An exquisite version of the Gershwin version of “Summertime.”
Live from Memphis on Ditty T.V. Elizabeth Cook sings a song from her recently released record, Aftermath. And, of course, don’t sleep on her Outlaw Radio shadow on Sirius XM.
Wendy James – Queen High Straight (4 out of 5)
As frontwoman for Transvision Vamp, Wendy James was fearless leading the band to top ten hits with “I Want Your Love” and “Baby I Don’t Care” before the band disbanded. Now, after collaborating with the likes of Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and Nick Cave she is alone and out on her own with a new record that combines Soul, Vintage Pop, Funk, and pretty much every other cool genre you can come up with.
The opening title track sounds like it could have been peeled right off the Dusty in Memphis record, “Perilous Beauty” and could have been on a Pixes’ record, and “Marlene Et Fleur” would have been perfect on any of the early-era Bangles records. One of the more intriguing aspects of this album is the ability to travel from one musical era to another at the blink of an ear, case in point the ’60s Phil Spector girl-group vibe of “Free Man Walk” followed immediately by “Stomp Down, Snuck Up” that could have been on any mid-career Madonna release, and “Little Melvin” that has a bit of a Sharon Jones and the Dap Kinks funky soul in it.
Pleasurable sound nuggets are everywhere with quite possibly the best of the lot “Bar Room Brawl & Benzedrine” showing off the backing bands’ musical prowess. This is a shape-shifting tour de force that is best savored loud and in large doses.
Beth Hart continues to impress with her intimate quarantine sessions. Here’s hoping these intimate performances by artists continue well after the pandemic is over.
From her newly released record A Small Death.
Taking a dip in the Hot Tub Time Machine going all the way back to 1977 and their appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. The Runaways at the peak of their powers.
The reigning Queen of Metal music, Doro Pesch, is out with a new single and video showing the mere mortals that you really don’t have to grow old.
From her stint with Alice Cooper, her collaborations with Richie Sambora as well as her solo work, Orianthi always captivates with her exquisite guitar work.
A fine acoustic version of a single from her album release that has been delayed until later in the year.
Grace Potter from her Monday Night Twilight Hour Quarantine series.