Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock, by Morgan Taylor

When he's not backing up Wilco members on their solo projects, singer-songwriter Morgan Taylor makes sparkling kids' music, drawing comparisons to adult artists from Bread to the Beatles. Taylor sings about characters like a frisky eel that dresses in a wardrobe of single socks ("Slim Gets in 'Em").

Take the High Road, by Blind Boys of Alabama

With roots stretching back seven decades, the Blind Boys of Alabama  still chug along, aided here by a host of country luminaries, including Vince Gill ("Can You Give Me a Drink?") and the Oak Ridge Boys ("Take the High Road," which pairs majestic vocals with laid-back twang).

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Songs from LaSalle Street Church

Chicago's LaSalle Street Church has become a haven for musicians. This is largely due to the dynamic ministry of Gary Rand.

Long Player Late Bloomer, by Ron Sexsmith

Why don't more people listen to Ron Sexsmith? The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter crafts masterful pop songs, records them with topflight producers and sings them in an understated croon. Unless you hate music that makes you smile, what's not to like?