Thin Lizzy is an often forgotten true rock and roll artist. Sure we all know the song “The Boys are Back in Town” and you may even know that it’s a Thin Lizzy song, but that’s probably it. “Cowboy Song” is a great song with rockin’ guitar lines. Enjoy!
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Whether it’s Rock, Folk, Soul, or Early Modern English carols, Jeff Buckley can do it all very well. Having drowned at age 30, he only released one official studio album, Grace, although there have been several posthumous releases from an unfinished album and some demos.
“I Want Someone Badly” was released on the Legacy Edition of Grace in 2004.
Well, once again the holidays are upon us! It’s Monday now, but it’ll be Thursday before you know it, and I’m sure that America’s turkeys are quaking in their adorable little three-toed boots as Thanksgiving rapidly approaches.
For this weeks song picks, I thought I’d get into the holiday spirit with songs that I, personally am thankful for. “Keep On Growing” is easily in my top five favorite songs ever, and it’s one of those rare gems that just seems to get better and better and better the more you listen to it. A standout song on an album of standout songs (Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs-don’t own it? Beg, borrow, or steal a copy, there’s a reason it’s a classic), this tune smacks you right in the face with a totally unassailable groove and a glorious, heavenly wash of guitars that force you to get down to it and ROCK. Enough talk, hit play and love it!
And now for something completely different…
The best thing about doing this is that not only do I get to share awesome music with a bunch of wonderful people (you’re all wonderful!), but sometimes I get to find out new music myself! I started out with the intention of writing about a totally different song also called “Fox On The Run”, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, I stumbled upon this catchy gem! Manfred Mann recorded this in 1968, but the over time his version has been forgotten and “Fox On The Run” has become a bluegrass staple. I think they’re both great, (seriously, I’ve been listening to both of them one after another, over and over again, for about forty minutes now) that’s why I’ve included the Manfred Mann version as well as a bluegrass cover (Tom T. Hall, in this case).
The video for the Tom T. Hall version is…kind of amazing. Somewhere, someone heard this song and said “You know what? I kind of see this being sung by a overweight duck named Yu Yo who wears a sort of pirate outfit. Yeah, that’s the stuff!” The song is great on its own, but the video takes it to an entirely different level.
“Take a glass of wine, and fortify your soul.”
Oh my goodness, how I love this woman! Sister Rosetta was doing amazing things with an electric guitar almost before anyone knew what one was. She was a masterful performer and-as you can see here-an absolute joy to watch onstage. Ahead of her time, she mixed gospel and secular music years before Ray Charles, and played incendiary rock and roll guitar solos long before anyone had even considered approaching music that way. Enough talk, take a trip to heaven with Sister Rosetta!
“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all”.
If that’s not what the blues are about, then I don’t know what is.
This was Albert King’s most famous song, and it’s been covered by loads of folks (as well as recorded many, many times by King himself), so chances are you’ve heard it somewhere before, but this version-which I had never heard until I found it for this post-has a neat New Orleans funky feel to it. Even with the cool groove and the background singers in this Allen Toussaint arrangement, King (the “Velvet Bulldozer”) still totally rips the solos, bending the notes this way and that, foreshadowing Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and countless others. Enjoy!
If you were one of those lucky few in Atlantic City for Phish this past weekend, you got to hear Little Feat’s ‘Waiting For Columbus’-one of my all-time favorite albums-performed by one of my favorite bands. Alas, I wasn’t there (I had a ticket but the aforementioned move to Texas prevented me from attending). I sold my ticket, and I like to think that even though I missed the show, maybe whoever took my place was more deserving.
After all, I already know and love Little Feat, but maybe the person who took my ticket didn’t. And maybe, just maybe, they loved it. And maybe they went out when they got back from the show and they bought their own copy of “Waiting For Columbus”, and they sat at home and soaked in the laid-back, swampy funky soulful slinky groove that is Little Feat. Maybe they found that Lowell George wasn’t just singing to anyone, he was singing RIGHT TO THEM. Maybe they felt they had discovered something amazing, something they couldn’t believe they’d lived without for so long, something that filled every little empty musical niche in their lives, and they went out and bought even more Little Feat albums, and soon they’ll have so many that they lend them to their friends, and the process starts all over, and before you know it, everyone in America is finally listening to Little Feat.
Wouldn’t that be great?
Here’s Rock ‘n Roll Doctor, a very deceptive song in that it grooves and is very danceable, but upon closer inspection is very rhythmically dense, changing time signatures almost every measure and never ever settling on a consistent meter. It’s part of Little Feat’s genius that they make something so very very difficult sound so easy and smooth.
We have a very special gift for everyone today – the first Daily Song Fix exclusive release.
“Recorded in the Oakland hills in spring 2010, Everybody’s Arms is the first studio release of material from Big Universe. The lyrics are loosely centered around a search for ones “home”. Not necessarily a physical place, but a moment we feel a deep sense of inner peace. A reflective journey through life and love leads us to simple conclusion – Home is in the arms of the one you have always loved.
Since the release, the band has been in deep developmental mode working extensively on the vision and sound of Big Universe. Refining their live performance in the Mission District of San Francisco and recording in Sebastopol, Ca in the summer and fall, Big Universe expects to release their EP in early 2011.” – Greg Chapman of Big Universe