Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Jealous Guy – John Lennon (Imagine) (1)
See Rock City – Kate Campbell (The Portable) (2)
Midnight Rider – Waylon Jennings (The Ramblin’ Man) (3)
Satisfaction – Otis Redding (Stax Box) (4)
Waiting for Sara – Cheri Knight (The Knitter) (5)
If You Were a Bluebird – Joe Ely (Joe Ely) (6)
Daylight – Dillon Fence (Rosemary) (7)
Greensboro Woman – Townes Van Zandt (8)
Margaritas – Ronnie Jeffrey & Kent Newsome (Demo) (9)
People’s Parties – Joni Mitchell (Court and Spark) (10)

(1) Good song on a good record. I like some, but not all, of his solo stuff. Of course I am a Beatles fan, but I don’t have the extreme reverence for him that a lot of folks do. I think a lot of his stuff post-Yoko was lame. Sorry.

(2) Kate is currently on my friend Brad’s Compadre Records label. Compadre provides an outlet for a lot of great artists, and Kate is one of them (along with Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry). I like this song, but I like the Kentucky Headhunters song by the same name better.

(3) Decent version of a good but overplayed song by one of the fathers of the outlaw country movement. Waylon has a lot better songs and nobody does this one like the Allmans. It’s a very good album that really started the outlaw country movement.

(4) Lots of covers and similar names this week. Otis sang everything good, but again, the Stones do it better. To hear Otis at his best, try In Person at the Whisky a Go Go.

(5) I liked about two thirds of the songs made by the Blood Oranges, Cheri’s previous band. I feel the same way about her solo work. The good songs are very, very good. Some of the rock numbers feel like toss-ins. This is one of the very, very good songs on a very good album, her first solo effort.

(6) Another excellent number off of Joe Ely’s first record, released in 1977. This one and a lot of the other songs on this record became Americana classics. This remains one of my favorite Joe Ely records.

(7) I missed Dillon Fence when they were active, but I learned about them via music-related posts at ACCBoards.Com. They were/are based in Winston-Salem, NC, where I went to college.

(8) Townes has always been one of my favorite songwriters. I was fortunate enough to meet him a couple of times and he was an interesting guy to say the least. One of the magical concert moments I’ve experienced was Townes, Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson sharing the stage at Fitzgeralds back in the early nineties. This was the first TVZ record I ever bought and it’s a good one.

(9) I usually violate the Jukebox rules by skipping over my songs when they pop up. I’ll let this one slide because I had forgotten about it altogether. It’s a song I wrote about the night one of my friends met his wife. Cool people, but not one of my better songs.

(10) One of my favorite records of all time. I’ve listened to this record hundreds of time and it never gets old. Unlike many Joni Mitchell records, there’s not a bad song on it. Some so called purists have argued that it’s too pop/rock, but whatever it is, it works for me.

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Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Starting this week, I am going to add a little commentary about some of the artist, songs, albums, etc.

With Every Wish – Bruce Springsteen (Human Touch) (1)
Walk in the Sunshine – Bob Weir (Ace) (2)
Three Days Straight – Ray Wylie Hubbard (Eternal & Lowdown) (3)
Blue – Lucinda Williams (Essence) (4)
Tonight’s the Night – Neil Young (Tonight’s the Night) (5)
We Won’t Dance – Vince Gill (When I Call Your Name) (6)
Angelita – The Backsliders (Southern Lines) (7)
Already Broken – Hadacol (All in Your Head) (8)
The Hurting Business – Chuch Prophet (The Hurting Business) (9)
Bad Night at the Whiskey – The Byrds (Box Set) (10)

(1) I more or less agree with the horde of reviewers that found this album lacking by Bruce’s standards. The album Lucky Town, released at the same time, is a better bet.

(2) Really a Grateful Dead record released as a solo record as part of the Dead’s Warner Brothers record deal. A fine record with some great songs, including the best studio version of Playing in the Band, Looks Like Rain and the song Cassidy is named after.

(3) Probably my favorite song on one of my favorite Ray Wylie records. I hung out with Ray Wylie many years ago between sets at a long gone in favor of more yuppie townhouses Houston bar. He is a good guy and impressed me as a deep thinker, even though we were totally liquored up by the beginning of the third set (during which I prevailed upon him to play his awesome version of Driving Wheel 3 times in a row). It is both pleasing and not surprising that he has become one of the main voices in the Americana philosophy-in-songwriting movement.

(4) Lucinda recently completed her Nanci Griffith cycle: immense love upon discovery; loyalty through questionable changes in musical direction; frustration; abandonment. I loved her first 4 records. Car Wheels was a much anticipated disappointment. I didn’t like Essence at all. World Without Tears was better, giving me hope that she can avoid a Nanci-like fall into the abyss of artsy-fartsy self-importance.

(5) An almost perfect record by one of the greatest songwriters of our time. If I ever do a Top 25 Albums list, this one would be near the top.

(6) I’m sort of over him now, but Vince and Travis Tritt led the much needed country music resurgence of the late 1980s.

(7) Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon was better, and the live EP From Raleigh, NC (which contains Lexington Avenue, one of my favorite songs) is best. But this is a good record by the last standing member of a NC band that was once compared to Gram Parsons.

(8) Hadacol plays a good, hard-edged version of alternative country. The band is a regular on Rancho Radio.

(9) I was somewhat of a fan of Green on Red, sometimes credited as a forefather of the No Depression movement that spawned Uncle Tupelo and most of my other favorite bands. His solo work is much more mellow and introspective, but it works. This record is perhaps the least accessible of his solo records (start with Homemade Blood), but it’s still a good listen.

(10) Every band I like, every band I ever played in and every song I write is influenced in some way by The Byrds (I Know Better Now, being one example where I strived for their sound). Roger McGuinn has a blog.

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Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Storybook Endings – BR5-49 (Big Backyard Beat Show)
Canray’s Contredanse – Beausoleil (Hot Chili Mama)
The Rose of San Joaquin – Tom Russell (The Rose of San Joaquin)
Your Sweet Lovin’ – Margie Joseph (Stax Set)
My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen (Live 1975-85)
When I’m at Your House – Loudon Wainwright III (History)
Ain’t We Funky Now – Brothers Johnson (Blam!!)
Don’t Let Me Down Again – Rusty Weir (Stacked Deck)
Vulcan Death Grip – Ugly Americans (Stereophonic Spanish Fly)
Beggar’s Will – Steve Pride (Haint)

Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Hot Rod Heart – John Fogerty (Blue Moon Swamp)
Floating – Blue Rodeo (Outskirts)
Like a Mole in the Ground – 5 Chinese Bros. (Stone Soup)
Spoonful – Cream (Fresh Cream)
Bluebird – Howlin’ Wolf (The Chess Box)
Tall Trees in GA – Buffy Sainte-Marie (Im Gonna be a County Girl Again)
Grapefruit Juicy Fruit – Jimmy Buffett (A White Sport Coat…)
Couch – 15 Mary Thompsons (MP3.Com)
Coloured Rain – Traffic (Mr. Fantasy)
Ship of Fools – Grateful Dead (From the Mars Hotel)

Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

There’s a Wall in Washington – Iris Dement (The Way I Should)
Rain Dogs – Tom Waits (Rain Dogs)
Me & Your Memories – Ronnie Jeffrey & Kent Newsome (The Caution Children)
Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler – Travis Tritt (It’s All About…)
Can’t Let These Blues Go – Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials (Chicken, Gravy…)
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad – Uncle Tupelo (Cover Story)
Beyond and Before – Yes (Yes)
Airstream Bohemians – John Gorka (Between 5 and 7)
Fools Blues – Jorma Kaukonen (Too Many Years)
I Hope It Rains at My Funeral – Tom T. Hall (100 Children)

Jukebox, Uncensored

Here’s this week’s list. 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.

Poison Love – Doug Sahm (The Atlantic Sessions)
Uncloudy Day – Willie Nelson (Greatest Hits)
So You Are a Star – Hudson Brothers (Super Hits of the 70s)
Mary Brown – Dave Alvin (Blackjack David)
First Meeting – Lightnin’ Hopkins (And the Blues Summit)
Everything’s Gonna Be Allright – Drivin n Cryin (Drivin n Cryin)
The Great Compromise – John Prine (Diamonds in the Rough)
St. Tropez – Country Joe McDonald (Vanguard Years)
The Rope – Martina McBride (The Time Has Come)
Sad Lisa – Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman)

Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Blue Eyes – Gram Parsons (Safe at Home)
Hope I Never Find Me There – Traffic (Heaven is in Your Mind)
Let Momma Drive – Trailer Bride (Trailer Bride)
Black and White – Todd Rundgren (Anthology)
Autumn Leaves – Chuck Brown (Timeless)
That’s How You Know It’s Love – Deana Carter (Did I Shave…for This)
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky – The Outlaws (Ghost Riders)
Highway 49 (Alternate Take) – Howlin’ Wolf (The London Sessions)
Worlds Away – The Go-Go’s (Vacation)
Lonesome Moan – Doc and Merle Watson (Two Days in November)

Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Tyler – The Hollisters (The Land of Rhythm and Pleasure)
Country Melody – Robin and Linda Williams (Nine ’til Midnight)
Down in Her Arms – Robbie Fulks (Let’s Kill Saturday Night)
Sad Songs and Waltzes – Willie Nelson (Shotgun Willie)
Dancing Shoes – Dan Fogelberg (Nether Lands)
I Miss You – Harold Melvin (Collector’s Item)
So Long, Harry Truman – Chris Smither (It Ain’t Easy)
Chinatown Shuffle – Grateful Dead (Steppin’ Out)
Hilltop – Map of Wyoming (Trouble Is)
Gotta Have Tenderness – Glen Campbell (Galveston)

Jukebox, Uncensored

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.

Boy from Tupelo – Emmylou Harris (Red Dirt Girl)
Snake Mountain Blues – Townes Van Zandt (Live & Obscure)
This Town – The Go Go’s (Beauty and the Beast)
Everybody Needs Love – John Holt (70 Oz. of Reggae)
Devil in a Sleeping Bag – Willie Nelson (Shotgun Willie)
Metal Firecracker – Lucinda Williams (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road)
Sangria Wine (Live) – Jerry Jeff Walker (Brewed in Texas)
Lullaby – Loudon Wainwright III (Attempted Mustache)
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band (The Band)
Little Misguided – Newboys (Newboys)

Jukebox, Uncensored

Ed Bott and some other people I enjoy reading do this once in a while. 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.

I have a lot of (wildly different) songs. Here we go…

1) Ryan Adams- Anybody Wanna Take Me Home (Rock N Roll)
2) Miracle Legion- Maybelline (Drenched)
3) Travis Tritt- Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man (T-R-O-U-B-L-E)
4) CSN&Y- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (4 Way Street)
5) Bob Dylan- You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Blood on the Tracks)
6) Jerry Jeff Walker- The Ballad of the Hulk (Mr. Bojangles)
7) Nadine- So That I Don’t Miss You (Downtown, Saturday)
8) Pinetop Seven- Ten Thousand to Carlisle Came (Bringing Home the Last Great Strike)
9) Doug Sahm- Son of Bill Baety (Together After Five)
10) Lightnin’ Hopkins- Woman Woman (Complete Aladdin Recordings)

I could have done worse. There are actually Partridge Family songs in there somewhere.