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Indigo Girls, “The Rise of the Black Messiah” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

Indigo Girls, “The Rise of the Black Messiah” from One Lost Day (2015): One Track Mind

The most tragic histories can make the greatest songs, as the Indigo Girls’ “Rise of the Black Messiah” reminds us.

Jackson Browne, “Shaky Town” from Running on Empty (1977): One Track Mind

Jackson Browne, “Shaky Town” from Running on Empty (1977): One Track Mind

Taped in Room 124 of the Edwardsville, Ill., Holiday Inn, 1977’s “Shaky Town” is one of the rawest Jackson Browne recordings – and a must-have song when traveling.

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

Flotsam and Jetsam, “Iron Maiden” from Flotsam and Jetsam (2016): One Track Mind

As with the last two albums, Flotsam and Jetsam gives us something a little different here – providing a tasty tribute to metal legends Iron Maiden.

The Secrets, “Feel Pretty Good” (2016): One Track Mind

The Secrets, “Feel Pretty Good” (2016): One Track Mind

Jumping with joyful energy, the Secrets’ “Feel Pretty Good” is honestly one of the best power pop workouts ever to be.

Zakk Wylde, “Sleeping Dogs” from Book of Shadows II (2016): One Track Mind

Zakk Wylde, “Sleeping Dogs” from Book of Shadows II (2016): One Track Mind

Zakk Wylde’s “Sleeping Dogs” makes a good promise for ‘Book of Shadows II.’ Here’s hoping the rest of the album delivers on it.

Fortunato Isgro, “Good Times Bad Times” from Journey (2016): One Track Mind

Fortunato Isgro, “Good Times Bad Times” from Journey (2016): One Track Mind

Fortunato Isgro’s “Good Times Bad Times” borrows the best elements of the past, then tops them off with a contemporary delivery.

Joe Mandica, “My Heart Belongs” from A Thousand Miles (2016): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica, “My Heart Belongs” from A Thousand Miles (2016): One Track Mind

With a touch of Southern-fried soul, Joe Mandica’s “My Heart Belongs” is like a marvelous mating of Bill Lloyd with Bill Deal and the Rhondels.

Xander and the Peace Pirates, “Soul Sailing” (2016): One Track Mind

Xander and the Peace Pirates, “Soul Sailing” (2016): One Track Mind

Xander the Peace Pirates’ “Soul Sailing” combines the powerfully soulful vocals with expressive and road weary yet expressive slide guitar playing.

Chawa band portrait on Second Street on November 27, 2015, in New Orleans, LA. (Erika Goldring Photo)

Cha Wa, “All On A Mardi Gras Day” (2016): One Track Mind

Dr. John’s funky Nola street dance anthem has rarely been covered with as much festive spirit as it has from New Orleans’ own Mardis Gras Indian funk collective Cha Wa.

Joe Mandica, “I Just Can’t Wait” from A Thousand Miles (2007): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica, “I Just Can’t Wait” from A Thousand Miles (2007): One Track Mind

A poignant paean to his son and daughter, Joe Mandica’s “I Just Can’t Wait” has been made complete with a newly released video featuring intimate images of family.