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.
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.
Here's a taste of the new Ron Sexsmith album, coming out here in the U.S. on March 1.
Continuing on the emerging theme of great guitarists that have passed much too young, here's a track from Rory Gallagher. I completely wore out two copies of this great live album on vinyl back in the day.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner it's the perfect time to grab this gem from another sadly departed musical genius, Harry Nilsson, from the library for a spin.
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