Wanda Jackson “California Stars” from Unfinished Business (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2012) N —Yup, Wanda Jackson covers the Wilco/Guthrie song.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “How Long” from Letters from Sinners & Strangers (Signature Sounds www.signaturesounds.com 2007) —Deep bluesy cut from this talented singer/songwriter.Buy it!
Dion “Son of Skip James” (Verve Forecast 2007) —You know you're smiling in my face but you've got aces up your sleeve.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Into the Blues” CD ALBUM (429 2007) —I love the way she sings "My baby's just into the blues."Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Little Girl, Little Boy” from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2011) N —Chuck and Stephanie Finch have a blast with this short and sweet rocker.Buy it!
Mott the Hoople “Violence” from Mott (Columbia 1973) —Rock'n'roll masterpiece.Buy it!
The Move “(Here We Go Round) The Lemon Tree” from Omnibus: The 60s Singles As and Bs (Edsel 1999) —This really deserves to be one of the most beloved records of all time. I mean, it is to me. Why not the world?Buy it!
Susanna Hoffs “November Sun” from Someday (Baroque Folk 2012) N —A song as wonderful as anything she's ever done - beautiful, poignant, melancholy.Buy it!
Big Star “Daisy Glaze” from Radio City (Ardent 1974) —Swoon.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Gamma Ray” from Charmer SINGLE (Superego 2012) N —She'll be at the Pageant on Nov. 13. I'm excited.Buy it!
Phantom Planet “Do the Panic” from The Guest (Epic 2002) —These guys were so darn good at the rockin'.Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “Long Emotional Ride” from Three Chords Good (Primary Wave 2012) N —It's been over 30 years since we've had this great band backing up this great singer/songwriter. To be released on Nov. 20. Line up and buy it. It's great.Buy it!
Van Morrison “Celtic New Year” from Magic Time (Polydor 2005) —I could have picked a song from the new album, but I heard this one the other day, and it knocked me out so I figured I'd share it with you.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “A-11” from Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury 2012) —Johnson duets with Ronnie Dunn on one of my all-time fave country songs.Buy it!
Beausoleil “Cubana Bayou” from Cajunization (Rhino 1999) —A song which lives up to its title - Michael Doucet's fiddle playing is so incredible!Buy it!
Esperanza Spalding “Cinnamon Tree” from Radio Music Society (Universal 2012) N —And the violin here makes for a smooth segue.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Things Left Undone” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —Damn! She can sing.Buy it!
Buddy Miller “Water When the Well Is Dry” from Midnight and Lonesome (Hightone 2002) —A gem from one of the best there is.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Haunted” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot 2012) N —A song written for her by Jon Langford that sounds like something that should have been a hit 45 years ago.Buy it!
Irma Thomas “River Is Waiting” from Simply Grand (Rounder 2008) —A brilliant interpretation of the John Fogerty song with piano help from the very talented Henry Butler.Buy it!
Dr. John “Eleggua” from Locked Down (Nonesuch 2012) N —I don't know what these words are, but I feel that funky groove!Buy it!
Janis Joplin “Maybe” from I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again Mama (Columbia 1969) —That powerful voice!Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “In Time” from Crown of Creation (RCA 1968) —Well, as long as I'm back in the 60s in San Francisco.Buy it!
Moby Grape “Truly Fine Citizen” from Listen My Friends! (Columbia 2007) —I played this one a couple weeks ago - wanted to hear it again.Buy it!
Benny Andersson “Jehu” from Story of a Heart (Decca 2009) —Ex-ABBA meister goes the Nino Rota route.Buy it!
Rough Shop “Ripped Upholstery Blues” from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition 2012) N L —This song makes me smile every time I hear it. One of St. Louis's finest bands.Buy it!
Terry Anderson “Weather or Not” from You Don't Like Me (East Side Digital 1995) —One of the best rock and pop songwriters of the last 25 years, but almost nobody knows it.Buy it!
The dB's “Write Back” from Falling Off the Sky (Bar/None Records 2012) N —If you only go to one rock show this year, I think it should be the dB's at the Duck Room Nov. 17. The original line-up has never played St. Louis, and odds are they never will again. Do not miss this one.Buy it!
Paul Simon “She Moves On” from The Rhythm of the Saints (Warner Brothers) —This album confounded me when it was new - following up Graceland was just too formidable a task for anybody. But there are some very nice songs here, including this intoxicating gem.Buy it!
Sara Watkins “When It Pleases You” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) N —She'll be opening for Jackson Browne tonight at the Fox, and then accompanying him during his show.Buy it!
Jorge Ben “Taj Mahal” from Serie Sem Limite (Universal International 2001) —A rare Brazilian song title I can pronounce.Buy it!
Bob Marley & The Wailers “Trenchtown Rock” from Live (Tuff Gong 1975) —One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.Buy it!
Johnny Rawls “Soul Survivor” (Catfood 2012) N —Singing about keeping on the tradition, and doing it right.Buy it!
Don & Juan “What's Your Name” from The Doo Wop Box Vol. 2 (Rhino 1996) —It's so hard to find a personality with charms like yours for me. One of the great lines in pop music.Buy it!
The Persians “Get a Hold of Yourself” from Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 (ABKCO 2005) —Man, this box set is just chock full of obscure delights.Buy it!
Iris Harvey “Betrayed” from Girls on 45: A Collection of Girl Groups, Girlie Pop& Soulful Ladies 1960-1968 (Teensville 2012) N —This would be one of those soulful ladies.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Medic” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —Tonight at the Heavy Anchor in between opener Middle Class Fashion and headliner Aquitane.Buy it!
Clip Art “Six Sides” from Broken By Design (Clip Art 2010) —A jaunty number, to be sure.Buy it!
John Doe and Exene Cervenka “Because I Do” from John Doe and Exene Cervenka Singing and Playing (Moonlight Graham Records 2012) N —An interesting acoustic take on the song they did in X.Buy it!
The Flatlanders “Love's Own Chains” from Hills and Valleys (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2009) —I really wanted to see Joe Ely last week, but just didn't have the energy to go out. This is one of his best songs.Buy it!
James Talley “Up From Georgia” from Journey (Cimarron 2004) —A very underrated country singer/songwriter.Buy it!
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