These first two cds were recommended to me by Poppy and she was right -- they're great -- thanks Poppy.
Mermaid Avenue: Billy Bragg and Wilco: This is the one that I've had playing over and over on my iPod. I've always loved Woody Guthrie and to hear previously unrecorded songs of his that are just done so well is an absolute joy. Way Over Yonder in a Minor Key is the song that's sticking in my mind from this one, although, frankly, the cd is, as Dave Kantwell's review on Amazon calls it, "nearly flawless."
Mermaid Avenue Vol. II: Billy Bragg and Wilco: Again more Woody Guthrie; again greatness. Stetson Kennedy (I have a fondness for the song because of my admiration for the man as well as for the fact that it's a good song -- see http://www.stetsonkennedy.com/ ), Blood of the Lamb, and All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose (what a great title!) are standouts for me on this volume.
Keep Movin' On: Sam Cooke: A purchase inspired by, of all things, an American Idol performance. I sometimes forget about performers and songs I love. Gedeon performed Sam Cooke's wonderful A Change Is Gonna Come and I remembered that I loved that song and had to have it. Also covered is The Riddle Song -- you know "I gave my love a cherry without a stone . . ." performed here with such emotion it almost makes you cry.