Michael Burks' Feel Like Going Home is our pick of the week. The beloved "Iron Man," a dynamic blues guitarist/soul singer who finally made it big, died at 54 in May, a few months before the release of Show of Strength. This track, a cover of Charlie Rich's most heartfelt song, sounds as though Burks had lived every word.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening:
Empty Sky, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Today's the day to reflect upon the entire 9/11-themed album The Rising.
Red Dirt, Guy Forsyth
"Plant a little seed in the mind of a man/How ya make it grow?" asks the Austin singer on his smart new The Freedom to Fail.
Just as I Am, Meena
This emerging singer has blues power to spare on her recent Try Me, and Coco Montoya's guitar adds extra fuel on this track.
Better Off Without, Patterson Hood
How can you resist this the DBT leader's line from his new solo album: "She's so sweet it rots my teeth, every time I kiss her"?
Three Sides to Every Story, The Time Jumpers
Vince Gill wrote and emotes on this lovely weeper off the self-named new album from the Nashville supergroup.
Walk the Backstreets, Albert Castiglia
It's a revelation to discover the thrilling retro-electric blues from this astonishing young guitarist.
Down in the Boondocks, Billy Joe Royal
Songwriter Joe South, who died last week, caught everyone's ear with this hit in 1965.
Sinner in the Sea, Calexico
New Orleans meets Havana meets L.A. on this dramatic track from the new Algiers.
Joy Road, Pepper Adams
Jazz buffs say the late baritone saxophonist is under-appreciated; the Joy Road digital box set gives him his due.
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Neil Sedaka
The ageless popster makes time stand still on his recent The Show Goes On: Live at the Royal Albert Hall.