Friday Five: Wendy Colonna

Juli Thanki | April 11th, 2014

Soulful Americana singer-songwriter Wendy Colonna’s 2013 album, Nectar, might have slipped under a few radars, but it’s worth seeking out for a few spins. Here’s one of the tracks:

Since we’re pretty nosy when it comes to other people’s record collections, we recently caught up with Colonna and asked her what she’s been listening to.

5. John Fullbright — From the Ground Up

This brilliant, fearless album is perfect storm of tear-you-apart ballads and clever southern rock and groove.

 

4. Gregory Alan Isakov — This Empty Northern Hemisphere 

Gregory Alan’s voice is my Prozac. I am instantly calmed and softened when I hear him sing. . . and his tunes are beautiful nuggets of poetry wrapped in wistful melodies that tug at your heart. I love that he has the courage to deliver such soft tunes that hold their potency and draw a listener in.

 

3. Delbert & Glen — their old recordings from the early 70s

We found two out-of-print Delbert & Glen CDs in a used record shop in Gent, Belgium in 2008. They’re 40-year-old recordings and they are perfect. Not only are these songs catchy and smart, but these guys carved out a genre that blended blues, gospel, soul, country and tight harmonies without worrying about fitting in. They had something really special.

 

2. Jackson Browne

Just everything. I love the way he writes: descending melodies and such personal writing, yet his music is still so universally accessible.

1. Joni Mitchell — Court and Spark

It just doesn’t get more vulnerable and crafty than this album. I return to it time after time for inspiration and courage.

 

  1. Jane Wurtha
    April 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I love Wendy Colonna and am so glad that you gave her airtime!!!!!! She is a great songwriter and a wonderful soul in the world. Thank you Juli and engine145!

  2. bob
    April 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I like that Wendy Colonna song. I’ll have to check out more of her music.

    I have the 2 Delbert & Glen LP’s on loan from my sister-in-law plus 10 other Delbert LP’s. I prefer his later music beginning with “One of the Fortunate Few” in ’97, the first Delbert cd I bought. I think that his songwriting was better by then plus he often collaborated with Gary Nicholson.

    Hope Delbert’s doing well after his bypass surgery.

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