New Music For Old People: Nigel Lewis & Lynette White, Professor Longhair, World Famous Headliners

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. “Hold On (Change Is Comin’)” — Nigel Lewis & Lynette White

This is nice modern soul with an almost gospel lyric as opposed to what a cashier would reply to you at a convenience store. I believe Lynette’s sincerity more than Nigel’s, but nonetheless, they are both above the line of dedication unlike many neo-soul singers of today. This is a couple of years old but it’s still a great listen.

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2. “Doin’ It” — Professor Longhair

This is one of the originators of the Crescent City Sound, the pianist that Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino will always hold in esteem. This is a wonderful basic listen to what the New Orleans heritage is all about — not his best track, but one of his best recordings audio-wise. And needless to say, he is doin’ it, babies…

3. “Mamarita” — World Famous Headliners

I couldn’t resist dropping this in next. This is from the debut album by Nashville locals who have written and performed on many recordings over the last quarter century. They feature Al Andersen (late of NRBQ) and Pat McLaughlin, who I dubbed the “Van Morrisson of Nashville” back when I lived there in the ’90s. Here they take on the very sound ‘Fess fathered in the previous track with nary a keyboard in sight. Don’t matter — they KNOW what they’re doing as they are collectively now “the Little Feat of Nashville.” Hot stuff!

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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