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Lionel RaultTom Petty, “Square One”

The insightful, poignant side of Tom Petty

Kodi HutchinsonPJ Perry, “Dig”

Energetic music from Canadian Jazz legend PJ Perry featuring one of the jazz world’s most celebrated pianists; Kenny Barron. Both are performing separately at shows during the TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival at the end of June (www.edmontonjazz.com).

BabaMillie Small, “My Boy Lollipop”

The years was 1964, I had just left home to go to University and the world of music was just beginning to open up for me. This is one of the very first English language songs I ever heard (at least this is how I remember). Millie Small and i are about same age too, so, instant bond!

Allison BrockJimmy LaFave, “Forever Young”

Woody Guthrie & Bob Dylan were Jimmy LaFave’s idols & inspiration. Though he was a great songwriter himself, Jimmy regularly performed their songs on record and in concert. Sadly, cancer took Jimmy LaFave from us recently. This is a great cover of a great song by one of his heroes & just seems fitting.

Monica MillerDan Auerbach, “Waiting On A Song”

I’ve chosen the title track from Dan Auerbach’s brand new release but the whole album is beautiful thing. Retro-Contemporary is what I’m calling it. A collection of sparkling gems. He co-wrote this song with John Prine and Pat McLaughlin. Nuf said.

Bob ChelmickPeter Mulvey, “Vlad The Astrophysicist”

Not so much a song, but a gentle spoken essay about the the origin of all that is. And our place in the universe. That’s all. The learned opinion of his friend Vlad: “Fsst”. A letter by Peter to his new-born niece, Adeline. Just re-released on the NoiseTrade album ‘Eleven Ways of Looking at Peter Mulvey’.

Oskar ZybartJim James, “A New Life”

A work exploding with beautiful energy.

Orest SoltykevichLavinia Meijer, “La Valse d’ Amelie”

Music by French composer Yann Tiersen from the 2001 French film “Amelie”, which was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including best foreign language film, best original screenplay and best cinematography.

Grant StovelThe War on Drugs, “Holding On”

Despite its ornate indie-rock production, ghosts of Springsteen, Dire Straits and the Waterboys flit in and out of this swirling meditation on nostalgia & moving past regret. It’s our first taste of the just-announced new album by Adam Granduciel’s Philadelphia-based project.