New Music For Old People: Mofro, The Honeydogs, Jamie Lidell

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. “How Junior Got His Head Put Out” — Mofro

This is the real deal from right outside Memphis — only thing is, it’s current. But their studying of roots music is what makes this band so enjoyable. However, I listened to this a few times and I’m STILL not sure how Junior got his head put out or even what getting one’s head put out IS exactly. But I’m from Queens, New York. I think that’s what’s causing the problem.

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2. “Like a Fortress” — The Honeydogs

This goes back at least a decade but there is something wonderful about it that always brings me back. First off, right from the intro, it’s very Hendrix-ian and the background guitar work is perfectly played. In fact, if any of you know John Mayer (I don’t) this song fits him better than most of his tee shirts and he could tear this up righteously if he had a mind to. But meanwhile, Adam Levy and crew have done an exquisite job and I think you’ll like this a lot. Great lyric as well.

3. “Little Bit of Feel Good” — Jamie Lidell

Conceptually, this puts me to mind of the late, great Robert Palmer at its best moments. The ending is not one of those moments, however.

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!

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