Swamp Dogg “Creeping Away” from Rat On! (Elektra 1971) —Written by Jerry Williams, Jr (aka Swamp Dogg) and Gary U.S. Bonds and recorded at Quinvy Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals. Also features one of the most infamous LP album covers of all time -- Swamp Dogg riding a giant rat.Buy it!
Robert Parker “You See Me” from My Goodness, Yes! (Sundazed 2005) —1969 Silver Fox Records single written by Allen Toussaint and produced by Marshall Sehorn and Allen Toussaint.Buy it!
Bobby Charles “Street People” from Bobby Charles (bearsville www.rhino.com 1972) —Written by Bobby Charles and produced by John Simon. Rick Danko plays electric bass and Dr. John plays keyboards on this album. New Orleans R & B meets rock and country.Buy it!
June Gardner “Hot Seat” from 99 Plus One (Night Train International 2000) —Music bed. Mid-60s New Orleans instrumental written by Wardell Quezerque.Buy it!
Chris Clark “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) [Alternate Mix]” from A Cellarful of Motown (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2002) —Written by Frank Wilson and recorded in 1967 for Motown. Chris Clark will be at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans which is taking place Oct 3-5. The schedule is now up at http://www.ponderosastomp.com. Can't wait!Buy it!
The Spinners “I'll Be Around (Whenever You Want Me)” from Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia (Sony / BMG 2008) —RIP Bobbie Smith - the original lead singer of the Spinners - who just passed away last Saturday. He sang lead on this song which remains one of the greatest Philly Soul songs ever recorded. Co-written, arranged, and produced by Thom Bell.Buy it!
Jackie Moore “Time” from The Beat Goes On (Kent 2000) —Written by Dave Crawford and recorded for Atlantic in 1971.Buy it!
Norma & the Heartaches “Nice & Slow Part 2” from The Philly Sound Get Down - Funky Philly Instrumentals (Funkadelphia Records 2005) —Music bed. Philly soul instrumental written and produced by Ervin Jones.Buy it!
The Relatives “Things Are Changing” from The Electric Word (Yep Roc Records www.yeproc.com 2013) N —This gospel soul and funk band was formed in 1970 and just put out a new release. They absolutely tore it up at SXSW last week.Buy it!
Nicole Willis and The Soul Investigators “Light Years Ahead” from Tortured Soul (Timmion Records 2013) N —New release from the Brooklyn-born soul singer based out of Europe with backing by the Finnish soul and funk band, The Soul Investigators.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Lights Out” from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Charles Bradley “Strictly Reserved For You (feat. Menahan Street Band)” from Victim Of Love (Daptone 2013) N —From his forthcoming album slated for release on April 2. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will be at the Old Rock House in Mat (Sunday 5/5).Buy it!
Michael Kiwanuka “Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye” from The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered (Mojo 2012) —Found on this compilation of various artists performing songs from Leonard Cohen's 1967 debut album.Buy it!
Neko Case “Soulful Shade of Blue” from The Tigers Have Spoken (Anti- 2004) —2004 live recorded version of a song written by Buffy Sainte-Marie.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Dead End Street Monologue / Dead End Street” from Beg, Scream, and Shout (Rhino 1997) —1967 Capitol single single written by Lou Rawls, David Axelrod, and Ben Raleigh. Produced by David Axelrod.Buy it!
Gene Page “Run, Tina, Run!” from Blacula (Music from the Original Soundtrack) (Rev-Ola 1972) —Music bed. 1972 instrumental composed and conducted by Gene Page.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Pusherman” from Superfly (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Charly 1972) —Written by Curtis Mayfield with arrangements by Johnny Pate.Buy it!
Lee Fields “Still Hanging On” from Faithful Man (Truth & Soul Records 2012) —Lee Fields and the Expressions will be at 2720 Cherokee next Wednesday (3/27). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Intermission (Instrumental)” from Faithful Man (Instrumentals) (Truth & Soul Records 2012) —Music bed.Buy it!
Curtis Mayfield “Think” from Superfly (Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Charly 1972) —Instrumental composed by Curtis Mayfield.Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “So Good To Be Here” from Memphis (429 2013) N —Beautiful version of the Al Green song with backing by Charles Hodges on organ and Lester Snell on the Wurlitzer.Buy it!
John Hiatt “We're Alright Now” from Mystic Pinball (New West 2012) —John Hiatt put on a masterful show at SXSW last week.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Sunny's Tune” from Johnny Handsome (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1989) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Ry Cooder with Jim Keltner in drums and Steve Douglas on sax.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear” from Harry (RCA 1969) —Written by Randy Newman and recorded in 1968.Buy it!
The Parson Red Heads “Another Chance” from Yearling (Deluxe Version) (Second Motion 2013) N —Beautiful Byrds-influenced track from their new release.Buy it!
The Staves “Dead & Born & Grown” (Atlantic Records UK www.atlanticrecords.com 2012) N —This debut release by the Watford, England band just came out in the U.S. and features the harmony vocals of Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor.Buy it!
Alexandre Desplat “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe - Part 2: Smoke/Fire” from Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) (ABKCO 2012) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Alexandre Desplat.Buy it!
Francoise Hardy “Le Temps De L'amour” from Moonrise Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) (ABKCO 2012) —Written by Lucien Morisse, Andre Salvet, and Jacques Dutronc.Buy it!
The John Barry Orchestra “Beat Girl” from Action! Cult Movie Classics (Mojo 2013) N —1961 instrumental composed by John Barry.Buy it!
The Animals “We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place” from Born To Be Together: The Songs of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (Ace 2013) N —1965 song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Produced by Mickie Most.Buy it!
Alan Price “I Put A Spell On You” from The Best of Alan Price (Music Club 1993) —1966 Screaming Jay Hawkins cover.Buy it!
Georgie Fame “El Bandido” from Mod Classics: 1964-66 (Ace 2009) —1965 instrumental composed by Clive Powell (aka Georgie Fame).Buy it!
Bettie Serveert “Had2Byou” from Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion Records 2013) N —From the Amsterdam band's new release. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Willie Nile “House of a Thousand Guitars” (River House 2009) —Ridiculously under-appreciated and a fantastic live performer.Buy it!
Mink Deville “Venus of Avenue D” from Cabretta (Capitol Records 1977) —Written by Willie DeVille. Not many rock and roll albums that can hold a candle to this one.Buy it!
Garland Jeffreys “Wild in the Streets” from Wild in the Streets: Best of 1977-1983 (Raven 2002) —Written by Garland Jeffreys and recorded in 1977.Buy it!
The Surfaris “Green Onions” from Let's Go Trippin' (Ace 1996) —1963 cover version of the Booker T. and the MGs song recorded for the Dot label.Buy it!
Billy Bragg “No One Knows Nothing Anymore” from Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl 2013) N —From his new release.Buy it!
Ry Cooder “Mexican Divorce” from Paradise & Lunch (Warner Bros 1974) —Written by Burt Bacharach and Bob Hilliard.Buy it!
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison “9,999,999 Tears” from Cheater's Game (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com/ 2013) N —Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis will be at Off Broadway in April (Friday 4/26).Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Fort Worth Blue” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2010) —Music bed. Instrumental composed by Alejandro Escovedo and David Pulkingham.Buy it!
Dawes “Time Spent In Los Angeles” from Nothing Is Wrong (Ato Records / Red 2011) —Dawes will be opening for Bob Dylan at the Peabody Opera House in April (Tues 4/23).Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “A Heart Like Mine” from 3 Pears (Warner Brothers 2012) —Written by Dwight Yoakam and found on this highly recommended 2012 release.Buy it!
Caitlin Rose “Only a Clown” from The Stand-In (ATO 2013) N —Written by Gary Louris & Caitlin Rose. Caitlin Rose and Daniel Romano will be coming to Off Broadway in May (Sun 5/12).Buy it!
Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo “Hamma Hamma Hula” from Jon Rauhouse's Steel Guitar Rodeo (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2003) —Music bed. 2003 Jon Rauhouse-penned instrumental.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Truck Driver's Ride” from Swingin' on the Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection - Vol. 2 (Razor & Tie 1999) —1951 instrumental written by Speedy West.Buy it!
Laura Cantrell “Making Believe” from Kitty Wells Dresses - Songs of the Queen of Country Music (Diesel Only 2011) —Kitty Wells originally recorded this song written by Jimmy Work. Laura Cantrell pays tribute to Kitty Wells on this album made up, mostly, of versions of songs recorded by Kitty Wells.Buy it!
Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Breakdown” from What The Brothers Sang (Drag City / Palace Records 2013) N —Written by Kris Kristofferson and found on this new release made up of versions of songs recorded by the Everly Brothers.Buy it!
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant “Deep Water” from Swingin' on the Strings: The Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant Collection - Vol. 2 (Razor & Tie 1999) —Music bed. 1954 instrumental written by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!
Kentucky Knife Fight “Love the Lonely” from Hush Hush (self-released 2013) N L —New release from the St. Louis band. Words and vocals by Jason Holler.Buy it!
Mount Moriah “I Built a Town” from Miracle Temple (Merge www.mergerecords.om 2013) N —Gorgeous lead vocal by Heather McEntire.Buy it!
Son Volt “Bakersfield” from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounderrecords.com 2013) N —Written by Jay Farrar. Sat 6/1 Son Volt – Pageant.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “Blue” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012)Buy it!
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