Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
17 is a magic number this week as we explore different sounds with the same number as the latest episode. We'll also unearth a long lost and never released John Coltrane Quartet recording, as well as previously unreleased live material from Derek & The Dominoes and Traffic. The new bin is overflowing with Death Cab For Cutie, Fantastic Negrito, Low, Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur, Spiritualized and M. Ward to name a few... and new stuff from living legends Buddy Guy (with Mick, Keith and Jeff Beck), John Fogerty and new single from Nick Lowe. Plus a whole bunch more. Thanks to all for the wonderful get well wishes. I most definitely feel the love and thank you with all my heart.
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.
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