The first gift I gave my son was music. He was only a few weeks old when my wife asked me to put together some mixed CDs for her middle-of-the-night feeding sessions.
Creating a Top Ten Rolling Stones playlist was no easy feat. For days I was wracked with indecision to the point of paralysis as I pondered the question of what self-respecting Stones fan would snub “Street Fighting Man”?
Because it so masterfully explores every seam in the bedrock of American music and then transcends them all in fashioning a new art form, Exile is the quintessential (and hands down best) Stones record.
Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham’s 2014 record Salvation Town is an exceptional fusion of rock and Americana.
For each sappy love song, I have added a counterpoint, a tune that approaches the concept of love with, shall we say, a jaundiced eye. Because the most powerful love songs, like all the most powerful art, are not happy occasions.
Trigger Hippy’s self-titled debut album mixes rock, blues and country. The musical combinations at play create a sound that is both fresh and classic.
This Playlist is a sampling of tunes on my musical map, songs that have become inextricably linked with certain places.
To immunize your child against pop, play this mix late at night while the infant is nursing. For best results, repeat often.
“The Way We Move” is filled with finely crafted acoustic nuggets that defy easy categorization. Some have a Celtic quality, others a jazz influence, but always present is the spare, troubadour spirit of Bob Dylan.
While brass drives the music of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the roots of classic rock are all in there, blended together in a powerfully unique sound.