Blue Mother Tupelo's practically a local band—they formed in Knoxville and return from Nashville regularly—so it's appropriate that they're celebrating the release of their new album, Heaven & Earth, with a couple of Knoxville shows. The husband-and-wife duo check in with what they've been listening to lately.
Robbie Robertson, Contact From the Underworld of Redboy (Capitol, 1998)
This is a beautiful album. I love the grooves, the stories, Robbie and the American Indians singing on each track.
The Allman Brothers Band, The Fillmore Concerts (Island/Mercury, 1992)
The Fillmore Concerts is the entire Live at the Fillmore East album (which I and many others consider to be the best live rock 'n' roll album of all time) and extra tracks from the Allman Brothers' Fillmore concerts. I've been listening to Live at the Fillmore East all of my life and I keep coming back to be entertained and enlightened by it again and again.
Son House, Father of the Delta Blues (Sony, 1992)
A former preacher turned bluesman, Son House had Jesus and his demons following at his heels at every turn—something we can all relate to, right? He is just pure beautiful human spirit pouring out through one solitary man's soul, voice, and hands.
Delaney & Bonnie, Motel Shot (Atco, 1971)
Beautiful and simple, with Leon Russell on a slightly out-of-tune piano and Bramlett friends and family joining in like it's a Wednesday night after-church singin'.
Johnny Jenkins, Ton-Ton Macoute! (Atco/Capricorn, 1970)
My favorite CD to pop in the boom box when I'm hangin' on the lake in the hot sun, all gritty and greasy.