New Music For Old People: Billy Boy Arnold, Robert Randolph, King’s X

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. “I Wish You Would” — Billy Boy Arnold

One of my favorite blooztoons composed by the artist. There are a few versions by him available; this is clearly the best one. What a great groove! It’s from the ’60s but surely holds up today. I recorded this at a much slower tempo to tip my hat to John Hammond Jr’s version on Atlantic featuring Robbie Robertson on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass and Mike Bloomfield on piano. I’ll dig John’s version up for next week.

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2. “Born Again” — Robert Randolph

The master of the sit-down steel on four legs… What a great musician. We still have not met…

3. “Life Going By” — King’s X

One of my favorite bands of all time, right up there with Free. This is a lesser known track that always keeps me coming back for more — tasty, massive guitar playing by Ty Tabor and perfect bass choices by Doug Pinnnick. My favorite track is “It’s Love” but I ran that ages ago in one of my first columns. Don’t worry — there’s plenty more!

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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