5 Things, November 27, 2010

The Red Deer Advocate newspaper has a regular Saturday feature that has area residents responding to a question or topic- 5 favourite places to hear live music, 5 favourite places for a winter walk…

This week I was asked to contribute 5 albums I’ve recently added to my iPod. Being a Luddite, I don’t have an iPod, although I have a cheap mp3 player I use on plane trips a couple times annually. (BTW, if anyone can advise my of how to strip music off of my Coby, I would appreciate it- I can’t update the darn thing!)

I can’t locate the entire feature on the paper’s website, so I’ll simply paste my responses here. Some of the other participants chose to highlight music that isn’t entirely foreign to my tastes (Duane Steele, especially- Steve, Townes, Prine, Russell), as well- and one of them, the paper’s entertainment writer, mentioned an album I’m planning to review for this coming Friday’s paper.

So, here are 5 recent additions (all iTunes or eMusic purchases) to my computer- although I cheated with The Promise: I actually bought the hard copy of the double album:

Donald Teplyske- Five Things for Saturday November 27, 2010

The Wild Tchouptoulas- The Wild Tchouptoulas Released in 1976, an album bringing the vibrant colours of New Orleans’ Indians to life through the spirited music of Big Chief Jolly and The Neville Brothers. The Treme purrs!

Del McCoury- Del McCoury I’ve been devouring Del’s 1975 album, just reissued this week for download. Pure, unadulterated bluegrass- raw, powerful performances such as these will always stand.

Bruce Springsteen- The Promise 21 outtakes from the sessions that produced my favourite record, Darkness on the Edge of Town. While the archival tracks released this month don’t touch the cinematic breadth and focus of the original album, the sweeping sagas and rustic rockers provide glimpses at blueprints Springsteen would follow for the next decade.

Barbara Lynn- Voices of Americana A recent discovery through Robert Plant’s exceptional cover of You Can’t Buy My Love. Bluesy soul with just a smidgeon of country- think Clarence Carter meets Gladys Knight- good Gladys Knight.

Marshall Chapman- Big Lonesome Six-foot tall and bulletproof:  70s southern rock survivor Marshall Chapman comes back with a startling collection of country-tinged Americana. Until Lucinda Williams gets things back on track, this will suffice.

 Thanks for visiting Fervor Coulee,


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