Summer is here and so is a barrage of new releases almost as relentless as the sun’s rays. So whether you’re lounging by the pool, flipping burgers on the barbecue, or holed up with the AC cranked to the max, tune in to WWCF 88.7 FM over the air or online to hear all these new releases plus a whole lot more!
Help Us Stranger
Help Us Stranger sees the Raconteurs reassembled for their third studio LP and first new album in more than a decade. Together, the quartet bonds prodigious riffs, blues power, sinewy psychedelia, Detroit funk, and Nashville soul with Brendan Benson and Jack White’s uncompromising songcraft into a brisk and energetic package.
|Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
Summer of Sorcery
For the follow-up to 2017’s Soulfire, his first album of original material in 20 years, Steven Van Zandt had a deliberate vision in mind. “I wanted the new material to be more fictionalized. The way records were when I grew up. Before it was an Artform. The concept (loosely) was capturing and communicating that first rush of Summer. The electricity of that feeling of unlimited possibilities. Of falling in love with the world for the first time.”
Blue with Lou
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame E Street Band member Nils Lofgren returns with a vengeance with his first new studio album since 2011. Six on the album’s dozen tracks were co-penned with Lou Reed, five of which have never before seen the light of day. From searing rock tracks to tender ballads, each composition takes you along on a sonic journey with one of rock’s most respected players, displaying Lofgren’s incredible guitar and songwriting talents.
|The Get Ahead
Following their 2017 release, Mind is a Mountain, The Get Ahead sought to further synthesize the project with a unified spirit with their newest release, Deepest Light. Representing an amalgam of American Roots music with bold musical statements on the celebration of life, healing, and the importance of keeping open hearts, the new album is a moving milestone from a band that continues to grow and to develop a powerful group identity.
Tackling issues of sobriety, religion, personal reflection, tragedy and all sorts of calamitous life choices, all the tracks on Dylan Leblanc’s newest LP, are loosely tied to the idea of the renegade, individuals operating outside communal norms. “I like the idea of a renegade,” says LeBlanc. “Branching off from society or from the structure of the way our world is designed…I wanted to write about the crueler, nasty aspects of the world and life.”
|Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Turn Off the News, Build a Garden
Turn Off The News, Build a Garden features Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s most mature and absorbing work of their career, with Nelson bringing his prodigious gifts to bear, as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist and band leader. Guest turns include background vocal and instrumental support from Kesha, Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Shooter Jennings, Lucius, Willie Nelson and Neil Young.
A Glimmer On The Outskirts
Little Rock, Arkansas native Ben Dickey put his career as a singer-songwriter on hold while playing Blaze Foley in the Ethan Hawke-directed biopic BLAZE. What resulted from the experience on the film was a flood of songs that became Dickey’s next chapter: an album of left-of-center, sophisticated folk songs that gracefully showcases his natural talent, both in acting and in music.
Fresh off his collaboration with Taj Mahal, TajMo prolific blues musician Keb’ Mo’ returns his first solo record in five years. Sonically timeless but lyrically relevant, Oklahoma solidifies Keb’ as a modern master of American roots music, a reputation he has held and expanded on throughout his 25+ year career.
After 50 years of rocking the blues, Savoy Brown, with leader and founder Kim Simmonds a the helm, return with their 40th album release. Comprised of twelve high energy blues rock songs, City Night features Simmonds on vocals and searing lead guitar and he is complemented with the most consistent lineup in the bands history.
There Is No Other
Rhiannon Giddens’ latest album There is no Other, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and produced by Joe Henry, was tracked over an intense five day period in Dublin, Ireland. The new album is both a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.
|Our Native Daughters
Songs of Our Native Daughters
Songs of Our Native Daughters gathers together kindred musicians Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell in song and sisterhood to communicate with their forebears, drawing on and reclaiming early minstrelsy and banjo music to reclaim, recast, and spotlight the often unheard and untold history of their ancestors, whose stories remain vital and alive today.
I Am Easy to Find
Created alongside the Mike Mills short film of the same name, I Am Easy to Find is the National’s eighth studio album. Frontman Matt Berninger’s natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favor of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit such as Lisa Hannigan, Sharon Van Etten, Mina Tindle, or Kate Stables.
If you distilled California into soundwaves and vibrations, it might resemble the sonic and spiritual interplay of the Los Angeles quintet Local Natives. Violet Street revels in its stylistic eclecticism ranging from kinetic and propulsive pop and stark emotive ballads.Their fourth full length album, it proves to be their most diverse and mature set of tunes, from production through song writing.
Future Perfect, Present Tense
After touring Ten Fé’s debut album, Hit The Light, Leo Duncan and Ben Moorhouse returned to London knowing something had changed. What began as a duo, evolved on the road into a fully formed band, and their sophomore album is a poignant, uplifting meditation on everything that’s brought the band to this point. The intricate CSNY-influenced four-part harmonies that were honed on the road fuse with the energy captured in their live shows to create a sound that’s anthemic and rooted in personal chemistry.
|Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community Center
Better Oblivion Community Center is a brand new band comprising the formidable talents of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. The duo’s debut album features the work of several talented friends: Christian Lee Hutson, Anna Butterss, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ guitarist Nick Zinner, drummer Carla Azur, and Dawes’ rhythm section Wylie Gelber and Griffin Goldsmith.
Love Starvation / Trombone
As he approaches his 70th birthday, Nick Lowe hasn’t lost a step in his unrivaled songwriting and rockin’ abilities. His new four song EP features the razor-sharp lyricism that he’s made so famous and is complemented by the returning dulcet tones of his backing band and tour mates Los Straitjackets.
|Eli “Paperboy” Reed
99 Cent Dreams
With the release of his new record, Eli “Paperboy” Reed begins his second decade as an artist much in the same way he began his first: in love with soul music. Cut at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, TN, 99 Cent Dreams is exuberant, a celebration of life delivered by an ecstatic messenger, and Reeds arrangements on the album are lean, filtering vintage R&B, soul, and gospel through the heart of a modern songwriter.
Stay Around is the first posthumous release of works by beloved songwriter, guitarist, and singer JJ Cale, who was an influence to musicians as wide ranging as Neil Young, Beck, and Eric Clapton. Compiled by those closest to him – his widow, musician Christine Lakeland Cale, and friend and longtime manager, Mike Kappus, who says that all of the album’s previously unreleased tracks “were songs he really did intend to do something with because they were carried to his typical level of production for release.”
Halfway Home By Morning
Recorded live off the floor in Nashville, Tennessee, celebrated songwriter Matt Andersen’s tenth album collects all the essential elements for a down-home ramble and shoots them through with enough electrifying energy to drive the rock ‘n’ roll faithful to simmer, shimmy, and shake. Over it’s lucky thirteen tracks, he explores every facet of his sound–sweat-soaked soul, incendiary rhythm and blues, heartbroken folk, and gritty Americana–and binds them together with palpable hear.
|The Chocolate Watchband
This Is My Voice
Iconic California psychedelic punk legends The Chocolate Watchband are touring to celebrate the release of their new album, which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as gives a rare edge to new material that is a logical progression to the band’s legacy.
At their induction into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2017, the original lineup of the Meat Puppets – brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood and Bostrom – joined together onstage for the first time in over two decades. That rekindling has resulted in Dusty Notes, the first Meat Puppets studio album to feature the original trio since 1995’s No Joke!.
Nick Waterhouse’s self-titled fourth LP is perhaps his most reflective and reflexive album, employing all of the mature production techniques learned throughout his professional career while retaining a viscous edge that allows it to land with colossal impact – more raw, heavy and overtly confrontational than anything he’s made before.
Led by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Jay Farrar, Son Volt became one of the leading bands in the alternative country community, attracting critical praise and a loyal audience. The band’s 10th studio album mixes present and past into strong confluence, with thirteen new songs written by Farrar that confront our turbulent politics and articulate the clarity and comfort music can offer in the tumult.
|Shovels & Rope
Throughout their career, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have constantly been touring, and all the while they’ve made music wherever they can, and recently they’ve taken on two giant new challenges; raising a (growing) family, and helming a successful music festival, Charleston’s High Water Festival. Their new album is a gritty, powerful look into their lives and the world around them, with tender songs commenting on their relationship, and human stories weaving throughout.
|Sons of New York
Sons of New York is singer/songwriter Roger Campo’s band project and American Dream third album. Recorded in producer Bill Lefler’s Los Angeles studio, utilizing some of LA’s most talented musicians, the music is a modern blend of Americana, Roots Rock and Soul, fused with contemporary and relevant lyrics.
|The Cactus Blossoms
The newest album from Minneapolis-based blood harmony brother duo Page Burkum and Jack Torrey is a self-produced collection of ten new originals. As they crisscrossed the nation on tour, the brothers stopped through Alex Hall’s Reliable Recorders studio in Chicago to chase the new sound they were after. The result joins together what would otherwise be distant corners of the American songbook, featuring special contributions from Dan Auerbach and renowned saxophonist Michael Lewis.