New Music For Old People: The Last Bison, Idris, Arthur Conley



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. “Inheritance” — The Last Bison

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A lovely intro piece from a seven-piece Chesapeake, Virginia band of friends and family. I believe film soundtracks will be in their future as well. This is the title track from their first album. This segues perfectly into…

2. “Idris” — The New Mastersounds

Now this is totally rockin’ music to move to. These lads have totally grasped the zeitgeist of their predecessors in a way that most bands don’t. This isn’t like the real thing — this IS THE REAL THING! From Leeds in the UK — but not so British. This will keep your Meters runnin’.

3. “Let Nothing Separate Us” — Arthur Conley

The creator of the song “Sweet Soul Music” tears up this ballad in a way only the originator can. In a career that included a recording partnership with Otis Redding, Arthur made quite a name for himself. A Georgia native, he relocated to the Netherlands in the ‘80s and died of cancer comparatively young at 57 in 2003. His music will live on forever.

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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