Featured New Releases – 12/23/2016

With Christmas and the greater holiday season upon us, we’ve come bearing gifts of the musical variety, specifically new releases, including an assortment of tunes fit for the festive time of year. Listed below is a portion of fresh material newly added to our broadcast. In addition to all the new music, we’ve also been adding a variety of older holiday recordings, so whether you prefer to enjoy your aural entertainment on a hi-fi stereo or your personal mobile device, stay tuned to WWCF 88.7 FM this holiday season for more great music!

Album Releases
rollingstones-blueandlonesome The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome

Released this December, Blue & Lonesome is The Rolling Stones’ first studio album in over a decade. Recorded in just three days in West London, a mere stone’s throw from the pubs and clubs where the band started out, the new album takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.

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neilyoung-peacetrail Neil Young
Peace Trail

The 37th album from Neil Young, Peace Trail features all new songs written by Young. Joined only by session musicians Jim Keltner and Paul Bushnell, the new album is primarily acoustic and reflects an intimate, sparse approach to each of the ten songs within.

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themusicialmojoofdrjohn Various Artists
The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac And His Music

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, musical icon Dr. John was joined by a star-studded assortment of notable guest artists, who performed 22 songs written, recorded and/or popularized by Dr. John during his prolific six-decade career, honoring his large and still-growing musical legacy.

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vanmorrison-keepmesinging Van Morrison
Keep Me Singing

Released this fall, Keep Me Singing is Van Morrison’s 36th studio album to date and consists of 13 tracks, including 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison as well as well as a cover of the blues standard “Share Your Love With Me” – a performance dedicated to the song’s original recording artist, Bobby Bland.

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aaronleetasjan-silvertears Aaron Lee Tasjan
Silver Tears

East Nashville-based musician Aaron Lee Tasjan has always considered himself a songwriter first and foremost, writing his own off-kilter folk-inflected songs since he picked up his first acoustic guitar as a teen. Tasjan’s sophomore effort is an inspired and confident set of songs. The 12-track album careens from woozy pot paeans to brooding, cinematic observations to laid back ‘70s country-rock and galloping anthems to introspective folk and rollicking honky tonk.

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gregoryporter-liveinberlin Gregory Porter
Live in Berlin

Since the release of his debut album in 2010, vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter has been a force to be reckoned with. His very personal blend of jazz, gospel, blues and soul has drawn in fans from around the globe. This concert, filmed at the Philharmonie Berlin on the May 18th, 2016, captures Gregory Porter and his superb band performing tracks from across his career. With minimal staging, the focus is totally on the music, allowing Porter’s sublime voice to bring out the light and shade in his songs.

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jimjames-eternallyeven Jim James
Eternally Even

A follow up to his critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut, Eternally Even is My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’ latest release. “I wanted to make an album that hopefully speaks to the issues of the day, many of which, sadly, are issues we have been dealing with since the beginning of time,” says James. “Can we ever truly open our hearts and embrace love in all its beautiful forms? I think it’s still possible… I’m just trying to be a part of the discussion and encourage people to speak out for equality, to not be afraid to speak out for peace and love.”

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katebush-beforethedawn Kate Bush
Before The Dawn

Earlier this December, the audio document of Kate Bush’s Before The Dawn was released. The mesmerizing 22-date residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo consists of an audacious, multi-media three act theatrical performance, containing an abundance of well-loved songs from Bush’s extraordinary career.

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rem-outoftime25 R.E.M.
Out Of Time (25th Anniversary Edition)

1991’s Out of Time catapulted R.E.M. from an indie favorite to one of the biggest bands in the world, with hit singles “Losing My Religion” and “Shiny Happy People.” This 25th anniversary edition features the remastered album, with a treasure trove of bonus material, including 19 never-before-heard demos and an unreleased 1991 live show.

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rollingstones-havanamoon The Rolling Stones
Havana Moon

Good Friday – 25 March 2016 – is a date that will go down in both Cuban and Rock ‘n’ Roll history. The Rolling Stones became the first rock band to play a massive free outdoor concert to hundreds of thousands in Havana. As the Stones took to the stage in front of an ecstatic crowd, everyone knew that this was a life changing cultural moment for a country on the brink of change.

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robertearlkeen-livedinnerreunion Robert Earl Keen
Live Dinner Reunion

The new live album from Robert Earl Keen celebrates the 20th anniversary of his most successful album “No. 2 Live Dinner.” Live Dinner Reunion features a collection of Keen’s biggest hits as well as buddy collaborations. Guest artists include Joe Ely, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada, Cody Braun, Bruce Robison and former college room-mate and touring compadre, Lyle Lovett.

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nrbq-highnoon NRBQ
High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective

Founded in 1966 in Shively, Kentucky, NRBQ has given their dedicated fan base 50 years of surprises and exceptional live shows. No style of music is safe around NRBQ as their repertoire consists of choice, wide-ranging covers to their own compositions. Playing all kinds of music made them hard to peg across the years, but it made them anything but boring. After 50 years of brilliant, unpredictable, joyfully exciting musical explorations, on stage and in the studio, High Noon is the first ever career-spanning boxed set, including rarities, concert staples, covers and previously unissued gems.

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christmasonthelam Various Artists
Christmas on the Lam and Other Songs From the Season

Red House Records, based in the nation’s icebox of Minnesota, has a lot of experience with below-zero temperatures and dark, snowy nights. Oddly enough, they’ve never put out a record to mark the holiday season. Until now. A request for songs brought out the best from Red House veterans and newcomers alike. Featured artists on the album include Jorma Kaukonen, Davina & The Vagabonds, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Charlie Parr, and The Wailin Jennys. Like the season itself, it’s an eclectic mix of lust, lament, and gratitude.

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amazonacousticchristmas Various Artists
Acoustic Christmas

Amazon’s latest holiday compilation includes an assortment of mellow seasonal melodies, including new indie renditions of Christmas classics as well as new tunes from popular performers and lesser-known artists.

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Single Releases


Chuck Prophet
“Bad Year for Rock n Roll”
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Jake Clemons
“Hold Tight”
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Kyle Craft
“Before the Wall”
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Muddy Magnolias
“Brother, What Happened?”
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Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White
“Look At What The Light Did Now”
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Hollis Brown
“Run Right To You”
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“Someone to Lose”
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Fantastic Negrito
“In the Pines (Oakland)”
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Stevie Wonder
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Bruce Sudano
“At the Dawn of Hallelujah Day”
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