Summer’s almost over, but the weather’s still hot and there’s still a plethora of great music coming out that we’re more than happy to play for your listening pleasure. With this batch of featured new releases, we yet again bring you great music new artists as well as several veteran performers whose creative endeavors continue to impress. Stay tuned to WWCF 88.7 FM and wwcfradio.org for all this and plenty more!
Out of the Blues
Out Of The Blues finds Boz Scaggs applying his iconic voice and gritty guitar skills to a set of vintage classics as well as four originals. For the occasion, the legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist assembled a star-studded studio band including such prestigious players as guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Ray Parker Jr. and Charlie Sexton, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist Jim Cox, as well as longtime friend Jack Walroth on guitar, harmonica and percussion.
Over The Years…
Over The Years… highlights songs from Nash’s time as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young as well as Nash’s subsequent solo releases. Also featured on the new album are several unreleased mixes and never-before-heard demos.
On the group’s sixth album, inspiration pulls Dawes into their most universal, topical territory to date. This is a record about the modern world: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big losses that give it shape.
Call The Comet
According to acclaimed Smiths guitarist and solo artist Johnny Marr, his third solo record “is my own magic realism. It’s set in the not-too-distant future and is mostly concerned with the idea of an alternative society. The characters in the songs are searching for a new idealism, although there are some personal songs in there too. It’s something that people like me can relate to.”
The Magic Tree
The companion soundtrack for veteran singer-songwriter Steve Forbert’s new memoir, “Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock,” offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, augmented with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect. Consistently upbeat and optimistic, they convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living.
|The Devil Makes Three
Chains Are Broken
The Devil Makes Three’s sixth full-length album–and first of original material since 2013–Chains Are Broken, resembles a dusty leather-bound book of short stories from some bygone era. Instead of their typical revolving cast of collaborators, the group stuck to its signature power trio, with the addition of touring drummer Stefan Amidon to power the bulk of the percussion. Coupled with a continued focus on in-depth lyricism that tells a story in every song, Chains Are Broken is a liberating, rump-shaking collection of past, present and future.
Game Day is the first solo album in 21 years from veteran musician, songwriter, and dB’s co-founder Peter Holsapple. “Today, with all of the hard competition in the music business,” says Holsapple, “it’s almost impossible to come up with anything totally original. So, I haven’t. But I had a lot of fun making Game Day, and I hope it comes through when you hear it.”
|Miss, Understand Me
Aristocrat is the newest EP release from Miss, Understand Me, a Washington DC-based project of guitarist and vocalist Zarine Kharazian that specializes in guitar-centered indie rock with jazz and blues inflections.
|Bill and the Belles
With their debut album, Bill and the Belles have captured the freewheeling, lighthearted approach to music that has endeared them to listeners of every generation. With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, the group puts its own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
|Songs From The Road Band
Road to Nowhere
Songs From The Road Band’s fourth studio album, Road to Nowhere, continues the North Carolina five-man powerhouse’s high-energy brand of acclaimed bluegrass, Americana, and jazz.
|Sons of Bill
Oh God Ma’am
Like so many of the southern writers they grew up reading, the three Wilson brothers often pull songs from the darker regions of the human imagination–slyly and earnestly scratching at their own spiritual scabs with both humor and sincerity, as a way of exploring life’s enduring complexities: faith, love, and the weirdness of time. It gives the whole record a unique atmosphere of tragicomedy–equal parts post-adolescent anxiety and old-soul humility.
Children of Paradise
Willie Nile’s twelfth studio release is an album of bracing new originals with an immediate sound that reflects Nile’s deep affinity for rock ‘n’ roll’s gritty roots. It’s a fast paced and uplifting album, and at 70 years old, Nile shows no signs of rest.
Laughing Up Your Sleeve
Unicorn released three albums in the mid-’70s with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd in the producer’s chair. The albums and the band found a wide audience elusive, even though the band opened for many heavyweights in the day. Laughing Up Your Sleeve attempts to correct what may have been a matter of wrong time, wrong place for a band whose music overflows with beautiful melodies, lush arrangements and perfect harmonies, with this compilation of twenty previously unreleased demos, recorded in 1973–74 at David Gilmour’s home studio.
Forever Changes (50th Anniversary Edition)
This newly remastered edition of Love’s celebrated third album, re-released by Rhino Records, includes not only stereo and mono version of the original album, but alternate mixes, rare and unreleased single, studio outtakes, over a dozen rarities and single mixes, available now for the first time since 1967.
Keep a Little Soul
|Charles Lloyd & The Marvels & Lucinda Williams
Angel (Radio Edit)
|Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Autographs in the Rain (Song to Willie)
|Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear
Everybody’s Got Problems
Last Lion of Albion
New Birth In New England
|The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Poor Until Payday
|The Milk Carton Kids
|Aaron Lee Tasjan
Heart Slows Down
|Asleep at the Wheel
Seven Nights To Rock
Circle of Peace (feat. Stephen Marley)