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.