Platter Playlists

Day 177: Dee Mullins – Beers


A melodic glorification of a local loser. If you think about it, it really is just that. But damn catchy!


Day 176: Roy Acuff – As Long As I Live


Start your week off with the barn-stompin’ harmonies of Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys.


Day 175: Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash – The Pine Tree


Polish the week off with a bit of country-folk by Johnny & June.


Day 174: The Millennium – It’s You


Pure 60’s sunshine pop from Curt Boettcher’s California-based supergroup.


Day 173: Gene Clark – One In A Hundred


In 1970, the original members of The Byrds got together and laid down this gem.


Day 172: The Monkees – What Am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?


I figured out something a while ago. Michael Nesmith is why I love The Monkees and in my opinions this is his best song as part of the group. If you like this and want more, I strongly suggest dipping into his solo career.


Day 171: Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – Ten Four – Over and Out


I think this one speaks for itself. Get a load of the sincerity in the chorus. That Porter Wagoner can write one hell of a song.


Day 170: Procol Harum – Pilgrims Progress


An epic album-closer to close out this week.


Day 169: Love – Always See Your Face


Not much to say about this on other than it is probably my favorite Love/Arthur Lee song and the perfect mixture of psych and soul.


Day 168: Jerry Jeff Walker – About Her Eyes


Cover of the Keith Sykes song that can be found on Jerry Jeff’s 1969 album “Five Years Gone.” Sort of atypical of the country output of Jerry Jeff in the years to come. The melancholy lyrics mixed with ambient folk/country tones it feels more like a modern Bill Callahan song. Timeless.


Day 167: Webb Pierce – Life to Go


Heartbreaking story of remorse, check. Chilling strings backed with a honky-tonk snare and steel, check.  And some sharp, searing and ultimately haunting vocals, check. True country music level ACHIEVED.


Day 166: Bob Blum – Little Pink Elephants


We’re gonna start the week with a hillbilly trip-out. Enjoy.


Day 165: James Talley – Mississippi River Whistle Town


Here’s a slow-moving, down-home gem from American country/blues singer James Talley. Happy 4th!


Day 164: John Stewart – California Bloodlines


Wonderfully mellow tune from the 1969 album by folk singer John Stewart.


Day 163: Dee Dee Warwick – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me


Dee Dee Warwick debuted this remarkable soul single in 1966, a good two years before Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations made it a Motown hit. For what it’s worth, I feel like the Warwick version really hits the spot and is much rawer than the glossy Motown version.


Day 162: Ketty Lester – When A Woman Loves A Man


Great sister song to one of the greatest soul songs ever written.


Day 161: Tanya Tucker – New York City Song


Another killer cut from Tanya’s run at Columbia.


Day 160: The Hesitations – Whiter Shade of Pale


And now we’ll close the week out with a deep dish serving of Cleveland Soul.


Day 159: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Searching For My Love


Sweet Soul Music at it’s finest.


Day 158: The Louvin Brothers – I Wish It Had Been A Dream


Leave it to the Louvins to tear at your heartstrings with a lovely melody about the tribulations of departure and the end of a relationship. As always they perfectly encapsulate feelings through song; how something so beautiful can be followed by such pain. THIS is country music.


Day 157: Jerry Lee Lewis – Lincoln Limousine


A straight-up knockout of a song Jerry Lee wrote in memory of JFK in 1966.


Day 156: Hank Snow – Moanin’


This particular song caught my ear when a WFMU DJ was playing a set of Hank Snow. It’s got this lovely melody like that of a lullaby and follows that old familiar dirt road of loneliness that is usually the marker for a great country ballad.


I Cried My Last Tear


Tommy Ridgley – The Girl From Kooka Monga
Ernie K-Doe – I Cried My Last Tear
Major Lance – Mama Don’t Know
King Coleman – The Boo Boo Song
Hurricane Harry – The Last Meal
The Coasters – Down in Mexico
The Five Keys – Ling, Ting, Tong
Preston Epps – Bongo Rock
Dee Mullins – Beers
Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys – As Long As I Live
Bob Blum – Little Pink Elephants
Bob B. Soxx – Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah
Eric Burdon & The Animals – True Love (Comes Only Once In A Lifetime)
James & Bobby Purify – I’m Your Puppet
Percy Sledge – Take Time To Know Her
The Hesitations – Whiter Shade of Pale




Day 155: The Grateful Dead – Brokedown Palace


I am by no means a Grateful Dead fan and especially not a “Deadhead.” However I do love this one record and think this song in particular is wonderful. I was first turned on to it back in ’08 when I first heard Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s cover.


Day 154: Jim Ford – Changin’ Colors


Stunning, twangy anthem by one of my favorites.


Day 153: Tanya Tucker – The Baptism of Jesse Taylor


If you don’t know much about Tanya Tucker, I strongly suggest looking into her first three records (recorded when she was 13-16 years old) for Columbia, produced by Billy Sherrill. They are full of great songs like this, with huge backbeats and wide arrangements of instrumentation.


Day 152: Michael Nesmith – Some of Shelly’s Blues


If you have yet to explore the amazing world of Michael Nesmith’s solo career here is a good place to start


Day 151: Townes Van Zandt – No Place To Fall


One of my favorite songs to kick off a week of mellow songs.


Day 150: Beau Brummels – You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away


Returning back to the same song we heard on Monday from the Beach Boys. Today I present you with Beau Brummels covering it with grace, that classic lazy delivery and a bit of orchestration in the background to bring a more than adequate week closer.


Day 149: Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun


Revisiting Nina Simone’s 1971 with it’s flowing, soulful title track.


Day 148: Ike & Tina Turner – Let It Be


Here Tina takes a few liberties with lyrics but serves up an ultimately stunning rendition.


Day 147: Al Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand


This rarities collection provides us with a soulful take on the Beatles’ classic.


Day 146: Beach Boys – You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away


I’ve decided to feature all Beatles covers this week and to start things off with an acoustic version recorded live at the Beach Boys party in ’65.


Day 145: Tom Waits – Mockin’ Bird


Now we’ll close the week out with a lovely Tom Waits rarity.


Day 144: Dave Van Ronk – Dink’s Song


Just a wonderful folk song I heard first in the film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.” I don’t know much about Van Ronk but he has a lot of grit and soul to his voice and the more I delve into him the more I hear Michael Hurley similarities.


Day 143: Michael Hurley – Uncle Bob’s Corner


I started listening to Michael Hurley a few years ago and I remember being at a point where I felt I had a good grip on music. I felt like I knew all the big names and had a basic knowledge of all the key players. Little did I know, in the years between then and now I’ve probably learned more about music than every year of my life combined. Part of that involved scouring Michael Hurley’s discography gem after gem. You can always trust a Michael Hurley song to take the right turns and follow a unique and timeless melody.


Day 142: Jerry Jeff Walker – Stoney


A lesser known Jerry Jeff song about a wayfaring traveller that could stand toe to toe with Mr. Bojangles any day.


Day 141: Link Wray – Black River Swamp


On an album full of gems, I have to say this one is my favorite. It’s lyrics paint a vivid portrait of a the backwoods way of life while the subtle instrumentation sets a pace and a groove not unlike a slow Bobby Charles song. And let me add, I am a sucker for songs that start with “I was born…” Abner Jay and Jim Ford come immediately to mind. It’s definitely a blues/country thing.

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Day 140: Randy Newman – I’ll Be Home


Closing out the week with some live Randy Newman.

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Day 139: John Prine – The Late John Garfield Blues


To follow up yesterday’s somewhat straightforward John Prine song, I present a song that is a bit less obvious and narrative. I’ve always thought this could be a Tom Waits song, poetically linking city streets and drifters, trains and old time movie stars.

“The lyrics are all mood.  In fact, Prine claims that he mostly just wanted to capture a mood — specifically, that of a late Sunday night when there’s nothing on television but an old John Garfield movie. The song is “not so much” about the actor, Prine says, and more about a feeling — the actor is used, if anything, as a vehicle to get to the mood. Even the word “late” refers to the time of day more than to Garfield’s being dead. ” –

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