New Music Mondays

March 31, 2014

This past weekend, my music library tipped over the 28,000 songs mark. Admittedly there are songs on there that I haven’t listened to in a long while, and there are compilations that I revisit frequently.

This week, I wanted to share with you an album that will (already has) been getting some having playing time. And like with any good music, it often comes on a referral. This referral comes from @strombo and his radio show from March 16.

Rita Chiarelli’s ‘Rest My Bones’, complete with back-up vocals from some of the prison’s talented singers, draws you back to the genesis of the blues and provides a suitable backdrop for the spirit of the blues. This isn’t surprising given that Lead Belly spent some time there and was visited by Alan Lomax, a collector of early American Folk Music.

After hearing that song, I went out and picked up Music from the Big House. I wasn’t disappointed. There’s such a raw energy and feel to the music, so much so, I can’t wait for the DVD to arrive. Other highlights for me include ‘Don’t Let Him Catch You’, ‘Rain On Me’ and ‘Midnight Special’.

I recognize that this isn’t a new soundtrack, but it’s new to me and just may be to you. If you are a fan of the blues, or early American folk music, you’ll appreciate this soundtrack. Give it a listen and let me know your thoughts.