Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “Jefferson Jericho Blues” – (2010)

Mojo was the first studio album by Tom Petty with The Heartbreakers since 2002. It is also the first album since 1981 to feature the band’s original bassist on every track. The album isn’t along the lines of previous Petty albums, as it is primarily blues-based. This is the first track on the album and it’s a good one. People may say Petty peaked in the 80s or 90s – but songs like this show he is a true rocker, capable of producing solid rock tracks – good music – and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.

#19 – Kenny Wayne Shepherd – “Blue on Black” – (1997)

Blues rock is still rock. Kenny Wayne Shepherd was 20 years old when this song came out. He sounds much older. “Blue on Black” was a #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and it still receives a fair amount of radio airplay on rock stations. This is just a completely badass song. And when that’s all I can come up with to say, I just post some lyrics: “Blue on black, tears on a river. Push on a shove, it don’t mean much. Joker on jack. Match on a fire. Cold on ice, a dead man’s touch. Whisper on a scream, doesn’t change a thing. Don’t bring you back. Blue on black.” And yeah,  technically, it’s the “Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.” But whatever.