It's been a while since I've done one of these, so I thought I'd highlight some of my more recent musical discoveries.
- Long Way Home by Kelley Hunt. So. A month or so ago I'm browsing on the second floor in a local used bookstore and some really cool bluesy music is on their sound system. I really like it but I sorta think it's Bonnie Raitt. A guy browsing nearby asks the universe, "Who is that? It's really great?" I respond, on behalf of the universe, that it sounds like Bonnie Raitt to me. He wasn't so sure. In retrospect, I guess I should have Shazam'ed it to find out for sure. Anyways, we went downstairs and asked the guy at the cash who it was and he said Kelley Hunt. This was just before her new CD (Gravity Loves You) dropped so I waited a little bit and ordered it from Amazon using some of my Affiliate funds (Thanks!). Wow, great stuff. Give it a listen and you'll really be impressed. I'm for sure on the hunt for the rest of Kelley Hunt! Dear universe: used bookstores are the best music recommendation systems.
- Floating Bridge by Gregg Allman. Of course, Gregg Allman's been around forever so it's hard to make a case that this his most recent solo album is a "discovery" but his recent album Low Country Blues is a seriously excellent old-school blues album which I have to say I wasn't quite expecting.
- Human Mud by Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards. Ross Neilsen was a great discovery a few months ago. We had a family dinner at a local BBQ joint and totally unbeknownst to us, they had live music scheduled for the evening. Low and behold, it was Ross Neilsen and the Sufferin' Bastards. They play the kind of raucous blues rock that I really love so I took to them right away. At their break I immediately bought copies of all the CDs they had on hand -- one of the best ways to actually support bands these days is to buy their merch at concerts. Redemption is their latest.
- Slave to the Rhythm by Bachman & Turner. Some more Canadian content, this is a great track from the recent Bachman & Turner CD by Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, most famous for Bachman Turner Overdrive back in the day. Once again, this is a "discovery" in the sense that I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did.
- The Great Divide by Black Country Communion. "Super Groups" can be a bit of a disappointment, to say the least. This recent collaboration between Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Iommi/Hughes), Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and Jason Bonham is certainly an exception to the rule. They rock pretty hard and I really appreciate the blues/funk/metal vibe. Their first CD, Black Country Communion, was great and apparently a second CD is on the way shortly. I can't wait!