Worth A Listen: Live From Daryl's House

There are a handful of Hall and Oates songs that I've always liked but I never went out of my way to listen to the duo. I didn't own any of their albums nor did I ever see them tour.

So it wasn't exactly breaking news to me when I heard back in 2008 about a new concept Daryl Hall had created. But after several friends and family recommended it, I checked it out and was hooked. Live From Daryl's House is an interesting concept. Each month, Daryl Hall invites an artist or music group to his house where he and his band jam for several hours, covering some of Hall and Oates's songs as well as some from the guest artist.

Two episodes have become favorites and get played relatively often:

Episode 5: KT Tunstall
Here is a clip of them playing Out of Time

Episode 15: Company of Thieves
Here is a clip of them playing Pressure, a Company of Thieves tune:

I highly recommend checking out the show and, even if you're not a fan of Daryl or his music, check the archives. He's had quite a few guest artists that cover a wide variety of music.

Worth A Listen: Vika Yermolyeva (vkgoeswild)

Found via Facebook - Vika Yermolyeva can seriously rock a piano! She covers an insane variety of excellent songs.

Sweet Child O' Mine


More Than A Feeling - a rather unique cover

Personal Jesus - actually covering Johnny Cash's version

Stop by her site and give her a listen!

Worth A Listen: Gretchen Menn

If you haven't checked out Gretchen Menn before, do it now. She's a phenomenal guitarist who was influenced heavily by Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, and Frank Zappa. You can definitely hear a bit of Eric Johnson in her playing. Quite a few of her songs have vaulted into my playlist.

Valentino's Victory Lap

Oleo Strut

Worth A Listen: Meytal Cohen

I can't recall what brought Meytal Cohen to my attention, but Hot damn! This woman can rock a drum set.

Covering Metallica's Enter Sandman

Covering Paramore's Misery Business

Covering System of a Down's Toxicity

Worth A Listen: Sarah Jarosz

Saw Sarah Jarosz play with Steve Martin on Austin City Limits and was floored. Unfortunately, PBS is no longer streaming that episode but, if you can find it, it is definitely worth watching!

Run Away

Annabelle Lee

A clip from an after-hours jam session

Worth A Listen: Jessica Lee Mayfield

Found via a Spotify suggestion, Jessica Lee Mayfield instantly struck a chord with me. Her voice intrigued me immediately and, after listening to a few songs, so did her lyrics.

Definitely someone to check out!

Blues Skies Again - one of my favorites

Our Hearts Are Wrong - if you've heard of her, it was probably this song