Song #28: “I Believe in You”

Ladies and gentlemen, “I Believe in You,” by Black Dub. Black Dub has Daniel Lanois on guitar, piano and lap steel; Trixie Whitley on vocals and a bit of drums; Daryl Johnson on bass; and Brian Blade on drums. What a band. Although Daniel Lanois is known for his wizardry behind the console as a producer, the Black Dub debut album feels raw most of the time as if the

Song #27: “Mexico City”

I put Jolie Holland in the same class as Bob Dylan and Tom Waits because of her ability to assimilate traditional music into a sound and style that is singularly her own. She also happens to have an unusual voice that, not unlike Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, doesn’t exactly have mass appeal. One reviewer said she sings like she’s got a mouth full of marbles. Maybe, but she makes

Song #26: “Things Have Changed”

Years ago I got stuck in the back of a car during a road trip with some friends who played early heavy-on-the-harmonica Bob Dylan non-stop for about three days, and I just about lost my mind. That experience prevented me from getting on board the Bob Dylan bus until he released Time Out of Mind in 1997. I still don’t listen to much early Dylan, but I’ve come to appreciate

Song #25: “Canned Goods”

Greg Brown is a storyteller. He’s what I like most about folk type musicians: He’s down to earth. He could be flashy and famous, but he shows up on stage and sits down to play his guitar and tells stories, like the one in “Canned Goods,” about specific but ordinary and every day things. He excels at keeping it real. This 14-minute version of “Canned Goods” exemplifies the storyteller vibe