New Music For Old People: Elisabeth Withers, The Stills, Delany & Bonnie

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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. “Why” — Elisabeth Withers

After graduating with honors from the Berklee School of Music, she picked up a degree at NYU and got discovered by Oprah, who cast her in the B’way version of The Color Purple. When you hear her voice soar on the chorus of this great track, it will explain why I don’t have to write any more — but wait for the chorus!

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2. “Everything I Build” — The Stills

Sometimes I’m too slow. This band existed from 2000 to 2011. They were from Montreal and rose to the top of the Canadian music scene. I like the simplicity and originality of this track. Key members started a new band called Eight & A Half a while ago. I shall investigate…

3. “Comin’ Home” — Delaney & Bonnie

With Eric Clapton in tow, playing lead guitar and taking vocal instruction from Delaney, this band knew what to do. The Dominos came out of this aggregation eventually, back when Eric was Derek. If you’ve never heard this you’ll probably enjoy it. If you know it already, bet you haven’t heard it in awhile.

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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