New Music For Old People: Theresa Andersson, Albert Cummings, Ryan Leslie

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. Theresa Andersson – “Hold On To Me”

If this is electronica, I am seduced big-time. In the spirit of Gotye, this Swedish-born, New Orleans-residing super talent has made a hit single that nobody knows about. If this got airplay it would have been huge in the old days. So if you agree with me, let’s see what we can do. This is a very well-made record and a great song. It has elements of Enya AND The Shangri-La’s on the same page — no mean feat!

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2. Albert Cummings – “Girls To Shame”

Originally a home-builder as part of his family’s biz, he switched to banjo-playing in the bluegrass mode and won awards for his pickin’ prowess. After hearing Stevie Ray Vaughn, he chucked everything and concentrated on the blues guitar thang and this is what happened. It’s all good.

3. Ryan Leslie – “Quicksand”

Ryan had an accelerated childhood. He was accepted to Harvard in his junior year of high school and graduated with honors at 19. All the while, he honed his musical skills, eventually being discovered by Diddy and put to work producing and writing hip hop hits. I find this track more electronica than rap and enjoy the way it was put together.

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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