New Music For Old People: Mount Moriah, Sonya Kitchell, Longhouse

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. Mount Moriah – “Lament”

This Durham, North Carolina group is doin’ somethin’ here. This is comparatively raw but it is surely from the heart and that always gets a lotta points. The singer Heather McEntire deserves to be a big star. Keep tuned in to this band. And as Heather says here: “If this will be anything, then let it be over.”

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2. Sonya Kitchell – “Can’t Get You Out of My Mind”

“Can’t Get You Out of My Mind”

Although she doesn’t sound a thing like Janis Joplin, Sonya shares the exact same expressiveness that Janis had. Her purer voice makes the difference; it doesn’t seem to be tempered with alcohol, smokes, and drugs the way Ms. Joplin’s obviously was. The dynamics in this track are beautiful; the band is sympathetic to her every word. This would be great late night, perfect lights are low background music. Try it. Doesn’t even matter if you’re alone. (Maybe it’s even better.)

3. Longhouse – “Heaven”

This doesn’t appear to have been a group, but rather a vehicle for singer/songwrIter Lisa Herman on Warner Brothers circa 1989. This is a rare a cappella track quite deftly arranged, recorded, and sung. I’ve always loved this and am glad I still have the rare CD. Maybe one other track jumped out as well, but I still feel it’s worth it just for “Heaven.” That’s where I go whenever I give it a spin. Hope you’re doin’ okay, Lisa, and you’re NOT in Heaven yet…

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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