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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. I like to add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits (The Heart of Saturday Night) (1)

Everything’s Gone – The Mertons (Girandole) (2)

Hunting High and Low – A-Ha (Hunting High and Low) (3)

Green Apple Quick Step – The Byrds (Byrdmaniax) (4)

Honky Tonk Baby – Highway 101 (Bing Bang Boom) (5)

I’d Rather Drink Muddy Water – Johnnie Taylor (Who’s Making Love) (6)

It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown (Star Time) (7)

Southern Loving – Jim Ed Brown (The Essential) (8)

Old Joe – Guess Who (Canned Wheat) (9)

Sweet Thing – David Bowie (Diamond Dogs) (10)

(1) My pal G-Man and I went through a phase where we listed to nothing but Tom Waits. This is a great song from a great record.

(2) This record has come up before. Great driving alternative country. A must-buy for alt. country fans.

(3) People sometimes sell the 80’s short musically, and that’s a mistake. The alternative rock, particularly coming out of the UK, back then was pretty amazing. Beautiful song.

(4) An often overlooked Byrds record from 1971. This is a good an instrumental romp as you’re going to find.

(5) This is the lesser version of the once great band, after the wonderful Paulette Carlson left. Good workman like country music, but not a good as the prior records.

(6) A fine song from a great record by the seond best soul singer ever. Yes, ever.

(7) A fine song from a box set by the best soul singer ever. Yes, ever. I make my kids listen to The Godfather at least once a month. They have to appreciate.

(8) Normally I just play Pop a Top over and over, but this is another good song by a country legend.

(9) The Guess Who made some fantastic records, including this gem from 1969. You’ve heard their hits, but their records have a ton of great songs you’ve never heard. One of my favorite all-time bands.

(10) By far the best David Bowie record. I love this song and I love this record. It’s a masterpiece. Haunting. Rent 1984, put it on the DVD and mute it, put this record on.

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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. I like to add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

First Days of Fall – Tim O’Brien (When No One’s Around) (1)
Just this Morning – The Silos (Cuba) (2)
Seminole Jail – Rusty Wier (Rusty Wier) (3)
You Win Again – Grateful Dead (Europe ’72) (4)
Broken Hearted People – Guy Clark (Texas Cookin’) (5)
I Love You So Much It Hurts – John Prine (Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings) (6)
China Grove – The Doobie Brothers (The Captain and Me) (7)
Midnight and Lonesome – Buddy Miller (Midnight and Lonesome) (8)
Pet Sounds – Beach Boys (Pet Sounds) (9)
Jemima James – Phill Lee (You Should Have Known Me Then) (10)

(1) One of the best songs on Tim’s best record. Great singing and great playing.

(2) An OK song on a very good record.

(3) Fine song off of a very hard to find record.

(4) A great song off of the Grateful Dead record that I listen to more than any other.

(5) Good song off one of my favorite Guy Clark records.

(6) Not one of my favorite songs off the record containing my favorite John Prine song, Lake Marie.

(7) Simply one of the main songs on the soundtrack to my youth. As good as it gets.

(8) A great song by one of the best real country singers working today.

(9) The instrumental title track to one of my all-time favorite records. This record is a must-own.

(10) I’ve raved about Phil Lee here many times. This is not one of my favorites, but it’s pretty good and it’s on a great record.

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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

Fall – Chris Mills (Kiss It Goodbye) (1)
All I Need – 5 Chinese Brothers (Singer Songwriter…) (2)
Walkin’ and Talkin’ – Marshall Tucker Band (Searchin’ for a Rainbow) (3)
Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me – The Tams (The Best of) (4)
Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed) (5)
Bring the Monster Inside – Willard Grant Conspiracy (Flying Low) 6)
Blue From Death – Nicolai Dunger (Soul Rush) (7)
Devil in Disguise – Emmylou Harris (Last Date) (8)
Spoonful – Cream (Fresh Cream) (9)
Sugar Babe – Jonathan Edwards (Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy (10)

(1) I love Chris Mills. He does rocking, rootsy music that really speaks to me. Fall is about as good as a song can be. Period. In fact, this may be, at the moment, the best alt. country song ever.

(2) Nice Woody Guthrie tribute off of one of my Top 50.

(3) Nice swing number from some guys I knew growing up back in SC. Tommy Caldwell was a mighty good golfer as well as a fine bass player. This record was probably their best- anchored by an awesome live version of Can’t You See.

(4) I saw the Tams a million times at and around Ocean Drive back in the day. I still cherish the images of drinking a cold beer at Zack’s while listening to beach music. Good stuff.

(5) Nothing needs to be said about this song, but I’ll say it anyway. One of the best songs off one of the best records ever.

(6) They’ve been around for a while, but I only discovered them a year or so ago. Sort of roots meets haunting lo-fi. Quiet, yet chock full of music.

(7) I bought this record because of the comparisons to Astral Weeks. Not that good, but good. I can hear some early Van in this song for sure.

(8) Emmylou doing Gram live. Wonderful stuff.

(9) Willie Dixon blues classic from very first Cream record. The best song on the record.

(10) This is one of those records I’ve had all my life. First on LP, now on CD. Great hippie/country sound with some excellent playing. This is one of a small rotation of records that played in both my children’s rooms at bedtime when they were babies. It is one of my building blocks of great music. I can’t recommend this record highly enough.

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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

Maman Rosin – Beausoleil (Vintage Beausoleil) (1)
Papa Gene’s Blues – The Buckets (N/A) (2)
Let’s Live Together – Robbie Fulks (Country Love Songs) (3)
Moonrise – Charles Brown (The Classic Early Recordings) (4)
Boot-Leg – Booker T. and the MGs (Stax Set) (5)
4th of July, Asbury Park – Bruce Springsteen (The Wild, the Innocent…) (6)
Bungle in the Jungle – Jethro Tull (War Child) (7)
Standin’ – Townes Van Zandt (High, Low and in Between) (8)
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (In Chicago 1969) (9)
One of a Kind – Moe Bandy (Honky Tonk Amnesia) (10)

(1) I rember going to hear Beausoleil at the Bon Ton Room back in the eighties. I also saw them at the Festival Acadians in Lafayette, Louisiana in 2003. Great cajun band- a little better live than on record.

(2) My friend Ray sent me some MP3s a couple of years ago. They were supposed to go on his band, The Buckets, second album. Their first record is available from Amazon. Unfortunately, the second one never got made. Another great alt. country, slightly Byrds-like song, from one of my favorite songwriters.

(3) An original that sounds like a classic country number from his first record. I like most of his songs, including this one. Some of his satirical, trying to be funny, songs miss the mark a little with me. But at least half the songs off of any of his records will be excellent.

(4) Charles Brown is one of my favorite piano players, behind my all-time favorite Otis Spann. This is an old, old song and it sounds like it. But even your grandfather’s Charles Brown is good stuff.

(5) Booker T. rocks on a lot of stuff, including this one. Folks that only know him from Green Onions should check out more of his stuff. Funky, funky, funky.

(6) I just wrote about this record as a part of my Favorite Records series. Great folky, funky sound.

(7) I really like Jethro Tull. Raina says they were by far the worst concert (out of many) that I’ve drug her to. This one, while a little tired from too much airplay on the classic rock stations, has everything that makes them a fine band.

(8) I bought every one of his records, until he died and people started repackaging and rereleasing records that may or may not be previously unheard stuff. High, Low and in Between was the second Townes record I bought, and its a good one. This one gets lost in the shuffle among the many excellent songs on this record, but it shouldn’t because it’s a fine song.

(9) Most people don’t realize that before they became a gigantic rock band, they were an awesome blues band lead by the great Peter Green. Well they were and this record is proof of that. Recorded with blues legends like Otis Spann and Willie Dixon. One of my top 10 blues records of all-time.

(10) I grew up listening to country music before it became the regurgitated pop music that it is now. This is a great cheatin’, drinking, honky tonker that makes me remember why I love country music.

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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

Secret Dan – The Name Droppers (Across the Great Divide) (1)
Hills of Tuscany – Bill Morrissey (You’ll Never Get to Heaven) (2)
Frank’s Theme – Tom Waits (Frank’s Wild Years) (3)
Howling at Trouble – Richard Shindell (Sparrows Point) (4)
One by One – Billy Bragg & Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) (5)
One Thing in Mind – Amy Allison (Sad Girl) (6)
Ballad of Easy Rider – The Byrds (Ballad of Easy Rider) (7)
Fallin’ Out – Robert Earl Keen (Gravitational Forces) (8)
Get Outta Here – Robert Cage (Can See What You’re Doing) (9)
For the Pleasure of You – Lloyd Cage (Bad Vibes) (10)

(1) A good song off of the Jo Carol Pierce tribute album. I don’t know anything about the band- it may be a one-off deal by some other people, but the song is pretty Good stuff. funny.

(2) I don’t like this record nearly as much as I do his first four, but this song sounds pretty good now. Maybe I should give that record another listen.

(3) Similarly, here is a song off of a transitional record from Tom Waits- the transition from his excellent work up to and including Heart Attack and Vine to his virtually unlistenable work beginning with Bone Machine. Not a bad record, but start with Nighthawks at the Diner.

(4) One of the many excellent songs off of the same record as the first song on the current RanchoCast podcast. Excellent song, excellent record. Buy it now.

(5) Great song off the Woody Guthrie songfest. This is a fine alt. country song.

(6) Mose Allison’s daughter’s voice is somewhat of an acquired taste, but she writes sad twangy songs, which are my favorite. I really like this song.

(7) As I’ve said before, no band (even my beloved Allman Brothers) influenced me as a songwriter and musician as much as The Byrds. This very mellow folk number is my favorite song on the record.

(8) Robert Earl Keen shows why he is the King of Americana. A fine song on a fine record. There are a lot of folks who try to sound like him, but very few who can write a song like him. The real deal.

(9) Robert Cage rocks, period. If you (like me) dig Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside and authentic blues, this is a guy you should check out.

(10) So You’d Like to Save the World is the song to start with on this record, but this is a good, stripped down alternative pop song. Part of the album is sort of British rootsy and part of it rocks.

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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

That’s the Day – Dale Watson (Cheatin’ Heart Attack) (1)
Union Square – Tom Waits (Rain Dogs) (2)
Cowboy Romance – Natalie Merchant (Tigerlily) (3)
One Good Year – Said Cleaves (Broke Down) (4)
Makin’ It Natural – Dr. Hook (Doctor Hook) (5)
What You Want – The Mertons (Girandole) (6)
End of the Party – The English Beat (Special Beat Service) (7)
Night Riders Lament – Jerry Jeff Walker (Ridin’ High) (8)
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ – Allman Brothers (Idlewild South) (9)
Girl About a Song – Jonathan Gregg (Blue on Blonde) (10)

(1) Dale makes good, real country music that sounds like the stuff I heard on the radio as a kid. There’s nothing particularly notable about this song, but I’m real happy there are people who still make this kind of music.

(2) My buddy G-Man and I went through a phase back in the late 80s during which we listened to Tom Waits almost exclusively. I love his great songwriting and his ragged howl. This is a fine example of both off of a great album. Sadly, that howl became more and more unintelligible over the years until it turned into just noise sometime in the 90s. I don’t buy his new records, but I love his old ones.

(3) I run sort of hot and cold on Natalie. Just when I decide her songs are too generic, I hear one like this one that’s so wonderfully wistful. This is a fine song that is going onto my current MP3 CD so I can listen to it in my truck.

(4) Slaid makes good, melodic Americana music. This is a mighty fine song about trying to get your stuff together. In one way or another, that’s what we’re all doing.

(5) I have always liked Dr. Hook. After the famous Cover of the Rolling Stone, this is probably my favorite Dr. Hook song. Because of the drug-related content, I won’t play this one for my kids. But it’s a clever and funny song.

(6) The Mertons are exactly the kind of band that makes alternative country (which is a little more ragged and rock influenced that Americana) my favorite musical genre. This is absolutely one of my favorite records and will certainly end up on my Top 50 list. Highly recommended.

(7) I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard this song- the one that really turned me on to new wave music. This is one beautiful song that I will always associate with my discovery of a lot of fantastic new wave bands back in the 80s.

(8) A fine song off of one of JJW’s two great records from 1976. He was a little rougher back then- more of an outlaw than an Americana statesman. My favorite JJW record is the much overlooked A Good Night for Singin’ from that same year.

(9) A funky guitar driven romp off of one of the best albums by the greatest rock and roll band of all time. This song rocks in a way that simply didn’t exist pre-Allmans. If you can listen to this song and sit still, you better check your pulse.

(10) I can’t recall how I found out about Jonathan Gregg, but this is the best song on a fine album.

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Jukebox, Annotated

You know the drill. Open up your jukebox of choice, point the shuffle feature to your entire library of songs and list, without exception, the first 10 or so songs that play. Each week, I add a little commentary about some of the artists, songs, albums, etc.

Truck Driving Woman – Norma Jean (The Best of) (1)
Sail on Sailor – The Beach Boys (30 Years Box Set) (2)
I Thought You Loved Me – Tractor Kings (Sunday Night) (3)
Serengetti – Grateful Dead (Shakedown Street) (4)
Ringling, Ringling – Jimmy Buffett (Living and Dying in 3/4 Time) (5)
Brady’s Leap – Moonshine Willy (Bold Displays of Imperfection) (6)
Do You Fancy Me – Tarnation (Gentle Creatures) (7)
Snowblind Friend – Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf 7) (8)
King of Birds – REM (Document) (9)
The Moon is Down – John Prine (Fair & Square) (10)

(1) Porter Wagoner’s early duet partner never got the credit she deserved, but she made a lot of good, traditional country records. This is a good, old fashioned country song.

(2) Everyone has at least a few Beach Boys records. They made some amazing music. This is a mighty fine song.

(3) Good alt-country, neo-psychedelia song off of their first record.

(4) I shouldn’t admit this since I had two brief stints as a drummer, but I’m just not all that crazy about drum solos- sorry. But as they go, this is a good one. I really like this album.

(5) One of the best songs on his great 1974 record. Come Monday gets all the run, but there are 7 or so better songs on this record, including my all-time favorite- Spider John (a great cover of a Willis Alan Ramsey song).

(6) Alt. Country with a bit of a punk/bluegrass vibe. I like the band OK. This is not one of the better songs on the record.

(7) Paula Frazier has one of the best voices I have ever heard. Period. This is a great song (the strings really add to the sad vibe) on a great album.

(8) I have been a Steppenwolf fan since the first time I heard them. Unlike many of its comtemporaries, the cuts on Steppenwolf albums are almost always universally strong. This is about as country as Steppenwolf gets.

(9) REM is a great band and this song is one of my favorite REM songs. I have no idea what it is about, but like many REM songs I hear messages in it every time I listen to it. A 10+ on anyone’s scale.

(10) I like this new record a lot- it’s classic John Prine, plugged in a little. This is a classic, wistful, grey Prine song.

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