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Friday, November 12, 2010

November 11, 2010
Scott Foley

Lucky Peterson was a child prodigy, having recorded his first song at age 6. 39 years later, "Little" Lucky Peterson isn't so little anymore. Renowned for his keyboard skills, Peterson is also a strong guitarist, as he proves on his new CD, You Can Always Turn Around. The collection is rooted in trad blues, as evidenced by covers of classics from Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell and Rev Gary Davis. But throw into the mix covers of tunes by Ray Lamontagne, Lucinda Williams and Tom Waits, and Peterson's recorded himself a crossover album. This Episode features a stellar take on Bill Callahan's "I'm New Here".

This weekend, I plan to gather all my TMM playlists from the year and begin to compile my Year End Favorites list for songs and albums of 2010. Grab your Peanuts calendar, and put a Schroeder stamp on Thursdays, December 9 and December 30. The former will feature my favorite tunes, and the latter my favorite discs. Feel free to comment or email me your own favorites of the year.

^ Lucky Peterson, "I'm New Here" You Can Always Turn Around (Dreyfus, 10)
* Trishas, "Trouble About My Soul" They Call Us the Trishas (Fatty Four, 10)
* James Hyland & the Joint Chiefs, "Radio City" Celestial Navigation (Ananaki, 10)
* Golden Smog, "Long Time Ago" Another Fine Day (Universal, 06)
* Crooked Fingers, "Shelly's Winter Love" Reservoir Songs Vol 2 (Foreign Leisure, 10)
* Gary Bennett, "Life Ain't Killed Me Yet" My Ol' Guitar (Raucous, 10)
* Sahara Smith, "Real Thing" Myth of the Heart (Playing in Traffic, 10)
* Joe Ely, "You Can Bet I'm Gone" internet single (Rack 'Em, 10)
* Reckless Kelly, "Think it Over One Time" Undone: a MusicFest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen (30 Tigers, 08)
* Thrift Store Cowboys, "Lean Into the Sway" Light Fighter (Self, 10)
* The Congress, "Loretta" The Congress (Self, 10)
* Decemberists, "Down By the Water" King is Dead (Capitol, 11)
* Dylan LeBlanc, "If Time Was For Wasting" Paupers Field (Rough Trade, 10)
* Railroad Earth, "Black Elk Speaks" Railroad Earth (One Haven, 10)
* Marshall Chapman, "Riding With Willie" Big Lonesome (TallGirl, 10)
* Allison Moorer & Steve Earle, "After the Fire is Gone" Coal Miner's Daughter: Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Sony, 10)
* Levon Helm, "It Takes a Lot to Laugh" Imus Ranch Record II (New West, 10)
* Raul Malo, "Saint Behind the Glass" Sinners & Saints (Fantasy, 10)
* Derailers, "Hey Valerie" (live) Live From Texas (Varese Saraband, 10)
* Railbenders, "Drive Away" Like a Wheel (Self, 09)
* Kelly Joe Phelps, "Roll Away the Stone" Roll Away the Stone (Ryko, 97)
* Amos Lee, "Windows Are Rolled Down" Mission Bell (Blue Note, 11)
* Fabulous Ginn Sisters, "Fireworks" You Can't Take a Bad Girl Home (Self, 10)
* Old 97s, "Every Night is Friday Night" Grand Theatre Vol 1 (New West, 10)
* Darden Smith, "Sierra Diablo" Marathon (Self, 10)

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