Moving right along, my voting friends, moving right along. It’s time to pick our 2 favorites from each of Divisions C and D.
The first matchup is looking to be a fierce battle. Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” has been cruising through the bracket so far. Jackie’s a Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer, #68 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, and “Higher and Higher” was a chart-topping single. However, “People C’mon” from The Delta Spirit has been catching the attention of many of our voters, and past scores tell me it has potential to boot the R&B singer out of the tournament.
The other spot in Division C will belong to either The Kinks or Mavis Staples, with the former singing about the perfect say to spend a “Sunny Afternoon” (lazing, of course) and the latter singing everyone’s 2nd favorite (?) version of soul classic “Son of a Preacherman”. Mavis was the underdog in the Round of 128, a #6 seed eliminating #3 “Interstate Love Song”.
The Division D semi’s start with a couple high scorers. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros say “go big or go Home” when it comes to music tournaments. The Man in Black is pushing along with his rendition of Shel Silverstein’s story about “A Boy Named Sue”, as shared with a bunch of prisoners.
“Fisherman’s Blues” from The Waterboys has just been squeaking by thus far in this tournament but no one has stopped the UK folk-rockers yet. This round’s challenger is “Let Me Go” from geeky modern rockers Cake.
#1 Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) vs. #4 People C’mon (Delta Spirit)
#2 Sunny Afternoon (The Kinks) vs. #6 Son of a Preacherman (Mavis Staples)
#1 Home (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes) vs. #4 A Boy Named Sue (Johnny Cash)
#2 Fisherman’s Blues (The Waterboys) vs. #3 Let Me Go (Cake)