We’re going roots rock this time. We check out new music from T Bone Burnett, Michael Tarbox and Janiva Magness. Manfred Jones of The Woggles has a new band called The Magnificent. Walter Daniels, formerly with Hickoids and Buick MacKane is back with a new single. Duke Robilliard and Sue Foley join forces for a cover of an old Mickey and Sylvia song. Mario Monterosso from Tav Falco’s band has a new Memphis based album. Introducing Hambone Skinny from Boston. We finish our show today with a not so obvious tribute to the legendary hitmaker Lamont Dozier who passed away on August 8th this year.
Dana Fuchs – Borrowed Time;
Walter Daniels – From Death To Texas;
Duke Robillard and Sue Foley – No Good Lover;
Pat Todd And The Rankoutsiders – No good lover;
Mickey And Sylvia – No Good Lover;
The Magnificent – Raise Your Hand;
Janiva Magness – You And Me;
Annie Keating – Beholden;
Hambone Skinny – Gin Joint Jukin’;
Mario Monterosso with Tav Falco – Midnight in Memphis;
Tav Falco – Dance Me To The River;
Michael Tarbox – World Gone Wrong;
T Bone Burnett – I’m Starting A New Life Today;
T Bone Burnett – Strange Combination;
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Heat Wave;
Lamont Anthony – Benny The Skinny Man;
Lamont Anthony – Just To Be Loved.
Last year a surprisingly uncharacteristic album came from Lydia Lunch. She and her collaborator, guitarist Cypress Grove recorded a mighty fine, moody, rock’n’roll album called appropriately A Fistful of Desert Blues. Rarely does a record title fit the sound so well. It’s a western desert blues record that can stand next to any Gun Club record and live up to it.
In fact there is a song by Jeffrey Lee Pierce on it called St. Mark’s Place. Cypress Grove had an earlier collaboration with Pierce on the Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee record in 1992. Although, Lydia’s and Cypress’ version of St. Mark’s Place is well known from the We Are Only Riders tribute to Pierce, it serves well on the Fistful of Desert Blues album to remind us where the whole thing originated from.
While We Are Only Riders is a wonderful album, it maybe lacks some focus with so many musicians trying to find their way to express their admiration for Jefferey Lee’s work, A Fistful of Blues overcomes that problem easily by delivering plenty of originals. And there’s a cool variety to keep your attention. From dark and moody ramble of the opener Sandpit to the rocking Jericho.
Another cool cover worth mentioning is Mark Lanegan’s Revolver which fits perfectly as one of the focal points of this album. Cool reinterpretation of Van Morrison’s TB Sheets with Walter Daniels on harp makes a wonderful closer and makes you moan for more.