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Double or Nothing
Vintage Trouble Remember me? Yeah, I used to come here more often. Life and Things and Other Stuff have kept me away for too long. So in an attempt to make amends for my extended absence, I offer two videos that deserve to be on your radar. The first is Vintage Trouble's Blues Hand Me Down. There's a lot to like here: nice energy, solid playing, and spiffy wardrobe.

The second is Lianne La Havas performing Is Your Love Big Enough. The song gets a little repetitive, but the catchy guitar riff, Lianne's voice, and the overall performance more than make up for it.

My apologies, dear visitor, for not having more to offer lately. I'll try to do better. In the meantime, there are a ton of cool videos on my main Music Video page that deserve your attention if you haven't already seen them all.
 
It's Happening Again
Esperanza Spalding My last article about Esperanza Spalding hasn't even fallen off the front page and here she is again.

I don't really have a lot to say about my newest favorite artist (still) other than she's awesome. And that her band keeps getting bigger. You can catch up with the growing chronicle of Esperanza on my site by checking out article one and article two (although don't bother with article one, just go to my Music Video page and watch her performance of "Precious").

Click the image to watch her (and the new, larger band) performing "Radio Song" from her new album Radio Music Society. And then you should go buy your own copy. Line forms in the rear!
 
Big Hard Head
When I find these kinds of things I get a little giddy but also a bit jolted that I hadn't seen it sooner. Frank Robinson is 73 years old now and I had never heard of him before a couple of days ago. What's the matter with me?

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson was a child prodigy, winning talent shows at the age of three, playing for President Truman at seven, and appearing with Count Basie at age eleven among other impressive accomplishments.

Mr. Robinson eventually gave up his musical career to earn degrees in history and psychology. While I applaud furthering one's education in any case, I am always dismayed when a true talent strays from music. It seems such a shame.

Fortunately, Robinson didn't stray far for long. He helped set up small labels in Detroit and also opened a recording studio during the 1960s. He has been making a comeback as a musician during the last decade, appearing at a few special concerts.

The song is "Caldonia" by Louis Jordan, one of my all-time favorite jump blues songs and also one of the first compositions to be labeled "rock and roll". Click the image to play or watch it and all the other cool videos I have accumulated on my Music Video page.
 
A Pair of Freeks
Freek Johnson Freek Johnson recently appeared on our local PBS station. The boys are in fine shape, delivering a couple of tunes with enough action they could easily be five or six.

Freek Johnson I don't have much to say, the Freek speaks for itself. Enjoy the show!

Click to enlarge, or watch them on the big player on my Music Video page with more Freek Johnson and gobs of other cool stuff.
 
I Think I Like This
When I first saw Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside on David Letterman I thought, "Here's something for my page." Then I sat on it for weeks.

I couldn't quite put my finger on why I liked it. There are no blazing guitar solos, no overwhelming performances. But I kept coming back to the video and watching it over and over again.

There is a lot here that appeals to me. I like the retro-y look and sound of the group. I really like the way they combine a minimalistic approach with some smart arrangement to make the most of what's there. Sallie does a great job belting out the vocals. The overall effect is a solid and fresh performance of a really good tune.

The pop music world could certainly use a lot more music like this - real musicians playing real instruments making some interesting and fun music.

I hope we get to hear lots more from Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. Check out their website here. Click the image to pop up a player or watch them in the big player on my Music Video page.
 
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