Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions* and two recommended albums on CD.
(Click on the photo to stream or request the album you’re interested in!)
Freegal Streaming Suggestions*
Out Of The Ashes (2006) by Jessi Colter (Genre: Country, Outlaw Country):
Jessi Cotler was the lone woman in the 1970s Outlaw Country group of artists that included Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and, Colter’s second husband Waylon Jennings.
And as a little bit of trivia, the reason I mention that Waylon Jennings was Cotler’s second husband is because her first husband, Rock N’ Roll hall of famer Duane Eddy, was born in Corning!
Getting back to Jessi, her first album, A Country Star Is Born was released in 1970. Five years later she hit her recordings stride and released her break-out album I’m Jessi Colter which featured her break out single the song I’m Not Lisa. Colter subsequently became a popular country artist and her albums sold well during the “Country Outlaw” period of the mid to late seventies.
Since the seventies heyday of Country Outlaw music, Colter has continued to perform and occasionally record – her most recent album, the spiritual The Psalms was released just last year.
Out Of The Ashes was originally released in 2006 and is a top-notch album that should go on the shelf right next to the best of her seventies albums: I’m Jessi Colter, Diamond In the Rough & Colter
Songs on the LP include: You Can Pick ‘Em, Starman, The Phoenix Rises, Out Of The Rain, Velvet And Steel, Never Got Over You, The Canyon and Please Carry Me Home.
2010-07-24 Performing Arts Center, Purchase, NY (Live) by Hot Tuna with Steve Earle (Genre: Rock, Folk, Country):
Hot Tuna is a bluesy folk rock band formed by two of the original members of The Jefferson Airplane – guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Cassidy. Kaukonen and Cassidy are life-long friends having grown up together in Washington, D.C., and, they started this side-project band while still members of The Jefferson Airplane. By the early seventies they had both left the Airplane to focus on Hot Tuna. In the years since, the band has continued to play live concerts and record albums.
This 2010 live album features the songs: I See The Light, I Can’t Be Satisfied, Long Gone From Bowlin’ Green, Arrowhead, If This Is Love, I Want My Money Back and Hometown Blues with guest artist Steve Earle.
Southeastern (2013) by Jason Isbell (Genre: Folk/Americana, Pop, Rock):
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Jason Isebell worked with the band The Truckers before turning his focus towards a solo career. Southeastern is his fourth album and clearly shows that Isbell has a talent for writing solid story songs.
Songs on the album include: Live Oak, Different Days, Songs That She Sang In The Shower, Super 8, Relatively Easy and Cover Me Up.
An Italian Night – Live from the Waldbühne Berlin with Jonas Kaufmann (Genre: Classical, Vocal):
One summer night in 2018, Jonas Kaufmann treated thousands at Berlin’s open-air Waldbühne to an evening of Italian passion that even the unexpectedly stormy weather failed to dampen. His wide-ranging program, based largely on his 2016 album, Dolce Vita, mixes the great arias of Italian opera, from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana to Puccini’s Turandot (“Nessun dorma” brings the evening to a rousing close), with Neopolitan songs and Italian hits. Kaufmann, in fine form, clearly wows the audiences with his considerable charm and creates ample musical chemistry with mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili, mesmerizing in Lucio Dalla’s “Caruso.” A thoroughly uplifting concert captured beautifully.
The “In” Sound – Presented By The United States Army by Various Artists (Genre: Classic Rock, Classic Recruitment Commercials):
Harry Harrison was a radio host who worked for WFMU in Jersey City, New Jersey in the 1960s.
I have searched for information on this album and found very little info online. “The In Sound”, was evidently a weekly radio program that featured some of the big pop-rock artists of the era. The program was hosted by Harrison and “presented by the U.S. Army.” This EP features five songs and includes U.S. Army recruiting promotions interspersed between the songs. Whether or not the radio show was aired on WFMU or some branch of the Armed Forces Radio Network is not something I have been able to discover.
However, this 25 minute, 5 songs radio show is a blast from the past!
If you like the music of the late sixties – give it a listen!
The EP features the following songs: Ha Ha, Said The Clown by The Yardbirds, Let The Good Times Roll And Feel So Good by Bunny Sigler, Words by The Monkees, I Like The Way by Tommy James & The Shondells and Lonesome Road by The Wonder Who.
The Yardbirds, Tommy James and The Monkees are all still well known groups today. Bunny Sigler was an producer and singer-songwriter from Philadelphia whose biggest hit was the one found on this EP – Let The Good Times Roll And Feel So Good. He was also one of the pillars of the seventies Philadelphia Sound, and, The Wonder Who is a band better known by another name — The Four Seasons.
Recommended CDs of the Week:
The Light Of The Sun (2011) by Jill Scott (Genre: R&B, Pop):
Jill Scott is a singing, songwriting actress with a great voice!
She is known for her role as Hounddog in the HBO series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. And for her intense, deep singing voice. This is her sixth album and it is a great place to jump in and listen to her music if you haven’t heard it before.
This album is full of terrific songs that clearly illustrate Scott is one of the best R&B singer-songwriters working today.
Songs on the album include: Blessed, Le Boom Vent Suite, Hear My Call, Some Other Time and a So In Love a duet with Anthony Hamilton.
Robbie Robertson (1987) by Robbie Robertson (Rock, Classic Rock, Folk-Rock):
This 1987 album by Band co-founder Robbie Robertson is his first solo album. The music is top-notch but those expecting it to sound like the music of The Band may be disappointed as the album branches out past the Americana folk style that The Band is known for.
This album has everything from ethereal songs (Fallen Angel) to intense rockers (Hell’s Half Acre & Showdown At Big Sky) to introspective songs (Broken Arrow & Sonny Got Caught In The Moonlight) and if you haven’t heard it before – I highly recommend it!
Songs on the album include: Sweet Fire Of Love, Fallen Angel, Broken Arrow, Somewhere Down The Crazy River and American Roulette.
Videos of the Week:
The Phoenix Rises by Jessi Colter
Out Of The Rain by Jessi Colter with Waylon Jennings and Tony Jo White
Hometown Blues by Hot Tuna with Steve Earle
Live From The Capital Theatre 12/8/2017 (2 hours & 55 minutes) by Hot Tuna
Cover Me Up by Jason Isbell
Live At House Of Blues (February 27, 2016) by Jason Isbell (1 hour and 45 minute show)
Jonas Kaufmann – Trailer: An Italian Night – Live at the Waldbühne Berlin
Jonas Kaufmann – Ti voglio tanto bene – Live from Berlin’s Waldbühne
Ha Ha Said The Clown by The Yardbirds
Lonesome Road by The Wonder Who (Four Seasons):
Fallen Angel by Robbie Robertson
Somewhere Down The Crazy River by Robbie Robertson
Womanifesto by Jill Scott
When I Wake Up by Jill Scott
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.)
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*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!
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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!