Here are the first ten songs to pop up on my iPod; Artist/Song/Album:
2. Steely Dan/Deacon Blues/A Decade of Steely Dan
3. White House Blues/Charlie Poole with the North Carolina Ramblers/Anthology of American Folk Music - vol. 1B: Ballads
4. Fish Karma/I Ain't Man Enough to Take Your Girl/The Theory of Intelligent Design
5. Dar Williams/The One Who Knows/The Beauty of the Rain
6. Elvis Costello & the Imposters feat. Lucinda Williams/There's a Story in Your Voice/The Delivery Man
7. The Gaslight Anthem/Great Expectations/The '59 Sound
8. Ebeneezer Obey & his International Brothers/Ibadan/In London
9. Macy Gray/Slap a Bitch/Slap a Bitch (single)
10. Johnny Adams/I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home/The Great Johnny Adams
Nice country/rock cover of the U2 tune from Ol' Yeller, a country band from Minneapolis. Listen to streams at their MySpace page.
The Anthology needs no introduction. Poole, who died in 1931, is the subject of a tribute album by Loudon Wainwright III and an annual music festival in his native NC.
Tucson's own Fish Karma has eight hilarious albums under his belt; this one's from 2006. He too has a MySpace page and you can try a video over here.
That Macy Gray single is salacious enough to make Tipper Gore want to protect her daughters.
The Gaslight Anthem are the next great New Jersey band; they should name an offramp after them.
His full name is Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, nicknamed the Chief Commander. Obey has been a working musician in Nigeria since the 1950s. Wikipedia has a partial discography. The track is from 1969, this video is from the same album.
Johnny Adams (1932-1998) was not the most famous singer ever to emerge from New Orleans, but surely one of the finest.