Music I’m Listening To


   Tuba Skinny is a traditional jazz band based in New Orleans. The female singer in this video is Erika Lewis (no relation).

   The TV series Johnny Staccato lasted for one season on NBC between September 10, 1959 and March 24, 1960. It starred John Cassavetes as the title character, a jazz pianist who doubled as a private detective in his off hours. Elmer Bernstein was the composer of the music heard below:



   Kieran Kennedy is the lead singer for this song, a live version of the title track of an album this Irish folk rock group released in 1989.

Eilen Jewell is a singer-songwriter from Boise, Idaho. “Warning Signs” is a song from her 2011 CD Queen of the Minor Key.


“Whiskey in the Jar” is a traditional Irish folk song that’s also been played by may hard rock bands over the years (Thin Lizzy, Metallica, and so on). Here’s yet another version that caught my ear yesterday:


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   Originally recorded by rockabilly legend Jody Reynolds in 1958, “Endless Sleep” has been covered by numerous artists over the years. One of my favorite interpretations of this song is by Billy Idol, former frontman of the British punk band Generation X.


   Roots music at its most enjoyable:

Cold Blood with lead singer Lydia Pense was a jazzy R&B horn band most active in the late 60s and early 70s. “Ready to Love” was a track on their 1974 LP entitled Lydia. The word ‘funky’ best describes their style of music, as you will see hear once you listen to this:


This British band had some success in the 70s and reformed briefly in 2005. I don’t know when this live video was made, but the lead singer is Jenny Haan. ADDED LATER: Some sources say 1972.

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