New Music For Old People: Willy Porter, Krista Detor, Carney

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. “Colored Lights” — Willy Porter

I found Willy on iTunes many years ago and used to go see him play live when he’d pass through Boston. We got along pretty well but never got the chance to do something together. I’m STILL a fan, Willy, I just don’t get outta the house much any more, dude. Nice organ playing on this track. You got it covered.

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2. “Deliver Me” — Krista Detor

There are at least seven Krista albums. This is from 2010, and an album called Chocolate Paper Suites. It just rang my bell, mostly for the way she wove simplicity openly and complexity in a more hidden fashion. I owe her a more comprehensive study and I think there’s a new album out and I’ll start with that one. Y’all can start right here.

3. “Tomorrow’s Another Day” — Carney

This blew my head off. After a coupla listens I thought this gal was an amazing singer. Then I listened to the words and realized this is a GUY! Steve Tyler can now go quietly into retirement ’cause Reeve Carney can cover his space in the world. And not one scarf on a mike stand!

2 comments to “New Music For Old People: Willy Porter, Krista Detor, Carney”
  1. Al, I’ve followed your career since our days at MBVHS. It’s been over 50 yrs since then. Let me know if you need support to get into the R&R Hall of Fame. Would like to chat with you on FB if you have the time and inclination. I hope you are in good health.


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