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Whiskey in the jar

This the “most overplayed” of Irish folk songs obviously lends itself to interpretation across genres. There are several very excellent versions but these rate as two of my favorite. folk musicIrish musicmusicrebel sonrockabillyThin Lizzy

Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth

Alongside Booker and Martha Argerich, Bernie (“The Wizard of Woo”) is my favourite keyboard genius. I’ve been wanting to see this documentary for some time and am pleased that someone has made it available — at least for the time being. Like Booker, an absolutely authentic character and the most synesthesiac musician I can think of.…

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Check out this close-grained discussion and analysis of this most unusual masterpiece (in subject matter at least) by Peter Viney but before one gets to it see this background article. Flannery O’Connorlevon helmmusicPeter VineyRobbie Robertsonthe bandWalker Percy

Don’t be Afraid

I highly recommend Tami Neilson’s album “Don’t be Afraid” which I’ve been listening to for the past week after having seen her blistering live performance. The album’s been out for a couple of years: exclaim! and BluesBlast pretty much get her authentic talent. For me it’s the lovely seamless blend of gospel, country, soul and rockabilly: all the…

We’re an American Band

I liked this then and I unashamedly still do. Don Brewer chats about the song here. This good old fashioned mega thumper would be greatly appreciated by Dave Nice. P.S. Also first made in Flint, MI — Corvette! E Pluribus Funk corvettedon brewergrand funk railroadharry enfieldrock ‘n roll

Paul Williams

Born on this day. Cloud Nine, a classic of psychedelic soul. Some background to Paul.   musicpaul williamspsychedelic funkpsychedelic soultemptations

Funky Friday

This is one of the great performances from that superb series Live From Daryl’s House. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Booker T. live soon. There have been so many top-notch artists on the show, some of my favourites include: The O’Jays, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sharon Jones, and Joe Walsh (a bit disappointed with the Nick…