Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First Listen via NPR Music

Rave on Buddy Holly is a tribute album featuring some of the music industry's biggest names covering Buddy Holly's greatest hits, including Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Cee Lo Green, Lou Reed and Graham Nash to name a few. The album, which features a whopping 19 tracks, will be released on June 28th, but for a limited time NPR Music has generously made the entire album available on their website for a free first listen.

The interpretations are as diverse as the artists performing them, but each serves to pay homage to the incredible singer-songwriter and rock and roll pioneer that was Buddy Holly. My favorites were "Everyday" performed by Fiona Apple and Jon Brion, "Dearest" performed by The Black Keys, and I especially loved "Raining in My Heart" performed by Graham Nash.

Visit NPR's Exclusive First Listen page to enjoy this great album. You might also want to check out the Tiny Desk Concerts page, where small intimate performances performed at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen are recorded live. You'll find everything from traditional bluegrass, classical, and even electro-pop music.