Best Jukebox for Old-School R&B, Soul, Jazz and Country - 2009
The Skylark's penchant for mid-twentieth-century pop culture is clear in its jukebox collection, a diverse catalogue that spotlights giants from a wealth of genres. But the musical selection doesn't exist in a vacuum; rather, it adds a degree of authenticity to the 'Lark's collection of kitschy posters and nostalgic decor. Cuts from soul giants such as Etta James and Otis Redding, jazz progenitors like Louis Prima and Ella Fitzgerald and country heavyweights like Johnny Cash and Bob Wills complement the 1950s film posters that line the walls. The old-school inventory isn't limited to greatest-hits anthologies, either. For the distinguishing Louis Armstrong fan, for example, there's an album devoted solely to his early Hot Five and Hot Seven output, recordings that are as impassioned as they are raw. It's the perfect soundtrack for a cold Pabst and a game of pool.