Suggested Listening January 29, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, February 5, 2021.

America by Simon & Garfunkel (Genre: Pop-Rock, Folk)

A terrific song by the premier folk-rock duo of the sixties!

From their album Bookends (1968).

Down The Dirt Road Blues by Charley Patton (Genre: Blues, Delta Blues)

A classic Delta blues song from the great Charley Patton, whom to my ears – doesn’t sound like anyone else – what a cool voice he had!

Patton is considered to be the Father of the Delta Blues.

Down The Dirt Road Blues can be found on the album The Complete Recordings: 1929-34.

Dreamsicle, Overseas & It Gets Easier (NPR Tiny Desk Concert) by Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires on fiddle (Genre: Country, Southern Rock)

Singer and guitarist Jason Isbell hails from Alabama and first came to the music world’s attention as a member of the band Drive-By Truckers. He went solo in 2007 and has honed his music writing skill since then – producing thoughtful songs that well chronicle they everyday lives of their musical characters.

All three of the songs in the Tiny Desk Concert set appear on Isbell’s album Reunions (2020).

Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals (2021) by Marvin Gaye (Genre: R&B, Instrumental)

A new release of mostly instrumentals recorded by Marvin Gaye back in the day. If you love music of the 1970s – this is a fun album to play while hanging out at home, relaxing or reading.

I’ve Seen All Good People: Your Move by Yes (Genre: Classic Rock, Seventies Rock)

From The Yes Album (1971) and the now, shockingly, 20-year-old soundtrack for the film Almost Famous (2000).

Journey Of The Sorcerer by the Eagles

A cool instrumental from one of the most popular bands of the seventies (and beyond!)

From the album One Of These Nights (1975)

Kindred Spirits by the Charles Lloyd Quintet (Genre: Jazz)

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Charles Lloyd celebrated his 80th birthday in 2018, by playing a concert at the Libero in Santa Barbara, California; the resulting album, 8: Kindred Spirits Live at the Libero (2020), is top notch!

Kindred Spirits is from the album 8: Kindred Spirits Live at the Libero.

Let It Roll by Lucky Millinder & Annastine Allen (Genre: Big Band, Jazz)

This video is from the film The Black Big Bands; and the song Let It Roll can be found on the collection Are You Ready To Rock – Singles 1942-1955 by Lucky Millinder.

Too Much Heaven by Barry Gibb & Alison Krauss (Genre: Country, Pop-Rock, Americana)

This version of the song Too Much Heaven is from the new album Greenfield:s The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook (Vol. 1) (2021).

On the album Green, Barry Gibb sings songs made famous by the Bee Gees in collaboration with country artists including Keith Urban, Jason Isbell, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Oliva Newton-John.

Urban Driftwood by Yasmin Williams (Genre: Folk, Guitar, Pop-Rock)

Yasmin Williams is a very talented young guitarist who hails from Woodbridge, Virginia.

The song Urban Driftwood is from Williams’s album of the same name, Urban Driftwood (2021)

Recommended Hoopla Album of the Week:

Carnival Town (2004) by Norah Jones (Genre: Jazz, Folk, Country, Vocal)

Carnival Town is from the second album by the talented pianist and singer Feels Like Home (2004).

The album Feels Like Home is available for instant check out through the Hoopla Catalog.


Have a peaceful weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Lingan, J., 2021. Yasmin Williams puts a fresh spin on finger-style guitar. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Thompson, S., Detrow, S. and Touros, C., 2021. 20 Years Later, ‘Almost Famous’ Is Still A Golden God. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Yasmin Williams. 2021. Bio — Yasmin Williams. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Online Catalog Links:


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


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