Music Monday: Karen Dalton

I can’t believe I haven’t shared this one yet. Happy Monday, everybody!

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Music Monday: Sturgill Simpson

 

Country music gets a bad rep; maybe it’s largely deserved that reputation in the past thirty-five years. But every now and then someone like Sturgill Simpson comes along and gives hope to the beautiful, raw, uniquely American genre that country music could be.

Here he is on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series a little over a year ago.

Happy Music Monday!

 

 

Music Monday: Alabama Shakes

I’m a person who wakes up with a song in my head. When I was a kid, staying with my dad on the weekends, I spent hours going through his CDs: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, and Otis Redding were the soundtracks of my childhood weekends. In my twenties I djed for my college radio station and became fascinated with female vocalists and the power behind voices like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lucinda Williams, Kathleen Hanna, Kimya Dawson, Jolie Holland and Wanda Jackson. Why was it so rare to hear such amazing stuff from ladies on the “real radio?” I  started an all female vocalists show with my roomie and spent all my free time looking for more musical sheroes to introduce to my listeners.

Those two periods still heavily influence my musical taste. So when my husband, who has a seriously enviable record collection and some of the best taste you’ve ever seen, said, ‘you’ve got to hear this’ a few years ago, I listened. And… yes! The Alabama Shakes are like everything I ever loved all thrown together. And its good. If you don’t know them you should take a listen. Good music is good for your heart.

 

 

Music Monday: Woody Guthrie

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Years ago, before I ever thought about my own small changes I found this list of Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions on yum-and-yuck.blogspot.com. Not suprisingly, they’re spot on. And now for Music Monday, here is one of my all-time Woody Guthrie favorites performed by Wilco and Billy Bragg on Mermaid Avenue Vol. II. This song does not get old. ❤