Wesley Wallace “No. 29” from St. Louis Barrelhouse Piano (1929-1934) (Document 1992) L —From right here in St. Louis 84 years ago.Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “Stepstone” from Muleskinner Blues: The Asch Recordings Vol. 2 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1997) —I kiss this old stepstone goodbye - hey, it's almost as though I was leaving the radio studio I've known for 25 years and heading to a shiny new one up the road.Buy it!
Skip James “Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues” from Blues From the Delta (Vanguard 1998) —Yes I was a good man, but I was a poor man, you can understand.Buy it!
Pilgrim Travelers “Lord, Hold My Hand” from The Best of the Pilgrim Travelers (Specialty 1990) —I love the jubilee style of Gospel music. This is as good an example as there is.Buy it!
Jon Batiste & Stay Human “Let God Lead” from Social Music (Razor & Tie www.razorandtie.com 2013) N —New Orleans is the place where tradition meets the future without compromise. Very cool stuff here.Buy it!
Davell Crawford “Southern Girl” from My Gift to You (Basin Street 2013) N —Another example of that New Orleans thing.Buy it!
Gary Burton “Monk Fish” from Guided Tour (mack avenue 2013) N —Written by the drummer Antonio Sanchez, and featuring brilliant guitar by Julian Lage, this is a cool Monk homage.Buy it!
Moreland & Arbuckle “Time Ain't Long” from 7 Cities (Telarc 2013) N —Who are these guys? And how can they have a record this great without me hearing about it until just this week?Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Baby Stop Crying” from Street Legal (Columbia 1978) —One of these days, Street Legal is gonna get a major reconsideration and be recognized as the great record it is.Buy it!
Over the Rhine “All Over Ohio” from Meet Me At The Edge Of The World (GSD 2013) N —I love the rare times when both the Over the Rhine members sing. This song is sweetly intoxicating.Buy it!
Della Mae “Ain't No Ash Will Burn” from This World Oft Can Be (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) N —Simply a beautiful sad song - that opening fiddle line makes me swoon, it's so pretty.Buy it!
David Olney “Speak Memory” from Migration (Loudhouse 2005) —Olney and those tough, dark rhythms.Buy it!
David Hidalgo & Louie Perez “Till the Hand Falls Off the Clock” from The Long Goodbye (Gonzolandia 2010) —This little record snuck out when nobody's looking, and it's got more of the old time Los Lobos spirit in it than I've heard from the full band in a long while.Buy it!
Slade “She Did It To Me” from Old New Borrowed and Blue (Slavo 1974) —When Slade did a ballad, it was still Slade!Buy it!
The Rolling Stones “I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys” from METAMORPHOSIS (ABKCO 1975) —I remember this record confounded me when I first heard it, expecting it to be more like Exile on Main Street. But, man, what a cool record this is.Buy it!
Squeeze “Slightly Drunk” from Cool For Cats (A&M 1979) —Squeeze rocked with incredible tunes.Buy it!
The Electric Prunes “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” (Collector's Choice 1966) —A masterpiece! If you don't know this one, I expect you're in for a treat.Buy it!
Larry Williams “Slow Down” from Bad Boy (Specialty 1992) —This guy just rocked harder than almost everybody else.Buy it!
The Bunch “Willie and the Hand Jive” from Rock On (Hannibal 1972) —I love when those English folk-rockers play rock'n'roll. That's Linda Thompson on vocals here.Buy it!
The Bottle Rockets “Radar Gun” from Bottle Rockets and the Brooklyn Side (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) N L —Making money and I'm having fun with my brand new radar gun.Buy it!
Camera Obscure “This Is Love (Feels Alright)” from Desire Lines (4AD 2013) N —Scottish pop - pretty.Buy it!
The Kinks “Harry Rag” from Something Else (Reprise 1967) —Everybody sing along!Buy it!
The Drifters “She Never Talked to Me That Way” from All-Time Greatest Hits and More (1959-1965) (Rhino 1988) —An obscure but terrific Doc Pomus-penned gem.Buy it!
Betty Harris “There's a Break in the Road” from Soul Perfection Plus (West Side 1998) —Funky - that's definitely Ziggy Modeliste on drums and most probably the other Meters, as well.Buy it!
Syl Johnson “I Resign From Your Love” from Welcome to the Club (Ace 2004) —Neat little twist on the break-up song, and yeah, Syl could always sing. This goes way back to 1962.Buy it!
Solomon Burke and De Dijk “Hold On Tight” from Hold on Tight (Verve Forecast 2011) —The last album from the Bishop of Soul was really nice.Buy it!
The Soul of John Black “Summertime Thang” from A Sunshine State of Mind (Yellow Dog 2013) N —Hey, I'm ready to think about summer again.Buy it!
Sarah Bollinger “Circle Back” from Both/And (self-released 2013) N L —I don't know anything about this St. Louis singer, but she can belt out the soul.Buy it!
Tessane Chin “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from single (iTunes 2013) N —My pick to win the Voice this year. This is a gorgeous and powerful version of this song.Buy it!
Buddy Banks “Happy Home Blues” from Specialty Legends of Jump Blues Vol. 1 (Specialty 1994) —I'm a sucker for those good jump blues. "ooh, wooh, gonna lose your home." Kind of like saying goodbye to the Magnolia Avenue studio of KDHX.Buy it!
Elmore James “Late Hours at Midnight” from The Best Of Elmore James: The Early Years (Ace 1995) —Recorded for Modern Records, run by the Bihari Brothers, the last of which, Joe, passed away the other day.Buy it!
Albert King “I Get Evil” from The Complete King and Bobbin Recordings (Collectables 2004) —There's two kind of people I just can't stand, a cold-hearted woman and a lying man.Buy it!
Johnny Hodges “Sweepin' the Blues Away” from Collates Vol. 1 (Universal unk) —One of the sweetest of all alto saxophonists.Buy it!
Spirit “New Dope in Town” from Clear (Epic 1969) —Nobody else sounded like these guys at their best, and this is one of their best.Buy it!
Marianne Faithfull “Goin' Back” from Horses And High Heels (Naive 2010) —One of my fave versions of one of my fave songs.Buy it!
Julian Cope “Lunatic and Fire-Pistol” from World Shut Your Mouth (Island 1984) —How I would prefer to be counting sheep than fighting in the war.Buy it!
Ellen The Felon “Oh Timothy” from BANG BANG BANG (self-released 2013) N L —She has a way with melody - I like this Felon.Buy it!
They Might Be Giants “Too Tall Girl” from Nanobots (Idlewild 2013) N —Call my 6'8" self old-fashioned, but I just could never have gone out with a woman taller than me.Buy it!
The Pretenders “Lie to Me” from Loose Screw (Artemis 2002) —Chrissie Hynde kept on making good records long after the world stopped paying attention.Buy it!
Muddy Udders “Mouth Breathin' Man” from Bloody Murders (self 2012) —Hey, the name is really silly, but these guys rock! Yeah, they're silly, but that's alright. They rock!Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Livin' In the Future” from Magic (Columbia 2007) —One of Bruce's best songs of recent vintage.Buy it!
M.I.A. “Y.A.L.A.” from Matangi (Interscope 2013) N —I'm glad we have a radio edit of this album - otherwise, we'd be in big trouble.Buy it!
Joseph Sithole & Deep Horizon “Samere” from Jit - the Movie (Earthworks 1991) —Gorgeous Zimbabwe music.Buy it!
The Beatles “Long, Long, Long” from The Beatles (CAPITOL 1968) —The final song I'm playing at Magnolia. See you next week from Grand Center.Buy it!
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