Jackie DeShannon “Paradise” from Jackie (Atlantic 1972) —F 1 Written by John Prine.Buy it!
Gene Clark “Life's Greatest Fool” from No Other (Ekektra 1974) —F 1Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “A Heart Like Mine” from 3 Pears (Warner Brothers 2012) —F 7 iT Worsd and music by Dwight Yoakam.Buy it!
The Ramblers “Just For Chicks” from An Outbreak of Twangin' (Psychic Circle 2009) —F 23 Music bed. 60s guitar instrumental out of Essex, England.Buy it!
Lydia Loveless “Wine Lips” from Somewhere Else (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2014) N —F 5 iT Written and sung by Lydia Loveless. Some of her phrasing is really interesting and, of course, her voice is a great instrument.Buy it!
Jessica Lea Mayfield “Standing In The Sun” from Make My Head Sing... (ATO Records (AT0) 2014) N —F 4 iT CD#2 Tue 5/6 Jessica Lea Mayfield w/Dylan Leblanc – FirebirdBuy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Rolling Sky” from Swingin' on the Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection - Vol. 2 (Razor & Tie 1999) —F 15 Music bed. 1956 instrumental composed by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!
Paul Kelly “I Can't Believe We Were Married” from The A to Z Recordings (Universal Music Australia Pty. Ltd. 2010) —F 1 Another one from an Australian singer-songwriter. Might as well go for the trifecta. Recorded live and found on this box set of all live versions of close to a hundred songs all in alphabetical order.Buy it!
Sean Sennett “There's a Girl At the Cinema Who Looks Like Beth Orton” from The Beautiful Game (Supa Fury 2012) —Another somewhat skewed pop song by an Australian singer-songwriter.Buy it!
Courtney Barnett “Don't Apply Compression Gently” from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom + Pop 2013) —From the debut album of Australian singer-songwriter.Buy it!
Chet Atkins “Sunrise Serenade.” from Eclectic Guitar (Cherry Red Records 2007) —Music bed. 1954 instrumental with backing by Homer & Jethro.Buy it!
Rodney Crowell “Jesus Talk To Mama” from Tarpaper Sky (New West 2014) N —Written by Rodney Crowell and featuring the quite-terrific Steuart Smith on guitar and backing vocals by Vicki Hampton.Buy it!
The Secret Sisters “River Jordan” from Put Your Needle Down (Universal Records 2014) N —Written and sung by sisters Lydia and Laura Rogers and found on this new T-Bone Burnett produced album.Buy it!
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives “Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John) (Live)” from The Gospel Music of Marty Stuart (Live) (Gaither Music Group (HSE) 2014) N —Traditional gospel song found on this new release which just came out this week. Basically, it's just Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives tearing up live versions of gospel songs. Hard to go wrong with that.Buy it!
Santo & Johnny “School Days” from The Greatest Hits of Santo & Johnny (Puzzle Productions 2013) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Chuck Berry song.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Isn't That So” from Release Me (Curb / Lost Highway 2012) —Written by Jesse Winchester - Fri 5/16 Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Band – PageantBuy it!
Jesse Winchester “Brand New Tennessee Waltz” from Jesse Winchester (bearsville www.rhino.com 1970) —Written by Jesse Winchester and engineered by Todd Rundgren.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Defying Gravity” from Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town (Warner Brothers 1978) —This set goes out in tribute to Jesse Winchester who passed away last Friday. This is an absolutely gorgeous version of a song written by Jesse Winchester.Buy it!
Ray Cameron, Alan Parker, and Alan Hawkshaw “Coast to Coast” from Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 (Blow Up Records www.blowup.co.uk/records/artists/alfa-9/gone-to-ground 1996) —Music bed. Instrumental from 1970.Buy it!
Mise En Scene “Endless Summer” from Desire's Despair (Pipe & Hat / Fontana North 2012) —Indie-pop out of Manitoba, Canada.Buy it!
The Lovin' Spoonful “Darling Be Home Soon” from The Lovin' Spoonful: Greatest Hits (Buddah 2000) —Written by John Sebastian and recorded in 1967.Buy it!
Reverend Organdrum “A Shot In The Dark” from Hi-Fi Stereo (Yep Roc Records www.yeproc.com 2008) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Henry Mancini.Buy it!
Roger McGuinn “Take Me Away” from Cardiff Rose (Columbia 1976) —Written by Jacques Levy and Roger McGuinn.Buy it!
Quilt “A Mirror” from Held In Splendor (Mexican Summer 2014) N —Tue 5/6 Woods w/ Quilt – Off BroadwayBuy it!
The Easybeats “Friday On My Mind” from gonna have a good time SINGLE (Retroactive 1999) —1966 working class anthem written by George Young and Harry Vanda.Buy it!
Mogwai “Relative Hysteria” from Les revenants (Sub Pop Records 2013) —Music bed.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Superman” from Life's Rich Pageant (IRS 1986) —Cover version of a song originally done in 1969 by a Texas band called The Clique. Mike Mills sings lead on this and Michael Stipe provides backing vocals.Buy it!
Wussy “To the Lightning” from Attica! (Shake It 2014) N —Written by and featuring the vocals of Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver. This album is coming out on May 5. This album is as good as anything they've ever done.Buy it!
Magnolia Summer “Slow to a Crawl” from The Hill or the Climb (Undertow 2014) N L —Written and sung by Chris Grabau. Magnolia Summer will be opening for the Minus 5 this Friday (4/18) at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “Walking Back to Our Place at 3 AM” from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River CD ALBUM (El Cortez 2009) —Music bed. Beautiful instrumental from the band based out of Portland, OR.Buy it!
The Damnations, TX “Things I Once Adored” from Half Mad Moon (sire 1998) —Featuring the vocals of sisters Amy Boone and Deborah Kelly.Buy it!
Richmond Fontaine “A Letter to the Patron Saint of Nurses” from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River CD ALBUM (El Cortez 2009) —Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine will be playing at Euclid Records this Friday at 5 PM. A rare chance to see him in St. Louis. Highly recommended.Buy it!
The Delines “I Won’t Slip Up” from Colfax (El Cortez 2014) N —Debut album from a band led by songwriter and novelist Willy Vlautin and Amy Boone of the Damnations TX, and including members of Richmond Fontaine, the Decemberists and the Minus 5.Buy it!
Dean & Britta “Silver Factory Redux (Sonic Boom Remix)” from 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature Records 2010) —Music bed.Buy it!
The Baseball Project “From Nails to Thumbtacks” from 3rd (Bonus Track Version) (Yep Roc Records www.yeproc.com 2014) N —A sad, sad tale about Lenny Dykstra written by Scott McCaughey.Buy it!
The Minus 5 “You Don't Mean It” from Let the War against Music Begin (Mammoth 2001) —The Minus Five and Magnolia Summer will be at Off Broadway this Friday (4/18). The Minus 5 will also be at Euclid Records as part of the Record Store Day celebration on Saturday.Buy it!
The Both “Milwaukee” from The Both (Super Ego Records 2014) N —New debut release by a collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. They co-wrote this song about the origin of when they decided to start a band together.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Sunday Sermon” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —Music bed. 1970 Stax instrumental written by Art Jerry Miller.Buy it!
Swamp Dogg “Sam Stone” from The Excellent Sides of Swamp Dogg, Vol. 2 (S.D.E.G. Records 2008) —One of the best John Prine covers I've ever heard. Recorded in 1973 and arranged and produced by Swamp Dogg.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Soul Clap '69” from Stax Profiles (Stax/Concord 2006) —1969 Stax single.Buy it!
Etta James “Tough Lover” from R&B Dynamite (Flair 1987) —This Elmore James song was recorded in New Orleans in 1956 and features Lee Allen on sax.Buy it!
St. Paul & The Broken Bones “It's Midnight” from Half the City (Single Lock Records/Thirty Tigers 2014) N —What a terrific show put on by this Birmingham, AL soul band a couple of weeks back at Off Broadway. Vocals by Paul Janeway.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Hi Roller” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis soul instrumental composed by Scott Bomar.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “In Between Tears” from A Woman's Viewpoint: The Essential 1970s Recordings (Kent 2006) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg) and Troy Davis and recorded for the Fungus label in 1973.Buy it!
Them Two “Am I a Good Man” from Eccentric Soul, Vol. 7: The Deep City Label (The Numero Group 2006) —Late 60s Miami soul masterpiece (though, largely unknown) written by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid with backing vocals by Helene Smith and a fantastic bass line by Reed Roberts.Buy it!
Brand New Faces “I Don't Wanna Cry” from South Side Story-Vol. 23 (The Numero Group 2014) N —New compilation of previously unreleased tracks and sides from small 45 pressings put out by soul bands mostly from the South side of Chicago. This will be made available on Record Store Day.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Night Fo' Last” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —Music bed. 1968 Motown instrumental composed by Shorty Long and Clarence Paul.Buy it!
Shorty Long “Here Comes The Judge” from Here Comes Shorty Long: The Complete Motown Stereo Masters (Kent 2012) —Written by Billie Jean Brown, Suzanne De Passe, and Frederick "Shorty" Long and recorded for Soul (an imprint label of Motown) in 1968.Buy it!
The New Mastersounds “Morning Fly” from Therapy (One Note Records 2014) N —This British soul and funk band out of the UK just put out their 9th studio album.Buy it!
Nick Waterhouse “High Tiding” from Holly (Innovative Leisure 2014) N —Mon 7/28 Nick Waterhouse at the Firebird. This is huge!Buy it!
Ernie Freeman Combo “Jivin' Around Part 1” from Great R&B Instrumentals (Ace 2001) —Music bed. 1955 instrumental recorded for the Cash label by the R&B pianist.Buy it!
Gordon Jenkins “The Conductor” from Gordon Jenkins' Seven Dreams (Decca 1954) —This is an excerpt from Gordon Jenkins' second dream for those of you keeping track. Recorded in 1954 & more than vaguely reminiscent of Folsom Prison Blues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdCtc1WE3E0 is highly recommended.Buy it!
Little Miss Cornshucks “Try A Little Tenderness” from Respect: Aretha's Influences & Inspiration (Ace 2009) —Written by Harry Woods, James Campbell, and Reginald Connelly and recorded for the Coral label in 1952. Aretha Franklin later recorded this in 1962 and Otis Redding in 1966. She's backed by Benny Carter & His Orchestra on this track.Buy it!
T And A “Mess Around” from T And A (self released 2014) N —Written by Ahmet Ertegun and made famous by Ray Charles and featuring the sublime vocals of Alice Spencer. Tom Hall and Alice Spencer are having their CD release party tonight (Thursday 4/17) at Joe's Cafe.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Undecided” from The Great Ray Charles (Atlantic 1957) —Music bed. 1957 instrumental composed by Charlie Shavers and Sid Robins.Buy it!
The James Harman Band “If That Ain't Love” from Thank You Baby (Enigma 1983) —James Harman will be at the Blues City Deli tonight (4/17) from 6-8 PM and on Saturday at 1 PM. He'll also BB's Jazz Blues & Soups on Friday (4/18) with the Bel Airs as his backing band. Highly recommended.Buy it!
DR. HORSE “I'm Tired of It” from New York on Fire: Bobby's Harlem Rock Vol. 2 (P-Vine) —Written by Dr. Horse and recorded for the NY-based Fire label in 1961.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Early In The Mornin'” from The Genius Sings the Blues (Atlantic 1961) —Written by Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, and Louis Jordan. Produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler. I also like Harry Nilsson's version of this song though it's way different.Buy it!
Ray Charles “Rockhouse, Parts 1 & 2” from Pure Genius - The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino Entertainment Co. 2005) —Music bed. 1958 instrumental composed by Ray Charles and found on one of the most indispensable box sets ever made.Buy it!
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