Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sunshine Blues....

Ever realized that sometimes the blues can make you feel, well..... not blue? There's some kinda uplifiting quality that comes through when you hear a loud, vibrant guitar set to a a groovy melody - and maybe a harp thrown in, too. Sure, there are plenty of bluesy songs that are down right heartwrenching, but if the artists set out to write a blues tune cuz they're feeling down, then it just seems natural that a hopeful song might emerge. So on this cool, sunny day, i'm in the mood for some groovy blues......

Old School Blues:
mp3: Bob Dylan - Meet Me In The Morning ~ from Blood On The Tracks (1975)
mp3: Nick Drake - Black Mountain Blues ~ from Family Tree (2007)
mp3: Townes Van Zandt - Black Widow Blues ~ from In The Beginning (1966)
mp3: Bob Dylan - Standin' On The Highway ~ bootleg from WBAI Radio Interview, NYC (1962)

Bluegrassy Blues:
mp3: Chris Thile - If The Sea Was Whiskey ~ from How To Grow A Woman From The Ground (2006)
mp3: Otis Taylor - Shakie's Gone ~ from Truth Is Not Fiction (2003)
mp3: Old Crow Medicine Show - Can't Get Right Blues ~ from OCMS LIVE (2003)

Folky Blues:
mp3: The Avett Brothers - Backwards With Time ~ from The Gleam [EP] (2006)
mp3: Iron & Wine - The Devil Never Sleeps ~ from The Shepherd's Dog (2007)
*by the way, i definately missed the ball by not including
this album in my Best of 2007 post*
mp3: Patty Griffin - Stay On The Ride ~ from Children Running Through (2007)
mp3: Steve Earle - Tennessee Blues ~ from Washington Square Serenade (2007)

Rockin' Blues:
mp3: The Black Keys - Just a Little Heat ~ from Magic Potion (2006)
mp3: The Black Keys - Hold Me In Your Arms ~ from Thickfreakness (2003)
mp3: Cross Canadian Ragweed - Suicide Blues ~ from Purple (2002)
mp3: Ryan Adams - Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues ~ from Gold (2001)

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