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 just a few of my favorite tunes for the season.
Smith & Burrows - "This Ain't New Jersey"
Joni Mitchell - "River"
The Everly Brothers - "Christmas Eve Can Kill You"
Shelleyan Orphan - "Ice"
Mel Torme - "The Christmas Song"
Dean Martin - "Baby It's Cold Outside"
The Posies - "Christmas"
I must surface to acknowledge the genius that is the wonderful Joni Mitchell... happy birthday and many, many more.
"A Case Of You"
"God Must Be a Boogie Man"
"Conversation" (Live 1968)
"Just Like This Train"
"Michael From Mountains"
"You Can Close Your Eyes" (live duet)
"Woodstock" (live with the LA Express)
"The Boho Dance"
"Come In From The Cold"
"Yvette In English"
"My Secret Place" (with Peter Gabriel)
"Happiness Is The Best Facelift" (live at The Wells Fargo Theater 1995)