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Each week will post a new playlist, built around a theme.

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Martin Sexton – Hold On

I love Martin Sexton. If you’ve not seen this guy live, jump at the chance when he comes to town. Maybe that chance will come at the (ware)HOUSE. I’ll ask him. Until then, here’s one of his — on my list of 2021 favorites. A soul-infused, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, horn-blowing ode to “hold on” to what matters during these crazy days. It reminds me of Van Morrison classics I love Today’s Song  Title: Hold On Artist: Martin Sexton Album: 2020 Vision (2021) YouTube Link (Official Video):  youtu.be/oqaAO07nMsg Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Adia Victoria – Magnolia Blues

Happy New Year. Welcome to 2022 — the year when we WILL reopen the (ware)HOUSE for live music. I’ll keep you posted. I hope it’s soon. I took some time away from the computer over the holidays, but not away from music. I listened to many “Best of 2021” lists, and I’ll share some of the songs that captured my attention, starting with this one: Today’s Song  Title: Magnolia Blues  Artist: Adia Victoria  Album: A Southern Gothic (2021) YouTube Link (Official Video):  youtu.be/sVlQPpQ3xlY Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Taylor Swift – Champagne Problems

OK… I know Taylor Swift is a polarizing figure. All that drama. All the songs about old boyfriends. That thing with Kanye at the awards ceremony (look it up if you don’t know; it’s wild). Count me among the eye-rollers for many years. And even though I think it’s fine, I don’t listen much to her early stuff. But 12 months ago, Taylor Swift released an album called “Evermore.” And I spun that album more than any other this year. I think it’s a great album. Excellent songwriting. Simple, lovely production. Powerful performances. I finally had to admit it to my daughter: I’m a Tay-Tay fan. Here’s one of many songs I love from Evermore… Today’s Song  Title: Champagne Problems  Artist: Taylor Swift  Album: Evermore (2020) YouTube Link (Official Video):  youtu.be/wMpqCRF7TKg Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Marc Broussard – Home

Here’s another one I heard on WMOT Roots Radio the other day… A great one from all the way back in 2004…  Today’s Song  Title: Home  Artist: Marc Broussard  Album: Carencro  (2004) YouTube Link (Official Video):  youtu.be/FuWPseegaKw Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Allison Russell – Nightflyer

Thanks to WMOT — Roots Radio in Nashville for this one. I was listening online yesterday. They played this song I share with you today. It’s by Allison Russell from her 2021 album Outside Child. This is her first solo album — after making some great music with her husband in their band Bird of Chicago.   Earlier this week, WMOT published its list of “Most Played Albums” (based on station airplay). Outside Child was #1. Our Song of the Day playlist includes tracks from two albums in the Top-10 of WMOT’s “Most Played…” list: Shannon McNally’s The Waylon Sessions  Aaron Lee Tasjan’s Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!  Allison Russell’s Outside Child makes three. I share one track here. I recommend all 11 on the album. Lyrics below. I like this verse: I’m the wounded bird, I’m the screaming hawkI’m the one who can’t be counted outI’m the dove thrown into battleI can roll and shake and rattle mm-hmm, hmm  Enjoy… Today’s Song  Title: Nightflyer  Artist: Allison Russell  Album: Outside Child (2021) YouTube Link (Official Video):  youtu.be/RNJgwj8d9eo Lyrics Yeah, I’m a midnight rider   Stone bonafide night flyer   I’m an angel of the morning too   Promise that the dawn will bring you, you   I’m the melody and the space between   Every note the swallow sings   I’m fourteen vultures circling   I’m that crawling, dying thing   I’m the smoke up above the trees, good Lord   The fire and the branch that’s burning, Lord   Maybe you were sleeping, Lord   But Mary she’s not weeping no more, no   Yeah, I’m a midnight rider   Stone bonafide night flyer   I’m an angel of the morning too   Promise that the dawn will bring you, you, you   I’m the sick light of a hurricane’s eye   I’m a violent lullaby   I’m six fireflies, one streetlight   I’m a suffocating summer night, mm-hmm, mm-hmm   I’m each of his steps on the stairway   I’m his shadow in the door frame   I’m the tap tap of a lunar moth   I’m the stale beer on his breath mm-hmm, mm-hmm   His soul is trapped in that room   But I crawled back in my mother’s womb   Came back out with my gold and my…

Michael Nesmith – Different Drum

Michael Nesmith died last week. Most remember him as a Monkee. Some know he was the Monkee with a music career before and after the TV show. The most musical Monkee. He wrote today’s song before he became a TV star. And he recorded it after Linda Ronstadt and The Stone Poneys made it a hit. You’ve probably heard her version without realizing it was written by a Monkee. Here’s his version… Today’s Song  Title: Different Drum  Artist: Michael Nesmith  Album: And the Hits Just Keep on Comin’  (1972) YouTube Link:  youtu.be/wRSqwA_aq1g Lyrics You and I travel to the beat of a different drum Oh, can’t you tell by the way I run Every time you make eyes at me? Whoa You cry and moan and say it will work out But honey child I’ve got my doubts You can’t see the forest for the trees So, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I knock it It’s just that I am not in the market For a boy who wants to love only me Yes, and I ain’t sayin’ you ain’t pretty All I’m saying’s I’m not ready for any person Place or thing to try and pull the reins in on me, so Goodbye, I’ll be leavin’ I see no sense in this cryin’ and grievin’ We’ll both live a lot longer if you live without me So, don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I knock it It’s just that I am not in the market For a boy who wants to love only me Yes, and I ain’t sayin’ you ain’t pretty All I’m saying’s I’m not ready for any person Place or thing to try and pull the reins in on me, so Goodbye, I’ll be leavin’ I see no sense in this cryin’ and grievin’ We’ll both live a lot longer if you live without me Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Mason Proffit – You Win Again

On this day in 1944, 21-year-old Hank Williams married his manager, Audrey Sheppard. Hank Williams, Jr. came from that union — which eventually led us to Hank Williams III. Other than those offspring, this wasn’t a marriage to celebrate. Somehow, it lasted for eight years, until in 1952 Williams and Sheppard divorced. Soon after, he recorded “You Win Again.” Sad. Lots of great covers of that tune. Here’s an obscure one by Mason Proffitt. That’s a band, not a person. They lasted about half as long as Hank and Audrey’s marriage — forming in 1969 and disbanding four years later.  But they were good. Their ALLMUSIC biography says: “Mason Proffit is widely considered by obscure rock aficionados to be one of the best bands who never made it to the big time. Although they are mostly overlooked today, along with the Byrds, Michael Nesmith, and others, they helped to invent country-rock.” And they recorded a darn good cover of a great sad song. Today’s Song  Title: You Win Again  Artist: Mason Proffit  Album: Rockfish Crossing (1972) YouTube Link:  youtu.be/Nd7M47sayCs Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Can’t Let Go

In 2007, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss teamed up to release an album called Raising Sand. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss? Really?!? But what an album that was. And in retrospect, when you strip away all the rock-God hubbub from his Led Zeppelin days and distill the music down to its roots, you see that Robert Plant as Americana as any Brit could be. Fast forward 14 years, to last month. Plant and Krauss have finally released a sequel — produced again by T-Bone Burnett and featuring many of the same artists from the Raising Sand sessions. This one’s called Raise the Roof, and it’s as great as the first one. Today’s song is one that Randy Weeks wrote. It was first recorded by Lucinda Williams in 1998 for the “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” album. I love Williams’ version. Plant and Krauss do it justice… Today’s Song  Title: Can’t Let Go  Artist: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss  Album: Raise the Roof (2021) YouTube Link:  youtu.be/U-sPS9y7y5c Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

Brandi Carlile – You and Me On The Rock

From Joni Mitchell to Brandi Carlile… I shared in the last email a selection from Mitchell’s “Archives, Vol 2…” album, a live version of “California” that she performed in London before she recorded the studio version for her album “Blue.” Speaking of “Blue,” when Brandi Carlile first heard Joni Mitchell, she wasn’t impressed. A friend played “Blue.” In the album’s opening track, “All I Want,” Mitchell sings: I wanna talk to you, I wanna shampoo you  I wanna renew you again and again  Carlile says that verse bugged her. Cheesy rhyme. Weak woman. Carlile got over that view, thanks to a girlfriend who insisted that Joni Mitchell was, in fact, a strong woman and… …the lyrics in that and other Mitchell songs are brilliant. And once Carlile saw the light, she bathed in it. She adores Joni Mitchell and counts her among her greatest influences. And eventually, Carlile met and became close friends with Mitchell. A few years back, with Mitchell’s blessing, Carlile performed the entire “Blue” album live, in a theater in LA, with Joni Mitchell in the front row. That would have been something to see! And on her latest album, Carlile has a song that she proudly admits is her “channeling Joni Mitchell.” It’s a song about the healing power of love, and it is… Today’s Song  Title: You and Me On The Rock  Artist: Brandi Carlile  Album: In These Silent Days (2021) YouTube Link:  youtu.be/42NkasQSPA4 LyricsThey build wooden houses on frozen pondsIn the summertime when the water’s goneDiagonal lines in their rolled-out lawnsAnd the sage always smells so prettyBut nobody cares where the birds have goneWhen the rain comes down on BabylonThe stonemason’s phone rings all day longAnd you gotta get back to the city  I build my house up on this rock, babyEvery day with youThere’s nothin’ in that town I needAfter everything we’ve been throughMe out in my garden and you out on your walkIs all the distance this poor girl can takeWithout listenin’ to you talkI don’t need their money, babyJust you and me on the rockYou and me on the rock  I built paper planes when I learned to flyLike a 747 fallin’ out of the skyI folded ’em crooked and now I’m wonderin’ whyI could always end up in the waterBut nobody’s…

Joni Mitchell (with James Taylor) – California

I’m excited about this one. Yesterday, I shared James Taylor’s “You Can Close Your Eyes.” While searching for that tune on the streaming services, I found a version Taylor recorded with Joni Mitchell… …from her concert on 12/27/1970 at the Paris Theatre in London. The BBC recorded and broadcast that concert. Many years ago, I got a bootleg copy. I considered it one of my great musical treasures. This recording was not available as a commercial release. This concert was sixth months BEFORE she released the album “Blue.” She hadn’t even recorded the songs. But there she was on stage, with her new boyfriend, James Taylor, performing these songs for people who never heard them before. No one had. Last night I found that song from that concert on Spotify. It came from an album called “Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years 1968-1971.” The album was released last month. 123 tracks total! Including 23 tracks from that BBC concert (the concert — and my bootleg copy — include several of Taylor’s songs not included on this new release). Perfectly mastered. No bootleg hiss. Treasure rediscovered. Better than before. If you like Joni Mitchell (or even if you don’t), go find this album (available on all the streaming services) and listen to Disc 5, Tracks 1-23. This is special. And if you LOVE Joni Mitchell listen to the whole album. Extra special. Here’s a little taste. Today’s Song  Title: California  Artist: Joni Mitchell (with James Taylor)  Album: Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 2: The Reprise Years 1968-1971 (2021) YouTube Link:  Sorry, no YouTube link for this one. Here are the Playlists:   Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3xYKtYparrdJRYAjBj9kjx?si=eb6c3ebc30484204  Apple: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ware-house-concerts-song-of-the-day/pl.u-Ggz26cZlAVLj 

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