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.
Reunion – Jimmie Dale Gilmore (Spinning Around the Sun) (1)
Why You Been Gone So Long – Micky Newbury (Heaven Help the Child) (2)
Don’t Break No Hearts – Steeplejack (Kitchen Radio) (3)
The Weight – The Staple Singers (Best of) (4)
Circle – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (Shooting Rubberbands…) (5)
She’s Got a Future in Movies – Doug Stone (From the Heart) (6)
Love in Vain – The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed) (7)
Virgo Clowns – Van Morrison (His Band & the Street Choir) (8)
Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down – Elvis Costello (Almost Blue) (9)
Going to New York – Jimmy Reed (The Very Best of) (10)
(1) A good song from one of the original Texas masters. Probably my favorite song on my least favorite of his records. Start with After Awhile or, if you want to hear real country music, Fair and Square.
(2) A straight country number off a 1973 record by one of the best, but most under-appreciated, songwriters ever. Micky was a friend of mine, but I can say without the slightest fear of bias that every one of his records from the 70s is a masterpiece. But for how messed up the music industry has become, Micky’s records would all be platnium.
(3) Steeplejack’s 1996 Kitchen Radio is one of my favorite alt. country records. It rocks when it needs to rock and it’s wistful when it needs to be. This is a mid-tempo number with a bite.
(4) They do a very fine, soulful cover of a great song written by Robbie Robertson and made popular by The Band.
(5) I thought Edie was going to be a superstar after I heard this record and saw the band live at Numbers in 1989. This is one of my favorite songs on the record. Their second record was not as good, so she married Paul Simon.
(6) Good straight ahead country song by one of the guys who briefly made country music country again back in the late 80s.
(7) The Stones have always done great blues songs, and this cover of the Robert Johnson song is one of them. A great album that suffered a little by following one of the greatest albums- Beggars Banquet. The albums the Stones did from 1968-72 are simply some of the greatest music ever made.
(8) I like Astral Weeks and Moondance Better, but this is still a fine album. Virgo Clowns is an acoustic, spiritual love song that would have fit well on Moondance or Tupelo Honey.
(9) A great Merle Haggard cover off of one of the best country records ever made. If you have any interest in good country music, you simply have to own this record.
(10) Jimmy Reed rocks. A classic blues number.