It was an awesome Christmas from a music perspective this year! Got several awesome CDs from my step-kids:
Covers of Dylan's early work by folks like O.V. Wright, Solomon Burke, The Neville Brothers, The Staple Singers, Bobby Womack, and Nina Simone.
A one-of-a-kind various artists collection covering all the the well-known tunes of soul music's finest songwriters, plus many uncommon and lesser known gems. You get folks like Charlie Rich, Percy Sledge, Dionne Warwick, James Carr, Patti LaBelle, James Carr, and Tony Joe White on this one.
Another fine collection from the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an organization n Hillsborough, NC where the show originates. They help blues musicians and singers make money with their music so they can support themselves. Many of these blues men and women had successful careers for decades but have fallen on hard times. The Music Maker Relief Foundation helps them meet their day to day needs. On this collection you get acts like Captain Luke, Etta Baker, John Dee Holeman, Cool John Ferguson, Precious Bryant, Big Boy Henry, Essie Mae Brooks, Bev Watkins, Macavine Hayes, Ironing Board Sam, and Samuel Turner Stevenson.