New Music For Old People: Son Volt, Kaki King, Brandi Carlile

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. “Windfall” — Son Volt

The first time I heard Jay Farrar’s voice I was in awe. A great combo of country music and rock, its inherent honesty pulls you right in every time. This was one of the first ones I heard and it has stayed with me ever since. I met him backstage once and we had zero simpatico. Too bad — I still remain a big fan.

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2. Great Round Burn” — Kaki King

When this veteran subway performer was finally discovered, people were in disbelief at her technical abilities. On this track, she forgoes the usual high-flying for something deeper compositionally. It follows the Son Volt track quite well and lets me know assuredly that King is still queen of the acoustic guitar.

3. “Save Part of Yourself” — Brandi Carlile

Born in 1981, and finally delivered to your ears properly 23 years later, Brandi continues to impress with each successive album. Rick Rubin was involved in her guidance and this is from her album Bear Creek. This is the final track in the three-way folk-country mini-set that started with Son Volt.

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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One comment to “New Music For Old People: Son Volt, Kaki King, Brandi Carlile”
  1. Windfall has been one of my favorites for a long time. Jay Farrar of Sun Volt, was also in Uncle Tupelo. Both bands were very interesting. Definitely an excellent song writer.

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