Saw Steve Earle last night at the Englert. A fabulous show, mostly acoustic with a little bit of techno, hip-hop mix behind him on occasion. The acoustic great; the dance mix behind him not so much. Fortunately it was much more of the former. His new wife Alison Moorer opened the show. She has a great voice, but the music didn’t do a whole lot for me. Her harmonies with Steve, though, were amazing. He may be looking like a not-so-gracefully aging cowboy, but he can still rock with the best of them. So, today’s listening suggestion is The Revolution Starts Now. I mean how can you beat an album with a love song to Condi Rice or a declaration to fuck the FCC?
For secondary listening pleasure, I recommend Steve’s Transcendental Blues. Perhaps an all around better album, but his show last night put me in the mood for a bit of revolution.
Also on my day’s playlist is in honor of the end of New Orleans’ Jazz Fest. Wish I could be there. The Nevilles closing the show like the old days. It would be easy of course to suggest some Nevilles or perhaps some Professor Longhair-both appropriate and worth a good listen to today, but I’m reaching a bit further and putting a little James Booker on the playlist. I highly recommend his Junco Partner. An all-around great eclectic New Orleans piano album.
OK, so a smaller picture of Booker’s album but no less important than Earle’s. Give ’em both a listen. I could of course go on with new orleans music. In fact, maybe I will: upcoming, my top ten new orleans albums. Stay tuned…