This is the first installment of a new recurring post with newly released albums and singles that have been added to WWCF’s music library. These artists are currently receiving frequent airplay. Be sure to check back with WWCF regularly for highlights about the new music on the station and links to learn more about the artists.
Bottom Line Archive: Plays the Beatles & More (Live 1990)
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the concert in which this album was recorded. This set boldly underlines Rankin’s ability to serve up all manner of musical genres with a rare and effortless artistry. This Bottom Line performance is still the only official document of the great Kenny Rankin in concert.
|Janis Ian, Harry Chapin, The Brecker Brothers, Willie Nile
The Bottom Line Archive Series
Forty-one years ago, the legendary Bottom Line club opened its doors in Greenwich Village. In addition to Kenny Rankin’s performance, The Bottom Line Archives has also released live performances by The Brecker Brothers, Willie Nile, Harry Chapin, and Janis Ian. More than 24 new titles are planned to be released quarterly over the next two years.
The Bottom Line Archive: In Their Own Words – Volumes 1 & 2
The Bottom Line Archives has also put out two compilation albums featuring various artists’ performances at the legendary music venue. The first volume, hosted by radio personality Vin Scelsa, includes artists such as Jimmy Webb, Dion, Lucinda Williams, Joey Ramone, Ric Ocasek and Richard Thompson. The second volume is similarly eclectic with performances by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Jill Sobule, John Cale and Pete Seeger.
|Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Medicine is the seventh studio album from Nashville based Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and celebrates the band’s decade long career. Ranging from uplifting to pensive, the album tackles issues of everyday life including loyalty, hardship, marriage, friendship, alienation and faith.
|Langhorne Slim & The Law
The Spirit Moves
Slated for release August 7th, The Spirit Moves is the first LP recorded by the Pennsylvania native after putting down roots in Nashville. The album’s press release describes the LP as “a raw and relatable album about transition, growth and life and one that should appeal to anyone who’s lived a little.”
|The Acoustic Medicine Show
Steel String Show
Lead by singer-songwriter Joe Tobin, Steel String Line is the artist’s third record release in 2015. You can find Tobin and various local band members performing their bluegrass instrumentals and harmonies at farmer markets, local pubs and street fests in the Hudson valley area of upstate New York.
Originally released in 1974 by a 23-year-old Barry Thomas Goldberg, Misty Flats was the first solo album recorded by Goldberg after the break-up of his Minneapolis pop group, The Batch. On July 24, Light in the Attic Records reissued the folk album, making it available for the first time as a CD release and digital download. A deluxe LP also includes an exclusive interview with Goldberg along with never-before-seen photos.
“Right Side of the Road”
Released this March, Postcards from Paradise is Ringo’s 18th solo album. “Right Side of the Road” is one of 11 original recordings with his new All-Star band. The new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s familiar upbeat, lighthearted attitude abounds and fans will not be disappointed. Guest artists include Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Ann Marie Simpson-Calhoun, Richard Marx, Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.
“Born to Play Guitar”
The blues icon’s newest album, Born to Play Guitar was released July 31st. “I’ve got a reputation and everybody knows my name,” Guy sings on this track. “I was born to play the guitar. People, I got blues runnin’ through my veins.” Featured collaborations on the new album include performers such as Fabulous Thunderbirds leader Kim Wilson, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Van Morrison.
|JD & the Straight Shot
“Better Find a Church”
James Dolan and his band are currently working on their fifth full-length album, and have released their newest track, “Better Find a Church,” which echoes the Americana and blues sound of their previous release, Where I’ve Been. Produced by Rodney Crowell and featuring Nashville fiddler Erin Slaver, Dolan says “The band is an interesting mix of veteran musicians and young blood.” Watch the video for “Better Find a Church” here.
|The Freddy Jones Band
Called an “undeniable hit” by grammy winning producer Justin Niebank, “Those Diamonds” is the lead single off of the Freddy Jones Band’s newest album, Never Change, released June 23rd. The band says the new album “stays true to the breezy melodic lyrics and echo acoustic guitar they’ve come to be known for.” Watch the video for “Those Diamonds” here.
|Albert Hammond Jr.
“Losing Touch” is the second single from Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.’s third solo album, Momentary Masters released on July 31st. Reportedly inspired by Carl Sagan, “Momentary Masters” refers to the famed astronomer’s description of our infinitesimal standing in the universe, but also to Hammond Jr.’s feelings towards creativity, and making the most out of fleeting moments of complete happiness. Watch the video for “Losing Touch” here.
A break-out artist from 2015’s South by Southwest Festival, Fort Worth native Leon Bridges’ soul sound recalls Bill Withers, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke especially. “Coming Home” sounds like a long-lost soul song, and the album of the same name is sure to transport you back in time to late 1950s. Watch the video for “Coming Home” here.