New Music For Old People: Del McCoury Band, Mark Selby, Katey Sagal

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. “Only You” — Del McCoury Band

An inspired choice — recording an early Platters original from the mid-’50s and turning it into a bluegrass blue plate special. If you didn’t know The Platters record, you would swear it was a classic bluegrass staple, but Del is not stoic in his choices for additions to his repertoire. That’s just one of the reasons he commands a place in Bluegrass Royalty. He is a mere five years older than me but still recording great albums; something I KNOW I won’t be doing in five years as I have already shut the door on that part of my career. All the more reason I listen in wonderment to this.

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2. “Nine Pound Hammer” — Mark Selby

He’s played on sessions with Wynonna Judd, Kenny Rogers and Jimmy Hall, co-wrote hits with Kenny Wayne Shepherd (for Dixie Chicks), put out solo albums all over the world and still gets a great Fender tone on his solos as evidenced here. I like a buncha tracks from his various solo albums. Here’s the second one in this column so far.

3. “Bird On the Wire” — Katey Sagal

I knew Katey earlier in her life when she was a waitress and upcoming singer at The Club Lingerie in Hollywood. Then she got Married With Children and became a wee bit wealthy, well known and successful. From the sound of this track from the Sons of Anarchy TV show, her voice has gotten REALLY good and somebody should take that girl into the studio and do it up right all over a new album. She really sounds great now.

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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