Eli "Paperboy" Reed sounds like a classic soul singer from the '60s, but he's a young white kid from Boston. Nevermind--once you hear him, you'll be a believer. Eli and his band, The True Loves, deliver, as Rolling Stone puts it, "horn-heavy R&B soaked with the blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf." He has an amazing voice. This is a must-have and, unbelievably, my last song of the week pick for 2008.
BTW, my list of the Top 25 Songs of 2008 That Didn't Make My Best Song of the Week is finally here.
Here's Eli "Doin the Boom Boom". Enjoy and happy new year!