Thursday, 7/1/10

by musicclipoftheday

looking back

Today, celebrating our 300th post, we revisit a few favorites.



Both Chicago blues artists. Both guitar players. Both influenced by other kinds of music.

Musical personalities? They could hardly be more different.

Buddy Guy, “Let Me Love You Baby,” live


Fenton Robinson, “Somebody Loan Me A Dime,” live, 1977


Back in the 1970s, when I was at Alligator Records, I had the pleasure of working with Fenton, co-producing his album I Hear Some Blues Downstairs (a Grammy nominee). He didn’t fit the stereotype of a bluesman. Gentle, soft-spoken, serious, introspective: he was all these things. He died in 1997.



What other pop star has made such stunning contributions as a guest artist?

Sinead O’Connor

With Willie Nelson, “Don’t Give Up”


With the Chieftains, “The Foggy Dew”


With Shane MacGowan, “Haunted”



two takes

“La-La Means I Love You”

The Delfonics, live, 2008 (originally recorded 1968)


Bill Frisell, live, New York (Rochester), 2007



musical thoughts

Music . . . carr[ies] us smoothly across the tumult of experience, like water over rocks.

Vijay Iyer, liner notes, Historicity (2009)