Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis!
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott.
Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, "Doubter's Blues" - This is a Big Bend you haven't heard on record before. On its fourth album, “Unconventional Dog,” the Pittsburgh band sets aside its folk-rock alt-country leanings for a dirtier Southern blues sound with distortion on the guitars and vocals. This opening track, inspired by the frontman's church gig, sets the tone.
Paul Simon, "Biko" - It's no surprise that Paul Simon, who shares an affinity for African music, would deliver one of the few standout tracks on the Peter Gabriel tribute "And I'll Scratch Yours." Gabriel's version was a cinematic tour de force. Simon strips the song about the murdered anti-Apartheid activist down to mostly acoustic guitar and tops it with a moving, melancholy vocal.