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The Best Songs of 2013 from Not the Best Albums

Yesterday, I posted my “Top Ten Albums of 2013” list. Today, I’ll give you the best songs from eleven other albums that didn’t quite make the cut. Go check them out, and purchase the songs you like.

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Various Artists – True Blues (2013)

True Blues

Various Artists
True Blues
Telarc, 2013
52 minutes

“Blues is the blueprint. It’s the foundation of all contemporary music, no matter where you go.” Corey Harris speaks the truth.

On True Blues, Telarc brings together six talented and timeless blues acts: Harris, The Taj Mahal Trio, Shemekia Copeland, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Phil Wiggins. These artists attack the listener’s emotions with heartfelt songs, including the classics “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Motherless Children Have a Hard Time,” and “Gallows Pole.” Copeland, the daughter of blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, delivers a heart-wrenching performance on “Bring Your Fine Self Home.” Phil Wiggins and Alvin Youngblood Hart likewise pull on the heartstrings with “Roberta.”

True Blues was recorded live at various venues throughout the United States, and a companion DVD is planned for a summer release. The compact disc is perfect for any fan of the blues, and would be a good primer for introducing younger music lovers to this genre that is, as Copeland says, “constantly evolving and growing.”

View the trailer for True Blues:

Tracklist:
1. Hoochie Coochie Man (Guy Davis, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Phil Wiggins)
2. Motherless Children Have A Hard Time (Alvin Youngblood Hart)
3. Everybody Got To Change Sometime (Corey Harris)
4. Done Changed My Way Of Living (The Taj Mahal Trio)
5. Saturday Blues (Guy Davis)
6. Bring Your Fine Self Home (Shemekia Copeland with Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Phil Wiggins)
7. Roberta (Phil Wiggins with Alvin Youngblood Hart)
8. C.C. Pill Blues (Corey Harris)
9. Prayers and Praises (Phil Wiggins)
10. Gallows Pole (Alvin Youngblood Hart)
11. That’s No Way To Get Along (Guy Davis)
12. Mailbox Blues (The Taj Mahal Trio)
13. Ramblin’ On My Mind (Shemekia Copeland, Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Phil Wiggins)

Learn more about Telarc.

Purchase True Blues.

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