Dayumb. They REALLY don’t make ’em like THIS anymore! Shoot, who can even PLAY like this anymore!? This great record, recorded by Jerry Wexler himself (google him if ya don’t know) was finally released, 30 years after its completion. Hesitation Blues indeed!
Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
“Hesitation Blues” (download mp3)
from “Willie And The Wheel”
Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel – “Hesitation Blues” (play)
Jason Ricci & New Blood – “I’m a New Man”
The healing power of music is well known, and on a track like this it is palpable. A harmonica virtuoso and superb singer and songwriter, you’ll be hearing more of this cat soon I am sure of it. Plop this mp3 on your summer BBQ mix – it’s a keeper.
Jason Ricci & New Blood
“I’m a New Man” (mp3)
from “Rocket Number 9”
(Eclecto Groove Records)
Matthews Southern Comfort – “Touch Her If You Can”
There are a number of labels popping up lately who specialize in digitizing vinyl records from decades gone by and making them available for new music fans to enjoy. You can call that a major service to humanity, a labor of love, or just smart business! Cos it’s a gold mine, really. Two such labels that deserve big props in this dept. are Light In The Attic and ItsAboutMusic.
Matthews Southern Comfort
“Touch Her If You Can” (mp3)
This track I just found from an artist called Matthews Southern Comfort, whom I’ve never heard of before, is a real gem of southern country folk rock. Nashville’esque production and a Grateful Dead dancing barefoot with flowers in hair attitude, frame some clever lyrics that stand the test of time as more than just a summer of love cliché. Plus this guy has a lovely singing voice. Sort of a friendlier, not as tragically damaged Cat Stevens warble. Check it out!
Chris Barron – “Brokenhearted Serenade”
An inspired take on an ancient theme. “So funny I forgot to cry” – one of those lines I’d say was cliché except I’ve never heard it before! This song is full of gems like that, with a sound that reminds in a good ways of The Byrds, Paul Kelly, Michael Penn (remember his hit?) and Crowded House. A yummy power pop ballad from the singer-songwriter of Spin Doctors fame.
“Brokenhearted Serenade” (mp3)
from “Pancho and the Kid”
East Texas Serenaders – “Mineola Rag” mp3
The East Texas Serenaders saw the great depression come and go, and survived it intact to continue on and make more records in better times. There’s some excellent bio info here. Give this tune a listen to hear why these serenaders uplifted so many in their day.
Walt Wilkins – “Standing By the Rambler”
Old skool country singer songwriter steps into time machine and casts modern storyteller gaze on one couple’s romance. Sweet, kinda stonesy, country rock stylee. I dig it.
“Standing By the Rambler” (mp3)
(Palo Duro Records)
Boo Boo Davis – “Dirty Dog”
Low down and nazty blues rawk groove from East St Louis, Illinois. Heavy! Excellent wah wah guitar and harmonica work, rock solid rhythm section, and a killer vocal.
Boo Boo Davis
“Dirty Dog” (mp3)
from “Name Of The Game”
(Black and Tan Records)
Burnett And Rutherford – “Ladies On The Steamboat” (mp3)
Sweet party music from another time, ladies and gents. What could be better than ladies on a steamboat? Burnett And Rutherford tell the story and it’s all good. These boys were nuts!
A dark yet transcendent folk song looks back on the days of slavery, that shameful and discredited institution, from the first half of the 20th century, when the memory was still even more fresh than today.
Buck Mountain Band – “Those Cruel Slavery Days” mp3
Tim Bluhm – “Spooked Cat Blues”
It is well known to those who know me that I LOVE the Mother Hips. So it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that I’m all over Tim Bluhm’s solo work as well. “House of Bluhm” is a marvelous solo record from the Hips’ guitar slinging, singing, wandering rock soul man.
“Spooked Cat Blues” (mp3)
from “House of Bluhm”