Friday Playlist

GETTING WISTFUL ON A SUMMER'S DAY

Our Friday mini-mix returns with some sweet 'n' low sounds to ease you into the long holiday weekend. Acoustic guitars and bittersweet overtones abound on these seven selections, which begin with Drug Rug gathered around the kitchen table for "Pick Up Your Pen Lucy." Then, Marah's "If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry," a title that speaks volumes before a note plays. Next, we have a trio of fab cover versions for you – American Music Club's Mark Eitzel doing John Hartford's "Gentle On My Mind," Caetano Veloso doing a lovely medley built around Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," and finally Beth Orton stripping down The Crystals' "It's Not The Spotlight." Our selection concludes this week with a pair of countrypolitan swooners, one old, one new. Todd Snider gives us "Greencastle Blues," a standout from his sensational new album, The Excitement Plan (JamBase review), and Bobbie Gentry, one of the all-time great pop stylists, plays us out with "I Saw An Angel Die."

Playlist assembled by JamBase Associate Editor Dennis Cook, who truly lives to share all the cool, beautiful, moving sounds he comes across...

[Published on: 9/4/09]

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