(otherwise known as music from my collection that you can download for free, at least for the next 7 days, it doesn't sound as fancy put like that now does it?)
This Friday's musical theme is going to be songs about "MEAN" people. I'm still pretty busy at work so I'll keep the commentary short and sweet this time. I'll include links for the artist's to allmusic.com and you can read more there if you're interested. I hope you enjoy the picks and have a great weekend. I'm headed up north to do some camping and canoeing...and of course drinking, I wouldn't want to disappoint!
This song is from an album titled The Progressive Blues Experiment originally issued by Imperial Records and later re-released by Columbia. This was probably the first album that brought Winter to the national attention of guitar players in America. Mean Town Blues is an original song by Winter and nicely showcases his blues chops without a glimmer of rock commercialization. Sit back and just enjoy this one.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's eighth record, Plastic Fang, doesn't overlook anything this time, for the album exudes a new power. Spencer and his mates sought the expertise and slick work of musician/producer Steve Jordan, who brought brashness back to the front on Plastic Fang. A Rolling Stones-like romp, "Mean Heart" is truly killer. It's Spencer's best take on a ballad, too, and it's bittersweet, but he's not totally hung up on love. As a songwriter, Spencer is impressive. Plastic Fang isn't exactly focused on one particular sound. It's simple, and the depth behind the band's musicianship has expanded into something fiery once more. With Jordan's assistance, Plastic Fang sounds live and abrasive, and it's infectiously undeniable.