Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Nov 28th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Nikki Hill, Deke Dickerson & The Bo-Keys “Struttin” from Soul Meets Country! - EP (Major Label Records 2013) N —Pretty great idea to combine the talents of all three of these artists on this new 4-song EP. Two of the songs are duets between Nikki Hill and Deke Dickerson but this track features the impressive vocals of St. Louisan Nikki Hill.Buy it!
Wilson Pickett “Search Your Heart” from Funky Midnight Mover: The Atlantic Studio Recordings (1962-1978) (Rhino 2009) —Written by Raymond Moore and George Jackson and recorded at Muscle Shoals in 1968. Duane Allman and Jimmy Johnson play guitar on this and that's the Sweet Inpirations on backing vocals.Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Do Right Woman - Do Right Man” from The Sweet Inspirations (Atlantic 1967) —Written by Dan Penn and Chip Moman and previously recorded by Aretha Franklin. The vocal interplay between Cissy Houston, Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell, and Estelle Brown on this track is stunning.Buy it!
Clarence Reid “Winter Man” from Winter Man / Funky Party single (Alston 1974) —Written by Clarence Reid. " I hear your cold winds blowin' but they don't bother me / Go and blow, Mr. Winter Man / Blow your winds at another man / Cold...cold"Buy it!
Brother Jack McDuff “Mac-Duffin” from Gin and Orange (CADET 1969) —Music bed. Instrumental written by Brother Jack McDuff and Richard Evans and found on this reissue of his 1969 album originally released on the Cadet label.Buy it!
Gregory Porter “The "In" Crowd” from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note url 2013) N —Terrific new version of the Billy Page composition originally made famous by Ramsey Lewis. One of the best jazz vocalists going. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Bill Withers “Lonely Town, Lonely Street” from Still Bill (Sony Music Entertainment 1972) —This was his second album and one of the finest soul albums of the 70s. Written by Bill Withers. He decided to record this one with his backing road band.Buy it!
Meshell Ndegeocello “Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood” from Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone (Naive 2012) —Found on this album made up entirely of songs written by or previously interpreted by Nina Simone. Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus.Buy it!
Ray Davies “Thanksgiving Day” from Other People's Lives (V2 2005) —For some reason, I feel compelled to play this every Thanksgiving Day. Really, how can I not? Written by Ray Davies and released in 2005.Buy it!
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs “Towers of London” from Under The Covers, Vol. 3 (Shout! Factory 2013) N —Really fine version of the XTC song written by Andy Partridge and found on this new collection made up of cover versions of some of their favorite 80s songs. As expected, the harmonies work beautifully on this.Buy it!
Wes Dakus' Rebels “Sour Biscuits” from That's Swift: Instrumentals from the Norman Petty Vaults (Ace 2007) —Music bed. 1964 guitar instrumental recorded for the Swan label.Buy it!
Pretty Little Empire “Nest” from Pretty Little Empire (Extension Chord Records 2013) N L —Alright, I'll think of this one as a companion piece to Way over Yonder in the Minor Key. Really pretty melody. Lyrics by Evan O'Neal.Buy it!
Linda Thompson “It Won't Be Long Now” from Won't Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds www.lindathompsonmusic.com 2014) N —The world is much better off now that Linda Thompson has regained her singing voice. Written by Teddy Thompson and featuring harmony vocals by Kami Thompspn and Amy Helm.Buy it!
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones “Oh So Many Years” from Foreverly (Reprise 2013) N —It seems like an unlikely vocal combination on paper but it works well to these ears. This album finds them doing duets to all the songs off the Everly Brothers' 1958 "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" album.Buy it!
Brandi Clark “What'll Keep Me Out of Heaven” from 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records 2013) N —This is the strongest country album I've heard in 2013. She has written songs for lots of other country artists but this is her debut release.Buy it!
Dolly Parton “Down from Dover” from The Fairest of Them All / My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner (Omni 2010) —A sordid tale as written and recounted by Dolly Parton. Recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Les Paul “Hawaiian Paradise.” from 20th Century Masters: The Best of Les Paul Millenium Collection (MCA 2001) —Music bed. 1945 guitar instrumrntal.Buy it!
The Kendalls “Thank God For The Radio” from The Kendalls ((Oh Boy Records 2001) —Written by Robert Jones and Max D. Barnes. Recorded in 1984 and featuring the vocals of Jeannie and Royce Kendall.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “Central Time” from Pokey LaFarge (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2013) L —KDHX presents Pokey LaFarge and friends for a special holiday show at the Casa Loma Ballroom Friday, December 20 at 8pm. Also playing: The Tillers and The Cactus Blossoms.Buy it!
Bucky Halker & Andy Dee “Words That I Can't Speak” from The Ghost of Woody Guthrie (Bucky Halker and Andy Dee 2012) —Written by Bucky Halker and found on this album inspired by the songs of Woody Guthrie.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Workingman's Blues #2” from Modern Times (Columbia 2006) —There's an evenin' haze settlin' over the town Starlight by the edge of the creek The buyin' power of the proletariat's gone down Money's gettin' shallow and weak The place I love best is a sweet memory It's a new path that we trod They say low wages areBuy it!
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