New Music For Old People: Barenaked Ladies, Kat Edmonson, NEEDTOBREATHE



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. Barenaked Ladies – “I Can, I Will, I Do”

Tasty guitar pop from the band with the clever name but no actual ladies participating.

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2. Kat Edmonson – “Oh My Love”

Here is a gal born in Houston, Texas in 1983, whose single mom raised her on the history of music: jazz, rock and roll, folk, country all brimmed over in her growing up stages. It turned her into a singer-songwriter with more influences than most. This was the first track I heard by her and it toppled me. She certainly heard her Billie Holiday when she sang this puppy. I got her latest album and she moves freely in most genres, but my virgin listen here is my favorite; it’s got great production and arrangement. She traveled in Lyle Lovetts’ band for a few years and sang duets with him on his 13th lucky album (for both of them). Now it’s your turn to listen…

3. NEEDTOBREATHE – “The Outsiders”

I couldn’t tell from my initial listens, but this band is categorized as a Christian band. Who knew? It certainly didn’t sway me one way or the other when I heard this track. This is good work from these South Carolinians.

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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