55 Plus: Love to rock? Listen to these tunes
Jim Eigo laughs as he points out an old Shaun Cassidy album in his store, Original Vinyl Records, in Warwick. According to Eigo, if you like “hardcore funk – Prince meets the Neville Brothers meets the Meters” – check out Sons of Kemet, the British group whose latest album is “Your Queen is a Reptile.” [ELAINE A. RUXTON/TIMES HERALD-RECORD]
Have the times changed one too many times for you to keep up with new music?
Do you still love to rock, but don’t really keep track of what’s goin’ on?
It’s time for the 55 Plus Guide to New Music for Older People - according to six folks in the musical know about everything from rock, folk and jazz to country, Latin music and hip hop.
Our experts include Greg Gattine, 57, program director of one of the hippest, boundary-breaking commercial radio stations around, WDST-FM in Woodstock; Jason Tougaw, 50, host of Jeffersonville public radio station WJFF-FM’s genre-bending Friday night Mix Tape show; Bobby Olivier, 29, a contributing writer for Billboard magazine; Don Lefsky, 59, the owner of one of the region’s pioneering independent record stores, Jack’s Rhythms in New Paltz; Rene Campos, 62, owner of the hip hop/Latin music record store/electronics shop in Newburgh, DMU; and Jim Eigo, 72, a record business veteran and owner of Original Vinyl Records in Warwick and the jazz promotion company, Jazz Promo Services.
They’ve listed some of their favorite new music, with musical reference points for us older folks.
If you like rootsy Americana soul, ala the Band, Nathaniel Rateliff’s “Tearing at the Seams” might just be for you.
If you’re into the Allman Brothers’ southern guitar jams, you’ll rock to a favorite of many of our panel, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, featuring Derek Trucks, the son of the late Allman Brother Butch Trucks. Their latest is “Signs.”
If smart, sassy country singers like Loretta Lynne and Tammy Wynette move you, you’ll be swayed by Brandi Carlile’s provocative and soulful “by the way, I forgive you” and Margo Price’s new one, “All American Made.”
If you dig that “old Lou Reed, Bowie, Stones vibe,” you’ll like The Nude Party and their self-titled album.
And if you’re a fan of Willie Nelson, check out his son, Lukas, and his rockin’ rootsy band, Promise of the Real, whose new album is “Turn Off the News (Build a Garden).”
If you’re a Bob Dylan fan – and love soaring African vocal music - you’ll like Kenyan native J.S. Ondara’s “Tales of America.” “He feels like the next Leon Bridges.”
If you shimmy and swoon over Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, you’ll be moved by Bridges, whose latest album is “Good Thing.”
If female indie folk rock meets the Traveling Wilburys sounds intriguing, why not try boygenius, the “emo folk supergroup” of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacas.
If you’re just born to love Bruce Springsteen, you’ll dig Gaslight Anthem and its lead singer Brian Fallon’s “Sleepwalkers.” “He’s the millennial Springsteen.”
The Phoebe Bridgers-Conor Oberst collaboration “Better Oblivion Community Center” is Olivier’s favorite album of the year and it sounds like what would happen “if Sonny and Cher grew up on garage bands.”
If you’re sweet on the Mamas and the Papas, you might swoon over the “eclectic orchestral pop with country folk elements” of “Case/Lang/Veirs” (Neko Caso, k.d. Lang and Laura Veirs).
If you’re into the smooth soul of Al Green, you’ll melt over Curtis Harding’s “Face Your Fear.” “This isn’t neo soul; it’s pure soul.”
If you like the Zombies and the Byrds, you’ll dig Ages and Ages’ “Me You They We.”
Johnny Cash meets Sly and the Family Stone? Check out The Tall Pines’ “Skeletons of Soul.”
Can’t get enough of that rootsy Band sound? The new album by the rock country duo of Shovels and Rope, “By Blood,” could be for you.
Is “very classic country like Patsy Cline” enticing? Then listen to Laura Cantrell’s tribute to Kitty Wells, “Kitty Wells’ Dresses.″
Do you still bang a gong for the late Marc Bolan? Then check out the garage rocker who not only sounds a bit like the T Rex front man but recorded a bunch of T Rex songs – Ty Segall, whose many albums include “Manipulator” and “Melted.”
Can’t get enough of that psychedelic garage rock – maybe with a harder Black Sabbath-like edge? The band with the ever-changing members and “huh?” name, Thee Oh Sees, might tickle your fun lovin’ fancy on albums like “Castlemania” and “Ork.”
If you like Young Marble Giants or the Raincoats, the “mellow but quirky” Cate Le Bon may tempt you. The Welsh singer who sings in Welsh and English has a new album, “Reward.″
If your taste runs to guitar-accented African-based world music, check out Mdou Moctar of Niger, whose latest album is “Ilan: The Creator.”
If you dig “hardcore funk – Prince meets the Neville Brothers meets the Meters” – check out Sons of Kemet, the British group whose latest album is “Your Queen is a Reptile.”
Soul, funk and jazz rolled into one is the scintillating sound of Ghost Note, co-led by two percussionists from Snarky Puppy. Their new album, “Swagism,” features Prince’s former bassist, MonoLeon.
Kamasi Washington may sound “kind of like warmed-over Pharoah Sanders, but it’s really good, some deep stuff.” The sax player’s latest is “Heaven and Earth.”
Dave Stryker’s “8 Track” features the guitarist and his Hammond organ heavy band reworking classic pop tunes from the ’70s like “I’ll Be Around,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Never My Love.”
Black roots music ala Taj Mahal comes alive via the Ebony Hillbillies, who use old-timey instrumentation like washboard, violin and banjo. Their most recent album is 2015′s “Slappin’ a Rabbit.”
If you’re into salsa with a Columbian accent, check out Grupo Niche, the veteran salsa group that’s still shaking and swaying with live performances and albums like “Tocando El Cielo con Las Manos.”
Reggae with a Spanish accent? Then the reggaeton music of Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny is the place to go. The superstar who collaborated with Drake and Cardi B has an album, “X100PRE,” and a host of videos.
Merengue blended with hip-hop, rap and R&B? Might sound familiar if you’ve heard Pitbull or Shakira, but the Dominican singer-songwriter Omega is the pioneer and his latest album is “Mi Libertad.”