New Music For Old People: Simplified, Denison Witmer, The Band of Heathens



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. Simplified – “Sitting on a Mountain”

This is from their 2011 self-financed album Brighter Days and shows off what this band can do pretty amazingly in two and a half minutes. They have struggled since their formation in 2002 in North Carolina. Original members Clee Laster (good last name, considering) and Chris Sheridan have now recruited Justin Powell on bass and Pat Gerasia on drums.

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2. Denison Witmer – “Every Passing Day”

This singer-songwriter has been out there recording and touring since 1995. This is the first time he has crossed my path and I am quite impressed with this track and have some catching up to do. He is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and has performed all over the world. Hopefully, there will be more tracks in this space forthcoming…

3. Band of Heathens – “Medicine Man”

Got a great response in comments on this band so I thought I’d bring them in for even more scrutiny. I’d love to see them live myself.

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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