An exquisite panoply of the genre rainbow gushes forth this month with the releases of Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters, Sugar Brown, Chad Elliott & The Redemptions, Carolyn Fe, Robert Walter, Arthur Nasson, Erica Falls, Thomas Dolby and some “Songs From Lyon County.”
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There’s a wellspring of new sound via seven CDs filled to the brim with adventurous, pioneering complexity (Saft, Evans, Garner, MND FLO), deep gutbucket blues (Lynn), exquisite songcraft (Hitt) and one raw, rollicking early-rock collection that will make your head spin like Linda Blair in “The Exorcist.”
So much sound this month, it’s hard to listen to anything else. When Joan Armatrading releases a new record, I sit up and take notice. John Wesley Harding sounds great doing other people’s material. Motel Mirrors are my favorite new band. Add jazz, a Pennsylvania power blues trio, the heavenly Beth McKee and some righteous jumpin’ rockabilly and we are, indeed, “Filled With Sound.”
“God Moves On the Water” was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson for Columbia Records in New Orleans when representatives from the great label of the North went on a field expedition throughout Louisiana to try and find regional talent. It’s safe to say they hit the jackpot with the blind singing songwriting preaching Texan.
Mac Rebennack was run out of his native New Orleans when he was 28 and told to never come back. In Los Angeles, after becoming the go-to guy of recording sessions, he rechristened himself Dr. John, The Night Tripper, and recorded his debut as a solo artist, one of the greatest albums of all-time, 1968’s “Gris-Gris.” Dr. John, now 77, goes over all the fine ingredients that make up this 50-year-old album.