So, you played along with the Fiver. (If not, go back one post and do it now!) Here are the details…any of them change your mind enough to give one another listen?
Track 1: Shine On You – The Duke and The King
Simone Felice of The Felice Brothers is part of this “soul-folk-glam ensemble” out of Upstate New York, so right away I was interested. Their self titled CD just came out in the US August 16th on a wave of critical acclaim from Europe. Named for the traveling Shakespeare hustlers in ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, they’re already drawing comparisons greats from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Smokey Robinson, Fleetwood Mac, Sly & the Family Stone, and Simon & Garfunkel. I love them…they had me at harmonica.
Track 2: Chelsea – Casey Shea
His website describes his delivery as original…”think Bill Murray meets John Lennon.” Nice – we could use more original these days. He’s from the south, has been gigging around NYC and will soon hop the pond for some dates in the UK…then back to the studio for another CD release late this year.
Track 3: Bayou Tortous – James McMurtry
‘Member Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment? This dude’s Dad, Larry McMurtry, wrote them. Their family is revered as Texas royalty, and the son’s songwriting is largely praised to be a chip off the old block…lyrically, anyway. Okay, so this might not have been the best example to throw at you, but trust me when I tell you that James McM is a Texas legend.
(My Mother in Law is a big fan…)
Track 4: Bad – Kirsty MacColl
Ahhhhh, Kirsty. God love her, and may she Rest in Peace. Those of you who love The Pogues‘ Christmas Classic “Fairytale of New York” will recognize her clear, true voice as the female foil to Shane MacGowan’s growl. Her song “They Don’t Know About Us” served as the theme song for Tracey Ullman’s HBO show Tracey Takes On. She’s practically a National Treasure in Britain, and beloved by her fans…me included. Check out more of her stuff and see if she doesn’t win you over, too.
Track 5: Move on Up – Curtis Mayfield
Okay, so I expected that you’d all know and love this – I mean, it’s Curtis Mayfield, for cryin’ out loud! (Y’know – Curtis Mayfield…as in Superfly? And People Get Ready from when he was with The Impressions?)
This is just an awesome song, and I wanted to leave you on a high note for this week’s Fiver. Thanks for playing!