Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Angels Rock Me to Sleep” from Saturday Night / Sunday Morning (Superlatone Records 2014) N —Stuart is the finest practioner of modern Country Gospel music.Buy it!
Tift Merritt “I Am Your Tambourine” from Tambourine (Lost Highway 2004) —She just belts the heck out of this song.Buy it!
Los Lobos “I Can't Understand” from The Neighborhood (Warner Brothers 1990) —Heavy duty rock'n'roll.Buy it!
The Obvious “Back to Beat” from Seems Obvious Now (self 1981) —St. Louis band from the olden days chock full of clever songwriting and New Wave fervor.Buy it!
Johnny Marr “This Tension” from Playland (sire 2014) N —Marr continues to impress with his newfound commitment to solo rocking.Buy it!
Ray Lamontagne “Lavender” from Supernova (RCA 2014) N —I can't fathom how I dislike the Black Keys but like very much the things Dan Auerbach produces, even when it's by an artist I would otherwise never tolerate.Buy it!
The Both “Hummingbird” from The Both (Superego 2014) N —Aright, I admit it, their partnership works. Ted Leo rarely grabbed me on his own, but I do like this record with Aimee Mann.Buy it!
Sean Watkins “This Will End In Tears” from All I Do Is Lie (Roaring Goal Records 2014) N —Sean is the member of Nickel Creek most people forget, but he's well worth hearing even on his own.Buy it!
Kathleen Grace “Emma” from No Place to Fall (Monsoon 2013) —It's a shame Townes Van Zandt didn't live long enough to hear this gorgeous version of his song.Buy it!
John Fullbright “Keeping Hope Alive” from SONGS (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2014) N —So much wrapped up in the way he delivers these beautiful words.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “Same Old Blues” from Simply Grand (Rounder www.rounder.com 2008) —Just the great Irma Thomas singing, with Marcia Ball on piano, an old Leon Russell song.Buy it!
Ruthie Foster “The Ghetto” from Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn Music 2014) N —A beautiful take on the Delaney & Bonnie song.Buy it!
Herbie Hancock featuring Tina Turner “Edith and the Kingpin” from River: The Joni Letters (Universal 2007) —I love the take these two give to this beautiful Joni Mitchell song.Buy it!
Dion “Man in the Glass” from King of the New York Streets (THE RIGHT STUFF 2000) —So many hidden gems in the exhaustive Dion box set. Few have made so many great records for such a long time.Buy it!
James Carr “Forgetting You” from The Essential James Carr (Razor & Tie 1995) —Testify, Brother James!Buy it!
Eddie Floyd “Knock On Wood” from Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 (Atlantic 1987) —Simply a Stax masterpiece! Those horns! That groove!Buy it!
The Beatles “Drive My Car” from Rubber Soul (CAPITOL www.hollywoodrecords.com 1966) —Just the sound of this record gives me shivers!Buy it!
The In Crowd “Blow Up” from Mojo: Psych Out (Gramophone Enthusiasts Unlimited 2006) —More freaky psychedelic mindbending English rock from the back half of the mid-sixties.Buy it!
The Creation “How Does It Feel to Feel” from Making Time: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (Retroactive 1998) —They will rock you!Buy it!
The Bangles “Tell Me” from All Over the Place (Columbia 1984) —For 30 years, this record has remained a constant presence in my life, one that has never once failed to move me, cheer me up, and just generally make things better.Buy it!
The Animals “Dimples” from The Singles Plus (EMI 1994) —The Animals had such an original and powerful feel to their covers of blues classics.Buy it!
The Meters “Here Comes the Meter Man” from Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology (Rhino 1995) —You are not an American if you don't know who Zigaboo Modeliste is, or at least his drumming.Buy it!
Roland Alphonso “Istanbul” from Mark Lamarr Presents Duke Reid's Nuclear Weapon (Sanctuary 2003) —Ain't no party like a ska instrumental party!Buy it!
Chuck Jackson “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait” from The Great Recordings (Tomato 1995) —Chuck Jackson doesn't get the respect he deserves, but he was Tom Jones before Tom Jones made his first record.Buy it!
The Marvelettes “Danger Heartbreak Ahead” from Deliver: The Singles 1961-1971 (Motown 1993) —As perfect as any record Motown ever released.Buy it!
James Hunter Six “Let the Monkey Ride” from Minute By Minute (Go Records 2013) —I hope people are dancing this morning.Buy it!
The Crickets “It's So Easy” from Chirpin' Crickets (Geffen 1957) —It's certainly easy to fall in love with this record. A relationship I've sustained as far back as I can remember.Buy it!
The Everly Brothers “The Price of Love” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —As great a guitar riff as there was in 1958 (and there were a lot of great guitar riffs then).Buy it!
Jerry Lee Lewis “Lovin' Up a Storm” from Wild One: Rare Tracks (Rhino 1989) —The Killer at the top of his game!Buy it!
The Orlons “Heartbreak Hotel” from The Best of the Orlons (ABKCO 2005) —I only just discovered this, maybe my third favorite version of this song (after Elvis and John Cale, natch!)Buy it!
Imelda May “Little Pixie” from Tribal (Decca 2014) N —She's such an incredible singer. And the new album is as great as the last one.Buy it!
Joey Skidmore “Zombie Boogie” from Joey Skidmore Now! (Mop-Top 2014) N —I'm guessing this was one of the last projects Lou Whitney produced - this KC-based rocker is always enjoyable.Buy it!
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