Category: Folk

J.D. Souther “Natural History” .. Today’s ‘Cool Album of the Day’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#791 in the Series) is J.D. Souther, Natural History                 888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Track Listing Go Ahead and Rain (John David Souther) 3:29 Faithless Love (John David Souther) 4:07 You’re Only Lonely (John David Souther) 4:07 The Sad Café (Frey / Henley / Souther / Walsh) 4:50 Silver Blue (John David Souther) 3:57 New Kid in Town (Frey / Henley / Souther) 5:26 I’ll Take Care of You (John David Souther) 2:25 Little Victories (John David Souther ) 4:37 Prisoner in Disguise (John David Souther) 3:47 Best of My Love (Frey / Henley /Souther) 4:34 I’ll Be Here at Closing Time (John David Souther) 3:50 Personnel J....

Suzanne Vega “Suzanne Vega” .. Today’s “Cool Album of the Day”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#7xx in the Series) is Suzanne Vega                   888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Track listing All songs written by Suzanne Vega. “Cracking” – 2:49 “Freeze Tag” – 2:36 “Marlene on the Wall” – 3:40 “Small Blue Thing” – 3:54 “Straight Lines” – 3:49 “Undertow” – 3:26 “Some Journey” – 3:38 “The Queen and the Soldier” – 4:48 “Knight Moves” – 3:36 “Neighborhood Girls” – 3:21 Personnel Suzanne Vega — vocals, acoustic guitar Steve Addabbo — background vocals, synclavier guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, electric guitar Darol Anger — electric violin Frank Christian — acoustic guitar, electric slide guitar Paul Dugan — bass , vertical bass Sue Evans — drums,...

John Prine “Fair and Square” .. Today’s “Cool Album of the Day”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#62x in the Series) is John Prine, Fair and Square                   888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Track listing All tracks composed by John Prine, except where indicated: “Glory of True Love” (Prine, Roger Cook) – 4:12 “Crazy as a Loon” (Prine, Pat McLaughlin) – 5:03 “Long Monday” (Prine, Keith Sykes) – 3:22 “Taking a Walk” (Prine, McLaughlin) – 6:09 “Some Humans Ain’t Human” – 7:03 “My Darlin’ Hometown” (Prine, Roger Cook) – 3:14 “Morning Train” (Prine, McLaughlin) – 4:02 “The Moon Is Down” – 3:47 “Clay Pigeons” (Blaze Foley) – 4:27 “She Is My Everything” – 4:25 “I Hate It When That Happens to Me” (Prine, Donnie Fritts)...

Shawn Colvin “A Few Small Repairs” .. Today’s ‘Cool Album of the Day’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#956 in the Series) is Shawn Colvin, A Few Small Repairs  A Few Small Repairs is one of those albums that takes love gone wrong and turns what could be a litany of heartbreak and “woe-is-me”  into an autobiographical  purging, and the listener goes along for the ride with some soaring beautiful melodies punctuated with  hard-knock lessons.  Colvin didn’t come to the making of this album without a lot of hard work, learning guitar in her childhood in South Dakota and performing in The King and I as a teen, then like most of us had some twists and turns which led to this release, her fourth, in 1996. The album opens...

Cat Stevens ‘Teaser and The Firecat’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#950 in the Series)  is Cat Stevens, Teaser and The Firecat. I was going to feature Catch Bull at Four because it contains “Boy With the Moon and Star on His Head” but went with Teaser and The Firecat instead. I love that song but I’ve read that it’s one of the few songs that Cat Stevens recorded years ago that he’s actually embarrassed about. Sometimes when I do some research for these pieces you learn little nuggets that you didn’t know about and they catch you totally by surprise.  For instance, I learned when looking up Teaser and the Firecat that Rick Wakeman of Yes fame played keys on the top 40 hit “Morning Has...

Various Artists “Tribute to Steve Goodman”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#944 in the Series) is Tribute To Steve Goodman. 30years. It’s hard for me to believe that Steve Goodman has been gone for almost 30 years. It’s seems like yesterday that I was seeing him at Harry Hopes or Braden Auditorium in Bloomington, Illinois. Steve passed away in September of 1984.  Shortly after his passing, many of his friends gathered at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago.  They told stories, played some of his music and some of theirs as well. I was lucky enough to be there. For those who weren’t, we’re treated to this recording. One of Steve’s closest friends was John Prine. We get lots of John here!  He opens...

Karla Bonoff “Karla Bonoff’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#938 in the Series) is the eponymous debut from Karla Bonoff Karla Bonoff is almost the female version of J.D. Souther.  Like J.D., she was a denizen of Laurel Canyon and hung with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, and the rest of the cosmic cowboys. The two also shared the unique gift of song-craft that perfectly suited the times and the country-rock vibe that was permeating the L.A. scene in the early to mid-seventies. Also like Souther, Karla made a name for herself with her songs that were recorded by other artists most notably “Home” that was recorded by Bonnie Raitt, as well as “Someone To...

Lyle Lovett ‘Lyle Lovett’

Today’s Cool album of the Day (# 928 in the Series) is the self-titled debut from Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett burst into national prominence with his Pontiac album in 1987. That was the release that gave us some of his best known tunes such as “If I Had a Boat” and “She’s No Lady.”  Some people never looked to see that he had another spectacular record the year prior. I’m referring to his debut, which was simply called Lyle Lovett. I’ve always been a fan of debut albums.  To me it seems that the one thing that many of them have it common is that they are rarely overproduced.  Why, because most of these new acts don’t have the budget...

Nanci Griffith ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’

Posted 30 Mar 2014 in Albums of 1993, Albums of the 90s, Folk

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#922 in the sSeries) is Nanci Griffith, Other Voices, Other Rooms Nanci Griffith, much like John Prine, is one of those artists that flies just under our musical radar much of the time. Even though she sounds very much like her, she does not have the name recognition of Emmylou Harris. She can stand quill for quill on the songwriting medal stand with Joni Mitchell yet you probably can’t name a song she has written, and she even has a bit of that sultry,girl next door vibe going on that we saw with Linda Ronstadt back in the day. Appearing on the scene in 1978 with her debut album There’s a Light...

James Taylor ‘That’s Why I’m Here’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#914 in the Series) is James Taylor, That’s Why I’m Here. “Come on everyone, come on… let’s go!  James is recording a new album.  We all have to help him out! Was that the clarion call throughout Los Angeles in 1985 when James Taylor decided to record for the first time in years,who knows? ButI’m guessing it was close.  It seems like every hot musician from within 100 miles played on this album. So before I get into the rest of album, let me make a list of who answered that call. Here’s who makes an appearance on That’s Why I’m Here. Don Henley, Leland Sklar, Peter Asher,  Randy + Michael Brecker...

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