I chose A. J. Croce as the feature artist on this week’s version of Donald Glenn’s Songs for Sunday mostly because of his cover of the 1958 Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee classic, Better Day. The tune kicks off Croce’s new album, By Request, and it perfectly captures the mood of these difficult days when so many people are looking to feel good again after the trials and tribulations of the last few years. Croce is himself no stranger to grief and the sense of renewal that comes from healing. His famous Dad, Jim Croce, died in a plane crash a few days before his second birthday, and he lost his wife Marla to a rare heart ailment just two years ago. By Request is his first music release since his wife’s death.
Also featured on the cover of Better Day is the legendary Robben Ford who supplies some sweet guitar licks in lieu of Sonny Terry’s improvisations on harp. Enjoy!