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.

I’ve Got a Feeling – Ollie and the Nightingales (Stax Set) (1)
Hey Driver – Dale Watson (I Hate These Songs) (2)
Doobie Wah – Peter Frampton (Comes Alive) (3)
Laurentian Divide – Bellwether (Turnstiles) (4)
It’s Only Me – Todd Thibaud (Little Mystery) (5)
My First, My Last… – Barry White (Can’t Get Enough) (6)
I’m Troubled – Gourds (Shinebox) (7)
Mission District – Pinetop Seven (Bring Home the Last Great Strike) (8)
What a Nice Surprise – The Vidalias (Stayin’ in the Doghouse) (9)
A Little Italy Rag – The Amazing Rhythm Aces (Too Stuffed to Jump) (10)

(1) I don’t know much about this Memphis soul act, but it’s a good song from a great box set. Motown gets all the run, but Stax had some great acts and put out some fine music.

(2) Fine song by a guy who remains true to his throwback honky tonk roots.

(3) There are two double LP live records that served as the soundtrack for my teenage years, The Allmans’ At Fillmore East and this one. Frampton sort of fell out of favor over the years, but this remains an excellent record. Not quite of par with Fillmore, which along with the Dead’s Europe ’72, is the best live record ever made, but it still sounds real good.

(4) A slow moving, harmonica led groove by one of the many great bands from Minneapolis. Alt. Country doesn’t get much better than this.

(5) Good song off a good record by former Courage Brothers frontman. Great playing, great songs. I really enjoy this record.

(6) Barry and Teddy Pendergrass defined sexy soul music in the 70s.

(7) Austin’s best kept secret play a quirky (to quote allmusic.com) brand of honky tonk music. This album also has the one of the most amazing covers ever, a honked up version of Snoop Dog’s Gin and Juice.

(8) This fine inde/alt. country band formed at Vanderbilt University (where I went to law school) in the early nineties. Very eclectic mix of genres, but it really works. If you’ve never heard these guys, check them out.

(9) After I heard a song on the internet somewhere, I bought both of this Atlanta alt. country band’s records. They are both very good. This is a neo-country number that sounds like a cross between Dwight Yoakam and Jimmy Dale Gilmore. Good stuff.

(10) I’m a big fan of the Aces. This is not one of my favorites, but I have and enjoy every one of their records. Start with Full House, Aces High if you can find it.

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