Tag Archives: Guitar

Song Of The Day – “Tamp ‘Em Up Solid” by Ry Cooder

27 Jul


Ry Cooder should be named a living national treasure. Aside from being a master multi-instrumentalist on guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, accordian, the man is an expert historian on American music. At ease in any style from the blues, gospel, jazz, folk,hawaiian slack-key he can do it all. “Tamp ‘Em Up Solid”,  a traditional off his classic album Paradise and Lunch, shows  combines elements of  gospel, country, and jaw dropping finger picking into a foot stomping good time. For this live performance Cooder does a stripped down version, with just himself, guitar and his backing singer allowing his  finger picking to have all the spotlight.

They don't make album covers like this anymore.


Song Of The Day – “So Far Away” by Dire Straits

18 Jul

And for today’s morsel of music we have “So Far Away”. Dire Straits is one of my favorite bands from the late 1970s-1980s period, largely because of Mark Knopfler’s killer guitar work and lyrics. I always appreciate lyricists who have a wry style, and seem to be making fun of the listener and themselves at once. I love this live version with the extended solo.  Also note Knopfler’s totally bad ass head band and the absolutely tasteless hair-gel jobs of the other band members. Oh 80s…

New Video: “In My Baby’s Arms” by Kurt Vile

6 Jul


Kurt Vile is quickly becoming my favorite artist of the year with his amazing album Halo For My Smoke Ring and his hilarious guitar lesson. Check out his new video for “Baby’s Arms” and then spend the rest of the day dreamin about a California lover.


Song of the Day – “Jesus Fever” Kurt Vile

6 Jun

Philadelphia is a great city, home to the phillies, cheesesteaks, Ben Franklin, and now Kurt Vile. “Jesus Fever” is off his newest album Smoke Ring For My Halo (stop and visualize that for a moment….sweeeet). This tune makes me want to hop in a car and just start driving, to Philly to Albuquerque, wherever. Vile’s rolling finger picked chords, and the steady beat drive (I’m so, so sorry for that pun) the song forward and along down the highway. The video also has a theme of moving, as Kurt is shown strolling around Philly? with his axe. Looking for another song to add to the road trip playlist? This is surely the one.