She adds the beautiful harmonies (and a fun dose of “sass”) to Kurt Gunn full band performances and she’s “The Girl” in Gunn and The Girl duo. She’s a good friend to The Avenue and this week she’s sharing what’s playing at her house. There’s some great stuff in here! Take a listen, try something new and learn a little more about what influences Amanda James.
Betty Davis – “Hanging Out”
Not to be confused with the actress, Bette Davis, Betty Davis was briefly married to Miles Davis and actually introduced him to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone. Released 3 LPs in the early 70s and decided fame wasn’t for her. “Hanging Out” is a song released by Columbia records in the 2016 and is probably the most radio friendly of her releases.
Three Dog Night – “Liar”
Peter, Paul & Mary – “If I Had My Way” and “No Easy Walk to Freedom”
These are two influential songs that you can listen to while watching the news.
Crosby Stills & Nash – “Helplessly Hoping”
Elvis Costello w/Natalie Bergman (Wild Belle) – “This Year’s Girl”
Using Costellos original 1978 vocals he re-released this song for the second season of “The Duece” (HBO)
Lou Christie – “Lightning Strike”
Alt J – “Something Good, Every Other Freckle”
Arum Rae – “Warranty Queen”
Esme Patterson – “Louder than Sound” and “Valentine”
Both off her 2014 album, Woman to Woman, these tracks are two of my favorite.
Shakey Graves w/ Esme Patterson – “Be a Big-Time Nashville Star”
Shovels & Rope – “Hollowpoint Blues”
Lera Lynn – “Gasoline”
There are multiple tracks I love on her 2014 album, this currently being my favorite.
There is something I like going on in Australia/New Zealand these last couple years. These last artists are all from that area, and from what I can tell aren’t affiliated with each other.
Gin Wigmore – “Kill of the Night”
She had an opening act for someone in Green Bay these last couple years. They cancelled and she ended up playing an amazing 3 hour set to fill!
Georgia Fair – “Fiery Night”
Matt Corby – “Brother”
George Ogilvie – “Foreign Hands”
This week we launched a new feature: Song of the Day, highlighting new, emerging, or new to us artists, as well as new songs from Avenue favorites. Avenue listeners have a big appetite for new music and every weekday over the noon hour (about 12:30) we will try to feed that passion. And to introduce you to the project, this week’s Listening Room is a playlist including the first batch of new music featured in Song of the Day. You can click the links below to sample. And, we’ve also created a Spotify playlist,91.1 The Avenue: Song of the Day, where we will compile all the featured songs. Tune in Monday through Friday around 12:30pm for your new music fix. Song of the Day is sponsored by August Haven – bringing you tomorrow’s classics today.
Our friend Weston Mueller of Listening Party brings us this week’s batch of fresh songs. You’ll know Listening Party from The Avenue and our VOICES 2018 sampler cd. If you haven’t caught one of their shows, put that on your to-do list STAT! Find out more at listeningpartymusic.com For now, put your ears on this!
Some warm tunes for the coldest time of year. These songs are filled with grit and emotion, packed with lyrical greatness. Enjoy
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