Peak Of The Week™

Thursdays at 9pm

A new release - handpicked by WNCW's Programming Staff - is sampled throughout Renee Denton's Music Mix on Thursday evenings.

This week, JJ Grey & Mofro release their 7th album, and they're tighter than ever.  Call it southern rock, swamp funk, Memphis soul, North Florida blues....or maybe they've coined a new one here, the Florabama sound.  As for the stories in the songs, Grey says: “Many of the new songs are about being your own worst enemy, and about normal folks pushing themselves over the edge.”  We'll spin each of the tunes over the course of Thursday night. 

Raised on the Brooklyn streets, a cook for a hospital for the mentally ill and numerous other locales...Charles Bradley's compelling story is the subject of a recent documentary film (Soul of America).  His second release on Daptone Records is our featured album this Thursday night.  Bradley takes the sounds of Stax, Muscle Shoals, and James Brown in particular, and moves it forward with a level of passion and genuineness not surpassed by anyone. 

One of WNCW's favorite songwriters, Steve Earle releases The Low Highway on April 16th.  We'll give you a great preview of it this Thursday as we spin each tune from it throughout the evening's mix.  Technically "Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchesses)", this is Earle's 15th studio album.  If there's a theme on this one, it's endless road traveling.  As he writes in the liner notes, "I've been on every interstate highway in the lower forty-eight states by now and I never get tired of the view."

After basically establishing the subgenre of alt-country in 1990 with the Uncle Tupelo release of No Depression, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar went their separate ways, Tweedy bringing his more rock-oriented influence to Wilco, and Farrar keeping the twangy side for his new band Son Volt.  This country influence has culminated in Honky Tonk, a strong homage to the Bakersfield sound (think Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.)  Tune in as Friday's Cosmic American Music Show comes 24 hours early this week!

One of our favorite British soul singers is back after a 5 year absence!  James Hunter has a new release of all original material that definitely summons the souls of James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, etc., but is no doubt just as fresh sounding as anything else out there.  Produced and engineered by Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth, this is a staff favorite here at WNCW.