Consider this latest batch of new music a belated valentine to our listeners. Keep your ears open and radios tuned to 88.7 FM WWCF to hear the new additions to our broadcast, and check out the links below to learn more about the music and the artists.
George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison
Recorded and filmed on September 28th, 2014 at the The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, George’s son Dhani Harrison and a diverse group of contemporary musicians perform songs from the former Beatle’s extraordinary musical career. “I’ve always imagined a small club show where my generation of musicians could cut loose on some of the deeper tracks from his career,” says Harrison. “So, in a totally new and vibrant way, I once again found myself taking the stage with some of my most treasured musical heroes to the sound of the most familiar music in my life… I hope you enjoy listening to these as much as I do. They are some of the best interpretations of my father’s songs I could have ever thought possible.” The line up includes Brian Wilson, Nora Jones, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Conan O Brien, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Britt Daniel from Spoon, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Dhani Harrison, Weird Al Yankovic, The Strokes’ Nick Valensi, Perry Farrell and many others.
Released earlier this year, Delilah is Anderson East’s debut LP. “You don’t hear voices like that everyday,” says East’s producer, Dave Cobb. “When he sings you can hear the soil and landscape of great southern soul in his voice and he’s an amazing writer as well.”
|Sweet Honey in the Rock
Now in its fourth decade, the renowned female African-American a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock shows off a new four-voice line-up that continues its ongoing evolution. Their first first studio recording in nine years, #LoveInEvolution’s breathtaking layers of voices often carry a strong sense of social and ecological urgency. While addressing the current eruption of racial violence and the last century of historical injustice against blacks, there are also uplifting songs of life’s positives and traditional covers relevant to the CD’s theme of improving individual and global existence while enduring the strains of daily life.
Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to the new Neil Young in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself. This result is his latest album, Cautionary Tale: a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity.
Dunes, the Los Angeles post-punk band, has announced the release of their latest LP, Bitter Charm on March 12th. The album maps together years of song-writing and personal experiences, in which the four piece take their whimsical pop to new extremes.
|Birds of Chicago
After their 2013 studio debut, Birds of Chicago took to Kickstarter to crowd source support for their latest project. “On Real Midnight, Birds of Chicago alternate moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes. Produced by Joe Henry, a man who’s expert blending of light and shadow is well known, the album is a melancholy – but never shoe gazing – suite, full of wayward, joyful, lonesome voices raised up against the night.”
|Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats practically explodes with deep, primal and ecstatic soulfulness. This stunning work isn’t just soul stirring, it’s also soul baring, and the combination is absolutely devastating to behold. You don’t just listen to this record you experience it. So it’s entirely fitting that the self-titled album will bear the iconic logo of Stax Records, because at certain moments Rateliff seems to be channeling soul greats like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. But as this gifted multi-instrumentalist honors the legacy of the legendary Memphis label, he’s also setting out into audacious new territory.
This homespun documentary soundtrack celebrates a circle of some of the finest songwriters in progressive country, just as they were starting to come into their own. Featuring the very first recordings of Steve Earle, John Hiatt, and Rodney Crowell, and stirring whiskey-soaked performances by Clark, Van Zandt, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, and others, Heartworn Highways raises the spirit of true roots music, representing a slice of Americana musical history and a generous tip of the ol’ cowboy hat to its pioneers.
|Band of Ruhks
Band of Ruhks
On March 17th, Band of Ruhks will release their self-titled debut album. The group, which includes Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith of the acclaimed Lonesome River Band, delivers a fresh take on bluegrass with their new album, all while drawing off of the prolific careers of its members.
Long Lost Suitcase
Tom Jones marks his long awaited waited return with the release of Long Lost Suitcase – the third in a trilogy of albums, following 2010’s Praise & Blame and Spirit In The Room in 2012. Previous visits to his musical roots covered by the blues and gospel repertoire witnessed on Praise & Blame, and the diverse, soulful collection that comprised Spirit In The Room, Long Lost Suitcase weaves yet another distinctive path via a catalogue of tracks that have impacted on Tom throughout his legendary career.
One of the best records of his career, Richard Thompson’s new album Still, released this past summer, stands out among his massive body of work which includes over 40 albums and numerous Grammy nominations. Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Still features 12 brand new songs that underscore his position as one of popular music’s most important figures.
“Anywhere You Want To Go”
“This Path Tonight”
“Gypsy In Me”
|Big Head Todd And The Monsters
|Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals
|David Wax Museum
“How Could You Know”
|The James Hunter Six
“(Baby) Hold On”
“Hell Or High Water”
|The Cactus Blossoms
“This Is Why I Need You”
|War & Pierce
“I Lived to Tell About It (feat. It’s All Over Now)”
“A Little Time Off Ahead”
|Marcus King Band
“I Won’t Be Here”