New Music For Old People: Browning Bryant, Meg Myers, KONGOS



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. Browning Bryant – “Cover Girl”

This is from an LP from the ’70s I had endeavored for years to find on CD to no avail. I mentioned it in an interview with James Reed, a music writer at The Boston Globe, and damned if he didn’t send it as a gift in the mail shortly thereafter. I met Allen Toussaint at a festival a couple of years ago. He produced this album and wrote many of the songs on it, including this one, as well as adding his majestic keyboard playing. I told him how much I loved this song and he smiled at me and started singing it to me. If he didn’t forget it, how can you?

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2. Meg Myers – “Adelaide”

I had a crush on Adelaide Reed in high school but she never knew. This is an Adelaide with a different agenda. Meg has been in the column once before and she has no fear lyrically of telling the absolute truth as she does in this story. I like that about her and this track is very well done.

3. KONGOS – “Take Me Back”

Another former column subject with another great track from their recently released debut album, Lunatic. I love the way their accordion player solos and here’s another nice one on this track as well. This is just a well-made recording of a good song that’ll tickle your ears all the way from South Africa where they’re from.

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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