Suggested Listening June 14, 2019

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

(Click on the album cover to stream the album.)

Boppin’ Acetates, Coast to Coast Various Artists (Genre: Traditional Country):

This 31 song collection features rare tracks recorded by country and bluegrass players in the 1930s and 1940s. It offers a fascinating listen to country music of the era, which sounds grassroots-y and quaint by modern standards.

Songs featured in the collection include Black Mountain Rag by Curly Fagan & The Watkins Brothers, Sleeping in the Cellar by Eddie Moore, Mixed Boogie by Burton Harris & Billy Smith, Looking for a Date Tonight by Carl Petz & The Drifting Cowboys and Pistol Packin’ Mama by Red Belcher.

Hits of Western Swing (1999) by Western Swing All Stars (Genre: Country, Western Swing):

Information on the Western Swing All Stars is scarce, at least online; Amazon, Spotify and iTunes all have this album for sale but their album description pages simply list the song titles and no-other information. However, that is okay because one listen to this album and you’ll know this group plays great instrumental music in the country swing style.

Songs on this fun and upbeat collection include My Window Faces South, Rout 66, Hey Good Lookin’, Settin’, The Woods On Fire and Call Me The Breeze.

Unbreakable: A Juneteenth Playlist by Various Artists (Genre: Pop, Vocal, Blues, Jazz, Rap, Rock etc.)

The celebration of Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration dates to June 19, 1865 when U.S. soldiers, under the command of General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston Texas and relayed the news that all slaves in the United States were free.

The celebration is held annual on June 19 and this playlist is great for listening to whilst celebrating or really at any time — it is a terrific playlist. Songs on the eighty-two song list include Feeling Good by Nina Simone, Young Woman’s Blues by Queen Latifah, People Get Ready by The Staple Singers, Freedom by Pharrel Williams, Freedom (traditional) by The Golden Gate Quartet, Noah by Harry Belafonte and Don’t Stop Til’ you Reach The Top by The Sounds of Blackness.

Peace…Back By Popular Demand (2004) by Keb’ Mo’ (Genre: Blues):

Modern blues guitarist Keb’ Mo’, born Kevin Moore, covers some classic protest songs in this thoughtful collection. Songs on the LP include Wake Up Everybody, Get Together, Someday We’ll All Be Free, What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Imagine.

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock):

The brand new album from The Boss, released June 14, 2019!

Songs in the set include Hitch Hikin’, The Wayfarer, Western Stars, Sleepy Joe’s Cafe, Drive Fast, Chasin’ Wild Horses and Moonlight Motel.

Mothers of Blues – An Introductory Collection of the Most Influential Women of Blues with Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Trixie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mamie Smith, And More! by Various Artists (Genre:Blues):

That long title certainly gives us a clue that the music on this LP offers an introduction to some of the most influential female blues players of the early 20th century. And that is true! Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Rosetta Tharpe were wonderful blues sings and if you’re not familiar with their works, this set offers a great place to start listening to their music.

Songs in the collection include Million Dollar Blues by Memphis Minnie, Strange Things Happen by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dope Head Blues by Victoria Spivey, My Man Rocks Me by Trixie Smith and Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues by Ida Cox.

Yesterday’s Gone (1964/2010) by Chad & Jeremy (Genre: Pop, Folk-Pop, British Invasion):

Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde were a British folk-pop duo known for their sophisticated sound. They recorded this their first album in 1963, became popular in the wake of the Beatles and appeared on a number of television shows of the era including the Hollywood Palace, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Kaye Show, Hullabaloo and Shindig.

Three of their most popular, and best known songs appear on this LP: A Summer Song, Yesterday’s Gone and Willow Weep for Me. Other songs include

Videos of the Week:

Black Mountain Rag by Curly Fagan & The Watkins Brothers

Mixed Boogie by Burton Harris & Billy Smith

Call Me The Breeze by Western Swing All-Stars

Route 66 by Western Swing All-Stars

Feeling Good by Nina Simone

Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin & The Notes

Get Together by Keb’ Mo’

Walking Blues by Keb’ Mo’ & Others

What’s So Funny About Peace Love & Understanding by Keb’ Mo’

Hello Sunshine by Bruce Springsteen

Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

Booze and Blues by Ma Rainey

Million Dollar Blues by Memphis Minnie

A Summer Song by Chad & Jeremy

Yesterday’s Gone by Chad & Jeremy

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


The Emancipation Proclamation, National Archives,

Ma Rainey, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Online,

Transcription of the Emancipation Proclamation, National Archives,

What Is Juneteenth? by Henry Louis Gates Jr., PBS (origianlly posted on The Root),

*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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