The Pretenders “Pop Star” from Viva el Amor! (Warner Brothers 1999) —A song that Alan played by the Damnwells put this in mind (Also, I'm Nick Cowan, taking a break from my 3am-5am Friday morning show to fill in for Roy, this will be a fun show)Buy it!
Gomez “Girlshapedlovedrug” from How We Operate (ATO Records/Red 2006)Buy it!
Joe Jackson “It's Different For Girls” from Joe Jackson: Greatest Hits (A&M 1996)Buy it!
Josh Rouse “Love Vibration” from 1972 (Ryko/Rhino 2003) —The chorus reminds me of Welcome Back Kotter (and that ain't a complaint).Buy it!
Tinhorn “Can't Decide” from Axes & Snaxes (Rooster Lollipop 1999) LBuy it!
Bob Mould “I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More” from Life and Times (Anti 2009)Buy it!
Kathy McCarty “Livin' Life” from Dead Dog's Eyeball: Songs of Daniel Johnston (Bar/None Records 1994)Buy it!
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals “The Hardest Part” from Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway 2005)Buy it!
Mr. F “This Machine” from This Machine' b/w 'Foolish Hand Shake' (45rpm) (self 2010) —(Mr. F is really Paul Westerberg, don't tell anyone)Buy it!
Jay Farrar “Driving The View” from Live EP (Transmit Sound 2004)Buy it!
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys'O Death “O Death” from Live @ McCabe's Guitar Shop (Re:Live/The Orchard) —You may know this song from O Brother Where Art Thou?Buy it!
Slaid Cleaves “Wishbones” (Philo 2004)Buy it!
Clem Snide “Jews For Jesus Blues” from End Of Love (Spinart 2005)Buy it!
Dan Bern “Talkin' Alien Abduction Blues” from Dog Boy Van - EP (Work 1997)Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Church” from Joshua Judges Ruth (Curb/MCA 1992) —You should own this record if you don't already. Just my humble opinion.Buy it!
The Jayhawks “Up Above My Head” from Hollywood Town Hall (remastered) (American 2011) N Buy it!
The Reverend Horton Heat “Hello Walls” from Twisted Willie (Justice Records 1996)Buy it!
James McMurtry “For All I Know” from It Had To Happen (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1997) R —Playing with the Bottle Rockets on 3/26Buy it!
Bottle Rockets “Alone In Bad Company” from Brand New Year (Mercury 1999) —Speaking of The Bottle Rockets...Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Faulkner Street” from Trouble In Mind (Lost Highway 2008)Buy it!
Dierdre Flint “King of the Rollerama” from Live on 'Blue Highways' (KDHX)Buy it!
John Wendland “Torn Love Letters” from Live on 'Song Circle Of Friends' (KDHX) —You can hear John every Thursday morning from 7am-10am on Memphis To ManchesterBuy it!
Dog House “The Fox” from Live On 'Down Yonder' (KDHX)Buy it!
Fred Friction “This Foolish Heart” from Live on 'Song Circle Of Friends' (KDHX) L —Fred hosts 'Fishin' with Dynamite', this might be the finest vocal/spoon composition written.Buy it!
Nadine “All The Lines Are Down” from live on 'Sounds About Town' (KDHX) —Recorded for Sounds About Town, a show that (back in the day) showcased bands that were coming to town and had a live band every week.Buy it!
The Highway Matrons “I Need A Girl” from live on 'Sounds About Town' (KDHX)Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Stranger In The House” from My Aim Is True (Deluxe Edition) (Hip-O 2007) LBuy it!
Bob Dylan “Most of the Time (Alternate Version)” from Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8 - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia 2008)Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Seeing Black (Kitchen Tape version)” from Blessed (Deluxe Edition) (Lost Highway 2011) N —Essentially a demo, this lacks Elvis Costello's guitar solo, but has a bit more weight.Buy it!
One Fell Swoop “$500 Funeral” from One Fell Swoop (Magoo 1996) LBuy it!
Mumford & Sons “Winter Winds” from Sigh No More (Glassnote 2009) R Buy it!
The Avett Brothers “Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise (Live)” from The Avett Brothers Live, Vol. 3 (American 2010)Buy it!
Peggy Lee “Close Your Eyes” from Miss Peggy Lee (CAPITOL 1998)Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “I Want You (vocal and rhythm)” from I Want You (Deluxe Edition) (Motown/Universal Chronicles 1976) —Just vocals, bass, percussion. So. Darn. Goooood.Buy it!
Merry Clayton “Gimme Shelter” (Ode Records 1969) —She sang the backing part on the Stones version. For me, this outranks the original.Buy it!
Linda Lyndell “What A Man” from Soul Sides: Volume One (Zealous 2005)Buy it!
Tom Waits “Step RIght Up” from Used Songs (1973-1980) (Rhino 2001) —This album is a nice place to start if you're not familiar with Tom Waits (but there are a couple of good places to start)Buy it!
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