New Music For Old People: The Greencards, Brandon Boyd, ABBA

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. The Greencards – “Ride & Sway”

This band is a newgrass trio originally composed of two Australians and an Englishman who all emigrated to Austin, Texas and got off to a great start. Their name choice is explained by the last sentence. They put out an independent album originally and quickly garnered attention. The Englishman left in 2009 and was replaced by a fiddler from Tennessee, where they had settled in Nashville after leaving Austin. They are now Kym Warner and Carol Young, the original Australians, Tyler Andal on fiddle, and Carl Miner on acoustic guitar. They have toured extensively all over the globe and recently opened for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

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2. Brandon Boyd – “Come Together”

This is NOT the Beatles tune but an original from his solo album, Sons of the Sea, which I am really enjoying. This is a well-written and well-produced track with a fine arrangement and great vocals.

3. ABBA – “The Name of the Game”

This is one of my musical pleasures filed under “guilty.” I love this song, especially the lyric: I was an impossible case / Nobody could reach me / But I think I can see in your face / There’s a lot you can teach me. Wish I’d thought of that. I don’t think this was as big as their monster hits so I’m throwin’ it out here in case you missed it.

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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