Suggested Listening May 3, 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!)

The Bluegrass Cardinals (1974/2003) by The Bluegrass Cardinals (Genre: Bluegrass):

The Bluegrass Cardinals formed in Los Angeles in 1974. The group consisted of mandolinist Randy Graham, and father and son musicians Don Parmley on banjo and David Parmley on vocals and guitar.

The group disbaned in the 1990s and David went on to a succesful solo career; and he is still playing concerts today.

The uptempo Bluegrass Cardinals album is the band’s debut LP and features the songs Bird Dog, Girl at the Crossroads Bar, Where No One Stands Alone and Are You Missing Me.


Schubert (2019) by Khatia Buniatishvili (Genre: Classical, Piano):

Virtuosos pianist Khatia Buniatishvili was born in 1987, began studying piano at age three and at age six began playing professionally. In the years since she has played across the globe with many musical partners including Placido Domingo, Mikhail Pletneve, Myung-Whung Chung, the Seattle Symphony, the London Symphony, the Isreal Phillharmonic and the Toronoto Symphony.

Her new album focuses on the work of Franz Schubert and features the following compositions Piano Sonata No. 21, 4 Impromptus, Op. 90 & Ständchen, S. 560.


Muskrat Ramble by The Mid States Four (Genre: Barbershop, a cappella, Vocal):

The Midstates Four was a Barbershop quartet that won the international* barbershop competition in 1949.

So yes, indeed, this album if full of what today is a rare singing form – Barbershop Quartet music!

Songs in the collection include Muskrat Ramble, Oklahoma Idian Jazz, Heart of My Heart & Swanee River.


Live at Winterland (1973/2013) by Quicksilver Messenger Service (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock):

Quicksilver Messenger Service consisted of singer-songwriter and guitarist Dino Valente, singer Jim Murray, guitarist John Cipollina, bassist David Freiberg and drummer Greg Elmore. The group formed in the mid-sixties and was part of the San Francisco based psychedelic sound.

This concert was recorded on December 1, 1973 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and, features the following songs Play My Guitar, Mojo, The Hat, Losing Hand and Who Do You Love?


Perpetual Optimism (2019) by Herlin Riley (Genre: Jazz):

Herlin Riley is a New Orleans based jazz drummer known for his work with Wynton Marsalis, as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and for his solo recordings. Perpetual Optimism is his brand new album, and it is – and I can’t resist – an optimistic album! Critic David Gelly, in his Guardian review of the LP, even describes the album as “joyous” and “rhythmically elegant.”

If you like New Orleans jazz – check this album out – it is perfect for weekend listening, and morning, noon or evening listening too!

Songs on the LP include Rush Hour, Be There When I Get There, Borders Without Lines and Stella By Starlight.


That’s What I Call Keen: 1926-1928 by Charley Straight and His Orchestra (Genre: Jazz, Ragtime):

Charley Straight was a Chicago based pianist who cut his musical teeth during the Vaudeville Era before forming his first big band in the 1920s.

That’s What I Call Keen includes songs recorded by Charley Straight and His Orchestra from 1926 to 1928, and it is a fun collection of vintage jazz horn-centric music!

This is a great album – check it out – songs include Sweet Southern Breeze, Talking to the Moon, Deep Henderson, Hobo’s Prayer and That’s Why I Love You.


A Tip of the Hat to Fats (2019) by Mitch Woods (Genre: Jazz, Swing, Blues, Jump Blues):

Pianist Mitch Woods has described his music as “rock-a-boogie.” The music on this LP does indeed swing at the crossroads where swing and blues meet 1950s rock.

Woods is accompanied on the album by his backing band Rocket 88, and if you want to dance – this album is perfect – just hit play!

Songs include Solid Gold Cadillac, Mojo Mambo, Down Boy Down, Crawfishin’ and Blue Monday.


Videos of the Week:

Concert (August 12, 1983) by The Bluegrass Cardinals (2 hours!)


Girl at the Crossroads Bar by The Bluegrass Cardinals


F. Liszt – “Ständchen” Piano Transcriptions After Schubert by Khatia Buniatishvili


Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, D. 899 by Khatia Buniatishvili


Carolina Sunshine by The Mid States Four


Swanee River by The Mid States Four


The Hat by Quicksilver Messenger Service


Play My Guitar by Quicksilver Messenger Service


Perpetual Optimism by Herlin Riley


Rush Hour by Herlin Riley


Hi Diddle Diddle by Charly Straight and his Orchestra


Too Busy by Charly Straight and his Orchestra


Solid Gold Cadillac by Mitch Woods


Walking To New Orleans by Mitch Woods

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition,

Herlin Riley,

Herlin Riley: Perpetual Optimism review – good-natured ease, brilliantly done, The Guardian,

*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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