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Feature Column by Al Kooper

New Music for Old People

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. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don't miss this. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD be!


New Music for Old People: My Musical Foundations, Part 9 - Twenty Sweet Soul Singles That Changed My Music

In part 9 of an ongoing series about his musical foundations, Al showcases 20 spectacular soul tracks you won't want to miss.

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July 25, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Summer marches on, and so does the music. Al's back this week with another playlist full of listening pleasure.
July 18, 2014 9:00 AM ET
There are a number of familiar faces in this week's column, and a special tribute to Johnny Winter you won't want to miss.
July 11, 2014 9:00 AM ET
This week Al listens to some new music and then finishes up with a tribute to the late R&B great, Bobby Womack.
July 4, 2014 9:00 AM ET
A very special column this week as Al pays tribute to the lyrical genius of the late Gerry Goffin. This is a playlist you won't want to miss.
June 27, 2014 9:00 AM ET
What the folk, indeed. This week's playlist delves into a folk sub-genre with some pleasing results. Give it a listen.
June 20, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Wondering what music to listen to this weekend? Wonder no more. Al's got some suggestions for you right here.
June 13, 2014 9:00 AM ET
It's an unusual but excellent week here at New Music for Old People. Sammy Davis Jr even makes an appearance. I'll bet you weren't expecting that.
June 6, 2014 9:00 AM ET
This week closes out with another carefully curated playlist that'll take you all the way from Joan Osborne to the North Mississippi Allstars (with Al sitting in, by the way) and then some.
May 30, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Al's back with a vengeance (and a great playlist) after a brief hiatus. C'mon in and check it out.
May 9, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Another week and another unusually eclectic playlist for your listening enjoyment. Come discover some new and not-so-new tunes to get your weekend off to a grand start.
May 2, 2014 9:00 AM ET
In which we celebrate NMFOP's approaching third anniversary with a new look at an old column...
April 25, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Some exceptional new tunes to enjoy this week, along with some older ones you might have missed out on, and a radio rarity for your listening pleasure. Happy Friday.
April 18, 2014 9:00 AM ET
This week's column has a few repeat visitors, some standout oldies, something new, and an appearance by Al.
April 11, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Week's end brings another fabulous mixed grab-bag of tunes from Al, destined to make your day better.
April 4, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Al's back with part five of a multi-part series of rare stereo mixes. It's definitely time to take out your headphones so you can thoroughly enjoy these sonic splendors.
March 28, 2014 9:00 AM ET
This week we time travel back to the '50s to take a look at (and give a listen to) some of Al's more obscure musical influences from the world of rock/rockabilly.
March 21, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Spring is officially here, and there's some new music to listen to. What could be better than that?
March 14, 2014 9:00 AM ET
It's Friday and we're here to make this cold mid-March a bit more bearable by bringing you another very listenable bunch of tunes hand-picked by Al Kooper.
March 7, 2014 9:00 AM ET
This week Al introduces us to some contemporary artists who pay stylistic homage to the '60s and '70s. It's like old music by new people.
February 28, 2014 9:00 AM ET
We're wrapping up February with a playlist that includes, among other fine tracks, four interesting covers and some old school soul. Grab the headphones.
February 21, 2014 9:00 AM ET
We're back with another excellent selection of music this week from an outstanding collection of artists young and old.
February 14, 2014 9:00 AM ET
No matter how you're spending Valentine's Day, Al's annual love-themed playlist is a good accompaniment.
February 7, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Al had a birthday this week, but that didn't keep him from putting together another kick-ass column for your listening pleasure. Have a slice of cake and enjoy some music.
January 31, 2014 9:00 AM ET
You probably need a little something to lift you out of the winter doldrums right about now. We've got just the thing...
January 24, 2014 9:00 AM ET
This week's column marks the passing of Phil Everly and pays tribute to the incomparable influence and artistry of the Everly Brothers with a fabulous 16-track playlist.
January 17, 2014 9:00 AM ET
There are some repeat guests gracing this week's column along with some new faces, and it's all good listening.
January 10, 2014 9:00 AM ET
To celebrate the 80th birthday of the Hammond Organ Company, Hammond USA has established the Hammond Hall of Fame. The freshman class includes 26 genre-spanning honorees. This week's column brings you ten of them.
December 27, 2013 9:00 AM ET
This past year, New Music for Old People brought you over 400 songs. Amidst the old, the new, the undiscovered, and the rediscovered, these are the 25 that listeners liked the best. It's a great way to ring out the old and ring in the new. Happy New Year!
December 20, 2013 9:00 AM ET
As is his yearly custom, Al selects a superb group of Christmas tunes that are a little off the beaten path for most listeners. We suggest putting the wrapping paper down for a few and grabbing some eggnog along with those headphones.
December 13, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Take a break from those holiday errands with this week's great selection of tunes. Grab your headphones and relax. It'll be worth your while.
December 6, 2013 9:00 AM ET
This week, Al picks some Beatles covers you might not have come across until now, and needless to say, it's a well-curated playlist. Enjoy!
November 29, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Too much turkey? Too much family togetherness? Too much football? We've got just the thing to cure your Thanksgiving Day blues.
November 22, 2013 9:00 AM ET
If you're making a list of things you're thankful for this week, make sure you put good music somewhere near the top. Speaking of which, here's some now...
November 8, 2013 9:00 AM ET
It's that time again. This week's playlist includes some old tunes worth revisiting from Ketty Lester and Timi Yuro and some new tunes worth discovering, including a track from Leslie West's newest album — and other good things, too.
October 25, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Another week brings another great (and truly eclectic) playlist, featuring Gary Numan, Maps & Atlases, Keb' Mo', Jamie O'Neal and much more (including an offering from the columnist himself).
October 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Seasick Steve leads the charge this week. Perhaps you'll meet some artists you haven't encountered before after that, and Snarky Puppy wraps it all up with a return appearance. It's Friday, and that means it's time for new music.
October 11, 2013 9:00 AM ET
This week, Al Kooper talks about the song selection process for Blood, Sweat & Tears' first album, Child Is Father to the Man. If you've ever heard this album, you'll want to read (and listen to) this column. If you haven't ever heard this album, that's a mistake you should take steps to rectify.
October 4, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Featuring femmes Patty Griffin, Imogen Heap, Timi Yuro, The Bulgarian Women's Ensemble and other loquacious ladies we love.
September 27, 2013 9:00 AM ET
There is so much good music in here this week it's hard to know where to start (but we recommend beginning at the beginning with Mavis Staples and working your way through to the end).
September 20, 2013 9:00 AM ET
This week's playlist features some very good guitar-playing among the aural treats. Grab your headphones and find a comfy place to sit.
September 13, 2013 9:00 AM ET
We have a heavy infusion of doo wop this week as Al continues exploring his musical foundations in part eight of an ongoing series.
September 6, 2013 9:00 AM ET
It's the end of the week, which can only mean good news for your ears. There is, as usual, much to be discovered and savored in this week's playlist.
August 30, 2013 9:00 AM ET
Another skillful blend of the newer and the not-so-new for your listening enlightenment, and also some repeat visitors in this week's playlist.
August 23, 2013 9:00 AM ET
There's something here to suit nearly every taste this week, from Queens of the Stone Age to KT Tunstall, with some blues and bluegrass in the middle. Give a listen.
August 16, 2013 9:00 AM ET
This week's column is like a very hip musical atlas, so take your last summer vacation while sitting in a chair at work or home and ALL bags are free, natch, and all music is first class.
August 9, 2013 9:00 AM ET
This week's eclectic collection consists of songs that will grow on you, given the chance, so we vote for giving them a chance.
August 2, 2013 8:00 AM ET
This week's playlist starts with alternative rockers Hoobastank and makes its way to the late blues legend Bobby Bland, with plenty of good stuff in the middle. Come in and check it out.
July 26, 2013 8:00 AM ET
Sixties blues from Billy Boy Arnold and an obscure Minnie Riperton track bracket a great selection of songs this week.
July 19, 2013 8:00 AM ET
It's Friday! Daft Punk gets the party started, Field Music and Randall Bramblett make return visits, and Nils Lofgren stops by. And there's lots more, so grab the headphones.

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