Sunday, August 29, 2021

Remembering James Hand and Tom T. Hall

     It's been a pretty dismal 18 months now and a lot of music greats have died.  In just the last two weeks, Tom T. Hall, Don Everly, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Charlie Watts have left us.   Another loss that I was not aware of until a couple of months ago was James Hand, the great country singer from Texas who died in June 2020.  I probably would still not have known about this were it not for Charley Crockett releasing an entire album of James Hand covers earlier this year that I highly recommend.  As a further homage to James Hand, I'm posting his out of print debut album, Shadows Where the Magic Was, a true honky-tonk masterpiece from 1997.   He's also one the first Texas Legends compilation (with Don Walser and Justin Trevino)  Since much of Tom T. Hall's output is still available for streaming and/or purchase, I'm posting the out of print 1998 tribute album: Real: A Tom T. Hall project.  As with all tribute albums, there are a few misses, but this one has a really high batting average. 

Shadows Where the Magic Was

Over There That's Frank
Baby Baby Don't Tell Me That
I Heard Mama Callin
Heart Of Mine
I Can't Afford To Go
The Banks Of The Brazos
If You Can't Tell The Difference
Little Bitty Slip
Shadows Where The Magic Was
Lord Above Can You Hear Me
Not Worth The Trouble Anymore
Merry Christmas Darlin'
Everybody Got It But Me
My Hearts' Been Cheatin' On Me

I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew     Johnny Cash
That's How I Got to Memphis                 Kelly Willis
When Love Is Gone                             Richard Buckner
Don't Forget the Coffee, Billy Joe             R.B. Morris
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee                             Freedy Johnston
Old Enough to Want to (Fool Enough to Try)  Jonny Polonsky
Ships Go Out                                             Ron Sexsmith
I Miss a lot of Trains                             Iris Dement
Tulsa Telephone Book                             Calexico
Harper Valley P.T.A.                             Syd Straw & The Skeletons
Spokane Motel Blues                             Joel R.L. Phelps
Homecoming                                             Joe Henry
The Water Lily                               Ralph Stanley featuring Ralph Stanley II
I'm Not Ready Yet                                     The Mary Janes
Candy in the Window                             Mary Cutrufello
I Hope it Rains at my Funeral        Whiskeytown
It Sure Can Get Cold in Des Moines    Mark Olson With Victoria Williams

Sunday, August 1, 2021

A Gaggle of Gilberto Gil

     As a kid, I was always impressed by baseball players who were able to play in four different decades - even if only meant playing in the last year of a decade and then, 21 years later, in the first year of a decade.  Now that I'm in my mid-fifties, I'm also impressed by musicians with longevity, especially those with recording careers of seven decades or more.  While Gilberto Gil may not ultimately be able to match Willie Nelson's eight decades (and I can't imagine there are too many others who can match Willie), he's had a really impressive and long career.  He's also one of those artists that I became familiar with after he stopped touring regularly, so I'm disappointed that I'll probably never get to see him live; if his many live albums are any indication, he truly shines (though I'm glad I did get to see Caetano Veloso twice).  Hope everyone enjoys the two volumes and if you want to dig deeper into his music, I'd start with Gilberto Gil (1971), Expresso 2222 from 1972, and, of course a 1987 live album, Em Concerto.


Volume 1
Filhos de Ghandi
Ensaio Geral
Cada Macaco No Seu Galho (Cho Chuá)
Minha Princesa Cordel
Quatro Pedacinhos
A Paz
Um Dia de Garoa
Eu Vim Da Bahia (Live)
Aquele Abraco
Assim Sim
Chiclete Com Banana

Volume 2
Esotérico (Ao Vivo)
Bat Macumba
Diga a Ela (Versão Editada)
Só Quero Um Xodó
O Pato
Preciso Aprender a Só Ser
Abra o Olho (Ao Vivo)
Um Abraço no João
One O'clock Last Morning 20th April 1970

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Texas Legends Series - Volume Five: Guy Clark, Blaze Foley, and Kimmie Rhodes

 It's time for another Texas Legends series compilation, though this one's a bit more downbeat than the other ones (check them out here).  If you're looking to do a deeper dive, I would start with Blaze Foley's Live at the Austin Outhouse, Guy Clark's Dublin Blues, and Kimmie Rhodes' West Texas Heaven.   You can also check out Blaze and Kimmie cuts on my 90's Texas alternative country compilation.  Lastly, I also recommend the Blaze Foley biopic Blaze, which is currently available on Netflix. In addition to Ben Dickey and Alia Shawkat as Blaze and his girlfriend Sybil, I really liked Charlie Sexton's portrayal of Townes Van Zandt.


Dublin Blues

Guy Clark

Brother Flower

Kimmie Rhodes, Townes Van Zandt


Blaze Foley

I Should Have Been Home

Blaze Foley

Honky Tonk Song

Guy Clark

Just To Be Near You

Kimmie Rhodes

L.A. Freeway

Guy Clark

Let Me Ride in Your Big Cadillac

Blaze Foley

Rhinestone Highway

Kimmie Rhodes and Willie Nelson

Sittin' by the Road

Blaze Foley

Uncertain Texas

Guy Clark

Take Me Down

Kimmie Rhodes

Angels Get The Blues

Kimmie Rhodes

Oval Room

Blaze Foley

The South Coast of Texas

Guy Clark

I Just Drove By

Kimmie Rhodes

Better Days

Guy Clark

If I Could Only Fly

Blaze Foley

Sunday, May 30, 2021

It's So Primitive: Jonathan Richman, Ben Vaughn, and Sonny Smith

     It's been a long time since I had a car, but there is a great deal to be said for driving around on languid summer afternoons and evenings listening to "primitive" rock and roll such as Jonathan Richman, Ben Vaughn, and Sonny Smith.  For readers wanting to dig deeper into their catalogs, I'd recommend Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers "The Modern Lovers", "It's Time For", Ben Vaughn's "Mood Swings" (and the out of print "Mono"), and Sonny & the Sunset's, "Hit After Hit".


Side A

Roadrunner                                                         The Modern Lovers
Jukebox Babe                                                         Ben Vaughn
Chapters                                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
Death Cream part 2 "Watch Out for the Cream" Sonny & The Sunsets
The Baltimores                                                 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Paradise                                                                 Ben Vaughn
Alice Leaves for the Mountains                         Sonny & The Sunsets
The Girl Stands Up To Me Now                         Jonathan Richman
Cashier Girl                                                         Ben Vaughn
Our Favorite Martian                                         Ben Vaughn
Year of the Cock (Jackie Feathers)                     Sonny Smith
Nineteen In Naples                                                 Jonathan Richman
Rhinestone Sunset                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
Since She Started To Ride                                 Jonathan Richman
Out Of Control                                                 Ben Vaughn
Side B
Primitive                                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
When Harpo Played His Harp                                Jonathan Richman
I'm Just Beginning To Live                                 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
7 Days Without Love                                         Ben Vaughn
Drug Lake                                                         Sonny & The Sunsets
Goin' Down That Road                                         Ben Vaughn
Grunion Run                                                         Jonathan Richman
Cathedral in the Desert                                         Sonny Smith
My Mind Ain't Right                                              Ben Vaughn
Beautiful Thing                                                 Ben Vaughn
Teen Age Thugs                                                 Sonny & The Sunsets
(She's Gonna) Respect Me                                 Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers
Rod for Your Love                                                 Sonny Smith
Pipe Bomb                                                         Ben Vaughn
Corner Store                                                         Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Monday, May 3, 2021

Sucking in the '70s - Volume 8

It's time for another "Sucking in the '70s" compilation.  Apart from noting that this one is a little more all over the place than the previous one, I don't have much to say about this new compilation.  I've also re-upped all the previous volumes as well as the Saluting the 70's compilations.



Jackie DeShannon

Easy To Be Hard

Cheryl Barnes

Everybody Plays The Fool

The Main Ingredient

Delta Dawn

Tanya Tucker

Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Joan Baez


Bruce Springsteen

Young Hearts Run Free

Candi Staton

Don't Leave Me This Way

Thelma Houston



Nothing From Nothing

Billy Preston

Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis

Clean Up Woman

Betty Wright

Ain't Nobody Home

B.B. King

Rip Off

Laura Lee

Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'

Charley Pride


Jim Croce

If I Were A Carpenter

Johnny Cash

A New Day

The Notations

Finally Got Myself Together (I'm A Changed Man)

The Impressions

Starting All Over Again

Mel & Tim

Friday, April 2, 2021

There's a Heartbreak Somewhere: A Compendium of Country Soul - Disc 3 & 4

As promised last month, here are the next two volumes of country-soul.  And if you haven't had enough, I'd especially recommend the following albums: James Carr "A Man Needs a Woman", Candi Staton "Candi Staton", O.V. Wright "8 Men and 4 Women", The War and Treaty "Healing Tide", Cat Power "The Greatest", Arthur Alexander "Lonely Just Like Me", Bettye Swann "Bettye Swann", and Ted Hawkins "The Next Hundred Years".  


  Disc 3

The Greatest

Cat Power

Gentle On My Mind

Tony Borders

Search Your Heart

Rudolph Taylor

Everybody Loves A Winner

William Bell

Lonely Street

Bap Kennedy

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

Al Green

Blue Eyed Soul


Pity a Fool

Barbara & The Browns

Steal Away

Billy Joe Royal

If You're Not Back In Love By Monday

Millie Jackson

Help Me Make It Through The Night

Joe Simon

Go Home Girl

Arthur Alexander

Willie & Laura Mae Jones

Dusty Springfield

Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

Bettye Swann

I Can't Be Satisfied

Spence Wiggins

A Sad Sad Song

Charles Crawford

There's a Heartbreak Somewhere

Roscoe Shelton

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

Etta James

Disc 4

Strange Conversation

Ted Hawkins

Whispering Pines

Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts

You Left The Water Running

Maurice & Mac

If I Had a Hammer

Willie Hightower

Suspicious Minds

Elvis Presley

Lover Don't Go

Nick Lowe

A Satisfied Mind

Bobby Hebb

Don't Let Her Know

Ray Charles

In The Same Motel

Dicky Williams

Starving for Your Love

Ella Washington

Something About What Happens When We Talk

Lucinda Williams

Funny How Time Slips Away

Joe Hinton

A Woman Left Lonely

Charlie Rich

The Dark End of the Street

Dan Penn

Why Not Tonight

Jimmy Hughes

Tennessee Waltz

Otis Redding

My Baby's Gone

The Wallace Brothers

Sudden Stop

Percy Sledge

Sunday, February 28, 2021

There's a Heartbreak Somewhere: A Compendium of Country Soul

         I don't know why it took me so long to put together a country soul compilation as it's easily one of my very favorite genres/subgenres of music.  Perhaps, it's because it's a difficult genre/subgenre to adequately define.   I mean, "I" know it when I hear it, but I would also imagine some of the stuff that I consider to be country soul isn't seen that way by others.  

        Regardless, I hope folks enjoy the compilation, even if you have misgivings about some of the choices.  I would also highly recommend Charles Hughes' book - Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American SouthIt's a very interesting look at the complicated racial dynamics at play amongst musicians, producers, record labels during the heyday of country soul in the 1960s and 1970s "country-soul triangle" (Memphis, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals).  It's published by an academic press and there's a little academic jargon, but it's really a must-read for any fan of country soul.  (You can also check out Charles Hughes' country soul playlist on Spotify if you're interested.)

       I'll post Discs 3 & 4 next month - in case, you were wondering why I omitted your favorite country soul artist. :)  I've also re-upped my rare soul compilations from five years ago.

Download Disc 1 and 2

Disc 1

Just A Little Lovin'

Shelby Lynne

To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)

Doris Duke

A Woman Is A Man's Best Friend

James Carr

Ode to Billy Joe

Joe Tex

He Made A Woman Out Of Me

Bobbie Gentry

The Son Of Hickory Holler Tramp

O.C. Smith

A Man Needs a Woman (a Woman Needs a Man)

Z.Z. Hill

I Don't Need You No More

George Jackson

He'll Have To Go

Solomon Burke

Eddie And Polly

The Delines

It Ain't Easier


You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy

Arthur Conley

I Threw It All Away

Bob Dylan

Sleeping Without You Is a Dragg

Swamp Dogg


Clarence Carter

Just Like Old Times

Mighty Sam McClain

Your Cold Heart

Lloyd Hendricks

Stand By Your Man

Candi Staton

Disc 2

Hold on

Alabama Shakes

Let's Do It Over

Toussaint Mccall

Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs

Brook Benton

You've Been Crying

O.V. Wright

She's Not For You

Willie Nelson

Reconsider Me

Johnny Adams

Son Of A Preacher Man

Aretha Franklin

Needledrop Blues

Emily Duff


Irma Thomas

You Are My Sunshine

Earl Gaines

She Ain't Gonna Do Right

James & Bobby Purify

I'm So Proud

Hacienda Brothers

While I'm Away (Baby Keep The Faith)

Eddy G Giles & The Jive Five

Loving Cup

The Rolling Stones

One and the Same

The War and Treaty

Hot Burrito #1

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Don't Make Me Hate Loving You

Jeanie Greene

Crying In The Chapel

Mavis Staples With The Staple Singers