One of the best albums I heard last year was “case/lang/veirs” by Neko Case, k. d. lang, and Laura Veirs (hence the catchy title). It seemed to fly under the radar; I never saw any reviews. Still as I said, one of the best of last year. What was fun for me was following all the connections. For instance, “Spectacle” (Season Two), Elvis Costello’s music/interview show, featured Neko Case on an episode featuring the late Jesse Winchester, and the tear on Neko’s face as Jesse finished his song “Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding” is priceless.
An earlier album “July Flame” by Laura Veirs includes an ode to session musician “Carol Kaye”, who is featured in the DVD “The Wrecking Crew!” about the session musicians who played on everything (yes, everything!) recorded in the late ’60s.