Thursday, March 10, 2011
10 CDs You Should Hear
The Hitchin' Post, Heather Kelday - She played at my book launch and everybody sang along even though most of them had never heard her play before.
New Train, Paul Pena - This is the guy who wrote Big Ole Jet Airliner, but the body of his work is far better than that. I saw him in Genghis Blues, a documentary about his trip to Tuva to compete in a throat-singing contest, a skill he learned listening to the ham radio.
My Hands Are On Fire and Other Love Songs, Old Man Luedecke - I love every song this guy writes.
Self Titled, Charms - It's bluegrassy, folky, catchy and ridiculously harmonious. These two sound like they've been singing together since birth.
Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm - He's back, he's farming, and his voice is still powerful.
Son of a Rudderless Boat, Kev Corbett - Half bard, half musical genius, Kev's become one of my favourite songwriters.
Best of, Townes Van Zandt - My housemates used to love this guy and last year I was finally able to give him a good listen. Possibly the best, and saddest, country songs ever written.
Sunset Sea, Danny Michel - I love every song this guy writes.
Wake Up! John Legend & The Roots - Old political soul music reborn by the best male voice in pop music, and about the best backing hip hop band there is.
Where I Need to Be, Kim Wempe - If there is a yin to John Legend's yang it just might be the wall-shaking voice of Kim Wempe. [Her new album, Painting With the Tides, is great too, but I didn't get to it until 2011.]
This is the Sea, Sarah Kenvyn - Pretty much stole the show at my book launch and I pretty much haven't stopped listening to this disc since.