One Track Mind

One Track Mind: Grace Marino, “Don’t Say It’s Gone” (2014)

One Track Mind: Grace Marino, “Don’t Say It’s Gone” (2014)

Poppy enough to rocket up the charts, yet unique enough to warrant individuality.

One Track Mind: Jerry Lee Lewis, “Little Queenie” from Rock and Roll Time (2014)

One Track Mind: Jerry Lee Lewis, “Little Queenie” from Rock and Roll Time (2014)

Members of the Rolling Stones join Lewis for a raucous Chuck Berry cover.

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan and the Band, “Odds and Ends” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (2014)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan and the Band, “Odds and Ends” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (2014)

Lost time may never be found again but, sometimes, lost songs are.

One Track Mind: Billy Joe Shaver with Willie Nelson, “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (2014)

One Track Mind: Billy Joe Shaver with Willie Nelson, “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (2014)

Willie Nelson’s presence here means a debt has finally been repaid.

One Track Mind: Henry Butler + Steven Bernstein, “Gimme a Pigfoot” from Viper’s Drag (2014)

One Track Mind: Henry Butler + Steven Bernstein, “Gimme a Pigfoot” from Viper’s Drag (2014)

This is music that builds on the past – rather than fetishizing it.

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

One Track Mind: Prince, “Clouds” from Art Official Age (2014)

Nastily elastic, fantastically dense, this heralds a new age. Or, really, an old one.

One Track Mind: Ruthie Foster, “Singing the Blues” from Promise of a Brand New Day (2014)

One Track Mind: Ruthie Foster, “Singing the Blues” from Promise of a Brand New Day (2014)

Ruthie Foster offers a song of encouragement in dark times.

One Track Mind: Judith Owen, “Summer Breeze,” from In The Summertime (2014)

One Track Mind: Judith Owen, “Summer Breeze,” from In The Summertime (2014)

This song will always evoke a sense of late-season wistfulness.

One Track Mind: Richard Thompson, “Walking on a Wire” from Acoustic Classics (2014)

One Track Mind: Richard Thompson, “Walking on a Wire” from Acoustic Classics (2014)

Thompson takes an old favorite, and does an unexpected thing.

One Track Mind: Elvis Costello, Jim James + Marcus Mumford, “Nothing To It” from Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (2014)

One Track Mind: Elvis Costello, Jim James + Marcus Mumford, “Nothing To It” from Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes (2014)

You can tell their heart is in it. But something important is off.