Walt Falconer

An experienced music writer and music blogger Walt Falconer was a Senior writer for the Cool Album of the Day web site. A serious music hobbyist, in his spare time Walt enjoys looking for the perfect Manhattan cocktail, discovering new and upcoming artists and that never-ending search for ultimate ear-vana.

Jul 162018
 
lucinda williams charles lloyd angel

Cover Me’s top-ten covers of 2017 featured everyone from Chance the Rapper to Bob Weir. But scroll all the way down the #1 and you’ll see an unexpected combo: Lucinda Williams and jazz sax virtuoso Charles Lloyd, covering “Masters of War.” Now they’ve collaborated on an entire album – and the first single is another cover.

Williams has never been one to be pigeonholed into one genre or another. Whether she is turning her car wheels down the gravel road of blues, rock, or folk, everything she touches seems to turn into eclectic gold. And now, with the upcoming Vanished Gardens, a collaboration with Lloyd and his band The Marvels, Williams expands the jazz section of her genre-spanning resume. Continue reading »

Jul 032018
 
boz scaggs bobby bland

With the upcoming release of his album, Out of the Blue, Boz Scaggs, the artist that taught you how to do the “Lido Shuffle” on Silk Degrees and then took you Down Two, Then Left on his next album, is back. The album completes the soul/blues/rock trilogy mixing eclectically cool cover songs and soulful originals that began with Memphis in 2013 (which includes perfectly executed versions of the Mink DeVille classics “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl” and “Cadillac Walk”) and was followed up with 2015’s A Fool to Care (master-class covers of Al Green’s “Full of Fire” and Curtis Mayfield’s “I’m So Proud”). Continue reading »

Jun 182018
 
the wild feathers neon moon

For a lot of us, a good cover song starts and stops with the careful curation of the song itself. And when done right, when the artist covering the song puts their entire body and soul into the delivery, it’s almost as if you have entered into a way-back machine taking you back to another time, another place, another band. With The Wild Feathers version of “Neon Moon,” they have hit the cover song sweet spot. Continue reading »

May 302018
 
hoobastank tears for fears

If you’re not deeply familiar with the full catalog of the unfortunately-named Hoobastank (it hurts just to type it), you would not be in the minority. Six years removed from their last album, and many more from the early-2000s hits, the band is mostly known for their bombastic, over-the-top, head-banging, nondescript rawk. In other words, there was never any real reason to devote any ear time towards checking these guys out. Until now, that is. Continue reading »

May 222018
 

john wesley harding coversOn “Bastard Son,” one of the early recordings by John Wesley Harding, the singer, songwriter, novelist and overall renaissance man self-describes himself as the bastard son of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, a description that seems to be pretty much accurate. Whether you are listening to one of the albums released under his nom de plume or reading one of his novels under his given name Wesley Stace, the conclusion is the same. This is one talented guy. Continue reading »

May 142018
 
bill murray el paso

Originally recorded by Marty Robbins in 1959 on his Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs album, the song “El Paso” just might be the quintessential country and western ballad. Winning a Grammy for Best Country & Western song in 1961, there have been a lot of excellent cover versions over the years, including a relatively recent live version recorded at the Spotify studios by Shovels & Rope, an amped up rendition by The Old 97’s that was featured on a King of the Hill soundtrack, and Tom Russell, someone that has spent a lot of time in El Paso, lends a passionate voice to the song on his record Indians, Cowboys, Horses, Dogs. Continue reading »