The Podcast: June 2020 in Review

The last 30 days in music were very meh, if you couldn’t tell from our album reviews.

Zack’s Top 5 Albums of the Month:
5. CeeLo Green – CeeLo Green is Thomas Callaway
4. Gone West – Canyons
3. Protest the Hero – Palimpsest
2. Run The Jewels – RTJ4
1. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Worst – Baauer – Planet’s Mad

Jeremy’s Top 5 Albums of the Month:
5. CeeLo Green – CeeLo Green is Thomas Callaway
4. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Out of Interest
3. Unfit – The Unfit
2. Lamb of God – Lamb of God
1. Used Cassettes – Used Cassettes
Worst – Jason Mraz – Look For The Good

Dan’s Top 5 New Top 40 Entries:
5. Jonas Brothers ft. KAROL G. – X
4. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande – Rain On Me
3. Jackson Wang – 100 Ways
2. Bazzi – Young and Alive
Worst – JP Saxe ft. Julia Michaels – If The World Was Ending

June 5, 2020

This cover image released by Keeping The Blues Alive Records shows “Blues With Friends,” the latest release by Dion. (Keeping The Blues Alive Records via AP)

Dion – Blues With Friends (Keeping The Blues Alive Records)

It has been nearly 60 years since Dion first appeared on the scene with his first hits, “Runaround Sue” and “The Wanderer”, songs that will live forever. He is a living legend, and at 80 years old, has given us his 18th studio album. Taking a note from Santana, Dion asked a different guitar icon to join him on each track. 

Among those he counts as friends are the prodigious talents of Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons, Brian Setzer, Jeff Beck, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and several others. Each of those tracks takes on the personality of the guest artist, varying the styles of blues from swing – to folk – to rock – to traditional. Through it all, Dion’s voice provides a unity between the songs. Age has most assuredly not weakened his voice. On the contrary, he sounds as vibrant, powerful, and relevant as he ever did. 

I defy anyone to listen to “My Baby Loves To Boogie” (John Hammond), “Bam Bang Boom” (Billy Gibbons), or “I Got The Cure” (Sonny Landreth) without feeling the need to move. Equally difficult would be ignoring the emotional grip of “Can’t Start Over Again” (Jeff Beck) or “Told You Once In August” (John Hammond, Rory Block). 

From the first track to the last, Blues With Friends is a trip worth taking.

FFO: Eric Clapton, Alabama Shakes, any of the artists named above

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