January 2011 looks to be a big month for cover albums, with big-name artists dropping new ones left and right. Perhaps everyone was waiting for the Christmas season to be over. Last month, non-holiday covers were a rare breed indeed. After umpteen “The First Noel” and “Last Christmas” covers though, some blues and rockabilly tunes prove as refreshing as a rum and coca cola.
Two discs we’re particularly excited about are now available to stream on NPR. First up, Gregg Allman (of the Allman Brothers, duh) returns to the basics on eleven classic blues tunes on Low Country Blues. T-Bone Burnett helms the production, and no one knows roots like T Bone.
Secondly, speaking of hotshot producers, “Queen of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson has a good one up her sleeve: Jack White. Mr. Analog produces and plays on her new The Party Ain’t Over, released on his own Third Man Records. The title references Jackson’s biggest hit, “Let’s Have a Party.” On covers of Amy Winehouse, Jimmie Rodgers, and latter-day Bob Dylan, that party kicks hard as ever.
Find tracklists and links to listen to both below.
Listen: Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues
01. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes)
02. Little By Little (Junior Wells)
03. Devil Got My Woman (Skip James)
04. I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
05. Blind Man (Bobby Bland)
06. Just Another Rider (original)
07. Please Accept My Love (B.B. King)
08. I Believe I’ll Go Back Home (Traditional)
09. Tears Tears Tears (Amos Milburn)
10. My Love is Your Love (Samuel Maghett)
11. Checking On My Baby (Otis Rush)
12. Rolling Stone (Traditional)
Listen: Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
01. Shakin’ All Over (Johnny Kidd)
02. Rip It Up (Little Richards)
03. Busted (Johnny Cash)
04. Rum and Coca-Cola (The Andrews Sisters)
05. Thunder on the Mountain (Bob Dylan)
06. You Know I’m No Good (Amy Winehouse)
07. Like A Baby (Vikki Nelson)
08. Nervous Breakdown (Eddie Cochran)
09. Dust on the Bible (Johnny Bailes, Walter Bailes)
10. Teach Me Tonight (Sammy Cahn, Gene de Paul)
11. Blue Yodel #6 (Jimmie Rodgers)