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.
Sailor – Molly Hatchet (Beatin’ the Odds) (1)
Roy’s Bluz – Roy Buchanan (Live Stock) (2)
Handsome Molly – Bill Morrissey (A Collection of New Folk Artists) (3)
Soothe Me – Charles Brown (The Classic Earliest Recordings) (4)
All You Are Love – The Flatlanders (Now Again) (5)
Carry You Down – Son Volt (Wide Swing Tremolo) (6)
Where You Been – T-Model Ford (Pee-Wee get My Gun) (7)
Looking at the Rain – Gordon Lightfoot (Don Quixote) (8)
Cowboy – The Sugarcubes (Life’s too Good) (9)
Linger – Pinetops (Above Ground and Vertical) (10)
(1) The under-appreciated Jacksonville 3-guitar southern rock band’s third record, but the first without original vocalist Danny Joe Brown. A good song on a good record, but their first two records rock harder and better. I saw these guys in 1980 and they rocked the house.
(2) This is a great live record by a great, but often overlooked guitarist. This is the best song on the record and demonstrates why Roy was called “The Greatest Unknown Guitarist In The World.”
(3) It was this song on this compilation that turned me onto Bill Morrissey who for a number of years was my favorite songwriter. After hearing this song, I bought all three of his then-released records. This one is on Standing Eight, but both of his prior records, Bill Morrissey and North, are also excellent. The following one, Inside, is also excellent. His subsequent records don’t match up to the excellence of his first four. He hasn’t released a record since 2001, so I hope he’s due for another great one. I’ve seen him several times and he’s always good live.
(4) I really love blues piano, and Charles Brown along with Otis Spann and a few others hold a special place in my music collection. This song is a very old one and I tend to like his later stuff a little better. Still, it is a good song by a great piano player.
(5) Like everyone else, I have always loved their famous first album. This is a new one, released in 2002. This is a fairly straight forward love song by Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and not one of my favorites. But any band with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock is worth hearing. If you’re looking to get into The Flatlanders, start with More a Legend than a Band, released in 1972 and rereleased in 1990 with some extra tracks.
(6) Granted, I like this record substantially less than their first two records, but it’s still pretty good. This is a mellow little number. Nothing spectacular, but worth a listen. Jay Farrar and some new bandmates have released a new record and, while I haven’t heard it yet, it’s getting some good reviews.
(7) Fine song off a fine record by a North Mississippi blues legend. Now that R.L. Burnside has joined Junior Kimbrough and Asie Payton in the juke joint in the sky, T-Model is one of the last of the Mississippi kings. This is hard, raw, bare blues. And it rocks.
(8) Nice cut off of a 1972 record by the Canadian who wrote what I consider to be one of the best and most musically and lyrically strong songs ever written: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. This is a pretty good song. A little mellow, but that’s not always a bad thing.
(9) I don’t like this song much. For a brief period in the late 80’s I was captivated by Bjork’s voice, but this is a crappy song on an album that, for me, has not aged well at all.
(10) Great song off of a wistful alt. country record. This is mellow done correctly. I highly recommend this song and this record. Good stuff.