New Music For Old People: Al Kooper, John Lee Hooker, NEEDTOBREATHE



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. Al Kooper – “I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Back in the old days, under the influence of pot, I loved listening to certain 45 rpm soul records at 33⅓. I loved cymbal crashes at slower speeds and Ann Peebles’ single at 33 was the greatest tempo I ever heard for that song. I whipped it together, playing all the parts except for slide, which was played by Skynyrd’s Ed King. This is on the Rare & Well Done album which many never heard, and the tempo selection is comparatively obtuse to all other versions.

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2. John Lee Hooker – “Hoogie Boogie”

It’s always a treat to find a ‘new’ JLH track I haven’t yet heard. Here he is able to rock hard solo, comfortable as can be, in the groove he effortlessly invented. Amazing touch on the guitar — often imitated but NEVER equaled so far in my lifetime. Fortunately we got to play together more than once or twice in his lifetime.

3. NEEDTOBREATHE – “Washed By The Water”

This is from their 2009 album The Heat. It’s got a strong Band influence but most of us like that. They come from South Carolina and the Rinehart brothers are sons of a pastor. This song won a Dove Award for contemporary song of the year in 2009.

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!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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3 comments to “New Music For Old People: Al Kooper, John Lee Hooker, NEEDTOBREATHE”
  1. Can we start a FB page New Music for Old People? I mean isn’t 40 years of Stairway to Heaven enough? I long for great guitar and deep vocals and cringe from all the vocal harmony radio friendly bullshit I have been subjected to. I have learned about Jack White, Imagine Dragons, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis, and Coldplay but maybe we could all get together and share? Stuff for aging boomers and where I live pot is legal.

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