Playlist: The Packers, Gourds, McClymonts

Playlist: The Packers, Gourds, McClymonts

By Jerry Shriver

Funky '65 R&B hit Hole in the Wall, featuring "Packy" Axton on sax, is this week's pick. Among intriguing track stars are Austin's Gourds and Australia's McClymonts.


Hole in the Wall, The Packers
Though long lost in obscurity, this funky soul instrumental was a top-five R&B hit in 1965. The honking sax you hear is from Charles "Packy" Axton, a lesser-known but well-connected member of Memphis' Stax Records family and subject of the new Late Late Party 1965-67. Also in the studio were members of The MGs (as in Booker T. & …). Packy's career flamed out because of alcohol abuse, but he left behind some sterling session work.

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10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening.

Detroit Made, John Hiatt
Who says they don't make great witty car songs like they used to?

Sounds of Home, Blue Highway
Regret-tinged nostalgia pours out of this sentimental title track from the bluegrass group's first original set in a decade.

Wait for the Sun, Ollabelle
Part of the melody hints at Neil Young's murderous Down By the River, but writer and lead singer Fiona McBain makes it dreamier.

I Want It So Bad, The Gourds
It's impossible not to sing and clap along to this opening track from the Austin quintet's Old Mad Joy album, out next month.

Trampin', Patti Smith
Ever the poetic iconoclast, Smith closes her new late-period compilation Outside Society with a spiritual popularized by Marion Anderson.

Tennessee Blues, Bobby Charles
Homesickness for the South oozes from the late swamp pop king on this track from his classic, newly reissued self-titled album from 1972.

Lonely Woman, Dee Dee Bridgewater
The jazz priestess honors pianist/composer Horace Silver on this track from her new Midnight Sun compilation.

One RoomCountry Shack, Ana Popovic
Emerging blues guitarist and Belgrade native Popovic covers hero Buddy Guy on this slow scorcher from her new Unconditional.

Little Sadie, Norman Blake
As a murder ballad it's pretty slight, but it's the best of unreleased tracks from the new deluxe 10th-anniversary edition of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

Hearts on Fire, The McClymonts
After conquering their native Australia, this three-sister country act set its sights on the USA with today's release of the Wrapped Up Good album.

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