Playlist: Bluefields, Kris Allen, Joe Walsh
Posted May 28, 2012
Bad Old Days from guitar supergroup The Bluefields is our Pick of the Week. Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Warner E. Hodges (Jason & The Scorchers) and Joe Blanton (Royal Court of China) have released album Pure. And for fans of Nashville's '80s rock, it's a wildest-dreams return to glory days.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening.
All Fall Down, Shawn Colvin
Lead single from Colvin's album of the same name is among her best, with Buddy Miller and Bill Frisell on guitars.
The Vision of Love, Kris Allen
2009's Idol winner lays out an anthemic vision that's not an exercise of imagination but a call to action.
Forgiveness, Matthew West
Like Don Henley once said, it's "the heart of the matter." And West's song has a big, kind, generous heart.
Lucky That Way, Joe Walsh
Thirty-four years later and 34 years mellower, life has still been pretty good to him so far.
Something to Do With My Hands, Thomas Rhett
In his rocking country single, Rhett desires tactile sensations that fixing cars and playing guitars can't offer.
Snake Farm, Paul Thorn
Just sounds nasty. Pretty much is.
North Side Gal, J.D. McPherson
McPherson doesn't just nail vintage rockabilly style. He rocks with the originators' lack of self-consciousness.
Passionola, Sonny Landreth
Eric Johnson's lyrical lines provide a terrific foil to Landreth's Southern slide on this rock-guitar instrumental.
Who's Been Talking?, Joe Bonamassa
When Bonamassa plays what Howlin' Wolf called "calypso beat," rock fans hear Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.
Romeo & Juliet, Michael Stanley
Veteran Cleveland rocker plays the heartsick romeo as he sings Dire Straits' 1981 hit for his late wife.
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