By: Concert Vault
Guitar great Robbie Robertson just released a limited collectors' edition of his latest solo album, How To Become Clairvoyant. Here, he digs through the Vault to recommend his favorite performances, both old and new.
1. "Be Mine" - Alabama Shakes (Asheville, NC, 4/5/12): Out of all the new bands these days, with a true southern spirit, Alabama Shakes is a stand out. Brittany’s vocals are timeless.
2. "Bright Lights" - Gary Clark Jr. (Austin, TX, 4/18/12): He's the torchbearer for a lot of us who come from the school of the Blues. His live performance is encouraging that originality in blues is alive and well.
3. "I Know What I Am" - Band Of Skulls (Rock Island, IL, 3/8/10): I really liked the tough-ass sound of this band from the first note that I ever heard from them.
4. "Flume" - Bon Iver (Rock Island, IL 7/21/08): I give thanks that there is a Bon Iver. It’s like fresh air in the country.
5. "Rest" - Michael Kiwanuka (London, England, 7/12/12): One of the most beautiful voices to arrive in the last few years. It's like he weaves a spell around you.
6. "Tupelo Honey" - Van Morrison (New York, NY, 11/1/78): Hearing Van do this version can bring tears to your eyes. Even the sax solo is quite touching.
7. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" - Charles Mingus (New York, NY, 7/3/73): This song sounds like part of a movie soundtrack to me. I’ve just been trying to find the movie that goes with it.
8. "Life" - Sly and The Family Stone (New York, NY, 10/5/68): Probably the most jubilant funk of all time.
9. "What Is Hip" - Prince (San Francisco, CA, 4/12/93): A reminder of what a crazy good guitar player Prince is.
10. "Angel From Montgomery" - Bonnie Raitt (Minneapolis, MN, 7/5/79): A lot of people don’t realize what a truly great singer she is, sometimes it can get disguised behind blues guitars. Hearing her sing a beautiful cowboy song strips all that away.