Richard Thompson “Straight and Narrow” from Electric (New West 2013) N —A terrific way to open the show, even if it was meant to be the second song I played this morning. My mind needs to sharpen up in the AM.Buy it!
Tom Verlaine “Days On the Mountain” from Words From the Front (Collector's Choice 1982) —This was the intended opener. It's long, but magnificent.Buy it!
The Beatles “Happiness is a Warm Gun” from The Beatles (CAPITOL 1968) —She's well acquainted with the touch of a velvet hand like a lizard on the window pane.Buy it!
Pere Ubu “Playback” from Worlds in Collision (Fontana 1991) —22 years? How did all that time pass by?Buy it!
The Hold Steady “Stevie Nix” from Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss 2005) —I still remember Roy Kasten practically dragging me out to catch the Hold Steady live. What a great band!Buy it!
Boz Scaggs “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl” from Memphis (429 Records 2013) N —One of two Mink DeVille covers by Mr. Scaggs on this new record.Buy it!
Diana Krall “Wide River to Cross” from Glad Rag Doll (Verve 2012) —Great jazz vocalist tackles Buddy Miller song. Result: pure pleasure. Oh, yeah, her husband sings backup here.Buy it!
Judith Hill “You've Got a Friend” from single (iTunes 2013) N —This contestant on the Voice continues to blow me away week after week.Buy it!
Percy Sledge “It Tears Me Up” from The Very Best of Percy Sledge (Rhino 1998) —Hard to find a song to follow up Judith Hill - Percy Sledge isn't a let down.Buy it!
Ben E. King “Yes” from Anthology (NA url 1993) —She said yes!Buy it!
Johnny Adams “Lonely Man” from Heart & Soul (Vampi Soul vampisoul.com 1969) —One of the most powerful soul albums I know.Buy it!
James Cotton “Mississippi Mud” from Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator 2013) N —The great Chicago blues harpist is joined by Keb' Mo' for this little gem of a cut.Buy it!
Charley Patton “Hang It On the Wall” from Devil Sent the Rain Blues (Universe 2004) —I love hearing that big gravelly voice on this playful sort of song.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “I Can't Give You Anything But Love” from Let's Face the Music and Dance (Legacy 2013) N —Willie's new album is just him and his long-time stage band playing songs they love. It's terrific.Buy it!
Jamey Johnson “Set 'Em Up Joe” from The Guitar Song (Mercury 2010) —One of the songs that made me fall in love with this big-voiced country singer.Buy it!
The Wandering “The Blues Jumped a Rabbit” from Go On Now, You Can't Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music, Vol. 3 (Songs of the South www.nmallstars.com/ 2012) —Just a sweet version of a Karen Dalton song.Buy it!
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Kissin' and Cussin'” from Genuine Negro Jig Music (Nonesuch 2010) —An eerie and intoxicating number.Buy it!
Marshall Chapman “Call the Lamas” from Blaze of Glory (TallGirl 2013) N —A reworked version of one of her very finest songs. I love both versions.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Bad As Me” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder 2013) N —Yes, Tom Jones covers Tom Waits. My review: http://blurtonline.com/review/tom-jones-spirit-in-the-room/Buy it!
Joe Cocker “Change in Louise” from With A Little Help From My Friends (A&M 1969) —Admit it - you haven't thought of this song in a long time, have you?Buy it!
Slade “Forest Full of Needles” from B-Sides (Salvo 2007) —There are more great songs on this two-disc collection of b-sides than many bands have put out in their careers.Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Open the Door” from Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —One of several absolutely first-rate songs on this new record. When are they gonna get up to St. Louis?Buy it!
The Blues Magoos “Pipe Dream” from Kaleidoscopic Compendium: The Best of the Blues Magoos (Mercury 1992) —Man, these guys were great!Buy it!
Jimbo Mathus & the Tri-State Coalition “Poor Lost Souls” from White Buffalo (Fat Possum 2013) N —Tough song about those who never get what they dreamed.Buy it!
Johnny Marr “Lockdown” from The Messenger (Sire Records 2013) N —A new rock record that really sinks its teeth into creating big, memorable hooks.Buy it!
Sugar Minott “Roots Rock Reggae” from Reggae Legends (GREENSLEEVES 2010) —Sugar goes dance hall.Buy it!
Culture “Black Starliner Must Come” from Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie 1977) —From a virtually perfect reggae record.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Ting A Ling” from My True Story (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —I don't actually know the original, but Aaron Neville has some fun with this one.Buy it!
Solomon Burke “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel (To Be Free)” from Home In Your Heart: The Best of Solomon Burke (Rhino 1992) —I wish I could break all these chains that are really holding me. This must have been thrilling to hear when it was new.Buy it!
Andrew Bird “Scythian Empires” from Armchair Apochrypha (Fat Possum 2007) —See what I did there, playing a song that starts off talking about a five day forecast right after I gave the weather?Buy it!
Tara Nevins “Daddy Said So” from Mule To Ride (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1999) —One of these days, I'll hear what she and her band Donna the Buffalo are up to on their new album.Buy it!
The Pistol Annies “Blues, You're a Buzzkill” from Annie Up (RCA 2013) N —How can you help but love a song with that title?Buy it!
Patty Griffin “Ohio” from American Kid SINGLE (New West 2013) N —The harmony worked out by Robert Plant on this song is exquisite - this is a true duet of two beautiful melodies working together.Buy it!
Mark Knopfler “Gator Blood” from Privateering (Verve 2012) —Knopfler sounds on this song as if he's been listening to Bob Dylan's recent records really closely.Buy it!
Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools “So Good” from Songs from the Barn (Leroy Records 2013) N —Southside doesn't have half the voice he used to, but he still understands how to sing and connect with us.Buy it!
Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) “21st Century Blues” from Low Highway (New West 2013) N —I'm surprised my fellow dj's aren't playing the heck out of this new record. I think it's Earle's best in a long time.Buy it!
The Del-Lords “Me and the Lord Blues” from Elvis Club (GB Music www.gbmusic.com 2013) N —Sung by Eric Ambel, who has been known to play guitar with Steve Earle.Buy it!
Deadstring Brothers “Blindfolded” from Cannery Row (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —They'll be at Off Broadway next Saturday night, and at Euclid Records for an instore at 5 pm that same day, May 25.Buy it!
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “River” from Howl (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —Catch JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound headlining the first Webster Grooves festival tomorrow, May 18, on N. Gore in front of the new Euclid Records location.Buy it!
The Mar-Keys “Let It Be” from Stax Does the Beatles (stax 2007) —Beautiful soul instrumental take on this one, back when it was relatively new.Buy it!
Jefferson Airplane “Martha” from After Bathing At Baxter's (RCA 1967) —I will always love these guys.Buy it!
Villagers “Judgement Call” from Awayland (Domino 2013) N —Catchy and vigorous, just the way I like it.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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