Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Gerry Rafferty, 1947-2011
Stream of The Humblebums' "Rick Rack" at YouTube
Gerry Rafferty died yesterday. This remarkable compilation covers several phases of his eclectic career. On Humblebums songs like "Rick Rack" he sounds like a British version of Harry Nilsson. His early solo work resembles James Taylor. Steeler's Wheel's big hit continues to be regularly mistaken for Bob Dylan. Rafferty's later solo material possesses the post-Beatles air of George Harrison and Jeff Lynne. It's all highly enjoyable. I admire Rafferty's resourceful malleability. And "Baker Street," of course, is one of those inescapable era-defining hits.
I've always liked The Damnwells. Here's a no-budget video for its new song.
A new song from True Womanhood features the sound of a tack piano.
Here's the first video from the forthcoming album from Doomtree's Sims.
R. Kelly is in Jackie Wilson mode for much of his new album. Here's the video for the lead single.
Kansas City Click: The Grand Marquis perform at 75th Street Brewery on Wednesday.
Guitarist Will Matthews plays at Chaz on Thursday.