Singer-songwriters

Jesse Winchester (1944-2014): An Appreciation

Jesse Winchester (1944-2014): An Appreciation

So, have all your passionate violins play a tune for a Tennessee kid …

‘Always had a warm place in my heart’: A lost blues legend directly impacted early Hall and Oates albums

‘Always had a warm place in my heart’: A lost blues legend directly impacted early Hall and Oates albums

John Oates says a legendary Mississippi Delta bluesman who first rose to fame in the late 1920s ended up having a direct impact on the initial recordings by Hall and Oates.

One Track Mind: Johnny Orr, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song)” (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Orr, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song)” (2014)

Johnny Orr assumes the role of an autistic boy and says what that boy might say if he were able communicate like a neurotypical kid in his gently swaying ballad, “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song).”

One Track Mind: Nick Drake, “Reckless Jane” from The Phoenix and the Turtle (2014)

One Track Mind: Nick Drake, “Reckless Jane” from The Phoenix and the Turtle (2014)

That there was unheard music from Nick Drake, dead four decades now, is one thing. That is as delicate and funny as “Reckless Jane” makes it all the more of a wonder.

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Jackson Browne’s 1986 single “In the Shape of a Heart” was a big hit in certain circles. It went to No. 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but rose to only No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.

‘He’s taught me a lot’: David Crosby partnership with long-lost son sparked musical comeback

‘He’s taught me a lot’: David Crosby partnership with long-lost son sparked musical comeback

For David Crosby, his long-awaited Croz was more than a chance to jump-start his dormant solo career. It was another chance to connect with his son, James Raymond.

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

When Beck came out with Sea Change in 2002, I was more than a little surprised. First of all, its sound was a drastic shift away from the snappin’ funk of Midnite Vultures. Oh sure, maybe it was telegraphed just a little bit by Mutations, but that didn’t really mute the shock of its arrival. But what surprised me evenRead More

Justin DiFebbo – Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo (2014)

Justin DiFebbo – Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo (2014)

Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Justin DiFebbo dives head long into the styles and feel of pop songs from previous eras on the deeply enveloping Turn Out the Light, Turn On the Stereo.

One Track Mind: Lyle Lovett, “Rosie” from Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (2014)

One Track Mind: Lyle Lovett, “Rosie” from Looking into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (2014)

That Jackson Browne, one of the 1970s and ’80s most prolific and recognizable singer-songwriters, hasn’t already had one of these all-out, star-flecked tribute moments boggles the mind, really.

One Track Mind: Damian Joyce with Keith Emerson, “When You’re Around” (2014)

One Track Mind: Damian Joyce with Keith Emerson, “When You’re Around” (2014)

Offered with a rough-hewn, acoustic grace, Damian Joyce’s paean to the Big Apple unfolds with a warm confidentiality. But the beginning? Pure Keith Emerson.