Two For Tuesday: Paul Jackson Jr.

I forget where I first heard of Paul Jackson Jr., but it was not long after he had released his 1993 album, A River In The Desert, that I bought a cassette of it and stuck it in the tape player of my car, where it stayed for a month because I was just amazed at what a fantastic guitarist he was. He was a session player for a bunch of rock, R&B and smooth jazz artists before going off on his own. He’s recorded eight solo albums (one of which was 1990’s Out Of The Shadows), and he played for a time with the Tonight Show Band when Jay Leno was the host.

His most recent album is 2016’s Tales From Stompin’ Willie. Here’s the first track, “Sassay.”

From his 1993 album A River In The Desert, here is “The Flavor.”

His website hasn’t been updated in a while, but you can find his music on YouTube and Spotify, and you can get updates on Facebook and Twitter, though he doesn’t seem to update them frequently.

Paul Jackson Jr., your Two For Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Weekly Song Challenge, Round 18!

Time for Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge! First, the rules:

  • Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post.
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to participate!

Post a video of a song that makes you think about unconditional love. Carl Carlton, “Everlasting Love”

Post a video of a song that reminds you of your dad. Dad and Mom, actually: Andy Williams, “Moon River”

Post a video of a song about being a good man. Tracy Lawrence, “Up To Him”

Anyone who wants to join, feel free!

Monday’s Music Moves Me: Follow-Up

Thought it might be good to follow up on some of the artists that I’ve profiled here and introduce a couple you might not have heard of.

  1. Leonid & Friends, “Spinning Wheel” Having conquered the Chicago catalog, they’ve moved on to cover Blood Sweat & Tears. Lead singer Vasily sounds like Russia’s answer to David Clayton-Thomas.
  2. Maneli Jamal, “El Cielo in Zihua” Maneli has been moving right along, this time adding a little flamenco styling.
  3. Tina Guo, “God Of War Main Theme” Tina’s been traveling a lot, and I think she and her fiancé have set a date. Hasn’t affected her cello or erhu playing, and she’s still quite attractive.
  4. Lari Basilio, “Five-Two” Here Lari is demonstrating a new set of Seymour Duncan pickups, but as you can tell, she’s still sounding great.
  5. Covet featuring Yvette Young, “Falkor” Yvette and Covet are still out there cranking along. She took time early this year to go play the guitar in the snow.
  6. Angelina Jordan, “Shield” Angelina is 13 now, and still has a remarkable voice. She’s also writing some songs, including “Shield,” which she came out with late last year. She’s finding her own voice, and what a voice it is.
  7. Jamie Dupuis, “Only Time” Jamie’s keeping on keeping on, mastering the harp guitar. This is a beautiful cover of a beautiful Enya song.
  8. Emil Ernebro, “Misty” One of our new artists, although he’s been around for a while and has a sizable library on YouTube, about half of which is recordings of songs, the other half being instructional videos. Emil is from Denmark and interprets songs of all genres, such as his reading of Errol Garner’s “Misty.”
  9. Lindsey Stirling, “Roundtable Rival I think I did a song of Lindsey’s a while ago, and said at that time I should feature her. Few have mastered the art of dancing and playing the violin like she has, and like Tina Guo she takes a rock attitude to a classical instrument.
  10. Ruby Jay, “Young Love” You might have seen Ruby Jay as Holly Hobbie on Hulu, and you’ll definitely see her this fall in the new CBS show The Unicorn. I’m very impressed by her: at 14, she’s an actress, model, dancer, singer and songwriter. When I was 14 I was tripping over my own feet.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 17, 2019. We love you, Marie, and hope you’ll be back with us soon!

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, Michelle and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

Song Lyric Sunday: “I Still Can’t Say Goodbye”

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, great-grandfathers, foster fathers and pet fathers!

Here’s one by Chet Atkins that he used to sing at the end of his concerts. Now that Chet’s gone, Tommy Emmanuel sings it at the end of his concerts. Tommy has a little explanation at the beginning.

Lyrics from

When I was young
My dad would say
“C’mon son, let’s go out and play”
Sometimes it seems like yesterday

And I’d climb up the closet shelf
When I was all by myself
Grab his hat and fix the brim
Pretending I was him

No matter, how hard I try
No matter, how many tears I cry
No matter, how many years go by
I still can’t say goodbye

He always took care
Of Mom and me
We all cut down a Christmas tree
He always had some time for me

Wind blows through the trees
Street lights, they still shine bright
Most things are the same
But I miss my dad tonight

I walked by a Salvation Army store
Saw a hat like my daddy wore
Tried it on when I walked in
Still trying to be like him

No matter, how hard I try
No matter, how many years go by
No matter, how many tears I cry
I still can’t say goodbye

I thought it was appropriate for today’s prompt, “Dad/Father/barbecue.”

That’s Song Lyric Sunday for Father’s Day, 2019.