Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Jan 3rd 2013 7.00am–10.00am
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FONTELLABASS “Now That I've Found A Good Thing”
from Free (The Paula Recordings) (Paula 1972) —RIP Fontella Bass who passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 72. St. Louis just lost one of its greatest artists. This song was written by Fontella Bass and was produced by Oliver Sain.
FONTELLABASS “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” (Undertow 2004) —One of the best Chuck Berry covers I've ever heard. So memorable when she played a short set for this CD release party at the Pageant.
Marva Whitney “It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To), Pts. 1 & 2”
from It's My Thing (Soul Brother 1969) —RIP Marva Whitney who was the lead female vocalist in the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1969. This James Brown/Marva Whitney song was originally released in 1969 and was produced by James Brown.
Yuna “Live Your Life”
from Yuna ((RED) FADER Label 2012) —From the Malaysian singer/songwriter's debut album. Written by Yuna and Pharrell Williams (who also produced this track) and two others on the album.
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Faithful Man” (Truth and soul 2012) —One of my favorite albums and one of my favorite concerts of 2012. Channeling James Brown on this one with some terrific arrangements by Leon Michels and Toby Pazner.
Bettye Lavette “Dirty Old Town”
from Thankful n' Thoughtful (Anti-Records 2012) —As a whole this album is uneven but there are some tremendous song interpretations on this release. This Ewan MacColl song and Tom Wait's "Yesterday Is Here" among them.
from Boys Don't Cry (Atlantic Records UK 2012) —I absolutely love this version of the Isaac Hayes song. Her voice is just a gorgeous instrument. I ranked this album #9 on my top 10 albums of 2012. You can see a whole lot of KDHX DJs' top 10 lists at http://tinyurl.com/amk763f.
Menahan Street Band “Lights Out”
from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) N —Highly recommended 2012 release of all instumentals written by this band made up of members from the Budos Band, the Dap-Kings, and Antibalas.
Chuck Prophet “Museum of Broken Hearts”
from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) —I kept going back & forth between this album and the aforementioned Kelly Hogan release as album of the year.
Bill Fay “There Is a Valley”
from Life Is People (Dead Oceans 2012) N —Majestic and beautiful. This was his first release since 1971. #4 on my top 10 albums list of 2012.
Allo Darlin' “Tallulah”
from Europe (Slumberland 2012) —The vocals of Elizabeth Morris kill me on this. #10 on my list of favorite releases of 2012.
Aimee Mann “Crazytown”
from Charmer Single (Superego 2012) —This ranked #5 on my top 10 list. Her show at the Pageant in 2012 was quite wonderful, as well.
Iris DeMent “The Night I Learned How Not to Pray”
from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) —A long time has passed (16 years) since her last album of all original material but the wait was worth it. This is an example of songwriting at its finest. #3 on my top 10.
Spectator “Walk With Me”
from In The Brick (self-released 2012) L —Excellent debut EP by the St. Louis band. Written by Megan Rooney and Jeffrey Albert and featuring the lead vocals of Megan Rooney.
Kevin Gordon “Bus to Shreveport”
from Gloryland (Crowville Collective 2010) —Written by Kevin Gordon and produced by Joe V. McMahan. One of his best releases, yet, and this is coming from someone who had a lot of strong releases.
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