Five Cool Ones: Five New Morsels We Are Listening To

There is a lot going on this week on the music front, here are five particularly choice ear-nuggets we are listening to here at Rock is the New Roll.

Van Morrison – Latest Record Project

Ming news for all of the right reasons this time, Van Morrison will releasing Latest Record Volume 1, an album of fresh blue-eyed soul with a bit of blues thrown in for good measure.

Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird – Burn the Honky Tonk

Jimbo Mathus and Andrew bird combine their creative juices on this mournful late-night Honky Tonk crawler.

When Rivers Meet – Walking On The Wire

The latest Blues Rock video from their highly excellent We Fly Free album released last year. The sound will bring to mind Whitehorse or Larkin Poe.

Jim Capaldi – Short Cut Draw Blood

As the drummer, co-founder, and writing partner for Traffic having co-written “Paper Sun” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy” as well as many others, Jim Capaldi’s third solo record, Short Cut Draw Blood, has been given the reissue and re-release treatment.  This one was Capaldi’s third solo recorded and first after the breakup of Traffic, the record yielded two top 30 singles in “It’s All Up To You” as well as a pretty pedestrian cover of “Love Hurts.” With contributions from Steve Winwood, Chris Spedding along with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, time will be well spent with this one.

Tony Joe White – Boot Money

Scheduled to be released by Easy Eye Sound later in the year, a set of never heard the light of day songs will be included on the album Smoke From The Chimney. With Dan Auerbach twirling the knobs on this one early placement on your radar is certainly warranted.



The Top 100 Songs of 2019

There have been a lot of really great songs released in 2019. This year, we will be releasing our top 100 songs five tunes at a time all the way to number one. Here are our picks for 100-96.

100. Terry Allen- Death of the Last Stripper

It has been a while since this underrated Texas troubadour has released a new song. Another master class in storytelling.

99. Van Morrison – Early Days

From Three Chords and the Truth Van Morrison takes us back to 70’s Van and the early days of Rock and Roll.

98. Ruen Brothers – A Million Things

2018 favorites The Ruen Brothers continue to sparkle on their new record for 2019.

97. Kurt Baker Combo – No One’s Home

Frequent winners of Little Sten’s Coolest Song in the World in The Underground Garage, Kurt Baker and his combo delivers on a template of Indie tinged Garage Rock.

96. The Limboos – Where Did She Go

The genre defying Limboos with their 2019 release, Baia, combine Surf Rock, Soul, and good old Rock and roll for a record that just might be your party album of 2019.