Tonawanda News

October 6, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: It's time for another six-pack -- of music

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — It’s been a while since I have done my semi-regular feature, the musical six-pack of music that I am listening to, and so here they are, six albums recently added to my collection.

“Privateering” by Mark Knopfler. This a two-disc set of original material from the singer/guitarist of Dire Straits. I found myself absolutely loving the set of songs, which touch on many styles, including blues, Celtic and Americana. It’s a lot of great music that I would recommend for fans of Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen.

“The Last Waltz” by The Band. I am not sure what possessed me to purchase this classic. I will never forget the first time I saw the concert movie of the same name directed by Martin Scorcese, I just fell in love with songs like “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” When I went to Woodstock for the first time this past May, all I could think about was the fact that The Band came from there. Perhaps one of the greatest tragedies in rock music is that Robbie Robertson never reunited with The Band before most of the principal members died.

“When I Said I Do” by Clint Black. Every now and then I get a Cracker Barrel exclusive release from my favorite publicity company, EB Media. It never ceases to amaze me how great their exclusive releases are, and Clint Black’s latest album is no exception. The album is filled with great songs from top to bottom.

“Feels Like Home” by Sheryl Crow. I bought the CD after seeing Sheryl Crow on Good Morning America. I became a fan of Crow when I saw her at Artpark last year, she really is an amazing performer and a great songwriter. On my first run through this album I really fell in love with it. Crow sounds energized and like she is really enjoying this new material. It may be her best album ever.

“Learning to Crawl” by The Pretenders. Perhaps this albums claim to fame is the fact that Rush Limbaugh uses “My City Was Gone” as his theme song. I owned this on cassette when it first came out and never replaced it with a digital copy until last week. This album came after two of the band’s members died way too young, and it marked a shift in direction for the band. It is by far my favorite Pretenders album, and still holds up well after all these years.

“The Winery Dogs,” by The Winery Dogs. This is a supergroup featuring Billy Sheehan. A reader of mine gave me a copy of this disc and tried to line me up with an interview with Sheehan. The interview has not happened, but I have been cranking this rockin’ album up in my car loud enough to make me miss a few phone calls. The band is coming to Niagara Falls this month.

Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyle. Email him at