New Music For Old People: Edgar Winter, Tom McRae, Lucinda Williams

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. “Where Would I Be” — Edgar Winter

Most of the musicians I know were heavily influenced by Ray Charles, myself included. On occasion we will unabashedly let those influences be plainly seen for various reasons. Edgar does so in this instance and he’s just so damn good at it (including a great alto sax solo) that it begs to be appreciated. This is from 1971 but still sounds mighty fine today.

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2. “Still Love You” — Tom McRae

Tom is an English singer-songwriter born in 1969. His first album came out in 2001. This is from his 2010 album Alphabet of Hurricanes and mostly features Tom singing and strumming a uke on a pleasant love song. I like the mood and simplicity of this track — I think he does just what needs to be done to put this over with a restraint rarely employed nowadays.

3. “Lines Around Your Eyes” — Lucinda Williams

As Lucinda and I get older, I enjoy her vocals even more. This is a great song and she delivers it perfectly. The accordion and guitar solos are just right as well. What can I say? She will be with us for quite a while longer while she keeps recording top-notch tunes like this. Love the lyrics.

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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