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Tune in Tuesday:5/4/10

With willing ears, and weary eyes, I willingly welcome you to today’s wonderful installment of Tune in Tuesday features six wonderfully random albums. 

Yes, that is a lot of W words and well, who wouldn’t want to be wowed by the power of the words which Webster’s willingly writes in their wholesome and widely read who’s who of words.

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The Black Keys

Two white dudes from Akron, Ohio should not sound this damn good playing grungy, bluesy, inspired garage rock. Or in this case, basement rock where this album was actually recorded.   But, alas, they do and we are better for it.  If you are not a fan of The Black Keys, immediately stop reading and check out their music. 

Songlines

The Derek Trucks Band

He is a child prodigy, nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, touring partner of Eric Clapton, Grammy Award winner, and barely over 30.  Yeah, we should hate him but he is so good that you can’t help but love his work. 

Recycled Recipes EP

Donovan Frankenreiter

This six song EP of covers is a great showcase of Donovan’s smooth vocals.  The song selection is superb, with such gems as, “Wonder Where the Lions AreTheologians”, and “Fortunate Son”, to name a few.

Sunrise Over Sea

John Butler Trio

This little known Australian band is pretty impressive and debut at number 1 in his native home.  He has got kind of a jammy feel to his playing with stand out tracks such as “Peaches & Cream”, “What You Want”, and “Seeing Angles.

Before the Frost/Until the Freeze

The Black Crowes

The latest album from this old school Georgia rock band.  Recorded in the legendary Levon Helm’s Woodstock barn studio, this 2 disc album (one disc, one digital download) is packed with rootsy, rocking, classic Crowes as well as a few slow tempo country tinged tunes.

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae

This is the deftly produce debut album of the silky smooth yet funkily refined Corinne Bailey Rae.  Her voice is comfortable and inviting and the music is perfect accompaniment but never over the top or running interference to mask the vocals. 

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You should be listening to The Black Crowes!

It might be difficult to understand or recall the brilliance of The Black Crowes because they have been out of the spot light for quite a while.  While they continue to make great music, they do not get the radio play they did in the halcyon days of their youth. 

While the brothers, Chris and Rich Robinson, formed The Black Crowes in 1984, it was not until 1990 that they released their debut album “Shake Your Money Maker”. The cornerstone of their debut was the rocking cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle”.  Their sound was unabashedly reminiscent of The Rolling Stones and classic bands such as “Humble Pie” and “The Faces” before Rod Stewart started hawking the “American Songbook” to your mother!

No other album released by The Black Crowes would have the commercial success of their debut, musically; they have put out solid music for twenty years.  Since their debut, the band has had a revolving door of musicians.  The one constant in the band has been the “Brothers Robinson”. 

In 2002, the band went on a brief hiatus for three years.  During this time, Chris pursued a solo career and released two albums “New Earth Mud” and “This Magnificent Distance

In 2005 The Black Crowes regrouped for a live show at San Francisco’s Fillmore, which was released as a DVD “Freak ‘N’ Roll … Into the Fog”.  Shortly after that, they released “The Lost Crowes” two previously unreleased albums packaged as a two disc set. 

Throughout the years, The Black Crowes have stayed true to their music and did not succumb to the pressure of passing musical fancy such as the delightful “Hair Metal” disaster, sorry Kip Winger and Warrant.  Their constant touring also kept them in front of the masses and helped keep them relevant as they stumbled commercially.

The Black Crowes Discography

  • Shake Your Money Maker
  • The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
  • Amorica
  • Three Snacks and a Charm
  • By Your Side
  • Lions
  • The Lost Crowes
  • Warpaint
  • Before the Frost/Until the Freeze

Top 5 The Black Crowes Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1.  She Talks to Angels (Shake Your Money Maker)
  2. My Heart is Killing Me (The Lost Crowes)
  3. Appaloosa (Before the Frost)
  4. Thorn in My Pride (The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion)
  5. Jealous Again (Shake Your Money Maker)

Reacquaint yourself with The Black Crowes and let me know what you think.

The Black Crowes music is available is available on iTunes, record stores and www.theblackcrowes.com

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