Muddy Waters “Rock Me” from Authorized Bootleg: Live at the Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco Nov 04-06 1966 (Geffen 2009) —Muddy Waters playing one of his essential cuts live and unfettered. This kicks hard!Buy it!
Joan Osborne “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” from Bring It On Home (Saguaro Road 2012) N —Killing it on this Bill Withers song.Buy it!
Warren Zevon “Sacrificial Lambs” from My Ride's Here (Artemis 2002) —Warren Zevon rocking.Buy it!
Maggie & Terre Roche “Wigglin' Man” from Seductive Reasoning (Real Gone 1975) —I wish you could see the smile I get every time I hear this song.Buy it!
Sara Watkins “When It Pleases You” from Sun Midnight Sun (Nonesuch 2012) N —Former member of Nickel Creek - exquisite song.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Baby Stop Crying” from Street Legal (Columbia 1978) —The more I hear Street Legal, the more I wonder why it hasn't been elevated higher in the pantheon of Dylan classics.Buy it!
Ike Reilly “Cash Is King” from Poison the Hit Parade (Rock Ridge 2008) —Seductive and scary at the same time.Buy it!
Eilen Jewell “How Long” from Letters From Sinners and Strangers (Signature Sounds 2007) —How long? Not long, because you reap just what you sow.Buy it!
Chris Smither “Every Mother's Son” from Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds 2012) N —Not the happiest of songs, but a really pretty one.Buy it!
Big Star “Try Again” from #1 Record (Ardent 1972) —I could just float on these chords for days on end.Buy it!
The Beach Boys “Isn't It Time” from That's Why God Made The Radio SINGLE (CAPITOL 2012) N —That Brian Wilson guy can still come up with tunes.Buy it!
Waterloo “In Between” from In the Light of Day (Undertow 2004) —Beloved St. Louis band from the first part of the last decade.Buy it!
Penelope Houston “White Out” from Cut You (Reprise 1996) —Some remember her as the vocalist in San Francisco punk band the Avengers, but then she turned into one delightful melodic popster.Buy it!
Patti Smith “Gloria” from Horses (Arista 1975) —Sometimes, you just gotta hear the classics.Buy it!
Gang Of Four “Damaged Goods” from Entertainment (EMC 1979) —Your kiss so sweet, your sweat so sour.Buy it!
David Bowie “Sound and Vision” from Low (Virgin 1977) —David Bowie, Brian Eno, Berlin. That works.Buy it!
Tinariwen “Iswegh Atay” from Tassili (V2 2011) N —Entrancing, intoxicating music from Mali.Buy it!
Thomas Mapfumo & Blacks Unlimited “Ndinotenda” from Vanhu Vatema (Zimbob 1995) —Dance music from Zimbabwe.Buy it!
The Easybeats “Saturday Night” from gonna have a good time SINGLE (Retroactive 1999) —This song freaks me out every time - the guitars just come in where you don't expect them.Buy it!
The Bangles “Sweet and Tender Romance” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) —I still don't have the new Susanna Hoffs solo record, but that just frees me to keep playing this great Bangles record from last year.Buy it!
Vintage Trouble “Blues Hand Me Down” from The Bomb Shelter Sessions (Cortex 2012) N —These guys just rock.Buy it!
John Fogerty “Summer of Love” from Revival (Fantasy 2007) —I love the fact that John Fogerty, who was so not a part of the summer of love, culturally at least, is singing about that experience.Buy it!
Janiva Magness “Thought I Knew You” from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) N —How to turn a Matthew Sweet song into bluesy soul. She's in town tonight at the Old Rock House. See you there.Buy it!
Van Morrison “These Dreams of You” from Moondance (Warner Brothers 1970) R —The control in his voice on this one, his dynamics, just make it work so perfectly.Buy it!
Paul Simon “Paranoia Blues” from Paul Simon (Columbia 1972) —A rare case of Paul Simon jumping out of his comfort zone as a singer - he belts out some of these lines with a blues authority he almost never assumes.Buy it!
Leonard Cohen “Crazy to Love You” from Old Ideas (Columbia 2013) —Why haven't I spent more time with this record? It will happen.Buy it!
Lyle Lovett “Isn't That So” from Release Me (UMG Recordings, Inc. 2012) N —Great version of a Jesse Winchester song. The Large Band cooks.Buy it!
Jerry Reed “Blue Moon of Kentucky” from Jerry Reed Explores Guitar Country (RCA 1969) —Inspired by Scotty Moore on Elvis Presley's version, I think, but Reed owns it here.Buy it!
George Jones “She's All I Got” from Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (SUGAR HILL ww.sugarhillrecords.com 2004) —I never get tired of hearing George Jones sing this amazing Johnny Paycheck song.Buy it!
Willie Nelson “Hero” from Heroes (Legacy 2012) N —Too much of this album is a let down, because Willie makes too much room for his son to sing with him. But on the title track, he makes room for Jamey Johnson & Billy Joe Shaver, who can stand in his company with pride.Buy it!
Joe Ely “Letter to L.A.” from Live at Liberty Lunch (MCA 1990) —Oh, my goodness! David Grissom on guitar!Buy it!
The Mastersons “Would It Really Be a Sin?” from Birds Fly South (New West 2012) —One of the more tuneful records to come out this year.Buy it!
Karate Bikini “Smuggler's Nightmare” from Sauce of the Apple Horse (self 2012) N L —These guys are playing next Saturday at the Heavy Anchor with the Vondrukes - that's 2 of my fave St. Louis bands on the same bill, at the Heavy Anchor.Buy it!
Slade “Angelina” from Play It Loud (Air Mail 1970) —Early Slade, with more blues but still full of moxy.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “Evil” from Music of My Mind (Motown 1972) —Stevie asks the hard questions.Buy it!
Heritage Blues Orchestra “Hard Times” from And Still I Rise (Raisin Music 2012) N —One of the more amazing records I've heard this year.Buy it!
Clyde McPhatter “Ta Ta” from Lover Please: The Complete MGM & Mercury Singles (Hip-O Select 2010) —She says "ta ta" just like a baby.Buy it!
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