A bumper package of goodies this week: a trio of drinking songs (I love a good drinking song, don’t you?) from Wanda Jackson (indeed the Cream of the Crop with that hair-do), Nina Simone and Elle Varner; the return of Cody Chesnutt (he of 2002’s justifiably titled The Headphone Masterpiece); Womad-bound Hugh Masekela and Antibalas; visiting musicians Grizzly Bear and Emmylou Harris; a mini-tribute to the blues essay in John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead; and to finish some post-US election celebratory Springsteen. Phew, eh? And that’s not even the half of it. What are you waiting for?
Damien Wilkins doesn’t do Spotify – and puts forward a good case for not doing so – so instead here is a song from his jolly good second Close Readers album.