Via our friends at Music Memoirs, our mission today:
Its a week of recommendations;
Recommend to all the other players this week, one song, album and band that you think that they should take notice of.
Well, my first thought is that I would toss in some Gov’t Mule here as I do believe they are atrociously under appreciated – but then it occurred to me that if you haven’t taken a minute to check them out after the couple hundred other mentions I’ve made, one more isn’t going to make a difference.
And then I realize I do this sort of thing a lot anyway, so I’m going to just go with first thoughts on this one:
"Play Something We Know" – Adam Hood
A song obviously influenced by his many years of playing in bars and clubs, rattling off crowd favorites and frequent requests. From the brilliant 6th Street EP
Ro Sham Bo – The Grays
The only release by The Grays, 1994′s Ro Sham Bo is very much a pop-rock masterpiece. It’s an eclectic mix of songs starting with the very catchy "Very Best Years" on to the Beatlesque "Everybody’s World" and continuing on with a fantastic and diverse assortment of the catchiest tunes ever assembled. "Both Belong" is acoustic perfection and darn near the perfect pop song.
If you like the pop music, check this album out.
It is out of print but it seems to be available on Amazon and I’ve seen it in used stored so it can be found if you look for it.
Jazz is Dead is, of all things, a Grateful Dead cover band that performs their interpretations of Dead classics in a jazzy instrumental format. Before you judge – watch this:
Oh to be in the crowd that night!!
What really makes this band so amazingly cool is the level of musicianship involved. Featuring Jimmy Herring, Alphonso Johnson, Billy Cobham, Kenny Gradney, Jeff Sipe, T Lavitz and others in various combinations, we’re talking about some serious talent.
They toured for many years and captured 3 amazing albums Blue Light Rain, Laughing Water and Great Sky River – all of which I can recommend.
It looks like the bulk of this show is up on You Tube and all of it is just tremendous.
So there you have my recommendations. I hope you found something new you like, or that it leads you to something new.