Singer-songwriters

Lobo – The Best of Lobo (1993): On Second Thought

Lobo – The Best of Lobo (1993): On Second Thought

It’s time for a reassessment of Lobo. You’re reminded on this great compilation that he penned spiffy songs, and sang them with inviting sincerity.

Carly Simon – Another Passenger (1976): Forgotten Series

Carly Simon – Another Passenger (1976): Forgotten Series

Song for song, even sideman for sideman, the often-overlooked ‘Another Passenger’ is the best album Carly Simon ever made.

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

Joan Baez – Gracias a la Vida (1974): Forgotten Series

In September 1973, Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was brutally murdered, moving Joan Baez to produce a final homage and farewell.

Joaquin Sabina, “Palabras Como Cuerpos” from Inventario (1978): One Track Mind

Joaquin Sabina, “Palabras Como Cuerpos” from Inventario (1978): One Track Mind

With “Palabras Como Cuerpos,” Joaquin Sabina seems to take Phil Ochs’ motto to heart, realizing that in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.

Graham Parker’s Burning Questions found him still angry, if no longer young

Graham Parker’s Burning Questions found him still angry, if no longer young

‘Burning Questions,’ released on July 20, 1992, showed that time hadn’t dulled Graham Parker’s legendary rapier wit, or his inquisitiveness.

Left Lane Cruiser, “Dirty Spliff Blues,” from Dirty Spliff Blues (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Left Lane Cruiser, “Dirty Spliff Blues,” from Dirty Spliff Blues (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

In advising not to mix marijuana with tobacco in your blunt, Left Lane Cruiser is graciously handing out a pro tip. And some more damned nice ‘n’ dirty rock and roll, too.

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson is a traveler, always has been, and “Beatnik Walking” — both in its lyric, and in its creation story — speaks to that.

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.

Ron Sexsmith, “Can’t Get My Act Together” from Carousel One (2015)

Ron Sexsmith, “Can’t Get My Act Together” from Carousel One (2015)

As sun-flecked as Ron Sexsmith’s melodies no doubt are, his lyrics often run the other way. “Can’t Get My Act Together,” however, feels brand new.

Mickey Newbury, “Summertime” (1993): One Track Mind

Mickey Newbury, “Summertime” (1993): One Track Mind

When Mickey Newbury covered a song, he did it with such intensity that it’s hard to imagine it done any other way. Here’s another example.