New Music For Old People: Kris Allen, Luke James, Dixie Hummingbirds

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. Kris Allen – “In Time”

Another Idol winner slips through my ears again. I don’t watch those shows, so these people are judged fairly here. This is a nice sounding track and fits in with the rest of the gang here this week.

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2. Luke James – “I Want You”

From his initial album release, this won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 2011. Not a bad start, Luke.

3. Dixie Hummingbirds – “God’s Radar”

This is a wonderful country/Cajun/gospel mix. Spearheaded by musician/songwriter/producer Larry Campbell, it envelops you like a welcome warm coat at this time of year. Just the thing to close out this week’s merriment. This group recently celebrated their 75th anniversary as the longest-lived continuously performing group. I gotta LONG way to go..

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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