New Music For Old People: Elvin Bishop, Marc Broussard, The Strokes

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. Elvin Bishop – “Old School”

This is a great composition in terms of humor and honesty. Elvin has always been a wise guy, while at the same time, he’s just really saying what he’s all about now.

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2. Marc Broussard – “Shine”

Yet another song with this ubiquitous title. A ballad from Marc’s album A Life Worth Living, it’s arranged beautifully, and he has plenty of room to display his writing and vocal abilities. Tom Bukovac, who plays lead guitar on this track, kinda paid tribute to studio master Dean Parks’ licks on Lyle Lovett’s “She’s Already Made Up Her Mind.” Please ignore this unless you listen to sometime gentle lead guitarists.

3. The Strokes – “Juicebox”

I love this band. Julian Casablancas understands loud music better than most and there are specific Doors and Nirvana moments in this but they are overshadowed by the actual Strokes. Hope they stay together and continue playing loud.

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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