Leonard Cohen “Closing Time” from Live In London CD ALBUM (Columbia 2009) —Today's show, which will have plenty of songs he wouldn't necessarily have liked, is dedicated to the memory of Bob Reuter.Buy it!
Joan Armatrading “Starlight” (429 2012) N —I am really digging this new record from Joan. Much jazzier, more complex than usual, but highly memorable songs and beautiful slices of lyrical truth.Buy it!
Kathleen Haskard “All Your Glory” from Where the Land Meets the Sky (self 2013) N —Cool singer-songwriter produced by Chuck Prophet, so you know it's good. Hey, Chuck Prophet is at Off Broadway next Sat, Aug. 17.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Stony Ground” from Electric (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2013) N —I love Richard's playing on this one. I think that's Buddy Miller grounding the song on rhythm guitar, too.Buy it!
The Bees “The Russian” from Free the Bees (Virgin 2004) —They were billed as A Band of Bees here in the States, but under any name, this is one boss instrumental cut.Buy it!
Love “Andmoreagain” from Forever Changes (Elektra 1967) —Stunningly beautiful song.Buy it!
The Blues Magoos “So I'm Wrong and You Are Right” from Kaleidoscopic Compendium: The Best of the Blues Magoos (Mercury 1992) —Was this as big a hit as it deserved to be? I love this song!Buy it!
The Zombies “Brief Candles” from Odessey and Oracle CD ALBUM (CBS 1968) —One of the great albums - so many killer songs.Buy it!
Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet “They Didn't Believe Me” from The Juliet Letters (Rhino 1993) —A live version from a record that's much better than a lot of people remember.Buy it!
Christine Collester “I Keep Forgetting” from Live (Green Linnet 1996) —I don't think I ever realized this was a Lieber/Stoller song.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Remorse” from The Indescribable Wow (Virgin 1988) —For years, I only had this album on cassette. It was one of the few cassettes I played many, many times.Buy it!
Camera Obscura “Desire Lines” (4AD 2013) N —I don't love them the way John Wendland loves them, but I know a good song when I hear one.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “Whatever You've Got” from Like Comedy (429 2013) N —These guys have yet to let me down after all these years.Buy it!
Kamikaze Cowboy “Mississippi” from Hurry Sundown (Cowboy Angel 1996) L —Bob Reuter - what a terrible loss.Buy it!
Bob Reuter “Charlie Floyd” from Down in America (Magoo Records 2000) L —If the man had done nothing other than just write this song - well, that would be a legacy better than most.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “St. Louis” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) L —Sometimes they come here and look right through us / That's what it's like when you live in St. Louis. I tend to cling to what feels the truest / That's why I still live in St. Louis.Buy it!
Bob Reuter's Alley Ghost “Cheap Infatuation” from Born There (Big Muddy 2012) N L —I told Bob, man this song sounds like the Stones. He said, "You know, that was on purpose."Buy it!
Tim Lee 3 “Signal” from The Devil's Rope (Cool Dog Sound 2013) N —When are these guys gonna get up here and play?Buy it!
The Del-Lords “Me and the Lord Blues” from Elvis Club (GB Music www.gbmusic.com 2013) N —I woke up this morning and I said to God / I know you gotta hit me but do you have to hit so hard?Buy it!
Primal Scream “Sideman” from More Light (First International 2013) N —Dark and loud and nasty.Buy it!
The Jam “Set the House Ablaze” from Sound Affects (Polydor Virgin 1980) —Gee, I really loved these guys back in the day.Buy it!
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages “I'm Sad About It” from Dig Thy Savage Soul SINGLE (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N —The man can still scream and shout and testify!Buy it!
The Cramps “Mystery Plane” from Songs the Lord Taught Us (I.R.S. 1980) —My daddy drives a UFO, he drops me off and then he goes.Buy it!
Ann Peebles “(You Keep Me) Hanging On” from I Can't Stand the Rain (Hi Records 1974) —A St. Louis woman who made great records after she left.Buy it!
Bettye Swan “I Think I'm Falling In Love (fast version)” from The Money Recordings (Kent 2001) —One of the great soul singin' Bettyes.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Blues Stay Away From Me” from The Best of the Sweet Inspirations (Soul Classics 1994) —Spectacular!Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “I've Come a Long Way” from I'm In Love (Atlantic 1968) —Wilson Pickett belts out Bobby Womack.Buy it!
Iggy & The Stooges “Unfriendly World” from Ready To Die (Fat Possum 2013) N —This is Iggy's best album since Brick By Brick, but very few songs can be played on the radio. This one can.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Viva Las Vegas” from The Last Temptation of Elvis (NME 1990) —Great version!Buy it!
Joe Morris “The Applejack” from Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 (Atlantic 1985) —I never get tired of jump blues!Buy it!
Louis Jordan “I Want a Roof Over My Head” from Jivin' With Jordan (Proper 2002) —And I especially never get tired of Louis Jordan.Buy it!
Wynonie Harris “She's Gone With the Wind” from Ham Hocks and Cornbread (JSP 2005) —A rarity from Mr. Harris that's worthy of his talent.Buy it!
Charley Patton “I'm Goin' Home” from Devil Sent the Rain Blues (Complete Recordings) (Universe 2004) —Charley Patton sings Gospel.Buy it!
Kacey Musgraves “It Is What It Is” from Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury Nashville Records 2014) N —A song of love and convenience.Buy it!
Darden Smith “Reason to Live” from Love Calling (Compass www.compassrecords.com 2013) N —Always a pleasure to hear new music from this guy. I remember seeing him open for Rosanne Cash a million years ago and running out to get his record as soon as possible after that.Buy it!
The Flying Burrito Brothers “To Love Somebody” from Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Brothers Anthology 1969-1972 (A&M 2000) —Gram Parsons met the Bee Gees.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “So Long” from Jungle (Blip Blap! 2013) N L —What a great song!Buy it!
Free Energy “Hold You Close” from Love Sign (Free Energy 2013) N —All I know tonight is I want you close I want you near.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Happy Jack” from Countrypolitan Favorites (Yep Roc 2007) —One of the most enjoyable covers records ever.Buy it!
Humble Pie “Road to Ride” from No Regrets: The Immediate Sessions (Castle 2004) —An early and less boogie song.Buy it!
Del Shannon “The House Where Nobody Lives” from The Liberty Years (EMI 1991) —Del doesn't get enough respect any more.Buy it!
Sturgill Simpson “I'd Have to Be Crazy” from High Top Mountain (High Top Mountain 2013) —A new country singer with all due respect to tradition, and yet his own voice.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell “Here We Are” from Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch 2013) N —You've been down there on the bottom and looking out for a friend, here I am.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Toss It All Aside” from Revelation Road (Everso 2011) —What a powerful song about losing everything.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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