Everly Brothers “Bird Dog” from The Complete Cadence Recordings 1957-1960 (Varese Sarabande 2001) —This song never fails to make me smile. RIP Phil Everly.Buy it!
Everly Brothers “Walk Right Back” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —The way those harmonies climb up on that chorus before dropping off on the line "I'm so lonesome every day." Sigh.Buy it!
Everly Brothers “Man With Money” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —So many incredible songs from these guys. This one really rocks!Buy it!
Everly Brothers “(You Got) The Power of Love” from Heartaches & Harmonies (Rhino 1994) —Seriously, how come this wasn't a huge smash in the mid-60s?Buy it!
Dennis Diken “Let Your Loved One Sleep” from Late Music (Cryptovision 2009) —One of the best 60s inspired pastiches ever. This song sounds like a cross between the Turtles & the Lovin' Spoonful.Buy it!
The Incurables “Farther” from Songs for a Blackout (self 2007) —She was my angel with second-hand wings. That's an intriguing opening line.Buy it!
R.E.M. “Talk About the Passion” from Murmur (I.R.S. 1983) —When this song popped up on my itunes shuffle the other day, I was hearing that guitar arpeggio as if I'd never heard it a million times before, and I was thrilled to the core!Buy it!
The Replacements “Nightclub Jitters” from Pleased To Meet Me (sire 1987) —I've had that kind of jitters, but it's been a long time.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “I Must Be Getting Over You” from Dig My Mood (Rounder 1998) —This, too, shall pass.Buy it!
Harry Nilsson “Don't Leave Me” from Aerial Pandemonium Ballet (RCA 1971) —Sweetly luxurious and yearning for connection.Buy it!
The City “All My Time” from Now That Everything's Been Said (Ode 1969) —Carole King had a band for a brief shining moment before she became a solo artist. Wonderful song.Buy it!
Laura Veirs “That Alice” from Warp & Weft (Raven Marching Band 2013) N —A rocker telling the story of Alice Coltrane.Buy it!
Tim Finn “So Deep” from The Big Canoe (Virgin 1987) —Hooks galore, strong melody, and an invigorating original use of 80s sound and rhythm.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “When I'm Alone” from Push Any Button (Littlebox Recordings 2013) N —When I'm alone I'm not lonely.Buy it!
John Cale “Memphis” from Seducing Down the Door: A Collection 1970-1990 (Rhino 1994) —John Cale does Chuck Berry. This rocks!Buy it!
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant “Four Sticks” from No Quarter (Atlantic 1994) —Cool reimagining of the Led Zeppelin material.Buy it!
Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles “Belle of the Bar” from Diamonds In the Dark (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2007) —A sad but seductive song.Buy it!
Louis Jordan “How 'Bout That?” from Jivin' With Jordan (Proper 2002) —Can he buy her love? How 'bout that?Buy it!
Jimmy Witherspoon “Back Door Blues” from The Very Best of Jimmy Witherspoon: Miss Miss Mistreater (Collectables 2004) —It's been a long time since your lips were close to mine, if you leave the back door open, we'll make up for our lost time.Buy it!
Jimmy McCracklin “My Love For You” from The Bob Geddins Blues Legacy (JSP 2009) —McCracklin isn't among the most remembered blues singers, but man, he could belt it out with style.Buy it!
Dave Van Ronk “Hootchie Kootchie Man” from Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways 2013) N —I've heard of Dave Van Ronk for decades, but it's only been this recent flurry of attention that's brought his killer personal style into my life.Buy it!
Lurrie Bell “If It's Too Late” from Blues In My Soul (Delmark 2013) N —This guy is among the very greatest living blues performers.Buy it!
The Bo-Keys “Weak Spot” from Got To Get Back! (Electraphonic 2011) —The great soul singer William Bell still has all his skills.Buy it!
Betty Harris “12 Red Roses” from Soul Perfection Plus (Westside 1998) —So many great soul singers named Betty.Buy it!
Peter Tosh “Pepper Seed” from Arise Black Man (Trojan trojanrecords.com 2000) —One of those weird Jamaican instrumentals featuring Peter Tosh playing organ.Buy it!
Menahan Street Band “Lights Out” from The Crossing (Daptone 2012) —Intoxicating, exotic instrumental funk.Buy it!
Carlos "Patato" Valdes “Cambia El Paso” from Funk Elements (VI 2005) —Not any funkier than a lot of classic salsa, but that's just fine by me.Buy it!
Robert Randolph & The Family Band “Lickety Split” (Dare 2013) N —Oh, man, I'm getting the happy feet up in here.Buy it!
Richard Thompson Band “I Still Dream” from More Guitar (Beeswing 2003) —Only a few weeks until Richard Thompson appears at the Pageant Feb. 19.Buy it!
Tom Jones “Tower of Song” from Spirit In the Room (Rounder 2013) —He was born with the gift of a golden voice. But, boy, has he nurtured it.Buy it!
Tommy Keene “Ride On Baby” from Excitement At Your Feet: The Tommy Keene Covers Album (Second Motion Records 2013) N —Great cover of a Rolling Stones song most people don't think about often enough.Buy it!
The Zombies “Nothing's Changed” from Absolutely the Best (Varese Sarabande 1999) —So many great tunes come from these guys.Buy it!
The Proclaimers “I'm Gone” from Restess Soul (Persevere 2005) —That's "gone" as in "really drunk," not "in another physical location."Buy it!
Martha Wainwright “Tell My Sister” from Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the work of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch 2013) N —See, I gave the weather forecast, then Martha started singing about the man on the radio giving a forecast. Meta!Buy it!
Aoife O'Donovan “Red & White & Blue & Gold” from Fossils (Yep Roc 2013) N —Beautiful song about desire and love and feeling experiences.Buy it!
Eleni Mandell “Blue Ribbon Eyes” from Country for True Lovers (Zedtone 2003) —Quiet, stillness, sorrow, love.Buy it!
Amanda Shires “Deep Dark Below” from Down Fell the Doves (Lightning Rod 2013) N —It was a good year for Amanda Shires and her husband Jason Isbell. Two excellent records from that house.Buy it!
Maria Muldaur “Any Old Time” from Maria Muldaur (Warner Brothers 1974) —Maria Muldaur covers Jimmie Rodgers.Buy it!
John Fahey “Twilight Time” from Old Girlfriends and Other Horrible Memories (Varrick www.sixstringtheory.com 1992) —John Fahey was always full of surprises - this sweet and lovely take on the Platters song shines brightly.Buy it!
June Tabor “This Is Always” from Some Other Time (Hannibal 1991) —Speaking of surprises, June Tabor was (and is) one of the greatest English folk singers, but she also interprets Great American songbook material in her own style.Buy it!
Lindisfarne “Turn a Deaf Ear” from New Electric Muse: The Story of Folk Into Rock (Castle 1996) —One of these days, I need to hear more than just this one great song from this band.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “The Music of Glen Deven Ranch” from Big Sur (okeh 2013) N —Frisell is making some truly exquisite music these days - he's always done that, but he just gets better and better.Buy it!
Gregory Porter “Lonesome Lover” from Liquid Spirit (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2013) N —I love the way the drummer kicks off this swinging cut, and I love the way Porter sings the verses against the swing.Buy it!
The Blind Boys of Alabama “I'll Find a Way (To Carry It All)” from I'll Find A Way (Masterworks 2013) N —Featuring Shana Worden. I don't know her, but she sings wonderfully.Buy it!
J.D. McPherson “Why Lady Why” from High Cotton: A Tribute To Alabama (Lightning Rod 2013) N —I never paid attention to Alabama when they were selling millions of records, but there are good people on this tribute album. This is a fun cut.Buy it!
The Meat Purveyors “Snow In the Door” from Someday Soon Things Will Be Much Worse! (Bloodshot 2006) —I've had more snow in the door of late than I care for.Buy it!
Patty Larkin “Green Behind the Ears” from Still Green (Signature Sounds 2013) N —I've still only dipped into this new record, but, as always, what I've heard sounds great.Buy it!
Conway Twitty “It's Only Make Believe” from The Conway Twitty Collection (MCA 1994) —He had the pipes to be Elvis, but not the sex appeal.Buy it!
Like everything else, times are approximate.
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