I wanted to listen to more music today, but I got sidetracked on stuff without headphones. So far though:
- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Soul Caddy • This album reminds me a lot of another band, though I can't remember for the life of me the band's name. They did an Elvis cover in the late 80s. I'll remember it eventually. Anyway, Cherry Poppin' Daddies is well known for it's jump blues, but they have a few songs in other styles on this ablum.
- The Nylons, Happy Together • This is a nostalgia album for me. We played this album constantly on my trip to Germany just after 11th grade with almost my entire German class, as well as students from schools scattered throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Missouri. By the end of the trip, we could all sing along to every track on this album. I bought it after I got back, and this is my third copy of it. Wore out two tapes, and I've even managed to scratch the CD up some as well, although it doesn't skip or anything. Maybe that's something I'll do when I get home is to Google for the people on this trip. I was so in love with Jennifer Athman, a girl from Minnesota on the trip. Well, actually, I broke down 3 or 4 times with different girls, cried and expressed my eternal devotion to each. Did I mention I was drunk almost the entire trip? Yeah, not a good idea to turn a lonely 16 year old geek boy loose on Germany mostly unsupervised. Ah well, no harm done.
- Robert Cray, Strong Persuader • My only soulful blues album. I have a few other blues albums, but for blues/soul mix, this is the best. Every song is about love, sex, fear, and regret. You got the blues about a woman? This is the album for you. Smoking Gun - catching your woman in the act. Right Next Door (Because Of Me) - regret for being the other man. Foul Play - breaking up and suspecting another man. There's more. Lots more. Oh, and he's from Tacoma in case you didn't know.
- Laura Love, Octoroon • I first heard Laura Love on NPR where she did a version of When the Saints Go Marching In that was beautiful. She calls her style Afro-Celtic. Sadly, although she is local to Seattle and I have liked her music for probably 7 years now, I have yet to catch one of her shows. And she does 2 or 3 every year too. Anyone want to catch one with me? Should also mention that she was formerly part of the grunge band set in the late 80s before she started off on her current style. On this album she covers Nirvana's Come As You Are and takes Cobain's raw emotion and channels it into mournful blues.
New albums added to this list through the day.