Category: Walt Falconer

Johnnie Johnson ‘Johnnie B. Bad’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#798 in the Series) is Johnnie Johnson, Johnnie B. Bad On New Year’s Eve 1953, history was made when Check Berry walked on stage for the first time with the Sir John Trio creating an embryonic musical moment pairing up Johnnie Johnson, the Grand Poobah of the Piano, with arguably the greatest guitar player of all time, creating a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup worthy blending of scorching three chord guitar rock with boogie woogie piano blues. Using the same “If Lee Harvey Oswald was never born would John F. Kennedy still be alive?” progression of thought, it would be relatively safe, albeit futile, to assume that had Chuck Berry not walked on...

Rosie Flores ‘Working Girl’s Guitar’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#794 in the Series) is Rosie Flores, Working Girl’s Guitar In a musical landscape where you can’t swing a stray cat without hitting a female rockabilly influenced Alternative Country artist, Rosie Flores is the real deal.  With Working Girl’s Guitar, her 11th album and second release on Bloodshot Records, Flores opens up the vault to display on one record most of her influences that include blues, rock, country, rockabilly, even Dick Dale Surf guitar, and for the first time does most of the finger-picking herself. In a brilliant piece of song sequencing the album begins with the title track with the story line unfolding from the perspective of her road worn telecaster...

Badfinger ‘Wish You Were Here’

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#793 in the Series) is Badfinger, Wish You Were Here. Badfinger, the poster band for the “Behind the Music” type of Rock & Roll excess cautionary tale, could have been, and really should have been the next big thing in the post Beatles rock era. Starting with their first record, Magic Christian Record, released by Apple Records, and personally endorsed by Paul McCartney himself, who also wrote the band’s first hit “Come and Get It,” a song that was considered by many to be the next great pop song.  This musical blend of Hollies, Kinks, and Beach Boys, along with a pinch of psychedelic mojo seemed to be the perfect recipe to...

Brewed in Texas

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#784 in the Series) is Brewed in Texas. Part collection of morality tales, part Saturday night party record, and part Austin hill country travelogue, Brewed in Texas  is quite possibly the best collection of drinking songs on one barstool since the Merle Haggard classic, Back to the Barrooms. Lovingly produced by Houston based Compadre Records, this album celebrates the joys of getting plastered, the necessity of drowning your sorrows, draining your tears in your beer, and most importantly, the Honky-Tonk. This album features contemporary Texas singer songwriters Kevin Fowler, Slaid Cleaves, Beaver Nelson and Hayes Carll, right beside hill country road dogs Jerry Jeff Walker, Tommy Alverson, and Rusty Weir, the bastard...

Firewater “International Orange” – NEW MUSIC REVIEW

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#778 in the Series) is Firewater, International Orange (Bloodshot Records) If a drinking establishment existed that was a cross between the zombie cantina in Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn and the beach bars in the Bikini Beach movies, Firewater would be the house band and International Orange would be their soundtrack. Firewater feels like a name from the 70’s, sounds like a band from the 80’s and was formed in the 90’s by bass player and band leader Tod A. (aka Tod Ashley) leading a musical collective that has produced seven consistently great and eclectically diverse albums over the years including Get Off the Cross, We Need the Wood For the...

Rodriguez “Cold Fact”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#741in the Series) is Rodriguez, Cold Fact Recording under the single name “Rodriguez,” Sixto “The Dylan of Detroit” Rodriguez, was a psychedelic folk singer in the early seventies.  Long on talent and short on patience for “The Man,” Rodriguez was one of those folk singers that straddled that socio-political fence somewhere between the hippy-trippy sounds and somewhat obtuse themes of Donovan, and the more lyrically dense word-smithing of a folk era Bob Dylan. Vocally he soared slightly above the Dylan growl, and marginally below the sometimes off-kilter refrains of Scott Walker. Sonically the sound is Syd Barret-meets Arthur Lee and Love-meets Donovan, and the entire conglomeration can probably be described as psychedelic-folk,...

JT Coldfire “Always and Never”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#739 in the Series) is JT Coldfire, Always and Never  (Crazy Sun Publishing) The first thing that hits you between the ears when you play the first song from the new JT Coldfire album, Always and Never,  is the finely crafted Chuck Berry Inspired “Get it on (In the Back of the Bar)”, a song that grabs your ears and staples them to the speaker. The second thing you quickly realize in listening to the whiskey soaked vocals and the somewhat bawdry lyrics, is that in Coldfire, you are in the process of being introduced to a pure and genuine “diamond in the rough” musical find, who adds some much needed “hair...

The 44s “Americana”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#737 in the Series) is The 44s, Americana  (Rip Cat Records) Not since Rickey Henderson has there been a better lead-off batter than “Hanging Tree,” the opening track from the new 44s’ Album, Americana, recently released on Rip Cat Records.  The song, “Hanging Tree,” tears into it loud and proud, and shares the same DNA with the ZZ Top classic, “La Grange.” The in-your-face guitar riffs, courtesy of Johnny Main, also the lead vocalist, and the dirty blues harmonica blasts of Tex “The Weeping Willow” Nakamura set the blueprint quite nicely, and provide an appealing first impression of this excellent record for the listener, many of whom are experiencing this band for...

The Blasters “Fun On Saturday Night”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#736 in the Series) is The Blasters, Fun on Saturday Night (Rip Cat Records) The Blasters are quite simply a great band, and when you consider their longevity, body of work, and influence on the musical landscape (many consider them to be the first Alternative Country band), they should be right there on the Mount Rushmore of greatest American bands, mentioned in the same iconic breath as The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Allman Brothers, or any other band you would care to mention. The fact that they are not in the Rock & Roll hall of fame is an over-site worthy of a senate investigation. Taking time out from touring,...

Jerry Douglas “Traveler”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#726 in the Series) is Jerry Douglas, Traveler I’m guessing that some of you may have never heard of Jerry Douglas, but as a music lover he has been a part of your acoustic life for more than a decade. As THE premier slide dobro player in the business today and a genre spanning artist, he seamlessly flows between Pop, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and Indie Rock without ever breaking a sweat. Jerry Douglas is to the dobro what Zamfir is to the pan flute. Supporting the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, and even more contemporary artists including his new BFF’s Mumford and Sons, he has lent his...

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