New Music For Old People: Joan Osborne, Shaliek, Dave Matthews Band

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. “Shake Your Hips” — Joan Osborne

Good enough for Slim Harpo or the Rolling Stones? Joan will take it on and maybe dish up the best version yet with the advantage of hindsight. Can’t complain about anything here, it rocks from head to toe. A nod to Jack Petruzzelli (of the Fab Faux) for tasty co-production.

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2. “Blood Sweat Tears” — Shaliek

Wonder what made me listen to this? Whatever it was, I was rewarded with a a tasty track from a new soul artist who leans toward old-style soul — so rarely done nowadaze and always appreciated by yours newly.

3. “If Only” — Dave Matthews Band

It took awhile for this aggregation to catch my ear but this current album more than made up for that. In some ways it reminds me of middle-period Doobie Brothers. At any rate, I am now tuned into Dave and the gang for the duration. More of this, please!

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

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