New Music For Old People: Brett Dennen, Bessie Banks, Paul Thorn

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. “There Is So Much More” — Brett Dennen

At first, because of the range and semi-falsetto take, I thought this was a female vocal. My wife used her Shazam app that listens to music and tells you the artist and the title. I was completely fooled and had to turn my mind around to a lad singing versus a lassie. I wonder if anyone else was misled by this artist’s voice. Once I was in the know I realized the next time I heard the voice I would know it and how important it is to have a recognizable voice. I will keep listening to Brett.

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2. “Go Now” — Bessie Banks

Those wise in the ways of ‘60s R&B will surely know that this is the original track later covered quite well by The Moody Blues on their first album. Those who don’t can enjoy this for the seminal piece of music that it is and then listen to the Moodys version and wonder which one they like best. I’m all ears in the comments section if you’re wired enough to type.

3. “She Won’t Cheat on Us” — Paul Thorn

Wanna be a great songwriter? Start by listening to this man’s work. A great lyric, perfect production, a rocking track and a vocal that makes you believe that he believes what he’s singing. It’s a clever story (fictional, I hope) and probably best heard when Paul comes to YOUR town. His between-songs patter is hilarious as well — ALWAYS an evening out well spent.

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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