New Music For Old People: Ed Sheeran, Bahamas, John Hiatt

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. Ed Sheeran- “Bloodstream”

I think with two or three top-flight albums, Ed has conquered the musical world. With a dazzling array of pedals at his feet, he can program his guitar and vocals into all kinds of off-kilter loops that he is able to make swing with his original stage act. This is my fave track from his chart-topping album X.

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2. Bahamas – “Stronger Than That”

Bahamas is the solo presentation of sideman Afie Jervanen, a guitarist from Toronto. Prior to going solo, he had backed up Feist and Howie Beck. He’s a great writer and arranger and completely got me on my first listen. His first album, Pink Strat, was released in 2009 and immediately nominated for a Juno award, Canada’s Grammy. His second album, Barchords, came out in 2012 and Bahamas is Afie came out in 2014. This track is from that album. He now headlines tours, ergo old guys like me know about him and enjoy all three albums.

3. John Hiatt – “Terms of My Surrender”

I feel like I can always depend on John. He has a facile hand at all he pursues. Sometimes he’s better than other times, but his general level is quite high. This is a preview single from an upcoming album and it’s my favorite kinda Hiatt riot — a ballad, with a well-written, clever lyric, and perfectly laid back production. His voice is getting better with age. If the rest of the album is this good he’s in deep trouble, because where will people hear it? Remember, here is where the hear is…

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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