New Music For Old People: SafetySuit, Shivaree, Mary Wells



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. “Get Around This” – SafetySuit

This is an unabashed pop group but I kinda like this track. They release very well-made, carefully produced tracks and this one just wormed its way from my computer into my brain. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, they relocated to Gnashville in about 2004 and still reside there. This track is from their second album released in 2012, These Times.

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2. “I Will Go Quietly” – Shivaree

I discovered this band on iTunes. I missed them in their original permutation. There were three of them: the singer, the guitarist, and the bassist. I guessed they used friends or studio guys to record and tour. She is quite a singer AND her name is Ambrosia Parsley. With all due respect, and she deserves that, it sounds like something my wife made as a side dish. Did she make that name up or were her parents the original hippies?

3. “What Love Has Joined Together” – Mary Wells

An early Motown songstress, she had a long run of hits. This is a Smokey Robinson song and production with the great Detroit guitarist Marv Tarplin in attendance. Sometimes he would co-write with Smokey. But Mary’s voice was always very inspiring to me. This is one of my faves all around. Great song, great singer, great band (check out the pianist), great production. It was actually the B side for “Your Old Standby” but I liked it better than the A side.

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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