YouTube has slowly but surely become the best music repository on the web. Whenever I want to hear a song, YouTube is the first place I search. This is especially true for live performances and older, harder to find songs.
Like classic soul.
Fortunately for the rest of us, there are people who find and curate wonderful channels full of good music. My favorite is Soulhawk. He/she has a vast and carefully assembled collection of classic soul music, much of which would otherwise remain in obscurity. It is not unreasonable to declare Soulhawk’s YouTube channel an audio museum full of priceless treasures.
I have always loved great covers of great songs (I have an entire Spotify playlist mostly consisting of great cover songs), and I’ve always loved the Grateful Dead (my oldest is named after a Grateful Dead song). Here’s a beautiful combination of the two.
Tom Freund, formerly of The Silos (a great band, at least at one time) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the U.S. Freund met Ben Harper when he was attending Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In 1992 the duo released an album, Pleasure and Pain. Later, he joined The Silos as their bassist, and moved to Austin, Texas. Yep, Texas.
Tom has several records available at Amazon.
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One of the many standouts on the Accept No Substitute album, this excellent Dr. John-written ballad was brought to Delaney & Bonnie by co-producer Leon Russell. Lyrically, the song proved to be somewhat prophetic, given the material and professional problems between Bonnie and Delaney Bramlett. The music is a mixture of funk, rock, and gospel, and moves with a wonderful grace and effortlessness. (via AllMusic)
Delaney & Bonnie and Friends was a very interesting and eclectic band, whose members included, at different times, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and Eric Clapton. That’s a pretty deep roster.
The song was featured in The Sopranos episode Mergers and Acquisitions.
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Far too many genre-bending artists from the 50′s and 60′s have been vastly under-appreciated by the post-MTV (as in when there was M in MTV) generation. One of them is the guy who wrote “The Twist,” among many other great songs.
Hank Ballard (November 18, 1927 – March 2, 2003), born John Henry Kendricks, was a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, the lead vocalist of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and one of the first rock ‘n’ roll artists to emerge in the early 1950s. He played an integral part in the development of the genre, releasing the hit singles “Work With Me, Annie” and answer songs “Annie Had a Baby” and “Annie’s Aunt Fannie.” He later wrote and recorded “The Twist,” which spread the popularity of the dance and was notably covered by Chubby Checker. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Hank Ballard recorded a lot of great songs, but my favorite, and one of my all-time favorite songs, is “I’m Gonna Miss You.”
His cousin was another artist of note- Florence Ballard of The Supremes.
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For Valentine’s Day, the most wistful song I’ve ever heard (and I’ve heard a lot of songs).
If you can get through this dry-eyed, you’re a harder-hearted cat than me. The second verse might be the most beautiful words I’ve ever heard.
Enjoy. Valentine’s is no time for hard-hearted cats.
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At the risk of sounding like my parents, to my kids who think good music is the big-media-created, studio-enhanced drivel that pollutes their iPhones, I say this.
That is music, friends.
Lindi Ortega. Happily discovered via Twang Nation.
Somehow I missed this record when it came out, but my goodness do I love this song. The Duke and the King – Shaky.
“Shaky makes me all so shaky mama
C’mon wake me up
We go dancing however you wanna
‘Cause we were just babies
The Jackson 5 grew up so fast
C’mon baby, just come and shake that country a**”
This song will be heard often at Rancho DeNada this week.
I am re-watching the entire original Dark Shadows series as treadmill fare. I’ve watched it twice before, once as a kid when it was on the air and once when it was on the Sci-Fi Channel back in the nineties. It’s good stuff.
I have been struck this time by the complete lack in the series of any cultural references from the era. It was mostly set in the late 60s to early 7os. Other than an occasional reference to seeing an (unnamed) movie, there are virtually no references to music, film or television. In fact, I can only recall seeing a television in one scene. A woman’s boarding house room as she was terrorized by John Yaeger.
As a result, I’ve watched closely for any intentional or unintentional cultural references. I noticed a cardboard animal in David Collins’ room that said “Chicken Little was Right.” A google search didn’t turn up anything interesting. There are some interesting posters in David Collins’s room, but until today there was never a close enough shot to see what they were.
There was a scene where I could read this poster. It says Aug 29 – Sept 3. I gave google a shot, and much to my surprise and delight it turns out TO BE A CREAM POSTER!!!
Specifically, a Fillmore poster for Cream’s Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 1967 shows with the Electric Flag and the Gary Burton Quartet.
How awesome is that?
A close look shows that they removed the references to the bands and the Fillmore, but it is clearly the same poster.
There’s another Cream poster in David’s room too.
This one from Cream’s Aug. 22-27, 1967 shows with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the South Side Sound System.
Probably 75% of the music I listen to was recorded over 20 years ago. As a result, one of the issues I face is artist fatigue. One example- I used to love Creedence Clearwater Revival, but their catalog is relatively small and I am sick and tired of most of their songs.
But not all of them. There are some that still rock. Like this.
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I really like good covers of good songs. I have a large (and excellent) Spotify playlist centered around cover songs.
So when I saw someone with the Grateful Dead say that this was possibly the best Friend of the Devil cover they’d ever heard, I stopped in my tracks for a listen.
This may be the first time I’ve talked about I See Hawks in L.A. But it won’t be the last time. That is one great cover. Here’s their web site.