Helm on drums - it's his live album, after all.Buy it!
Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore “Don't Bother Me” from Saints & Sinners (Remington Road 2010) —Gorgeous take on the Beatles.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Heart Like a Wheel” from Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Hannibal 1975) —As perfect a record as I know.Buy it!
Freedy Johnston “The Devil Raises His Own” from Rain On The City (Bar/None Records 2010) —I saw Freedy a couple weeks back along with Jon Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill as the Hobart Brothers & Lil' Sis. What an engaging performance!Buy it!
The Divine Comedy “Something For the Weekend” from Casanova (Setanta) —How did I miss this "band" all these years? I seem to remember knowing of them, but thanks to a stalwart listener, I now know how great they are.Buy it!
Pugwash “At the Sea” from Eleven Modern Antiquities (RMG Chart 2008) —XTC may be gone, but this guy sure does sound like he's absorbed all their tricks.Buy it!
One Direction “I Want” from Up All Night (Sony 2011) —I don't know where the songs are coming from, but the songs are there - not to mention the arrangements! Pop music to fall in love with.Buy it!
Carole King “Take Good Care of My Baby” from The Legendary Demos (Hear Music 2012) N —The original demo of the song that Bobby Vee ran up the charts with.Buy it!
Dee Dee Warwick “You're No Good” from One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sound, Lost & Found (Rhino 2005) —Dionne's sis kicking butt.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “Make Something Good” from July Flame CD ALBUM (Raven Marching Band Records www.ravenmarchingband.com 2010) —Thus ends my "good" set.Buy it!
The Vondrukes “The Words Write” from Runaway, Goodbye Love (self-released 2011) N L —St. Louis band with a song they wrote claiming they can't write a song.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Writer's Block” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition Records 2012) N L —Another St. Louis band claiming they can't write anything. What's up with this trend?Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “White Boy” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —One St. Louisian who will never tell you he has nothing to say.Buy it!
Steve Wynn “Turning of the Tide” from . . . Tick . . . Tick . . .Tick (Blue Rose 2006) —I know Steve Wynn churns out the records, but this 6-year-old release still feels really recent to me. Who's out there speeding up the clocks?Buy it!
Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound “Annie Get Your Gun” from Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound (Side One Dummy Records 2012) N —I definitely like all the songs I hear from this record. Must hear more.Buy it!
Bonnie Raitt “Standing in the Doorway” from Slipstream (Redwing 2012) N —Bonnie Raitt, produced by Joe Henry, singing Bob Dylan. Yeah, there's no way you can have a mistake with that combination.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Worthless Thing (live)” from Goodbye Cruel World (expanded) (Rhino 1984) —One of the terrific songs from a badly over-produced record redeemed in live performance.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Science Won” (self-released 2012) L —They're celebrating the release of this new album tonight at the Gramophone, tomorrow at Focal Point, and Sunday morning at Lola for brunch with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound.Buy it!
Gene Chandler “Duke of Earl” from Nothing Can Stop Me: Gene Chandler's Greatest Hits (Varese Sarabande 1994) —It occurred to me the other day that millions of people may not have ever heard this song, which was once so prevalent.Buy it!
Cash Box Kings “Blues Come Around” from Holler and Stomp (blind pig 2011) —Modern blues band can do rockabilly if they feel like it.Buy it!
Johnny Carroll “Rock Baby Rock It” from The Essential Sun Rockabillies Vol. 3 (Charly 1997) —Of course, Sun Records was where the best rockabilly was generated.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “If I Have to Be” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) L —The cool thing about this local band is you can slot them in next to so many different musical genres and have it work.Buy it!
Dear John “I Don't Want Her to Know” from single (BDR 2011) N L —2/3 of this band will reunite for a performance tomorrow at Vintage Vinyl as part of their Record Store Day celebration.Buy it!
The Mastersons “Fool” from Birds Fly South (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2012) N —Husband and wife duo that splits time backing up Steve Earle and making this very good record of their own.Buy it!
Kasey Chambers “Beautiful Mess” from Little Bird (Liberation 2010) —Everything about you is worth my while.Buy it!
Justin Townes Earle “Won't Be the Last Time” from Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot 2012) —It's probably lucky for Kasey that her man isn't like Justin, but Justin sure does write great songs about messing up.Buy it!
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