Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
Can't believe we lost J.J. Cale. Without question one of the finest songwriters of my generation but also one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever had the privilege to meet.
Black Joe is back with another collection of tender love ballads... yeah, right!
This will be our next best kept secret to cross over to mass adulation, or at least they should based on this terrific new album!
One of my absolute favorite pop rockers is getting ready to release his first ever covers album.
The new album isn't due until November but Brendan sent me a few tunes to tide me over until it arrives. This one should be a hit, whatever the hell that means!
I am completely in love with this record... here's the title track.
Not only is Jason Isbell one of the finest young songwriters on the scene. He just married Amanda Shires, who is pretty damn terrific as well! Great new record.
They're back!!!!!!!! The rock album we all need right now, pushed forward by one of the best pure rock drummers on the planet, Jon Wurster.
Believe it or not this marks the first time the legendary PHJB have recorded an album containing all original material. Produced by Ben Jaffe and Jim James.
Here's a few more new things...
My daughter turned me on to Freelance Whales and I'm glad she did.
And here's a classic...
A pair of remastered and expanded albums from The Jayhawks arrived today, the two that many would point toward as the high point of the band's recorded output, "Tomorrow The Green Grass" and "Hollywood Town Hall." But regardless of where these rank in the catalog, they are the two records that made me a fan forever. Here's a few tunes from "Hollywood Town Hall" that you should know.
'Take Me With You When You Go'
"Settled Down Like Rain"
And here's a previously unavailable in the U.S. Bonus Track -
"Leave No Gold"
Here's "Blue" from "Tomorrow The Green Grass" -- how is this not a standard by now?
The bonus disc is comprised of the infamous "Mystery Demos"... a few tracks would surface on later projects. Here's "Won't Be Coming Home".. which would later surface on Golden Smog's first full length.
Golden Smog's version of 'Won't Be Coming Home'
And let's not forget that "Tomorrow The Green Grass" had the band's killer cover of "Bad Time"
Which will of course, lead us back to the original version.
The original 'Bad Time'
I think the only way to end today is with a killer new version of a classic from the legendary Wanda Jackson, produced by Jack White.
'Shakin' All Over'