The Playlist

The Picks

Meg WilcoxRich Aucoin, “P:U:S:H”

The sun is back out, and so is your resolve to update your running playlist! May I so humbly suggest this tune from Rich Aucoin? From the pulsing beat to the *very* literal lyrics telling you to push harder, it’s perfect when you need a boost of energy for that final stretch.

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.

Terry David MulliganTom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Breakdown (live)”

Album is Pack up the Plantation

The slow groove lends itself to the subject line. Guy is slowing falling apart when his relationship sinks.
First the audience lovingly sings the opening verses and the chorus.
Tom shouts “ you’re going to put me out of a job”
Several minutes later as the song is wrapping up Toms character tries to convince himself that he’s ok until he just loses it completely.
Complete classic from front to back.
God Bless Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

BabaAki Kumar, “Back To Bombay”

It is the Ganges Blues coming from San Jose CA; Jazz, Funk, Blues and Bollywood coming together in a delightful way. Aki ( Akarsha Kumar) is a harmonica master and a sweet entertainer (and he’s playing The Yardbird Suite with our own Grant Stovel and friends, May 18 & 19). Fans of Harry Manx please take note…

*This song is not available on Spotify. Listen to it here.

Orest SoltykevychNorwegian Radio Orchestra / Ari Rasilainen, “Hans Christian Lumbye: Champagne Galopp”

Hans Christian Lumbye was a Danish composer who decided to choose a career in composing after hearing the music of Joseph Lanner and Johann Strauss Senior in 1839. And two years later, Lumbye already had his own orchestra.
Lumbye became the director of concerts at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, and he held that post from 1843, the year the gardens opened, until 1872.

Grant StovelRuby Velle & the Soulphonics, “State of All Things”

This Atlanta band’s frontwoman is possessed of a glorious voice for classic southern soul — but she’s also got plenty of surprising wrinkles to her musicality.
Originally from Toronto, she’s the daughter of Indian immigrants, and grew up steeped in everything from Joni Mitchell to Paul Simon to old Bollywood tunes.
She’s also counted Marvin Gaye, Ani DiFranco and Portishead as having inspired her songwriting.
If you listen carefully, I think you can hear a bit of all that on the beautifully dynamic title track to Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics’ new record, “State of All Things”.

Kodi HutchinsonHolly Cole, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”

Headliner for the upcoming Lethbridge Jazz Festival on June 16th has a great new album worth checking out!