Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
1) Cosmic Hallelujah by Kenney Chesney (Genre: Country):
This is singer-songwriter Chesney’s 17th album released in 2016. This is a modern country album with pop overtones that includes thoughtful songs.
Songs on the LP include: Trip Around the Sun, Setting the World on Fire, Noise, Some Town Somewhere, Bar at the End of the World and Winnebago.
2) Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters (Genre: Rock):
This is the ninth album by the rock group the Foo Fighters. AllMusic describes this album as having roots in the progressive music of the 1970s.
Songs on the album include: Run, The Sky Is a Neighborhood, Happy Ever After (Zero Hour), Sunday Rain & Concrete and Gold.
3) Trumpet Evolution by Arturo Sandoval (Genre: Jazz):
To quote from Thom Jurek’ AllMusic review of this LP: “Trumpet Evolution, which is literally a journey through the great trumpeters from jazz’s and orchestral music’s past, is easily the finest moment of Sandoval’s long career and one of the greatest records jazz has produced in the preceding two decades.” Sounds like an excellent recommendation to me! And if you saw Mr. Sandoval in concert last week at the first program of the 2017-2018 Corning Civic Music season — then no doubt you’ll concur with that assessment as he played an outstanding concert!
Songs on this album include: When It’s Sleepy Time Down South, At the Jazz Band Ball, I Can’t Get Started, Concerto for Cootie, My Funny Valentine and Up Jumped Spring.
4) The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis [The Sun Sessions] by Jerry Lee Lewis (Genre: Classic Rock/1950s Rock):
This 40 song set was issued in 2013 and offers a great look at the early work of classic rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis shows of his piano playing chops and shows how he could masterfully blend the sounds of rock, country, blues, gospel and R&B and make any song sound like he wrote it and owned it!
Songs on this LP include: Crazy Arms, End Of The Road, Sixty Minute Man, Ubangi Stomp and Great Balls of Fire.
5) Special Rider Blues: Early Recordings, 1931 by Skip James (Genre: Blues/ Acoustic Blues):
This album by Delta Blues guitarist Skip James was recorded for Paramount Records in Grafton, Wisconsin in February 1931.
James had an otherworldly voice and played his guitar in an understated style. Many of his songs, including: I’m So Glad and Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues have been covered by many rock and blue musicians over the years.
This is the set that James’s reputation was built upon and it includes all the surviving songs he recorded for Paramount Records – including: Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues, Special Rider Blues, Devil Got My Woman, 22-20 Blues, For O’clock Blues and What Am I to Do Blues.
CD Recommendation of the Week:
Harp Attack! by James Cotton, Junior Wells, Cary Bell & Billy Branch (Genre: Blues):
A great album by four extraordinary Chicago blues harmonica players!
Songs include: Little Car Blues, Black Night, Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets and Broke and Hungry.
Videos of the Week:
All The Pretty Girls by Kenny Chesney:
The Sky Is A Neighborhood by Foo Fighters:
La Virgen de la Macarena by Arturo Sandoval
Crazy Arms by Jerry Lee Lewis as included in scenes from the film Great Balls of Fire starring Dennis Quaid:
Hard Time Killing Blues by Skip James:
Down Home Blues by James Cotton, Junior Wells, Cary Bell & Billy Branch:
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
Have a great day!
P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713
*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!
Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.