New Music For Old People: Jack Johnson, Honeycut, Brandi Carlile

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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. “Staple it Together” — Jack Johnson

If you miss the band The Police or the younger Sting, this is for you. This is from Jack’s 2013 album In Between Dreams if you desire more of this. He always has various clever tracks that stay with you. “Taylor” was another one that remained on the turntable (so to speak) for quite a while. Wonder if it was about THAT ‘swift ‘ Taylor. She should have covered “I Get Around.”

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2. “Climbin’” — Honeycut

This completes a trio of tracks by this band from an album that is nine years old. They sure don’t sound dated to me. Their latest album was released in February, 2012. I hope they’re still out there playing — I’d love to see them live.

3. “Alibi” — Brandi Carlile

I just like the utter simplicity of this — rockabilly groove and attitude and damn good lyric. I don’t think this is what Miz Seattle is known for, but it goes down just fine for me.

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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One comment on “New Music For Old People: Jack Johnson, Honeycut, Brandi Carlile
  1. In Between Dreams was the last good album by Jack Johnson, in my opinion. Loved it and his earlier music, but turn the station whenever anything newer comes on.

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