Lonnie Mack – Why? (1963)


Lonnie McIntosh (July 18, 1941 – April 21, 2016), better known by his stage name Lonnie Mack, was an American rock, blues, and country singer-guitarist. As a featured artist, his recording career spanned the period from 1963 to 1990. He remained active as a performer into the early 2000s.
Mack played a major role in transforming the electric guitar into a lead voice in rock music. Best known for his 1963 instrumentals, “Memphis” and “Wham!”, he has been called a rock-guitar “pioneer” and a “ground-breaker” in lead guitar soloing. In these, and several other early guitar instrumentals, “he attacked the strings with fast, aggressive single-string phrasing and a seamless rhythm style”. These tunes are said to have formed the leading edge of the virtuoso “blues rock” lead guitar genre.
According to Guitar World magazine, Mack’s early solos influenced every major rock-guitar soloist from the 1960s through the 1980s, from “Clapton to Allman to Vaughan” and “from Nugent to Bloomfield”. Guitarists who have named Mack as a major influence include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Dickie Betts, Ray Benson, Bootsy Collins and Ted Nugent.
Mack is also considered one of the finer “blue-eyed soul” singers of his era.Wikipedia


Eric Bachmann – Mercy (2016)


“There may be no better depiction of the exasperating dynamics among loved ones than the way Eric Bachmann puts it on “Mercy,” the second song on his new solo album. “I’ve got family, I’ve got friends/ And I will love them till the end,” he sings. “Despite the batshit-crazy things they often say.” Yep.
The song is a lush doo-wop number with resonant piano, a big beat and layers of background vocals bolstering Bachmann’s rich baritone. It would be the centerpiece of the album, if the other tunes weren’t just as powerful.” Pastemagazine

Trevor Sensor – Texas Girls and Jesus Christ (2016)


“On the EP’s opening title track, Sensor leads with the kind of quintessential folk riff that makes you feel as though you’ve been listening to this music all your life. Then his gravel-gargle voice kicks in, with echoes of Tom Waits, but a melodic sense that pulls him more towards David Johansen’s end of the spectrum. It’s a combination that’s impossible to turn away from, rooted deeply in musical history and as compelling as any rasp that’s come before.”littlevillagemag.com

Merle Haggard – Misery and Gin


“Misery and Gin” is a song written by Snuff Garrett and John Durrill, and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard. It was released in June 1980 as the first single from the album Back to the Barrooms. “Misery and Gin” reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 4 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.Wiki