Christmas in Washington, D.C. just isn’t official until you hear Chuck Brown crooning “Merry Christmas Baby” over a classic go-go groove.
“One Way Street” from the self-titled Aerosmith album has always been my favorite Aerosmith song by a long shot.
“Voodoo Lady” is the funk track on Ween’s Chocolate & Cheese album. The song bounces along nicely (ahem).
Little Feat, fronted by former Frank Zappa protege Lowell George, was one of the most admired bands in the ’70s.
Bobby Bland was the man! Bland was out of Memphis and had a voice and style all his own, the perfect mix between blues and soul.
“Stitches” is the title track from the forthcoming album by Califone. On a foundation of organ chords, squalls of barely controlled guitar feedback and drum machine blast-beats perfectly frame the evocative lyrics.
The music world lost an unsung hero this weekend. JJ Cale, whose songs were turned into hits by Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Santana and many more passed away at 74.
In college I always dismissed bluesman Taj Mahal because all the hippies dug him. Turns out, I was completely wrong about him. Check out one of my favorites, “Farther on Down the Road,” by the man right here.
It would be impossible for me to pick out my favorite Grateful Dead song but “US Blues” sums up my summertime tours with the Grateful Dead perfectly.