Johnny Burgos Records New Version Of Neil Young’s Old Man With Liza Colby

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Johnny Burgos connects with longtime collaborator Liza Colby to cover Neil Young’s “Old Man.” Burgos and Colby handle HomecookinAll I Ever Wonder.


Oscar LaDell Releases Live In Studio(s) Blues EP

Oscar LaDell’s Live In Studio(s) EP is a brief study in American roots music. The Australian via Denver, Colorado-based musician sings blues and pop with the voice of a much older soul than his 25 years.  He revisits the earlier days of electric blues with “Salt N Sand, ” fortifiedIn 2023, LaDell released his rock-oriented self-titled EP which followed a string of singles released in 2022. His audience grew significantly after the 2021 Right Kinda Wrong blues album he crafted with New Zealand producer Chris Armour. The Live In Studios EP is a jolt of Americana music that stuffs a lot of feeling and sound into a brief collection of songs. 


Tracy Chapman Performs Fast Car With Luke Combs

Tracy Chapman made a rare appearance at the 66th annual Grammy Awards and performed her hit “Fast Car” with country singer Luke Combs. The song became a hit all over again after Combs covered it for his Gettin’ Old album. He received a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammys for his version. The success of Combs’s version made Chapman the first Black woman to achieve number one on the country charts with a solo composition. She also became the first Black woman and Black songwriter to win a CMA when she won Song Of The Year at the 57th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Chapman’s performance with Combs was one of the highlights of the Grammys especially because she has not toured since 2009 and performed since 2020. The singer-songwriter and guitarist performed “Fast Car” at the Grammys in 1989 when it was nominated for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance the latter of which she won. 

Throwback: Joni Mitchell-Help Me

Joni Mitchell wrote “Help Me” for her sixth studio album, Court and Spark. The folk singer-songwriter tapped into her jazz influences and recorded the song with Tom Scott’s L.A. Express Band. Mitchell sang about falling in love with a ladies’ man and not being able or wanting to pull away from him. The singer’s amiable mezzo-soprano sounded beautifully vulnerable with the band and Larry Carlton’s expressive guitar playing. “Help Me” was Mitchell’s big radio hit, making it to the Top Ten on the Billboard 100 chart in 1974 and sitting at number on the Easy Listening chart. The critics and public fully embraced the album, and it won The Village Voice Paz & Jop critics poll in 1974. There were Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, and “Help Me” was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Court and Spark is Mitchell’s best-selling album and one of the most renowned and referenced albums in pop music history. Chaka Khan, Prince, Wynonna, Divine Brown, Mandy Moore, and Katherine McPhee have all covered “Help Me.” The rap group P.M. Dawn sampled the tune in “Looking Through Patient Eyes,” Prince cites it in “The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker.”  Joni Mitchell’s 19th album, Shine, released in 2007, is her final recording.  In 2021, she received the Kennedy Center Honors for a lifetime of achievement. She was named the Gershwin Prize winner by the Library of Congress in 2023. In October of 2023, the singer made a surprise appearance at a Brandi Carlile show and performed three of her songs; “Shine,” “Ladies Of The Canyon,” and “Circle Game” with Carlile and Annie Lennox.