Saturday, November 28, 2020

On the Right Side of Christmas 2020

       I don't have anything insightful or deep to say about Christmas music (or Christmas) in a pandemic, though I do think the cover art for this year's comp is somehow apt for 2020.   As usual, I've re-upped all the previous Xmas compilations.  Also, if you're looking for a deeper dig into Christmas music, I highly recommend the site Hip Christmas.


White Christmas

Big Maybelle

Merry Christmas Baby

Bonnie Raitt & Charles Brown

Santa Claus Baby

The Voices

Reindeer Boogie

Hank Snow

The Little King Jesus

The Joystrings

Rock & Roll Santa's


Cheo Feliciano

Holiday On Skis

Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani

Why Should Christmas Be So Hard

Attic Lights

The Night Before Christmas

The Playboys

Christmas Time Is Here

Ed Harcourt

Middle of Winter

Peppermint Harris

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

T Bone Burnett

Everything's Changed At Christmas But You

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto

Anthony Hamilton

Hey Santa Claus

The Moonglows

Brand New Christmas

Hot Chocolate

The Little Drummer Boy

Dandy Warhols

Down We Go (Sledding Song)

Mac McCaughan & Annie Hayden

Wake up Christmas Morning

The Mighty Spoiler

Heart On Snow

Marc Almond

Christmas Fais Do Do

Marcia Ball

Crazy Santa Claus

The Debonaires

Auld Lang Syne

B. B. King


Sunday, November 1, 2020

Dylan, Hank, and Townes

       I was more than a little ambivalent/nervous about putting together a compilation of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and Townes Van Zandt given their vast catalogs and, more pertinently, my relative lack of expertise about all three. It's also why I didn't try to come up with a thematic approach like Dylan, Hank and Townes sing about death.  But, as someone else must have said at some point, a homage is still a homage.  I tried not to include too many standards, but I just couldn't pass up including some.  Anwyay, hope the combination of the three works for folks.  Also, I re-upped my Townes Van Zandt tribute compilations.

 Download both volumes

  Volume 1

Meet Me In The Morning

Bob Dylan

No Deal

Townes Van Zandt

I Don't Care

Hank Williams

The Prodigal Son

Hank Williams

Song To Woody

Bob Dylan

Forever, For Always, For Certain

Townes Van Zandt

Tennessee Border

Hank Williams

At My Window

Townes Van Zandt

Most of the Time

Bob Dylan

May You Never Be Alone

Hank Williams

Snake Song

Townes Van Zandt

As I Went Out One Morning

Bob Dylan

The Love That Faded

Bob Dylan

My Sweet Love Ain't Around

Hank Williams

Pancho And Lefty

Townes Van Zandt

A Mansion On The Hill

Hank Williams

Ballad of a Thin Man

Bob Dylan

Waiting Around To Die

Townes Van Zandt

Volume 2

Lost Highway

Hank Williams

No Lonesome Tune

Townes Van Zandt

Obviously Five Believers

Bob Dylan

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum

Bob Dylan

Man Gave Names To All The Animals

Townes Van Zandt

Six More Miles (to the Graveyard)

Hank Williams

I'll Keep It with Mine

Bob Dylan

None but the Rain

Townes Van Zandt

We Live in Two Different Worlds

Hank Williams

Pretty Boy Floyd

Bob Dylan

Only Him or He

Townes Van Zandt

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Townes Van Zandt

I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Hank Williams

That's All Right, Mama

Bob Dylan

I'll Be A Bachelor 'Til I Die

Hank Williams

Rex's Blues

Townes Van Zandt

They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

Hank Williams

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

Bob Dylan