STARTING POINT PLAYLIST for 4/12/12
We started today's playlist with a pick from Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien: "Feet First" by G.W. Toye and the Blues All-Stars. On the band's website, they describe themselves as "genuine house rockin' blues to deep, down Tin Pan Alley blues." For more information on the group, check out their MySpace page.
Continuing the rock and roll theme, John Fugelsang's first pick today was "Weapon of Choice" by San Fransisco-based rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Group. The song is from their 2007 album Baby 81, their highest charting album to date.
Presidential campaign adviser Brett O'Donnell picked Bonnie Raitt's 2005 track "I Will Not Be Broken." Raitt's first album in seven years is set to be released this month and is already garnering rave reviews. O'Donnell also picked Rascal Flatts' number one country single "My Wish," one of a massive eleven number one hits for the band.
Texas country singer Robert Earl Keen made Will Cain's playlist today with "Gringo Honeymoon" from the 1994 album of the same name. The album was Keen's last release for bluegrass label Sugar Hill Records. He signed with Arista records and began seeing chart success starting with 1997's Picnic.
Stacy Lambe and Adam Smith of the Tumblr blog "Texts From Hillary" appeared on today's Starting Point and brought a couple of songs with them. First up was "Two Weeks" by indie rock group Grizzly Bear. The song was included in Pitchfork Media's list of the 500 best songs of the 2000s. Up next from Lambe and Smith was Foster the People's 2011 smash "Pumped up Kicks."
Frequent SP panelist Roland Martin's playlist pick today was "Baby I'm a Star" by Prince." The song was featured on Prince's classic albumPurpleRain, as well as in the film of the same name.
Mayer Hawthorne's 2011 hit "The Walk" was CNN's Ron Browstein's playlist pick this morning. Also today, we featured the discoverers of Botox, Drs. Alastair and Jean Carruthers. They picked The Rolling Stones' classic "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" for the SP playlist. Rolling Stone magazine called the track the second best song of all time in 2004.
Also featured on today's show was Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's famous cover of "Over The Rainbow." The song is originally from the classic film The Wizard of Oz, which was released almost 73 years ago.