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Bert Jansch

This innovative Scottish guitarist and songwriter was influential both as a solo artist and as a key member of the popular British folk-rock group Pentangle during the 1960s and 70s.  His subject matter was often dark, as in one of his most famous songs, "Needle of Death", and his delivery restrained but very affecting. Jansch died in October 2011 at the age of 67. If you've never heard his music, give it a listen!

Don't Call Me Buckwheat by Garland Jeffreys

Jeffreys' sound is a unique blend of rock, reggae, island, jazz, and Latin music brilliantly melded together by his intelligent, provocative songwriting and distinctive vocals. His 1992 disc, "Don't Call Me Buckwheat" is an old favorite of mine but it's been difficult to get his older recordings from the 70s and 80s (hard to find on CD) and he doesn't record often.  He's just released his first new album in 13 years, "The King of In Between". If you've never heard of this artist, you have a treat in store.

I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers

All of the Avett Brothers albums are great.  Their harmonies are beautiful.  Their talent with the various instruments they play (banjo, guitar, piano and more) is phenomenal and their lyrics are clever and true.  In I and Love and You the songs are sadder and filled with pain and mental anguish.  Even a seemingly festive song like "Tin Man" has dark lyrics.  But don't let that scare you.  This is a fine album without a dud on it.

7 Worlds Collide: Neil Finn & Friends Live at the St. James

Neil Finn has been making beautifully crafted music for over 30 years with Split Enz, Crowded House, his brother Tim and as a solo artist.  On this live disc he gathers several musician friends, including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Johnny Marr of the Smiths, to perform their songs and his.  Great perfomances abound on this CD, especially Vedder singing "Stuff & Nonsense" and Finn doing his own "She Will Have Her Way".

Say It by Evan Goodrow Band

This Boston-based trio opened for B.B.King at his recent concert in Beverly and impressed me with its full, rocking blues sound. Evan Goodrow leads the band on guitar and vocals, with Phil Antoniades on drums and John Cooke just smokin' on a Hammond organ. Check Our Catalog

Phoebe Snow

Snow's recent death at age 60 sent me back to the songs that introduced her to the world--and to me--back in the 70s. Well worth a listen to Phoebe's unique voice singing favorites like "Poetry Man", "Shakey Ground" and "Love Makes a Woman". Check Our Catalog

Easy Wonderful by Guster

If you haven't discovered Guster yet, you have to listen to this album.  This pop rock quartet started at Tufts Univ. some 20 years ago and their music is still really fun to listen to. Check Our Catalog

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