Suggested Listening April 17, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, April 17, 2020.

Our listening suggestions today includes ten streaming albums, from the Freegal Music Catalog, and a selection of related music videos.

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Freegal Streaming Suggestions:

Between The Lines (1975) by Janis Ian (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop)

Between The Lines is a classic, and critically acclaimed, album by singer-songwriter Janis Ian. Ian’s thoughtful reflective songs shine on this LP, which include her biggest hit At Seventeen.

Song List:
When the Party’s Over
At Seventeen
From Me to You
Bright Lights and Promises
In the Winter
Between the Lines
The Come On
Light a Light
Tea and Sympathy
Lover’s Lullabye

Essential Jazz Masters (1947-1955) Lee Konitz (Genre: Jazz)

A thirty-song collection of early classics by the late, great alto sax player Leo Konitz.

Songs include These Foolish Things, Bernie’s Tune, Subconscious Lee, Almost Like Being in Love, Indian Summer, Ice Cream Konitz, Ezz-Thetic, You Go To My Head and Sax Of A Kind.

Essential, Vol. 1 Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra by Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (Genre: Swing, Jazz)

This first volume, in a five-volume set, features a solid introduction to swing master Charlie Barnet’s music. The music is, well, swinging! All five volumes in this series are available through Freegal, so if you listen to the LP and love the music – there is more in the catalog!

Song List:
Afraid to Say Hello
All I Desire
Andy’s Boogie
Blue Juice
Charleston Alley
Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley
Cuban Boogie Woogie
Dark Bayou
Desert Sands
E Bob O Lee Bob

From Cowboy to Country by Jimmy Wakely

This 24 song compilation features music that chronicles the transformation of Jimmy Wakely, from cowboy singing star to (old time) country star – steel guitars and organ sounds abound!

Songs include:
Between the Lines
Mine, All Mine
Oklahoma Hills
Moon Over Montana
Walking the Sidewalks of Shame
Slippin’ Around (feat. Margaret Whiting)
Wedding Bells (feat. Margaret Whiting)
I Love You So Much It Hurts
Silver Trails &
Roll Along Kentucky Moon

Guitar Stylings (1966) by Hank Snow (Genre: Country)

A fun and sweet guitar-centric album by the great classic country musician Hank Snow!

Song List:
The Waltz You Saved for Me
Lay My Head Beneath a Rose
Among My Souvenirs
Whispering Hope
Lanai’s Farewell
The Whispering Tradewinds
Wabash Blues
Sentimental Journey
Am I Losing You
I Get the Blues When It Rains
Sweet Marie
Birth of the Blues

Jugband Specials by Various Artists (Genre: Jugband, Folk, Country, Americanan)

Merriam Webster describes jug band music as music that features primitive & homemade instruments. This collection is strangely classified as jazz music! Jug band music can, of course, be played by jazz, blues, country and folk players; however, it is really best described as Americana – this collection sound more folk-country/Americana based than strictly jazz or blues – give it a listen and see what you think!

This vintage twenty-five song collection features music by Johnny Dodds & The Dixieland Jug Blowers, Clarence Williams & his Jug Band, Cannon’s Jug Stompers and Hattie Hart & The Memphis Jug Band.

Living Voices Sing the Music from the Broadway Musical “George M!” (1968) by Living Voices (Genre: Showtunes)

This album features music from the 1968 Broadway musical George M!, that focused on the life and music of the great Broadway and film songwriter George M. Cohen. This album features a refreshing slice of old time, patriotic Americana performed by the cheerful Living Voices.

Song List:
You’re a Grand Old Flag, Mary’s a Grand Old Name/So Long Mary
My Town
Rose (A Ring to Name of Rose)
Give My Regards to Broadway
(I’m A) Yankee Doodle Dandy
Nellie Kelly, I Love You
All Our Friends

Monster (2018) by Hugh Cornwell (Genre: Indie, Pop-Rock)

Hugh Cornwell is best known as the former lead vocalist of the punk band the Stranglers. He kicked off a solo career in 1979, and left the Stranglers in 1990. Monster is his latest release from 2018. His music is classified as indie, but to me it sounds like energetic modern traditional rock, of the sort you hear on Richard Taylor’s Roots Rock Radio podcast.

Song List:
Pure Evel
La Grande Dame
The Most Beautiful Girl in Hollywood
Mr. Leather
Attack of the Major Sevens
Duce Coochie Man
Outside Tokyo
Let Me Down Easy
Don’t Bring Harry
Goodbye Toulouse
Ships That Pass in the Night
Never Say Goodbye
No More Heroes
Big In America
Always the Sun

The Ultimate Rock N’ Roll & Rhythm N’ Blues Collection by Various Artists (Genre: Rock n Roll, Traditional Rock, R&B, Traditional R&B)

This is a terrific 77 song collection of music from the early rock era including the songs/artists: Rock This Morning by Lowell Fulson, She Sets My Soul on Fire by Gladys Hampton’s Blues Boys, The Groove by Ike Turner, Take It Away by Jimmy Tyler & His Orchestra, My Girl Ivy by Jimmy Witherspoon, Rock ‘ Roll Deacon by Screamin’ Joe Neal, Shotgun Rider by Bo Diddley and Mumbles Blues by Bobby Lewis

Unqualified Favourites (2009) by Michael Grey (Genre: Celtic, Folk)

Bright Celtic music by the folk musician Michael Grey.

Song List:
The Banker, Bird and Schoolmaster
The Nut Brown Maiden (feat. Jane Siberry)
Maple Leaf Lounge
Calm Before the Hum
Shimla Hum
Sergeant Malkie Bow’s Consternation
Doubled Over Happy
Gerrard Street Hey Ride (feat. Farid Kahn)
Oh Dro! (feat. Jane Siberry)
The Central
Two Crows Joy (feat. Iain MacIness)
The Sound of Skye

Recommended Videos:

At Seventeen by Janis Ian

Between the Lines by Janis Ian

Just Friends by Oliver Nelson, Art Farmer & Lee Konitz, recorded live in 1966

These Foolish Things by Lee Konitz

Moon Over Montana by Jimmy Wakely

Slipping Around by Jimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting

The Waltz You Saved for Me by Hank Snow

The Whispering Tradewinds by Hank Snow

Hen Party Blues by Johnny Dodd & Dixieland Jug Blowers

Memphis Shakedown by the Memphis Jug Band

(I’m A) Yankee Doodle Dandy by Living Voices

You’re a Grand Old Flag by Living Voices

La Grande Dame by Hugh Cornwell

Let Me Down Easy by Hugh Cornwell

The Chase by Paul Preston

Don’t You Just Know It by the Titans

Sergeant Malkie Bow’s Consternation by Michael Grey

“Tam O’ Shanter Suite” by Michael Grey

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Charlie Barnet, 77, Saxophonist And a Band Leader of Swing Era by The Associated Press, New York Times, Sept. 6, 1991,

George M. Cohan, American composer and dramatist,

Janis Ian Was More Than Just A Teenager, NPR, January 15, 20205:03 AM ET,

Lee Konitz, Jazz Saxophonist Who Blazed His Own Trail, Dies at 92,

Whatever happened to . . . Hugh Cornwell?, The Irish Times, April 16, 2005,

Digital Catalogs:

Note: There are apps for each catalog or, you can download digital content to a PC.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music

You can stream an unlimited amount of music for the duration of the Corona Crisis.


RBDigital offers on-demand magazines, so you can read til your heart’s content!

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