Thursday, October 27, 2011

Good Morning Mr. Trucker

Around this time last year, I put together a road songs compilation. I decided to continue the tradition this year, but focus solely on truck driving songs (though a few of them, like Ravishing Ruby, aren't really about truck driving). And if you're dying for more truck driving songs, the excellent 1996 Rig Rock Deluxe comp put out by Diesel Only Records is still in print. (there's a temporary problem uploading pix, so I'll put it up tomorrow.)

Good Morning Mr. Trucker World Famous Blue Jays
Just A Few More Miles Dave Dudley
Truck Driving Joe Ken Clark
Miss Marie & The Bedford Blaze Marty Stuart
Nitro Express Bill Kirchen
Good Luck 'N' Truckin' Tonite Dale Watson
Truck Driver's Queen Moore & Napier
Truck Driver's Ride Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant
Truck Driver's Blues Rosie Flores
Roll On Big Mama Joe Stampley
Drag 'Em Off The Interstate, Sock It To 'Em J. P. Blues Dick Curless
Truck Drivin' Man (Live) Uncle Tupelo
Roll Truck Roll Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
King Of The Open Road Red Sovine
Looking At The World Through A Windshield Del Reeves
Little Pink Mack Kay Adams
Semi-Crazy Junior Brown
Ravishing Ruby Tom T. Hall
Trucker's Rag Moon Mullican
Roll, Truck, Roll Red Simpson

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chrissy Hynde and Emmylou Harris redux

As I mentioned when I posted a Chrissie Hynde and Emmylou Harris mixtape last year, for those of a certain age, Emmy and Chrissy really were the it girls of rock and country, respectively. In the ensuing years, Chrissy has gotten more country (okay, twangy) and Emmylou has gotten more rock and...... well, a volume 2 seemed like a good idea. (If you missed it the first time around, you can download Volume 1 here.)

Drivin' Wheel Emmylou Harris
Message Of Love The Pretenders
Born To Run. Emmylou Harris
(You Never Can Tell) C'est La Vie Emmylou Harris
Love's A Mystery The Pretenders
They'll Never Take His Love from Me Emmylou Harris
Show Me The Pretenders
My City Was Gone The Pretenders
High Powered Love Emmylou Harris
Talk Of The Town The Pretenders
Sweetheart Of The Pines Emmylou Harris
Never Do That The Pretenders
Spanish Johnny Emmylou Harris
Tulsa Queen Emmylou Harris
Rabo De Nube The Pretenders
Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris
Stop Your Sobbing Pretenders

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mann Up: An Aimee Mann Collection

About a month ago, a friend of mine got us tickets to see Aimee Mann in January. I also just happened to listening to Lost in Space and Bachelor No. 2 (her two best albums, imo) back to back, so I thought it was time to put together an Aimee Mann compilation. In addition to single cuts from her formal releases (including two of her 'Til Tuesday albums, but not from her Christmas album) there's a bunch of stuff from soundtracks, tribute albums, etc.

Coming Up Close
Fifty Years After The Fair
Sign Of Love
Two of Us
Little Bombs
You're With Stupid Now
Jimmy Hoffa Jokes
Reason To Believe
The Great Beyond
High On Sunday 51
Nightmare Girl
At The Edge Of The World
The Other End (Of The Telescope)
You Do

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Saluting 70's Singer Songwriters

The term "singer songwriter" often invokes a certain amount of derision today - especially when you mention the 1970s in the same breath. And while there may be certain groups/artists (who shall remain nameless) in that category that haven't aged well or weren't so great to begin with, there were really a lot of great 70's singer songwriters, even if they weren't necessarily labeled as such. For your listening pleasure, then, here's 9 of my singer songwriter favorites.

Close My Eyes                   Arthur Russell
Oh Fernanda Why              Arthur Russell
Here Tonight                      Gene Clark
With Tomorrow                 Gene Clark
So Far Away                      Carole King
Brother, Brother                 Carole King
Speed Of Sound                 Chris Bell
Look Up                             Chris Bell
Future Song                       Curtis Mayfield
Keep On Keeping On        Curtis Mayfield
Inner City Blues                 Rodriguez
To Whom It May Concern Rodriguez
Campo De Encino              Harry Nilsson
Gotta Get Up                      Harry Nilsson
Brother                               Jorge Ben
Oba, Lá Vem Ela             Jorge Ben
Half Past France                 John Cale
Big White Cloud                John Cale