You know, I’m sad that Dick Dale died. No surf song playlist is complete without his “Misirlou”. He’s one of the great innovators, no doubt about it. But you know what I love? There are so many great living artists out there right now.
There will be other artists who die. We all seem to go that direction, don’t we? But it’s not the end. It’s not the end for the music, for them, or for us. Some fabulous voices and talents I love right now:
Joe Satriani continues to make spacey, alien music-scapes.
Imelda May has a beautiful voice (check out her rockabilly version of “Tainted Love”, so cool).
Sophia Urista has a voice that will bring down your house, if you’re not careful. Amazing! She works with Brass Against a lot.
Brass Against is next on my list. A huge group of talented musicians, Brass Against usually does remakes of Rage Against the Machine or Audioslave. I think they have an infatuation with Tom Morello. That’s okay; so do I.
The Blackwater Fever makes some deep and profound blues music which transcends the old, “Woe is me,” kind of blues. The lyrics are intelligent and the music is sometimes rocking, sometimes mellow. The perfect blend.
Generous Maria rocks! This is the kind of music you’ll want to turn up so you can hear it within a five-mile radius.
Risking Nostalgia is a relatively new group. They make some fun alternative music which makes my dull days better. They keep promising new material. I’m anxiously waiting.