We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

Tour Music 2011

This year’s Tour Music guide was heavily influenced by the Spero Lucas playlist from The Cut, as well as my recent stint in New Orleans working on Treme. In no particular order, here’s the shuffle: (Listen to most of these tracks on Spotify.)


“Benediction,” by Thurston Moore
Coolin’ Off, by Galactic
“Hurricane Season,” by Trombone Shorty
“Your Turn to Cry,” by Bettye LaVette
“Coming From the Grave,” The Silos
“Victory Dance,’ by My Morning Jacket
“Another Year Again,” by The Sadies
“Unseen Power of the Picket Fence,” by Pavement
The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vo. I and II (the definitive Cajun music record, if you are going to own just one)
“No Speak No Slave,” by The Black Crowes
The New Gold Standard 2, Fort Knox 5
“I Cant Live Without you,” by Carl “Soul Dog” Marshall
“Conversation 16,” by the National (live-in-the-Sirius-studio version)
In Rainbows (Bonus Disc 2), by Radiohead
“Touch of Evil,” National Youth Jazz Orchestra
“The National Front Disco,” Morrissey
“No Name Bar,” by Isaac Hayes (Shaft soundtrack)
The Great Summit, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
“Space City,” Drive-By Truckers
“Used To Be a Cop,” Drive-By Truckers
GP and Grievous Angel, by Gram Parsons w/Emmylou Harris
“Muzzle of Bees,” by Wilco, from Kicking Television-Live.
Breezy Stories, by Danny O’Keefe (one of the great unheralded records of the 70s)
“Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers,” by Jeff Beck
Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump
“Wish Someone Would Care,” by Irma Thomas
“Porcelain Monkey,” by Warren Zevon
“Pretty Eyes,” by Silver Jews
Indian Blues, by Donald Harrison, Jr.
“Guns of Navarone,” by The Skatalites
The Rough Guide to Zydeco
“The Green Fields of Summer,” by Peter Wolf w/Neko Case
“Something for You,” by The Pernice Brothers
“Django,” by Luis Bacalov (instrumental version)
“Pacifica,” by Los Straitjackets
“Shine Eye Gal,” by Black Uhuru
“Paul Newman,” by Willy Vlautin
“Baby Blue,” by Badfinger
“Ten Cent Pistol,” by The Black Keys
Bill Withers, Live at Carnegie Hall
“Game of Death,” (set fight with Chuck Norris) by John Barry (soundtrack)
“Slipping Into Darkness,” by Dayton Sidewinders
Us, by Brother Ali
“Peace Pipe,” by Shadows
“Billy Jack,” by Curtis Mayfield
“Loving Cup,” by The Rolling Stones
“I’ve Been the One,” by The Golden Palominos w/Syd Straw
“Soon Forward,” by Gregory Isaacs
“Most People Are DJs,” by Hold Steady
“Arabesque,” by Henry Mancini
“Rest My Chemistry,” by Interpol
“Comforting Sounds,” by Mew
“Cosmic Slop,” by Funkadelic
“Waiting Room,” by Fugazi
“Magnum Force,” by Lalo Schifrin (main title)
“The Way of the Pilgrim,” by John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra
“Blue Blood Blues,” by The Dead Weather
Dr. John: The Best Of The Night Tripper (36 tracks)
“Deal With The Preacher,” by Bad Company (live, from Merchants of Cool)
“Alabama Pines,” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“Sailing, Sailing,” by Jerry Fielding (from The Killer Elite soundtrack)
“The Golden State,” by John Doe
“White Powder,” Morning 40 Federation
“North, East, South, West,” by Kool and the Gang
“At the Foot of Canal Street,” by John Boutte
The Long Riders, by Ry Cooder (soundtrack import)
“Under Cover of Darkness,” by The Strokes
“Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest
The Mirror Conspiracy, by Thievery Corporation
“Scare Easy,” by Mudcrutch