Founded around 1974, this band was the original geek squad of new wave funk. Their first gig was in 1975 when they opened up for The Ramones at CBGBs. "Life During Wartime," off the album Fear Of Music, was the band's third release, produced by the brilliant and revolutionary Brian Eno. Fear Of Music should be in everyone's music library. Download "Life During Wartime."
These guys are Ohio natives imported to Brooklyn, New York. They have been around for a few albums. Boxer, their most recent CD, released in 2007 deserves attention. There's something classy, simple and smart here, with lush romantic vocals. Sufjan Stevens also makes a guest appearance on the CD. They are currently touring so try to catch them. Download "Start A War" from Boxer.
Edwin Starr, aka Charles Hatcher, was born in 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His first band, The Future Tones, was founded in 1956. In 1962, after he completed two years in the military, he moved to Detroit, Michigan. He was then scooped up the legendary Berry Gordy. "War huh, Whatizzit Good For, Absolutely Nothing" was released in 1970 and became a number-one hit. Starr was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Sadly, we lost this rich-voiced treasure in 2003. Download "War."
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was released in 1963 when Dylan was 21. This album contains "Blowin' In the Wind," "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" and "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright." "Talkin' World War III Blues" is timeless and timely. As Albert Einstein said: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Download "Talkin' World War III Blues."
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Lemon Jefferson was born in 1893 in Couchman, Texas. He was one of seven children and was born blind. One of the earliest black folk blues singers to become commercially successful, he was discovered by Paramount Records in Dallas, Texas. His recordings have the old crackle-vinyl sound which is so refreshing these days next to the clean sound of digital. Jefferson died in 1929 but leaves behind a history of music. Download "Wartime Blues."
Artist: Blind Lemon Jefferson
Song: Wartime Blues
Album: The Best Of Blind Lemon Jefferson
Artist Declan O'Rourke is from Dublin, Ireland. His delivery is blissful and sorrowful, his voice is pure and the melodies just stick to you. A sophisticated new artist that deserves a listen. Download "One Day In War" from Big Bad Beautiful World, his second release.