Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (The ’59) #302

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (2007)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 49 – 2007.

Raising Sand is a Grammy-award winning collaboration album from  Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, released on October 23, 2007 by Rounder Records.

It won Album of the Year at the 2008 Americana Music Honors & Awards and at the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Neil Young – Harvest Moon (The ’59) #208

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Neil Young – Harvest Moon (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 34 – 1992.

Harvest Moon is the 19th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on November 2, 1992.

Many of the musicians appearing on it also appeared on his 1972 album ‘Harvest, including Linda Ronstadt who provided backing vocals on the album’s title track.

Neil Young – After the Goldrush (Epic #359)

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Neil Young – After the Goldrush (1970)

After the Gold Rush was the third studio album from Neil Young. Released in September 1970 on Reprise Records, it is one of four high-profile albums released by each member of folk rock collective Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping 1970 album Déjà Vu. Gold Rush consists mainly of country folk music, along with the rocking “Southern Man”,[4] inspired by the Dean Stockwell-Herb Bermann screenplay After the Gold Rush.

The album peaked at No.8 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; the two singles taken from the album, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and “When You Dance I Can Really Love”, made it to number 33 and number 93 respectively. Despite a mixed initial reaction, it has since appeared on a number of “greatest albums” lists (including mine)

Anders Osborne – American Patchwork (Epic 2017 #197)

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Anders Osborne – American Patchwork (2010)

Grammy-award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne blends blues, rock and roll and New Orleans funk and R&B to create a distinctive genre-bending style that has captivated music fans and fellow performers alike. He wrote “Watch The Wind Blow By,” a No.1, million-selling country hit for Tim McGraw and two tracks on bluesman Keb’ Mo’s Grammy-winning album Slow Down. American Patchwork is an intensely soulful album, ranging from gentle ballads to burning rockers, including some truly amazing guitar playing. Galactic’s Stanton Moore and Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan guest.

Johnny Cash – American IV (Epic 2017 #033)

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Johnny Cash – American IV (2002)


The man in black’s 87th studio album! Released in 2002, it is the fourth in Cash’s “American” series of albums. The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For instance, for the song “Personal Jesus” (featured here), Rubin asked then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore’s (Depeche Mode), which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style.

Alabama 3 – Outlaw (Epic 2017 #004)

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Alabama 3 – Outlaw (2005)


This is the band’s fifth studio album. I bought it soon after its release in 2005 having heard some radio play of the track ‘Hello I’m Johnny Cash’.

The great man was still with us then of course and, whilst I don’t know what he thought of the song, I do know that the title is also that of Mr Cash’s 33rd studio album released in January 1970. So that has to count for something.

Anyways – it remains a great song. So here it is…