For their 7th release, Railroad Earth has added horn & string sections, penny whistle, and collections of songs with successive movements. But it's all played by the original 6 band mates, and it's still the same great Railroad Earth that we love...in fact it's one of our favorite new releases here! Join us Thursday night as we feature Lat of the Outlaws throughout the evening.
Soulful horns, juke-joint piano, jazz covers, but from a rocker at heart, Nick Waterhouse's 2nd album immediately grabbed our attention on first listen. Eric Danton of Paste Magazine says Waterhouse "has crafted an album that unfolds like a film: it’s brisk, self-contained and a little mysterious, and catchy enough to revisit again and again" (and in fact Waterhouse says this album is primarily influenced by the film Chinatown.) Join us Thursday as we spend the evening with Holly.
Patterson Hood and band are back with their tenth studio release, but this time Mike Cooley, "the George Harrison of the Drive-By Truckers", is much more prominent with his originals, having penned 6 of the 13 here. We love it when we can bring you the latest from one of our favorite bands, and we love that we can also offer a CD copy of English Oceans as a thank-you gift for your pledge of support during this week of our Spring Fund Drive! Call 800-245-8870 during the hours of our on-air fund driving efforts to reserve a copy to be mailed your way.
One of our favorite bands of these last few years, Lake Street Dive is back. We've loved seeing them progress since they first met at the New England Conservatory of Music. They brought their blend of jazz, R&B, and pop to the Colbert Report recently, they bring it back to our area for live shows this week, and we'll bring Bad Self Portraits your way Thursday night.
When it comes to the Hammond B3, the go-to guy for nearly 50 years now has been Ike. After cutting his teeth with Motown acts like Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, Ike worked with R&B greats Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and B.B. King, plus pop and rock icons from Clapton and Garcia to Phil Spector and Quincy Jones. We were excited to receive this funky new release from him just after his smokin' performance at the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam & Pre-Jam last December. Tune in Thursday night: We like Ike!
Rosanne Cash has had a complex relationship with the South. The Memphis-born daughter of AR's Johnny Cash, step-daughter of VA's June Carter Cash, and ex-wife of Nashville's "Houston Kid" Rodney Crowell, she grew up in CA, started her music career in Europe, and has spent the last few decades living in NY. But her roots and love for the South remain strong, as is clear in these new songs (and in a wonderfully written Oxford American article).
Todd Snider's latest project is this collaboration with Dave Schools (Widespread Panic) on bass, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood) on guitar, Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi) on keys, and Duane Trucks (Col. Bruce Hampton) on drums. They're hard rocking guys here with covers of Hayes Carll, Randy Newman, Will Kimbrough, Kevn Kinney, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. Join them this Thursday night as Brad plays tunes from this brand new release all through the evening!
Indigo Girl Amy Ray has a new release that is a bit of a career first for her -- an album exploring her Southern musical roots growing up listening to country and roots music. Recorded last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, with guests Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire, Susan Tedeschi, Kelly Hogan, and members of Megafaun, the songs on the acoustic-based Goodnight Tender were written over the course of the last decade or so. It will be released on 1/28, and Ray has a CD release show in West Asheville on Friday the 24th (Isis).
In one of the more surprising collaborations of late, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Norah Jones. Equally surprising is the material they decided to focus on: standards of The Everly Brothers canon -- some of their darker, more powerful songs. And as fate would have it Phil Everly passed away on the 3rd of this month, age 74. In what may have been his final interview just weeks before his death, Phil gave his approval for the project: “In the beginning of rock & roll, there was always innovation.
After a quarter-century of turning out great Americana roots-rock, Greg Keelor, Jim Cuddy and the rest of Blue Rodeo return with this, their 11th album. The Toronto band's latest is perhaps a little more contemplative and introspective than their previous releases -- perfect for a Thursday winter's night?