Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Jan 2nd 2014 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
Valerie June “On My Way Home”
from Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord 2013) —Another artist that isn't easy to categorize. She can sound country and/or Appalachian on one song and like a down and dirty blues singer on the next. She wrote this song with Booker T. Jones who also plays organ and provides backing vocals.
Buddy & Julie Miller and the McCrary Sisters “Something Within”
from The Oxford American Southern Music CD (Oxford American 2013) —The southern music edition of Oxford American magazine that also comes with a 2-CD compilation is always one of the year's musical highlights. This collection featuring music from TN is one of their best, yet. This was recorded specially for this iss
Booker T. “Your Love Is No Love (feat. Vintage Trouble)”
from Sound the Alarm (Stax Records url 2013) —This album is too uneven for me to consider it one of the best albums of the year but this track co-written by Booker T. and Vintage Trouble with an exceptional vocal by Ty Taylor is a definite highlight.
Mulatu Astatke “Yekermo Sew”
from Ethiopiques 4 - Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentals 1969-74 (Buda Musique 1998) —Music bed. 1969 Ethiopian jazz instrumental composed by Mulatu Astatke.
Neko Case “City Swans”
from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- www.anti.com 2013) —This topped my list of favorite albums of 2013. This was written by Neko Case and Paul Rigby. This album has both stripped-down songs and songs with big production. This happens to be one of the big production ones. Both approaches work equally well.
Woody Jackson “Pear Shaped”
from Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A label, A Film Soundtrack (Big Beat rhino.com 2013) —Music bed. Instrumental written for this 2013 movie soundtrack.
John Paul Keith “Baby We're a Bad Idea”
from Memphis Circa 3AM (Big Legal Mess Records / Fat Possum / Hostess 2013) —Yet another one that made my top 10 list of favorite albums from 2013. Just a collection of really well-written and tuneful pop songs. - Fri 1/10 Motel Mirrors (feat. John Paul Keith, Amy LaVere, and Shawn Zorn) – Off Broadway.
Jason Isbell “Elephant (Radio Edit)”
from Southeastern (Thirty Tigers www.thirtytigers.com 2013) —This made my top 10 list of favorite albums of 2013, as well. #2, I believe. This song kills me. Allen Dahm of "Bittersweet Melody" writes about this song at http://kdhx.org/music/news/best-of-2013-881-kdhx-djs-songs-of-the-year.
Son Volt “Hearts And Minds”
from Honky Tonk (Rounder www.rounder.com 2013) L —So many talented St. Louis musicians are on this album including Gary Hunt, Justin Branum, Thayne Bradford and Brad Sarno. I guess by now Mark Spencer is considered a St. Louisan, as well. Really an overlooked album.
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