New Music For Old People: Sevendust, Big Head Todd, Chuck Ragan

Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. Sevendust – “Gone”

A good opener from this Atlanta band that formed in 1994 and began recording in 1997. They just released their tenth album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, and show no signs of being gone, as this title implies. A strong fan base keeps them together. I like this. It’s well put-together.

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2. Big Head Todd & The Monsters – “Josephina”

Their latest album, Black Beehive, is one of their best and this has a subtle N’awlins thing constantly chuggin’ along. This is a catchy item.

3. Chuck Ragan – “Wake with You”

To me this is an interesting premise. The song reminds me of vintage Kristofferson. Ah, but the singer-songwriter’s voice has a much more interesting sound than Kristofferson’s — more Tom Waits, actually. The combo works quite well. Ragan could attract more followers with this, his latest album, Till Midnight. Originally from a base in Florida, he began in the punk domain and slowly gravitated to more of a country setting. His voice is amazing; he sounds like the world’s most traveled, experienced, and yet yearning soothsayer. One listen should bring you aboard.

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

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