New Music For Old People: Zucchero, Plumb, Nico & Vinz

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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. Zucchero – “I Lay Down”

This is a world famous Italian blues guy who’s not that famous in the USA. This is from an interesting album where he meshes with an all-star cast featuring John Lee Hooker, Clapton, Paul Young, Sheryl Crow and more — even even Miles Davis! This track features him trading vocal licks with John Lee Hooker in 2000, a scant month before Hooker passed away. The lyric seems to foretell his passing and there is great piano playing credited to Vanessa Carlton (!). Z’s vocal sounds a great deal like Clapton to me on this track. Without full credits I’m kinda punching air in the dark, but no matter who’s performing, it’s a great listen.

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2. Plumb – “I Want You Here”

This is from her album Need You Now which is a couple of years old. I have been a fan from the start but I lose track of her sometimes. She makes great records and has a memorable voice. I like her take on pop music and she uses great arrangements and production along with her self-written dramas. Hope you like her as much as I do; there are many albums to go back and choose from… for now.

3. Nico & Vinz – “Am I Wrong”

So two guys from Africa (not a bad name right there!) got together and moved to Oslo (!) in 2009 and started a group called Envy. They had hits almost immediately and became Norwegian chart-toppers. This single came out in the US and soared to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 went to No. 1 on Shazam’s Top Worldwide 100. I think they’re doin’ okay at the moment. Let’s see what happens next.

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

6 comments on “New Music For Old People: Zucchero, Plumb, Nico & Vinz
  1. Fántastico artículo
    Me parece muy conseguida tu dictamen sobre este fondo.
    Desde hace ya tiempo ando algo rayado con este tema y también intento buscar toda
    la información que puedo sobre este tema. La participación que has elaborado me
    ha parecido muy beneficiosa, no obstante creo que se
    podría analizar un poco más y de este modo poder puntualizar algunas
    dudas que aún atesoro. De todos modos, muchas gracias por tu coperación. Estaré alerta a próximas difusiones que confecciones.
    Mil gracias.
    Hasta pronto.

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