New Music For Old People: Candi Staton, Maimou, Carrie Rodriguez

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. “Stand By Your Man” — Candi Staton

This is the best cover of the Tammy Wynette classic and somehow the great lyric means just a wee bit more with Candi wrapped around it. It’s from Muscle Shoals back in the glory days and, fer sure, timeless!

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2. “Crush” — Maimou

There is not much history to be found about this original band from Texas. Juliana Sheffield is the singer and Zac Baird is the bandleader. They do all original material and original it is. I love the first line in this song and I tried to place it as perfectly as possible right after Van Hunt. I don’t know what category this band fits into nor do I care — I’m just glad I own it. There are several more good tracks I will unleash as time goes by, but this is as good as any of theirs to get you interested and searching. This music is vintage late ’90s, so I doubt this band exists any more but I am a Juliana Sheffield fan forever. If YOU know more, let ME know.

3. “Seven Angels on a Bicycle” — Carrie Rodriguez

As I live the latter part of my life, I am amazed that someone born in 1978 is now already 35 years old. This is the title tune of Carrie’s debut album of 2006. Initially assisted by Chip Taylor, she was taken touring by Taylor, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, John Mayer, Los Lobos, and Patty Griffin, wherein she began capturing an ever-growing audience. She has a new album on tap for this month and I’m hoping for the best. Don’t miss her when she’s in your town.

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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