Having a hard time staying away...

There are too many great new records that need to be written about.

I have been logging a bunch of windshield time these days listening to two CDs:  Acoustic Classics by Richard Thompson and Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone by Lucinda Williams.

Acoustic Classics has me completely mesmerized.  As you know, I believe that the two essential ingredients for a great record are songwriting and vocals.  When those two elements are present, everything else falls into place.  So, on this record, Richard Thompson records new versions of some of his finest tunes accompanied only by his acoustic guitar.

As I listen to the first few tracks, I become enveloped in the stripped down renditions of classics like Walking On A Wire and Wall Of Death.  They bring me back to nights in Bay Ridge and caution me to "beware of the bearded lady."

But with each track, I get more deeply entranced.  1952 Vincent Black Lightning gives me chills.  When James hands the keys to Red Molly on his death bed, and he raises his voice as the angels carry him home, I am moved to tears.  It is that beautiful.

Then there is the master guitar work.  I listed to Valerie, over and over, louder and louder.  It drives me mad.

This is an essential record.

I am also crazy about the new double album by Lucinda Williams.  Her voice cuts me open.  The songwriting is stellar.  I am particularly drawn to the song West Memphis.  I dig how the lyrics talk about doing your own thing and saying "fuck off" to everyone else.  Her vocals are saucy and there is a swampy guitar tone - that pervades the entire record - that I just can't get enough of.

I've also been digging a bunch of garage type tunes like For The Feel by Bleached and High Tide Low Tide by The Vaselines, a cool tune Macy Gray song called Stoned, and Mama Was Right by British reggae cats Mungo's Hi Fi.

Hope you are all well.  I miss you.  I'm starting to get my mojo back.  A couple of appearances with Jack Yoder in Denver got me going.  Now I am playing everyday.  Big Boi and Little Taco seem to be digging my cover of Somebody Got Murdered by The Clash.  Let's see where this all leads...


  1. Yah Hoo! It is truly great to see you back in the saddle, so to say. There is too much really good music that just doesn't get properly commented, and you provide the best for this music. Thanks for finding your Mojo again.


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