The Band “Hobo Jungle” from Northern Lights - Southern Cross (Capitol Records 1975) —A Band song you don't hear every day, chosen pretty much at random because I forgot about it, too.Buy it!
Alejandro Escovedo “Street Songs” from Street Songs of Love CD ALBUM (Fantasy 2009) —I see Alejandro will be at the Old Rock House on June 5, the night before Twangfest starts. That makes for one heck of a twangy week.Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Cracking Up” from Labour of Lust (Columbia 1979) N —One of the most eagerly awaited reissues - one of the best records you haven't been able to buy in years until now.Buy it!
k.d. lang & The Siss Boom Bang “Heaven” from Sing It Loud (Nonesuch 2011) N —A gorgeous rendition of the Talking Heads number.Buy it!
TV on The Radio “Caffeinated Consciousness” from Nine Types of Light (Interscope 2011) N —As a long-time fan of alliteration, I approve this song title.Buy it!
Devotchka “Exhaustible” from 100 Lovers (Epitaph 2011) N —I love the tango break in this rock song.Buy it!
Django Reinhardt “Django Castle (Manoir De Mes Reves)” from The Essential Django reinhardt (RCA/Columbia Legacy/SonyMusic 2011) N —This man was just jaw-droppingly incredible on guitar.Buy it!
Jeff Beck “I'm a Fool to Care” from Rock'n'Roll Party (ATCO 2011) N —Imelda May sings like Mary Ford, and Beck plays like Les Paul. Only with their own styles.Buy it!
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas “Miles to Go” from Paper Airplane (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —First rate melody sung beautifully - can't argue with that.Buy it!
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers “Best Love” from Rare Bird Alert (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —Paul McCartney nails the vocal on this lovely song.Buy it!
Red Clay Ramblers “Snuffdipper” from Yonder SINGLE (Red Clay Ramblers www.redclayramblers.com 2001) —They'll be at the Sheldon tonight.Buy it!
Red Clay Ramblers “Darlin' Say / Pony Cart” from Rambler (Sugar Hill Records ww.sugarhillrecords.com 1992) —I'd forgotten how good (and how all over the American music map) these guys are.Buy it!
Charlie Haden Quartet West “If I'm Lucky” from Sophisticated Ladies (Decca 2011) N —Lovely rendition of a standard I don't think I've heard before.Buy it!
Bill Frisell “Sixty Four” from Sign of Life (Savoy Jazz 2011) N —Bill Frisell will be in town next Thursday at the Old Rock House - probably not doing this string quartet thing, but it will be great, I'm sure.Buy it!
Abigail Washburn “Ballad of Treason” from City of Refuge (Rounder www.rounder.com 2011) N —The only singer-songwriter who could fit comfortably next to Bill Frisell.Buy it!
Jay Gaunt “Why Are People Like That” from Harmonicopia (JPG 2010) —This Gaunt kid can play blues harp - and I love everything about this cut.Buy it!
Danny Barnes “Misty Swan” from Pizza Box (ATO www.atorecords.com 2009) —This guy always makes me happy when I hear him.Buy it!
Rum Drum Ramblers “Jack & Tom” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —I just can't believe how these guys can not only accurately recreate the sounds of early 30s string bands, but can write songs as good as anything from the era.Buy it!
The Beat “Working Too Hard” from The Beat (Columbia 1979) —Once again, the More Cowbell segment comes courtesy of Rich Reese, who recently handed me a CD with 26 cowbell gems. I actually saw this band play live in 1979.Buy it!
The Headboys “Kicking the Kans” from The Headboys (RSO 1979) —Well, here's a band I haven't thought about in 30 years, at least.Buy it!
Sensational Alex Harvey Band “Midnight Moses” from Framed / Next (Vertigo 2002) —One of the world's most underrated bands. And they could rock a cowbell.Buy it!
Paul Revere & The Raiders “Good Thing” from The Essential Paul Revere & the Raiders (Legacy 2011) N —As great a rock'n'roll band as the 60s gave us - song after song after song!Buy it!
The Long Ryders “Gunslinger Man” from The Best of the Long Ryders (Prima 2011) N —One of the few records I know that actually worked because of the big 80s production sound, rather than just in spite of.Buy it!
Los Lobos “Burn It Down” from Tin Can Trust CD ALBUM (Shout! Factory 2010) —Will he stay or will he go?Buy it!
The Feelies “Should Be Gone” from Here Before (Bar/None 2011) N —A magnificent return from a magnificient band.Buy it!
Eliza Gilkyson “Roses At the End of Time” from Roses At The End of Time (Red House www.redhouserecords.com 2011) N —Near as I can tell, as I've just sort of dipped my foot now and again in the waters of her music, she just keeps getting better.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Questions For the Angels” from So Beautiful or So What (Universal unk 2011) N —I'm starting to think Paul Simon has it in for Randy Newman - after Newman wrote a satirical angels song, Simon writes this about believing in them.Buy it!
Kate & Anna McGarrigle “Southern Boys” from Dancer With Bruised Knees (Hannibal 1977) —Oh, how I have loved the McGarrigle sisters over the years.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “Darlin' Kate” from Hard Bargain (Nonesuch 2011) N —My review of this record is here: http://blurt-online.com/reviews/view/2984/Buy it!
Marcia Ball “Roadside Attractions” from Roadside Attactions (Alligator 2011) N —I don't know - she says she just wants to get off the road, but I think Marcia Ball likes to play too much.Buy it!
Blind Boys of Alabama “I Saw The Light” from Take The High Road (Saguaro Road 2011) N —Hank Williams, Jr. sings his daddy's song, backed by one heck of a chorus.Buy it!
Aaron Neville “Meetin' At the Building” from I Know I've Been Changed (Tell It 2010) —Just a perfect match of singer, song, and arrangement.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “No Great Harm” from Death of a Decade (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —Those vocals!Buy it!
Delmore Brothers “Trouble Ain't Nothin' But the Blues” from Freight Train Boogie (Ace 1993) —One of those great county brother acts from the 40s - modern enough to bridge between the pre-war era and the future of honky tonk & rock'n'roll.Buy it!
Carl Perkins “Boppin' the Blues” from As Good As It Gets: Rockabilly (Disky 2000) —The Sun sound never gets old.Buy it!
Aldus Roger “Diga Ding Ding Dong” from As Good As It Gets: Cajun (Disky 2000) —Come on now - could you resist a song with this title?Buy it!
Fletcher Henderson & the Dixie Stompers featuring Tommy Ladnier & Coleman Hawkins “St. Louis Blues” from As Good As It Gets: Early Jazz (Disky 2000) —This is going back a ways.Buy it!
Rebirth Brass Band “You Know You Know” from Rebirth of New Orleans (Basin Street 2011) —Dance!Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “I Don't Know How You're Livin'” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —Powerful song - nice return to form from Lucinda.Buy it!
Steve Earle “Little Emperor” from I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —This is probably my fave cut on this record, but I still need to hear the album some more.Buy it!
Hayes Carll “Hide Me” from KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway 2011) N —He'll be headlining the first night of Twangfest, June 6 at the Pageant, with the great Elizabeth Cook opening.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues” from Bob Dylan In Concert Brandeis University 1963 (Columbia 2011) N —From the days when Bob Dylan gave extensive introductions to his songs.Buy it!
Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings “Dang Me” from The Majestic Silver Strings (New West www.newwestrecords.com 2011) N —Chocolate Genius reinterprets the Roger Miller masterpiece.Buy it!
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