New Music For Old People: Brooke Waggoner, Brandon Boyd, fun.



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. Brooke Waggoner- “Sitting on a Mountain”

And this is quite a beaut. I believe Brooke lives in Nashville and she wrote AND arranged this wonderful track, the likes of which we haven’t heard since Laura Nyro or Rickie Lee Jones. This is from a 2008 album titled Heal for the Honey. In 2012, Jack White snatched her up to play in his touring band on the Blunderbuss tour. I wonder if they toured in a Blunder bus?

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2. Brandon Boyd – “Where All the Songs Come From”

After spending many years and eight albums as lead singer in the band Incubus, Brandon Boyd struck out on his own with a solo album in 2010 called The Wild Trapeze, followed by what might be his last Incubus album, If Not Now, When? in 2011. This track is from his solo album which came out in 2013 and was produced by wunderkind Brendan O’Brien. I confess I have never heard Incubus, fearing they were serious heavy metal, but after downloading a few tracks from this album, Sons of the Sea, my curiosity is now sufficiently aroused.

3. fun. – “All the Pretty Girls”

This is a talented bunch and they have already become arena-fillers. With a strong pop base and Queen-like influences in their arrangements, they draw a younger audience that has already seen through Justin Bieber. But I am the antithesis of young, and I like a few tracks off their latest album. Talent is talent and I always have ears and lotsa room for THAT.

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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