Suggested Listening January 8, 2018

 Hi everyone, for your listening pleasure, here are our six suggested albums for the week; five streaming albums and one album on CD.

(Click on the photo of the album you’d like to hear or request)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

Joey. Monk. Live! by Joey Alexander (2017) (Genre: Jazz):


Joey Alexander is a 14 year old pianist from Indonesia. His new album features live performances recorded on his most recent tour. Songs on the LP include: Round Midnight, Ugly Beauty, Rhythm-a-Ning, Pannonica and Evidence.

Age Don’t Mean A Thing by Robert Finley (2016) (Genre: Blues, R&B):


Singer-songwriter Robert Finley hails from Bernice, Louisiana. And Age Don’t Mean A Thing is his latest album.

Songs on the LP include: Age Don’t Mean A Thing, I Just Want To Tell You, Let Me Be Your Everything, It’s Too Late and You Make Me Want to Dance.

In Trance by Scorpions (1975) (Rock, Heavy Metal):


Scorpions are a German band that originally formed in 1969 and they were one of the first generation Heavy Metal bands. The group has featured a number of members over the years with two constants — vocalist Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolph Schenker who have appeared on every Scorpions album.

In Trance is a classic LP by the band and includes the songs: Dark Lady, In Trance, Life’s Like A River, Robot Man and Night Lights.

The Singles 1968-1976 by Lee Arnold (2017) (Genre: Country, Classic Country):


Lee Arnold was born, raised and began his broadcasting career in Scranton, PA. He is best known as one of the most popular disc jockey who ever worked at WHN New York and was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2002. Additionally, he recorded five songs himself between 1968 and 1976 and all of them are included in this collection: Mama’s Boy, Mama Sang a Song, A Trucker’s Christmas, That Good Old Gospel Music and Another Day Without You.

The Americana Sessions by The Nelons (2017) (Genre: Folk):


The Nelons consist of Kelly Nelon Clark, her husband Jason Clark and her daughters Amber Nelon Thompson and Autumn Nelon Clark.

The Nelons generally sing gospel but with this LP they’ve turned their attentions to classic American folk music.

Songs on the LP include: Gentle on My Mind, You Needed Me, Daddy and Son, Bridge over Troubled Waters, Oh, Shenandoah, An American Trilogy and Mama Tried.

CD of The Week:

Bidin’ My Time by Chris Hillman (2017) (Genre: Folk, Folk-Rock, Country-Rock):


Chris Hillman, whose credits include co-founding Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Byrds, as well as the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and Desert Rose Band, is truly one of the architects of American music. His newest solo work, Bidin’ My Time, produced by Tom Petty and executive-produced by Herb Pedersen, captures a rarity: an icon who has never sounded better, making music with old friends for the sheer love of it. Collaborators and admirers from Hillman’s storied career appear throughout the record: Tom Petty; Hillman’s Byrds bandmates David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; the Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, and Steve Ferrone; Desert Rose Band’s John Jorgenson, Pedersen, and Jay Dee Maness; premier upright bassist Mark Fain; singer/guitarist Josh Jové; and fiddler Gabe Witcher. The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger’s and Welsh poet Idris Davies’ ‘The Bells of Rhymney,’ which the Byrds recorded for their debut. ‘Here She Comes Again’ was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn and, until now, had only been recorded on a live Byrds album in Australia. ‘She Don’t Care About Time’ was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, and was the original B-side to ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ Covers of the Everly Brothers’ ‘Walk Right Back’ and Petty’s ‘Wildflowers’ round out this understated yet undeniable masterpiece. Folk, rock and roll, bluegrass and the unmistakable country-rock Hillman himself helped pioneer come together seamlessly on the triumph that is Bidin’ My Time. – From the record label.

Videos of the Week:

Evidence by Joey Alexander:

Age Don’t Mean A Thing by Robert Finley:

Gentle On My Mind by the Nelons:

In Trance by Scorpions:

Mama’s Boy by Lee Arnold:

Here She Comes Again by Chris Hillman:

And one here is a cool video that has nothing to do with any of the recommended LPs for this week!

Paperback Writer by The Beatles:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:

The AllMusic Website:

http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713.

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

Suggested Listens September 2017 Week 5

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1) Cosmic Hallelujah by Kenney Chesney (Genre: Country):

This is singer-songwriter Chesney’s 17th album released in 2016. This is a modern country album with pop overtones that includes thoughtful songs.

Songs on the LP include: Trip Around the Sun, Setting the World on Fire, Noise, Some Town Somewhere, Bar at the End of the World and Winnebago.

2) Concrete and Gold by Foo Fighters (Genre: Rock):

This is the ninth album by the rock group the Foo Fighters. AllMusic describes this album as having roots in the progressive music of the 1970s.

Songs on the album include: Run, The Sky Is a Neighborhood, Happy Ever After (Zero Hour), Sunday Rain & Concrete and Gold.

3) Trumpet Evolution by Arturo Sandoval (Genre: Jazz):

To quote from Thom Jurek’ AllMusic review of this LP: “Trumpet Evolution, which is literally a journey through the great trumpeters from jazz’s and orchestral music’s past, is easily the finest moment of Sandoval’s long career and one of the greatest records jazz has produced in the preceding two decades.” Sounds like an excellent recommendation to me! And if you saw Mr. Sandoval in concert last week at the first program of the 2017-2018 Corning Civic Music season — then no doubt you’ll concur with that assessment as he played an outstanding concert!

Songs on this album include: When It’s Sleepy Time Down South, At the Jazz Band Ball, I Can’t Get Started, Concerto for Cootie, My Funny Valentine and Up Jumped Spring.

4) The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis [The Sun Sessions] by Jerry Lee Lewis (Genre: Classic Rock/1950s Rock):

This 40 song set was issued in 2013 and offers a great look at the early work of classic rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis shows of his piano playing chops and shows how he could masterfully blend the sounds of rock, country, blues, gospel and R&B and make any song sound like he wrote it and owned it!

Songs on this LP include: Crazy Arms, End Of The Road, Sixty Minute Man, Ubangi Stomp and Great Balls of Fire.

5) Special Rider Blues: Early Recordings, 1931 by Skip James (Genre: Blues/ Acoustic Blues):

This album by Delta Blues guitarist Skip James was recorded for Paramount Records in Grafton, Wisconsin in February 1931.

James had an otherworldly voice and played his guitar in an understated style. Many of his songs, including: I’m So Glad and Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues have been covered by many rock and blue musicians over the years.

This is the set that James’s reputation was built upon and it includes all the surviving songs he recorded for Paramount Records – including: Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues, Special Rider Blues, Devil Got My Woman, 22-20 Blues, For O’clock Blues and What Am I to Do Blues.

CD Recommendation of the Week:

Harp Attack! by James Cotton, Junior Wells, Cary Bell & Billy Branch (Genre: Blues):

A great album by four extraordinary Chicago blues harmonica players!

Songs include: Little Car Blues, Black Night, Keep Your Hands Out of My Pockets and Broke and Hungry.

Videos of the Week: 

All The Pretty Girls by Kenny Chesney:

The Sky Is A Neighborhood by Foo Fighters:

La Virgen de la Macarena by Arturo Sandoval

Crazy Arms by Jerry Lee Lewis as included in scenes from the film Great Balls of Fire starring Dennis Quaid:

Hard Time Killing Blues by Skip James:

Down Home Blues by James Cotton, Junior Wells, Cary Bell & Billy Branch: 

References:

Artist Biography & Discography Information:
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and includes our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York!

Library cards are free if you live in our service area. And you can obtain a card by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features your name and your current address.

 

Suggested Listens September 2017: Week 2

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

(Click on the photo to stream or request the album)

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

1. Happy Endings by Old Dominion

This is the second album by the bright country pop group and should appeal to those that like modern pop and country. The album features fun pop culture references in their song No Such Thing as a Broken Heart to Jack & Diane (from John Mellencamp’s early eighties song of the same name) and thoroughly relateable topics as in the songs Shoe Shopping, Be With Me and New York at Night. The bright upbeat songs in this collection are perfect if you’re taking a long drive too.

2. The RCA Singles by Stained Glass


I’m a huge fan of classic rock and have listened to it since, well, since the songs of the seventies were new…

Having said that, I’d never heard of the band Stained Glass before. The band, which despite their name isn’t a religious or gospel group, formed in the mid-sixties and has that mid-sixties acoustic rock sound. To my ears, the group sounds a bit like the Searchers and they were certainly influenced by the Beatles even covering George Harrison’s If I Needed Someone.

The band was a trio that consisted of Songwriter and bassist Jim McPherson, Bob Riminger on guitar and Dennis Carrasco on drums.

Songs in this collection include: the previously mentioned If I Needed Someone, My Buddy Sin, Vanity Fair, We’ve Got a Long Way to Go and Bubble Machine.

So if you’re a classic rock fan – check it out!

3. In the Year 2525 (Exordium Terminus) by Zager & Evans

And yes, I’m on a classic rock kick this week! If you’ve ever heard the eerie song In the Year 2525 – this is the album it came from!

Zager and Evans were a short lived folk rock duo consisting of guitarists and vocalists Denny Zager and Richard Evans.

This album has folk, rock and psychedelic-rock elements and includes the title track, In the Year 2525, which hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1969. Songs on the LP include the title track In the year 2525, the horn centric Taxi Man which has a nice driving beat throughout and several folk pop songs including Cary Lynn Javes & I Remember Heide.

4. Don Williams in Ireland: The Gentle Giant in Concert:

This is a mellow collection of the late great country artist’s best songs recorded live in concert.

Songs include: I Believe in You, Good Ole Boys Like Me, Back in My Younger Days, Elise, Till the Rivers All Run Dry and more.

5. The Essential Preservation Hall Jazz Band:

The band hails from New Orleans and have been playing great traditional Jazz since the sixties – and by “traditional” I mean their music prominently features horns, piano and even banjo but guitars, a staple of modern Jazz, are elusive!

Songs in this collection include: Tiger Rag, Mood Indigo, The Buckets Got a Hole in It, St. Louis Blues, Georgia on my Mind and more.

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Crossroad by Tracy Chapman:

Chapman’s 1988 self titled debut album brought singer songwriters back into the collective public consciousness. This is her second album from 1989 and it is a great collection of thoughtful, introspective songs that both relate to how life is lived today (Okay, in 1989 and now) and that pack a “Hey, pay attention to this topic!” punch.

Songs include: Crossroads, Freedom Now, Material World, A Hundred Years, This Time & All That You Have Is Your Soul.

Music Videos of the Week:

No Such Thing as a Broken Heart by Old Dominion 

My Buddy Sin by Stained Glass

In The Year 2525 by Zager and Evans

You’re My Best Friend by Don Williams

Tailgate Ramble by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman 

Sweet Home Chicago by Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Jeff Beck & company from the 35 annual Kennedy Center Honors Show in 2012

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713.

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.

Suggested Listens August 25, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our six musical recommendations for the week; five streaming suggestions and one recommended album on CD.

Freegal Streaming Suggestions*

The Genius Of The Electric Guitar by Charlie Christian:

This collection features the seminal work of early electric guitarist Charlie Christian. Christian died tragically young of tuberculous in 1942 at age 25; but not before recording some great music with Benny Goodman’s band. In an age when popular music was dominated by horns, Christian was one of the first guitarists to bring the new electrified guitar to the front and center of the stage and recording studio.

This is an outstanding collection featuring all of Christian’s best recordings including Flying Home, Rose Room, Memories of You, AC-DC CurrentGone with the Wind, Lester’s Dream & Wholly Cats. Guest musicians that appear on this collection are a variable who’s who of Jazz/Swing greats of the time including Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Fletcher Henderson and Benny Carter. Check it out!

Here’s a link to stream the Charlie Christian collection:

https://goo.gl/gQ7MS4

The Essential Jimmie Rodgers by Jimmie Rodgers:

This Columbia Records collection features songs recorded by the yodeling country music pioneer from 1927 to 1933. Rodgers was an extremely talented individual who was one of the first country singers to sing of the hard working life laborers experienced in the early twentieth century. Rodgers was a hard working laborer himself. He spent a number of years working as a break man on the railroads; so when he sang about gamblers, ramblers, bounders and rounders, as his AllMusic biography states – he knew of what he sang! And I had to look up definitions for the early twentieth century words “bounders” and “rounders;” as I had never heard them before! The former term describes a dishonorable man and the later a drunken man. Rodgers, like Charlie Christian, died young of tuberculosis; but he left behind wonderful recordings that not only influenced country musicians for decades after his passing, but that also, like Woody Guthrie’s music, captured what life was like for poor working class Americans in the early twentieth century.

This collection includes the following songs Blue Yodel (T for Texas), Train Whistle Blues, In The Jailhouse Now, My Carolina Sunshine Girl, Frankie and Johnny & Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia.

Here’s a link to stream the Jimmie Rodgers collection:

https://goo.gl/5xLNzA

 Pearl (The Legacy Edition) by Janis Joplin:

This 1971 release shows the gritty classic rock singer Joplin at her finest. It is regarded by many critics as her second masterpiece, after her 1968 debut Cheap Thrills. Songs include: Move Over, Cry Baby, A Woman Left Lonely, Half Moon, Buried Alive in the Blues, Me and Bobby McGee & Mercedes Benz.

Here’s a link to stream Pearl:

https://goo.gl/aFEgs4

The Search for Everything by John Mayer:

Popular singer-songwriter & excellent guitarist John Mayer released his first album Room for Squares in 2001. On that first album, Mayer concentrated on producing thoughtful acoustic folk-rock music. Since then, he has emerged as a talented guitarist and branched out to record music that includes blues and jazz elements. The Search for Everything is his new album and features the songs: Still Feel Like Your Man, Emoji of a Wave, Love on the Weekend, In the Blood, Changing, Moving On and Getting Over and Rosie.

Here’s a link to stream The Search for Everything:

https://goo.gl/su7JNy

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan:

Talnted singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan released her first album, Touch, in 1989. 1993’s critically acclaimed Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was her third album and is considered a classic. Songs include: Possession, Good Enough, Elsewhere, Hold On, Fear and the title track – Fumbling with Ecstasy.

Here’s a link to stream the LP Fumbling Towards Ecstasy:

https://goo.gl/yofi4p

CD Suggestion of the Week:

Eight Classic Albums by Dinah Washington:

This set contains eight albums from the wonderful singer including: Dinah Jams, For Those in Love, In the Land of Hi-Fi, The Swinging Miss D, What a Difference a Day Makes, The Two of Us (With Brook Benton), I Concentrate on You, September in the Rain, Summertime, Come Rain or Come Shine, There’ll Be A Jubilee, On The Sunny Side of the Street and many more.

Here’s a link to request the Dinah Washington collection on CD:

https://goo.gl/oZtFhe

Music Videos of the Week:

Charlie Christian:

Swing to Bop

Stompin’ at the Savoy

Jimmie Rodgers:

Waiting for a Train

Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)

Janis Joplin:

Ball and Chain

Somebody to Love

John Mayer:

Ain’t No Sunshine

John Mayer & Keith Urban:

Don’t Let Me Down

Sarah McLachlan:

Angel

Building A Mystery

Dinah Washington:

Cry Me A River

What a Difference A Day Makes

References

Artist Biography & Discography Information
http://www.allmusic.com/

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn (Billboard Books. New York. 2009.)

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

P.S. If you have any questions about how to download or stream free music through the Freegal Music service to a desktop or laptop computer or how to download and use the Freegal Music app let us know! Drop by the library or give us a call at: 607-936-3713

*You must have a library card at a Southern Tier Library System member library to enjoy the Freegal Music Service. Your card can be from any library in the system, and the system includes all public libraries in Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Schuyler and Allegheny Counties and including our own Southeast Steuben Count Library in Corning, New York. Library cards are free and at our library you can obtain one by visiting the Circulation Desk and presenting staff with a form of ID that features both your name and your current address.