- PAUL SIMON: THE RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS: 1990: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The follow up to Graceland- he turned to Latin American music/ musicians on this one- underrated album even though it did win him another Grammy for Album of the Year and Best Producer. It would be seven years before the next Paul Simon album- and the most ambitious project of his career.
- JONI MITCHELL: BOTH SIDES NOW: 2000: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Joni with orchestra backing on a couple of her great songs and some jazz standards. It won two Grammy’s but I think it was more like rewarding a great for a wonderful career than actually being a great album.
- RANDY NEWMAN: SAIL AWAY: 1972: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My favorite Randy Newman album is Good Old Boys but Sail Away is his best album. Newman in the 1970’s underrated songwriter.
- STEVE EARLE: GUY: 2019: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: After listening to Steve doing the Guy Clark songs I am about to do the Guy discography. I forget who said this but they said Guy Clark had life down- he liked to do three things- build guitars, write songs and smoke cigarettes. Steve said that Guy was writing songs until he died-whereas his other hero Townes Van Zandt didn’t write a song the last ten years of his life.
- BOB DYLAN: BOB DYLAN: 1962: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Bob turns 78 today- his debut came out in early 1962 – 57 years ago. Not a dazzling debut but it certainly wasn’t a bad album although it didn’t sell as well as they were hoping. 11 of the 13 songs were covers of folk standards- the two songs that stand out to me are the Bob originals- “Song For Woody” and “Talkin’ New York.”