Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations for the week; four streaming suggestions* and one recommended album on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018) by Buddy Guy (Genre: Blues):
Blues guitar master Buddy Guy is 81 years young and is still going strong – his singing and playing is as vibrant as ever and he is still playing concerts and recording. His new album, The Blues Is Alive And Well, was released just last week!
Songs on the album include: A Few Good Years, Guilty As Charged, The Blues Is Alive And Well, Blue No More, Old Fashioned and Ooh Daddy.
Guest musicians appearing on the LP include Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and James Bay.
Mixed Reality (2018) by Gin Blossoms (Genre: Rock, Pop):
The Gin Blossoms first broke into the national music arena in the early nineties, charting with bright pop-rock songs including “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.”
This new collection of songs has that same bright, upbeat sound and features the songs: Break, Angels Fly, Here Again, Miranda Chicago, Wonder and Forever Is This Night.
Sink or Swim (2007) by the Gaslight Anthem (Genre: Rock):
In his AllMusic biography of Gaslight Anthem Corey Apar describes the music of the band as sounding like “Bruce Springsteen backed by the Clash,” and I have to agree!
If you like the music of Springsteen and the Clash – check out Gaslight Anthem’s music. Sink or Swim is their second album and includes the songs: Boomboxes And Dictionaries, 1930, Red In Morning, I Coulda Been A Contender, We Came To Dance and I’da Called You Woody, Joe.
Audacity (2018) by Buster Williams (Genre: Jazz, Vocal):
Jazz bassist Buster Williams worked for years as a sideman for artists including Jimmy Heath, Gene Ammons, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Williams and Herbie Hancock before stepping out on his own. Today he is a seasoned elder on the jazz scene whose work remains full of vitality.
Songs in this collection include: Where Giants Dwell, Sisko, Stumblin’, Lost on 4th Avenue and Audacity.
Recommended CD of the Week:
The Best of Tuck & Patti (Genre: Jazz, Pop, Vocal, New Age, Easy Listening):
Guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart met in Las Vegas in 1980 and began performing together the next year. They were married in 1983 and worked for a few years on developing their sound before signing their first recording contract with Windham Hill Jazz in 1987. Their music is what I would describe as deep, uncluttered and straight to the point. Tuck studied classical guitar and knows how to create musical depth by playing just a few notes and Patti has a great voice that is right at home singing traditional R&B or Jazz and together they create great music!
This is an older greatest hits collection, released on Windham Hill Jazz, in 1994 and it includes songs from early in their career and gives you a good idea of their sound.
Songs on the LP include: Tears of Joy, Time After Time, Love Warriors, As Time Goes By, Better Than Anything and Little Wing.
Videos of the Week:
A Few Good Years by Buddy Guy
Break by Gin Blossoms
Boomboxes & Dictionaries by The Gaslight Anthem
Boomboxes & Dictionaries – Acoustic Version Brian Fallon by of The Gaslight Anthem
Sisko by Buster Williams
Surf City by Jan & Dean, introduced by Steve Allen
Sidewalk Surfin by Jan & Dean from American Bandstand
Have a great weekend!
*A library card is required to use the Freegal Music Service. If you live in the service area of the Southern Tier Library System, which consists of the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Alleghany counties in New York State, you can get a library card for free at your nearest public library – including our own Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, New York. The Freegal Music Service is free for all Southern Tier Library System member libraries library card holders to access.
Artist Biography & Discography Information:
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)
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.
Links to the desktop versions of the catalogs for the library system – apps for each are available in your app store:
Digital Library Catalogs:
Freegal offers streaming and downloadable music
OverDrive allows you to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and handful of streaming videos
RB Digital is the place you go to check out magazines – on demand – and you never have to return them!
The Traditional Library Catalog:
You can search for and request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and other physical format items through StarCat – it is the modern day card catalog!