A little while ago, Jack White, he of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather fame, was kind enough to help me out with this series by releasing an album called “Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016”.
Today’s choice, the original of which was the track that brought The White Stripes to most people’s attention for the first time, and therefore needs no further introduction:
Jack White – Hotel Yorba
So here’s where we listen to a County record suitable for a Sunday morning.
Today’s song is a cover of a Hank Williams tune, however the performer is most certainly not a Country singer. Nor is the performance in a Country style.
But it’s more than suitable for posting here, and is just perfect for a Sunday morning.
And that’s because it comes from an album entitled “Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music”, and because it’s by no less a luminary than Ray Charles.
Get your ears round this:
Ray Charles – Hey Good Lookin’
There are some artists that I’m often baffled are not better known, and tonight’s selection falls firmly into that category.
The Shortwave Set made records which they described as “Victorian Funk”, and, to give you some idea of their sound and the type of admirers they had, supported the likes of Goldfrapp, Rilo Kiley, Spiritualized and Gnarls Barkely, whilst their second album was produced by Danger Mouse.
This, though, comes from their rather wonderful debut album “The Debt Collection” and it is, well, rather wonderful:
The Shortwave Set – Is It Any Wonder