New Music For Old People: The Civil Wars, The Feeling, Alice Smith



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. “Long Time Gone” — The Civil Wars

This is for a movie and the original billing was listed as The Civil Wars feat. T Bone Burnett. I don’t think he’s singing lead, so I removed his credit as I don’t think the producer should have a featured credit. Jeez, I played organ on “Free Bird” but it didn’t say Lynyrd Skynyrd feat. You-Know-Who. Anyway, Mr. Burnett did a fine job coaching his team here and it’s a nice sounding track and probably works well in the film I assume he scored. However, this band has graced this column before and remains capable of doing it again no matter who is ‘guiding’ them. If I’m wrong, please punish me in the Comments section, ’cause I do so hate to be wrong.

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2. “When I Return” — The Feeling

The Feeling have a few genres in their arsenal. This is their folk-pop category and it’s very well done. It builds quite well into a chorus that features mighty backup vocals. Very pleasant on the ears and makes one curious to hear more, which is the object of the whole game, innit?

3. “Another Love” — Alice Smith

They must make her show ID when she checks into a hotel with a moniker like that. This is a great track that I’m walkin’ around chirping involuntarily lately. I especially like the piano part which puts me to mind of 1950s Latin piano playing in records by Randy Carlos or The LaPlaya Sextet (loved them!) to name but two. I’m hoping Alice is the pianist because that makes her a stronger artist and writer.

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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