Suggested Listening April 12, 2019

Hi everyone, here are our lucky seven musical streaming* suggestions for the week.

(Click on the photo of the album or playlist you’d like to hear, to play it!)

Absolutely the Best of Dennis Coffey by Dennis Coffey (Genre: Country, Roots Music):

Detroit guitarist and funk legend Dennis Coffey has played on a plentitude of funk and Motown hits over the years including the classic songs S.O.S. with Edwin Starr, Open The Door To your Heart with Carl Carlton, War with Rare Earth and many songs with the Temptations including Cloud Nine, Ball of Confusion and I Wish it Would Rain.

Coffey has also released a number of solo albums over the years that spotlight his great guitar playing from Hair and Thangs on the Maverick label, to 2011’s self-titled Dennis Coffey LP.

This neat LP, which was originally released in 1971, features great guitar playing throughout and showcases some of his great sixties work.

Songs on the LP include Ride, Sally, Ride, Can You Feel It, Midnight Blue, Son of Scorpio and Enter The Dragon.


John Hartford (1969) by John Hartford (Genre: Folk, Americana, Country):

Singer-songwriter John Hartford is best known today for his song Gentle on my Mind which was a hit for Hartford and an even bigger hit for Glen Campbell. However, Hartford was a great multi-instrumentalist with a terrific sense of humor, i.e. his song The Good Old Electric Washing Machine Circa 1943, and had a long and varied musical career, recording solo albums and playing on other artists recordings including The Byrds, Hoyt Axton, James Taylor, and Seals & Croft.

The self-titled LP, John Hartford, originally released in 1969, shows off Hartford’s talent and includes some great songs including the rousing Dusty Miller Hornpipe and Fugue in A Major for Strings, Brass & Five-String Banjo, I’ve Heard The Tearstained Monologue You Do By The Door Before You Leave, A Short Sentimental Interlude and Mr. Jackson’s Got Nothing To Do.


Kings of Country Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Country):

The Kings of Country playlist features 86 songs and offers 4 hours and 57 minutes of music.

The playlist features classic and modern country artists and includes the following songs: Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash, Good Time by Alan Jackson, I Had A Beautiful Time by Merle Haggard, I’m Comin’ Over by Chris Young, Mountain Music by Alabama and Blue Moon of Kentucky by Elvis Presley.


December Concert by Bill MacKay & Matt Lux (Genre: Jazz, Experimental/Innovative Jazz):

December is a five-song album by innovative/experimental jazz guitarist Bill MacKay and rock guitarist Matt Lux. I couldn’t find much information on the album online; however, it has a pleasing melancholy vibe to it and is worth checking out!

The LP includes the songs: Orbits Unkown, Black Leaves, Per Ardua Ad Astrum, Wheat & Scythe & Tourniquet for a Season.


The Essential Odyssey by Odyssey (Genre: R&B, 1970s R&B):

Odyssey was a trio consisting of sisters Lillian and Louise Lopez and Tony Reynolds. The New York City-based singing group had big hits during the disco era with the songs Native New Yorker and Easy Come, Easy Go.

The Essential Odyssey collection features 30 songs, includes all their hits and offers a great disco-era dance collection that is perfect for weekend listening (and dancing!)

Songs on the LP include: Going Back to My Roots, Hang Together, Magic Touch, When You Love Somebody, Together and Lucky Star.


Soul for Real: A Jazz Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Jazz): 

Soul for Real is a 79 song playlist featuring nine hours and five minutes of music.

The collection offers a mix of jazz artists and songs old and new including Wildflower by Hank Crawford, People Make The World Go Round by Milt Jackson, Sophisticated Hippie by Horace Silver Quintet, Power by Stanley Clarke, The River Nile by Eddie Harris and Chameleon by Herbie Hancock.


I Don’t Prefer No Blues by Leo Bud Welch (Genre: Blues):

Leo Bud Welch was born in Sabougla, Mississippi in 1932 and lived his entire life in that area. He learned to play multiple instruments as a youth and played and sang in church and at juke joints, picnics, etc. before being discovered when he was in his early eighties! He released his first album, Sabougla Voices, in 2014. A year later he released his second critically acclaimed album I Don’t Prefer No Blues.

Bud Welch died in 2017, but before he left us he recorded some great music that harkens back to the music made in the early 20th Century by Delta Blues artists like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Blind Willie Johnson, and Muddy Waters (before he moved to Chicago!).

I Don’t Prefer No Blues features a terrific collection of earthy blues songs including  Poor Boy, Goin’ Down Slow, Cadillac Baby, Too Much Wine, I Woke Up and So Many So Many Turnrows.


Videos of the Week:

Ride, Sally, Ride by Dennis Coffey


Scorpio by Dennis Coffey


Dusty Miller Hornpipe and Fugue by John Hartford


Learning To Smile-Gentle On My Mind + Way Down The River Road


Break Up With Him by Old Dominion


Hey Good Looking by Hank Williams


Mountain Music by Alabama


Black Leaves by Bill MacKay & Matt Lux


Tourniquet for a Season by Bill MacKay & Matt Lux


Easy Come, Easy Go by Odyssey


Native New Yorker by Odyssey


Dat Dere by Bobby Timmons


Living For The City by Ramsey Lewis


The Masquerade Is Over Lou Donaldson


Cadillac Baby by Leo Bud Welch


Girl In The Holler by Leo Bud Welch

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Coffey Blast by Jonathan Cunningham. Detroit Metro Times. October 12, 2011,

Dennis Coffey. Red Bull Music Academy,

Fat Possum Records,

R.I.P. Leo “Bud” Welch | 1932-2017. Fat Possum Records. December 19, 2017,

*Freegal is a free streaming music service available for free to library cardholders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries. STLS member libraries include all the public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler, and Allegany counties — including our own Southeast Steuben County Library.

You can download the Freegal music app to your mobile device or access the desktop version of the site by clicking on the following link:

*The Freegal service offers library card holders the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day.

Tech Talk is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

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