A while back I wrote about the Faces, noting when Rod Stewart became the lead singer of the band.
Peter commented that one of the strengths of Stewart was that of a storyteller, and if you listen to some of Rod the Mod’s early stuff, like Gasoline Alley and Every Picture Tells a Story, Don’t It, you will hear that Peter is more than correct.
Well, at birthdays and holidays, I like to burn mix discs (I guess they used to be called mix tapes, back in the days of cassettes) for my niece Lindsay (who also burns said discs for me).
This way she can keep me up to date on the likes of bands like Starfucker and Deerhunter, and I can make sure she has Miles Davis, Cracker, and Bill Frisell on her shuffle.
I made Linds an Xmas disc last week, and since I have worn thin the number of artists I wanted to turn her onto, I noticed there is no shortage of great songs I can dig up.
So, this disc I focused on just that: deadly songs, some of which made the list by virtue of that strong storytelling. And, for my money, Lucinda Williams is as good as it gets at painting said visual picture with words. And, her song Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, from album of same title, is my favorite said example.
It made Lindsay’s Xmas playlist, but here it is for your New Year’s Day ears.
I was at Tramps on 21st Street in NY for the record release party/concert on the day Car Wheels came out. She had a new smoking muscular band and a set of great songs, and we were right up front in a small club, feeling the heat. It was a great great show.