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"Ya gotta hear this."

I've spent a lifetime in music. Almost 30 years as the owner/operator of the Record Emporium. I've been playing music for longer than that and listening to it for even longer. The basis of this lifelong passion has always been the phrase "You gotta hear this".

It is difficult to live in a world where music is not the great expansive soundtrack of our lives. We are isolated in our headphone cocoons. What are you listening too? I'd like to try and bridge that gap. We'll see if anyone in interested.

The best stuff that I hear is from people that are out there playing. Great tunes. Great people. Diminutive crowds. I'm sure that you all have something that you want me to hear. I'm going to try and put together some regular playlist editions for you to listen on Spotify.

Why Spotify?.

You can listen for free and I don't have to handle licensing and royalty payments. Any musician can opt out of Spotify.

If you have something you want me to review that isn't on Spotify and provide links to I'll do that too. Please don't send me the files though, just the links. At this point, I'm just a fan. I miss the new stuff out there. I'll give you a fair shake. Got to admit, I'm not much on rap or house but I'll do my best if you think you have something that can break through these old ears. In the meantime, you gotta hear this..."




Mike's Playlist #1


Playlist #1 notes.

Loved this JIM WHITE song for a while. I manage to do a version of it occasionally. Jim does it better.

BUD SUMMERS plays everywhere in the St. Louis area. Sometimes manages to get up to Chicago and Michigan. Sublime, fine player.

KEITH GORDON's CD came in the mail, but it caught my ear. This is an old one too, gotta hear more.

MIKE FELTEN of course, is better than whiskey or sex or having Jesus change your tire on a rainy night.

JAMES COTTON, Learned this song from the late J.D. Smiley Lewis. A classic.

KEITH MOODY playing some great rock and roll from down in Alabama. Love to share a stage with this road warrior again,

EDDIE "CLEANHEAD" VINSON always been a hero to bald guys. Sweet blues sound that you don't hear too much anymore.

GRAHAM WILKINSON from the Texas singer/songwriter tradition. Did a sad night with him at the Horseshoe in Chicago. Fan ever since.

PAUL COADY from the Edsel Brothers or vice versa. This song stuck with me. If you play bars it isn't about how good you are, it's how much beer you sell. Paul is a good picker and beer salesman.

BILLY JOE SHAVER is premium songwriter and the real deal, He walks it like he talks it. Better yet a pretty great guy.

RENEGADE RAIL. Just stumbled across this fun song and it won't go away. Hope they are still out there somewhere.

MIKE CROSS is one of those great acoustic players. This song stuck with me for years. Got to hear him live someday.

BOB MARTIN has been a hero for a long time. Rumor has it that he gives up music from time to time and lets real life intrude. Had a couple of classic albums in the 1980's. He seems more rock now, but I like this one.

M.O.T.O. This is a young Paul Caporino on this version back before the whiskey took hold, He continues to tour in the long shadow of his former self. Seriously, always on tour and in the studio, check out old buddy Paul.

BOTTLE ROCKETS. Couldn't get this song out of my head. For all the guys on the road tonight with that red light flashing on the dashboard. Take it home safe,

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