New Music For Old People: Andy Davis, Zac Brown Band, The Parlor Mob

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. Andy Davis – “Good Life”

Andy Davis is a frequent flier in this column. I hope you have discovered him here previously, but if not, here is his fifth entry! As usual, a great song, arrangement, tasty keyboard-playing and singing constitute a well thought-out, original track. I have yet to meet him or see him play live but I have high hopes. It’s a good life, musically…

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2. Zac Brown Band – “All Alright”

Zac doesn’t need any help in the popularity polls. Here is some more lastin’ listenin’ from his opus, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1. I think he’s a lifer and will be around for decades.

3. The Parlor Mob – “Everything You’re Breathing For”

I like the fact that they used guitar concepts from the past and made them work perfectly in the present on their first album. They kinda went more ’80s metal on the second album and lost the comparative originality from their debut. There’s still time to rethink. The talent is all there — they just need to pepper their next effort with more originality and everything will be breathing again. Only my opinion and, as Randy once admitted, I’ve been wrong before.

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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