Sunday, October 24, 2010
Welsh singer Tom Jones made his name with such pop tunes as "What's New, Pussycat," "Delilah" and "She's a Lady." Who knew that underneath this Vegas-style crooner was a singer able to draw deeply upon the American musical traditions of blues, gospel, rock and country? The first hint came in Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" series, when Jones teamed up with British rock guitarist Jeff Beck for some blues renditions. With his latest album, "Praise and Blame," there's no longer any question that Jones' relation to American roots music is genuine. His powerful performances reflect his spiritual concerns, from the introspective "What Good Am I?" to the rousing "Burning Hell," performed above on the David Letterman Show, September 23.