Speaking of voices I love... Justin is one of the best singers of the last 3 decades. From the pre-uppercase days of del amitri, his magnificent vocals always stop me in my tracks. This new one is no exception. You really need to hear him live to fully appreciate the range and timbre of his voice. He knows how to write 'em pretty good too. One of the best "sad bastard" artists when he wants to be.
Ryley Walker is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. His debut album, All Kinds Of You, will be released worldwide via Tompkins Square on April 15th, 2014. Having kicked around Chicago’s experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch. The result is a poised and accomplished debut album, recorded in Chicago by Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave). Click the album art for more info from my dear old pal Josh.
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The debut solo album from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench, You Should Be So Lucky, will be released on February 21, 2014. Produced by legendary producer Glyn Johns, the album was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey and contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Joel Jerome, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr.
At least once a year I get stuck in the Spirit section of The Basement. How this band is not regarded with the same reverence and respect as (in my opinion) many of their peers continues to puzzle me. They were years ahead of their time... hell the intro for "Stairway To Heaven" was unquestionably inspired (i.e. nicked) from Randy California's "Taurus".... click below for proof.
One of the biggest drawbacks to a complete system shutdown is the sheer volume of new material that awaits the return. I'm not complaining, well... not really, but there are only so many hours in a day. Here's a smattering of some new things that crossed my speakers this week.
I've long regarded him as the premiere Rock lead vocalist and have been dying to hear this one. "The Royal Sessions" is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60's. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), "Hubby" Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the folks at Concord have commissioned a love songs sampler with modern artists recording their favorite love songs. To be honest, this could have really sucked... but it is actually quite wonderful. Although "cover records" seem to abound these days, this is one set you shouldn't ignore.
One of the nicest guys I've ever had the pleasure to meet and a simply amazing musician with a career that spans more than half a century. This new album finds him in what I've always felt is his best setting. By himself in front of an audience. Here's a track written just for him by his dear friend Tom Waits.
Wow... long time since the last post.
Quite frankly, 2013 couldn't come to a close fast enough for me. The typical multiple family December deaths once again drained any joy from The Holidays and the entire year was a blur of medical trauma that simply has to improve with the turning of the year. Currently in the middle of a 2 week leave of absence from work to completely redo the dental surgery that began last March, I am just now emerging from a forced system shutdown and will return to the airwaves on Tuesday January 21.
That said... let's get on to some tunes.
I had heard all the horror stories about what a nightmare he could be, so needless to say I was very nervous before my one and only meeting with Lou a few years ago. However, he couldn't have been nicer, kinder or more of a sweetheart. I was proud to run his widely eclectic radio program on The Loft and am so very sad that he has passed. But Lou's art will certainly outlast us all and in memoriam tonight I will post a few from his solo work that will be with me forever. RIP Lou... you will be missed but never forgotten.