Like Tom Waits or Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin is the type of songwriter whose songs have at times found greater success in the hands of others, but her latest album, "American Kid," proves once again that she is an outstanding vocalist and performer in her own right.
Recently, a cab driver asked me what I'd been listening to lately, and when I told him that I'd started playing Fitz and the Tantrums' new release "More Than Just a Dream" he replied that the band had been very popular lately, and his tone was not without a hint of derision.
Dawes is from Los Angeles and have become linked to a new Laurel Canyon sound that remakes the sound (if not the scene) made in the late '60s by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds and others. Their music harks back to a time when the grass was green, not red or purple, and mellow was a way of life, not an ice cream flavor.
"The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver"
There are lots of tribute albums around, though they are a curious bird. The assumption we make as consumers is that the people who contribute do so because they were inspired by the person whose work they are celebrating.