From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.

I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Knocking Off The 90s: Twisted MixTape

While I haven't had a lot of time for writing my blogs as of late, there's a good reason. The project I've been waiting to start is about to explode. It's about as an exciting opportunity as I've ever had in my life, and at the same time, it's overwhelming and scary. But good scary.

My input into this new venture won't be visible here on my blogs, so I'll try to keep them going as often as I can in the short run. In the long run everything should balance out, and hopefully things will get back to normal... or there may be a new normal. As soon as this project launches, I'll give you an update to explain where things are headed. But for today, I promised Jen I would deliver the second part of the Twisted Tuesday MixTape for the 90's for her blog hop. I'm using all live performances for his MixTape and they're really good. So let's do it.

Coming out of Pittsburgh in 1990, Rusted Root combines a staggering number of influences to produce one of music's most unique sounds. Truly one of the best groups of the decade, this song was a hit and was eventually used in a commercial... but don't hold that against them. This live performance captures everything that is special about them,

"Send Me On My Way"


Dear god do I love this next song. I've used it a few times already, and if I feel like it, I'll use it again. It has everything, great guitar, power vocal, a chorus which is one of the best EVER, and between Kenny Wayne and lead singer Noah Hunt, two of the more insanely hot men on the planet. Did I mention they were hot?

"Blue on Black"


I first saw Amanda Marshall when she opened up for John Mellencamp at Madison Square Garden. I fell in love with her voice from the moment she started to sing. Her self-titled debut album doesn't have a bad track and is still in my rotation. Deciding which song to choose wasn't easy.

"Last Exit to Eden"
I couldn't pull in a couple of the videos I wanted, so here's the link. Check it out, it's wonderful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9XviS-PTHs


Rites of Passage by the Indigo Girls is another one of those special albums that never get retired for too long. While "Galileo" is my favorite song on it, I used that not too long ago when I picked the song for Lance's 100 Word Song Challenge.  Next best choice...

"Jonas and Ezekiel"
Again, couldn't pull in this video, but it's a great version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuEEIofUtVI


Not sure why I'm going with this last pick. It's not one which I owned or would search out, but I've always liked it and it was what seemed to be the last gasp for a heavy rock sound that wasn't metal. Lenny Kravitz and...

"Are You Gonna Go My Way"

Thanks for having me over again Jen, sorry I forgot the chips. Hope to make it to your place again next week.

Jen Kehl

22 comments:

  1. Blue on black is a outstanding pick. He and that song are huge here in Georgia. I managed a band (Battle Sedan) that opened for Kenny Wayne. Every woman I ran into back then thought the same about him as you.

    Good list. I expected such.

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    1. thanks Lance. so glad I met your expectations. lol

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    2. I'll relistening to your list at my desk at work....

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  2. rusted root has a great sound,kenny wayne,nice all around.love amanda marshall.the other two i can live without.with pickings getting slim u did a nice job

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    1. since when do you like amanda marshall?

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  3. I absolutely love 'Blue on Black'. Have you ever listened to Johnny Lang? He has a Kenny Wayne Shepard feel to his songs. And Lenny Kravtiz. Adore his version of 'American Woman'.

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    1. I actually got to see Johnny Lang this past spring when he toured with Buddy Guy. Always liked his stuff but was a little disappointed with him live. Buddy Guy's new young protege 13 year old Quinn Sullivan however, is something to see. Check him out on YouTube. Just unbelievable. Thanks Donetta.

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  4. This is an amazing list. I bow down to you, thank you thank you thank you! I hope your hugely awesome project doesn't take you away from us! I love Rusted Root so much, I don't think of putting them in a decade, they are just part of my life. An that Kenny Wayne Shepard, so smooth... listening on my Beats, and it's like butter! This is such a great list. And man, I love Galileo, talk about some amazing lyrics. It's funny that you picked Are You Gonna Go My Way as your last and question marked pic. I had Always On The Run on both of my lists and then vetoed them. I did have all his albums, but I just don't actively listen now... so it didn't make the cut. But I do respect the man! Thank you so much, as usual, love every pick.

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  5. Kenny Wayne Shepard seems to be 'the guy' on this list. I remember really liking the song and, for whatever weird reason, hearing a lot of Hendrix in the song. (Actually, it was in the guitar, the tone as much as the notes, very distinctive).
    I also liked the Lenny Kravitz, for some reason I immediately go to 'American Woman' as his cover is, in my opinion, totally superior to the original version (by The Guess Who).

    great list. good luck on 'Secret Project X3'*

    *damn, no superscript capability! I've always enjoyed a good title to projects. trust you don't mind my suggesting a title.

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    1. thanks for the good wishes Clark, it's getting intense.

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  6. My 90's pool hall days were filled with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Delbert McClinton, SRV and Jonny Lang. Great list!

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    1. and how could you go wrong with your list of names? thanks so much.

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  7. Best of fortune with your new project Kat! And excellent choice with Rusted Root - truly, one of the brightest lights of the decade - I am honestly ashamed that they didn't come to my mind.

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    1. That's what's so much fun with this blog hop. It brings back to mind so many good choices and reminds us of some really bad ones too. As always t, thanks for your support.

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  8. Wow, I don't think I've heard of any of this music and love finding new things from these hops! I'm really digging Blue on Black. Going to listen again. Glad you linked up!

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    1. thanks Kristi. Blue on Black is just a stellar tune. One of those songs I could listen to every day.

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  9. Rusted Root makes me smile! Gonna check out the few I'm not very familiar with based on that opener.

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    1. You should also check out Ecstasy by Rusted Root, another song with great musicianship.

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  10. ^ nevermind, I totally know Blue on Black! I haven't thought about this song in forever and I don't recall knowing who did it. Starred in Spotify. I'll be catching up on Kenny Wayne Sheppard this week.

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    1. yeah, good decision. Check out Somehow, Somewhere, Someday... another really good one by the KWS Band. Thanks for coming by Melissa.

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