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.
(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.