This column is like the title says - its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the '60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.
I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don't miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD'VE been!
Below is a jukebox containing all the songs I picked this week. After you read about them below, go back and listen to whatever you like by just clicking on that title in the jukebox, or stream the whole playlist by clicking on the "play" icon at the top. It's free and it's the entire song. We're not selling anything. We're just in the business of hopefully making your days better by listening to great music.
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1. "Lie to Me" — The Boomers (4:11)
When a Canadian band is good, they’re usually VERY good. And so it is for these lads who originally were formed to back up Canuck star Ian Thomas but transcended being a backup band and became an actual band itself with Thomas’s blessing. This started in the late '80s and the latest album came out (in Canada) in 2002. This is from a 1993 album called The Art of Living, the title track of which I have run in a previous column. I like this band a great deal. Good songs, great playing and arrangements, all wrapped up by damn good production. Have some with the Canadian bacon, eh?
2. "Elongo" — Bedouin Soundclash (2:52)
Holy mackerel! I pick this music and THEN read the bios. This is yet ANOTHER Canadian band, but this track sounds English to me, kinda like the Peter Gabriel “Biko” period. They claim to mostly play reggae-influenced music, but this track fooled me. One thing fer sure, it don’t sound Canadian and neither does their name! They formed in 2001 and had their first significant chart success in 2005. This is from their 2011 album Light the Horizon. This track has made me a curious fan and I will listen to more. I hope YOU will too.
3. "Ain't Gonna Beg" — Paul Thorn Band (3:57)
Well, this is my favorite singer-songwriter lately, and this Tupelo, Mississippi native is about as authentic as a bluesy southerner can be. He writes great lyrics and sings his ass off. His backup band is as good as they can be and they all kick in at production time. Don’t miss them live if they come your way. AND ... they’re NOT Canadian!
4. "Corinna" — Taj Mahal (2:34)
This is from his second album in the late '60s that I had the pleasure of playing on. These guys had the damn groove totally down and Taj will be remembered as one of the great singers of all time. This is one of my all time Taj faves and a nicer guy you will rarely meet.
5. "Heroes and Villains" — Geraint Watkins (2:03)
If you've ever enjoyed Louis Prima/Sam Butera & The Witnesses, you will ‘get’ this instantly. Geraint is a UK studio keyboardist best known for accompanying Nick Lowe on the road for many years. He has put out a couple of solo albums that are quite enjoyable and are also humorous in addition to displaying his vocal and piano skills. This is pretty clever and an imaginative song choice. Brian and Van Dyke thank you...
6. "Hey Brother" — Flearoy (3:40)
Kids from music class at NYU get together and get serious about roots music. This is Band-ish but well done considering they made the album themselves. They play all around New York City. Try 'em on live if you like this. I do.
7. "Lifeline" — Frankie & Johnny (3:30)
Now THIS takes me way back to 1972. I produced this in Atlanta. It was my backup band at the time and I got them a deal with Warner Brothers. I wrote this for them and sang backup and played rhythm guitars. I was inspired by Pete Townshend and The you know Who. F&J were with me when I heard Skynyrd for the first time when we went clubbing one night after one of their sessions in Atlanta. This was the single off a rockin’ album that got pulled off the shelves because we plagiarized a Whitman’s candy box for the cover (The Sweetheart Sampler was the album title).
8. "You Don't Miss What You Never Had" — Dan Penn (4:23)
One of the thrills of living in Gnashville in the '90s for me was meeting and writing songs with Dan Penn. I had no idea what a great singer he was. This is one of our demos. I played the instruments; he sang our song. Jimmy Vivino commented after hearing the demo, “The best artists that could cover this are already deceased, unfortunately.” Twenty-five years after he said that, I don’t think that’s true anymore.
9. "Feud" — Band of Horses (2:35)
This rocks right off the bat and then throws in some clever pop melodies whilst still chooglin’ away. I like this band — they have a wider range of musicality than most. Check ‘em out. Their album is just released.
10. "The Rubber Room" — Porter Wagoner (2:31)
This came out in 1972. Chet Atkins, his producer, went nuts over this Porter tune. He didn’t think it would do well in the country charts but thought a rock band would cover it and make the rock charts. Just remember Porter discovered Dolly Parton and can be forgiven for this semi-easily. Be in a REAL good mood before clicking this one on. See ya next week if you forgive me.