Scot-rock treasure Frankie Miller, born in postwar Glasgow, began writing songs as a lad. In his teens, he made his bones on vocals for rock packs The Deljacks, West Farm Cottage, Sock It to 'Em JB, and The Stoics. In 1971, Miller, now in London, founded Jude with master guitarist Robin Trower (Procol Harum), drummer Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull), and bassist Jimmy Dewar (Stone the Crow). Then in classic rock-'n'-roll style, the supergroup split up and Miller went solo. After garnering much respect for his debut, Once in a Blue Moon, on Chrysalis Records, Ray Charles recorded one of Miller's titles, and music legend Allen Toussaint took him into the studio for his sophomore effort. Collaborations include Clint Black, Jeff Berry, and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy). With a dozen releases in his trove, rediscover Frankie Miller with "After All (Live My Life)," from Once in a Blue Moon.
Artist: Frankie Miller
Song: After All (Live My Life)
Album: Once in a Blue Moon
Americana singer/songwriter Jackie Greene starting making music during his boyhood in Salinas, California, and by his late teens went semi-pro on the Sacramento club circuit. At the hit of the aughts, this talented multi-instrumentalist inked his first contract with Dig Records. Soon after, Greene released his debut, Gone Wonderin', the recipient of the 2003 California Music Award for the Best Blues/Roots Album. Highlights include tracks for Brokeback Mountain and television's Life and Private Practice. Shared stages/collaborations include B.B. King, Phil Lesh, Gov't Mule, Huey Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, and Larry Campbell. Download Jackie Greene's "I Don't Live in a Dream," from his 2008 Giving Up the Ghost (Bonus Track Version). Play it loud!
Artist: Jackie Greene
Song: I Don't Live in a Dream
Album: Giving Up the Ghost (Bonus Track Version)
|Danish songbird Agnes Obel was born in Copenhagen. Raised in a musical household, she got her start playing piano and bass as a young girl. Obel's debut full-length, already double platinum in Denmark, earned her a nomination for the Impala European Independent Album of the Year, as well as the 2011 Danish film industry's Robert Award for Best Song of the Year ("Riverside," from the Submarino soundtrack). Credits include TV's Grey's Anatomy, the film The Boy Who Walked Backward, and German ad spots. Discover the shimmering forte of Agnes Obel with "Avenue," from her 2010 project Philharmonics.|
Artist: Agnes Obel
|Detroit's harmonious art-pop unit Pas/Cal was founded in the early aughts by Casimer Pascal (guitars), Little Tommy Daniels (drums), and Gene Corduroy (guitars). Nathaniel Burgundy (bass), Richard Panic (vocalist), and Bem (vocalist, organ) would later round out the pack. The group went six releases deep before disbanding. Get "O My Cherry (Suite Cherry Pt. 3)" from their 2008 project I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura. They summon up flowers and firecrackers.|
Genre: Art Pop
Song: O My Cherry (Suite Cherry Pt. 3)
Album: I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura
|Thee Oh Sees|
California's Thee Oh Sees, psychedelic surf-pop garage-punk Frankensteins, were founded in the late '90s. Captained by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Dwyer, the current lineup comprises Brigid Dawson (vocals), Petey Dammit (bass), and Mike Shoun (drums). Dwyer made his bones doing double duty in the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Swords & Sandals, Orinoka Crash Suite, and Dig That Body Up, It's Alive! Collaborations include Heidi Alexander (The Sandwitches) and visual artists Paul Wackers and William Keihn. Check out the no-edit stream of consciousness of Thee Oh Sees with "Flash Bats," from their 2010 project Warm Slime--sparks and flares!
Artist: Thee Oh Sees
Song: Flash Bats
Album: Warm Slime
South Korea's Epik High was founded in 2003 in Seoul by way of Stanford University. The lineup comprises rappers Tablo and Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz (a.k.a. Street T). The trio has issued seven full-lengths to date. Among Epik High's accolades are a number of Korean music honors, including the Golden Disk Award for Best Hip-Hop Artist and Best Album from the Seoul Music Awards (twice!). Collaborations include Drunken Tiger, Sean2Slow, Leessang, and Planet Shiver. Discover the universal sound of Epik High with "Map the Soul," featuring MYK, from their 2009 project 魂 Map the Soul.
Artist: Epik High
Song: Map the Soul (featuring MYK)
Album: 魂 Map the Soul