Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “John Coltrane Stereo Blues Pt. 1” from single (Euclid 2009) —Recorded live at Euclid Records.Buy it!
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 “John Coltrane Stereo Blues Pt. 2” from single (Euclid 2009) —Picking up a couple minutes after they left off.Buy it!
Creedence Clearwater Revival “Chameleon” from Pendulum (Fantasy 1970) —Catching up as the keyboard didn't work first thing, I can't comment except to say it's a cool song.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “No Banker Left Behind” from Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch 2011) —A modern-day folk tale about robbers and criminals.Buy it!
Sam Bush “Apple Blossom” from Circles Around Me (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2009) —A lovely little fiddle and banjo instrumental just 'cause I can.Buy it!
Jeff Bridges “Falling Short” from Jeff Bridges (EMI 2011) —Sam Phillips on harmony vocals is better than autotune any day.Buy it!
Flying Burrito Brothers “Wheels” from Gilded Palace of Sin (A&M 1970) —The number of times I've sung along with this one - I don't think I can count that high.Buy it!
Bobbie Gentry “Mississippi Delta” from An American Quilt 1967-1974 (Raven 2002) —One of the greatest songs I never heard until recently.Buy it!
Hugh Laurie “Baby, Please Make a Change” from Let Them Talk (Warner Bros. 2011) N —TV star gets to make a record - it's quite listenable, if hardly essential. However, bring Tom Jones & Irma Thomas on board for a duet, and you've got something special.Buy it!
Screamin' Jay Hawkins “Alligator Wine” from Voodoo Jive: The Best of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Rhino 1990) —So, this 70-year-old woman heard "I Put a Spell On You" on that car commercial, and asked us to order the album. She ran in terror from the rest of it, and begged us to take it back.Buy it!
Bobby Charles “See You Later Alligator” from The Best of Chess Rock'n'Roll (Chess 1987) —After while, crocodile!Buy it!
Smiley Lewis “Someday (You'll Want me)” from The Big Beat of Dave Bartholomew - 20 Milestone Dave Bartholomew Productions 1949-1960 (Remastered) (CAPITOL 2002) —One of the great r'n'b singers from the 50s - should have been much better known.Buy it!
Peter Tosh “Till Your Well Runs Dry (Original Jamaican mix)” from Legalize it (Columbia 1976) N —Another classic from Tosh's most fertile period.Buy it!
War “Me and Baby Brother” from Deliver the Word (Far Out 1973) —To grow up in the 70s was to love War; everybody knew these songs back then.Buy it!
Bill Withers “Close To Me” from Naked & Warm (Columbia 1976) —Here's a gem I barely remembered until my friend Said put it up on Facebook the other day.Buy it!
The 5th Dimension “California Soul” from Up Up and Away: The Definitive Collection (Arista 1997) —Last week's Jerry Lieber special left me no chance to pay tribute to the passing of Nick Ashford, who along with Valerie Simpson, wrote a bunch of great songs, including this classic.Buy it!
Betty Everett “The Real Thing” from The Shoop Shoop Song: It's In His Kiss (Collectables 2000) —An earlier little fun one by Ashford & Simpson & Joshie Armstrong.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Satisfied Feelin'” from Complete Motown Singles Vol. 9: 1969 (Motown 2008) —And of course, their best songs were given to these two.Buy it!
Ashford & Simpson “Bourgie Bourgie” from Send It (Warner Brothers 1977) —Another one Said introduced me to - a fabulous dance instrumental from their best album.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Ko-Ko Joe” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1995) —Where would Jerry Reed's funk be without cowbells?Buy it!
Jerry Reed “The Uptown Poker Club” from The Essential Jerry Reed (RCA www.columbiarecords.com 1995) —I love these story songs so much!Buy it!
The Civil Tones “How'd Ya Like to Be King” from City Stoopin' (Pravda 2011) N L —St. Louis soul instrumental combo - and they rock the cowbell!Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Sacramento & Polk” from The Boxing Mirror (Back Porch Records 2006) —One of the most powerful performances of Escovedo's wonderful career.Buy it!
Glen Campbell “In My Arms” from Ghost on the Canvas (Surf Dog Records) N —I liked Teddy Thompson's original of this, now I like Campbell's terrific cover - some great guitar on this cut.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet “When Love Lets Go I'm Falling” from Modern Art (Missing Piece 2011) N —A dreamy number from Mr. Sweet's forthcoming record.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “Running For Your Life” from Behind the Parade (Second Motion 2011) N —Some artists spend their lives searching for new approaches to their music; some figure out exactly what they like and then produce slight variations throughout 30 years. And Keene always makes me happy with those variations.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Goin' Back” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) N —Breathtaking.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Darlin' Kate” from Hard Bargain (Nonesuch 2011) N —Emmylou's beautiful tribute to the late great Kate McGarrigle.Buy it!
Iris DeMent “Let the Mystery Be” from Infamous Angel (Warner Bros. 1992) —I resisted Ms. DeMent back in my younger days, but she did eventually win me over, and this is a beautiful song of good philosophy.Buy it!
Foster & Lloyd “That's What She Said” from It's Already Tomorrow (Effin Ell 2011) N —A great song comes out of Michael Scott's favorite joke.Buy it!
John Hiatt “Thank You Girl” from Bring the Family (A&M 1987) —People always ask me about a new John Hiatt record if it's as good as this one. Nothing will ever be as good as this one.Buy it!
Ana Popovic “Slideshow” from Unconditional (electro groove 2011) N —My review of this record: http://blues.about.com/od/cddvdreviews/fr/Ana-Popovic-Buy it!
Downchild “These Thoughts Keep Marching” from I Need a Hat (Linus 2009) —Doom and gloom with a back beat.Buy it!
David "Honeyboy" Edwards “Apron Strings” from Roamin' and Ramblin' (Ear Wig Music 2008) —We lost a legendary figure in the blues world the other day, 96-year-old Honeyboy Edwards.Buy it!
David "Honey Boy" Edwards “High Water Everywhere” from Shake 'Em On Down (APO 2000) —This is a chilling rendition of the Charley Patton classic.Buy it!
Herb Ellis “Pogo” from Ellis in Wonderland (Verve 1956) —Some slick pickin' here.Buy it!
Rudy Green “Juicy Fruit” from Sin Alley Part 1 (Crypt 1997) —That's what the girls call me! Somebody on Facebook introduced me to this last week - can't remember who to thank!Buy it!
Jimmy Liggins “Brown Skin Baby” from Rough Weather Blues Vol. 2 (Specialty 1992) —I could just play these old jump blues records all day long.Buy it!
The Beatles “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” from Help! CD ALBUM (CAPITOL 1965) —Yes, I love the Larry Williams version, but I gotta say the Beatles own this one.Buy it!
The Searchers “He's Got No Love” from Greatest Hits (Rhino 1985) —That jangling guitar sound rules.Buy it!
Karen Verros “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” from Hard Workin' Man: the Jack Nitzsche Story, vol. 2 (Ace 2006) —Another gem I discovered through Facebook - thanks to whoever posted this terrific rocker, written by Donovan of all people.Buy it!
The Move “Fire Brigade” from Hits, the Singles As, Bs, and Rarities (Repertoire 2002) —One of the greatest songs to inexplicably fail to become a rock standard in the U.S.Buy it!
Steve Cropper “Say It” from Dedicated (429 2011) N —Bettye LaVette sings the heck out of this Five Royales gem.Buy it!
Booker T. Jones “Representing Memphis” from The Road From Memphis (Anti 2011) N —Matt Berninger of the National does a nice job dueting with Sharon Jones on this Memphis stew.Buy it!
Imelda May “Sneaky Freak” from Mayhem (Decca 2010) N —The modern stalking song mentions that "I know your passwords."Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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