Discover new music on the New Releases Hour, Tuesday mornings at 11 am (repeated Wednesdays at 7 pm) when KRCB-FM pairs the Last Record Store owner and KRCB afternoon music program host Doug Jayne with longtime morning DJ Brian Griffith. A full hour of commercial-free new releases each week, played and evaluated by two pros who know the music best! Here are a few of the things we'll be playing this week.
1989. Don't miss this 2015 release from the acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams. Produced by Adams, the first news of this reinterpretation of Taylor Smith's 1989 was revealed on the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter's Instagram (misterryanadams) with the post "Taylor Swift 1989 full album cover night as played by the Smiths." Several subsequent posts of song snippets revealed much more range than that, including a take on "Bad Blood" that Vanity Fair called "a lovely Heartbreaker-era style version," a string quartet-enhanced version of "Blank Space," what Adams promised to be the "guaranteed saddest version of 'Welcome to New York' ever - or your tears back."
So Familiar. Comedian, actor, author, playwright, and musician Steve Martin joins up with his fellow Texas native Edie Brickell (singer-songwriter who initially burst onto the national scene as New Bohemians front-woman) on this, their second studio album collaboration, entitled So Familiar. The Grammy-winning duo showcase an organic, evolving relationship that continues to bring out new creative strengths. This collection's stirring, sublime set of jointly written compositions match Martin's inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with Brickell's distinctive vocals and detail-rich lyrics. The songs also benefit from multi award-winning artist and producer Peter Asher, who contributes expansive arrangements, making imaginative use of a wide array of acoustic and orchestral instrumentation, lending a cinematic quality to the songs' intimate character studies. So Familiar also features a variety of prominent players from the worlds of bluegrass, folk, pop and rock, including seminal banjo ace Béla Fleck along with session bass legend Leland Sklar, Cobra Starship's Victoria Asher, Mike Einziger of Incubus, Emmy-award winning composer/arranger Geoff Zanelli, and Martin's much-acclaimed longtime bluegrass cohorts the Steep Canyon Rangers.
It's Great to Be Alive. Three CD live release from the alt-country/Americana band Drive-By Truckers recorded in San Francisco last fall. Patterson Hood says: "We sequenced it to be like kind of an ultimate DBT set list. We never use a set list from night to night so the show is ever-evolving, but for this it was like, what would be the ultimate three hour show we could play right now?" The Drive-By Truckers are based in Athens, Georgia, though two out of five current members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region of Northern Alabama, and the band strongly identifies with Alabama. The band's live performances are the stuff of legend.
Love Saves the Day. For his 10th studio album, Garrett Dutton - AKA G. Love - invited friends to help him create Love Saves The Day. The album features guest artists Lucinda Williams, Citizen Cope, David Hildago of Los Lobos, Ozomatli, DJ Logic, Money Mark, Zach Gill and Adam Topol. Producer Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson and Beastie Boys) recorded the group live to capture the raw electricity of the tracks. G. Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip hop band from Philadelphia. They are known for their unique, "sloppy", and "laid back" blues sound that encompasses classic R&B.
Paper Wheels. Phish Leader. Produced by Anastasio and longtime collaborator Bryce Goggin, Paper Wheels was recorded last year at The Barn, the Phish founding guitarist's famed Jeffersonville, VT farmhouse-turned-rehearsal space/recording studio. The Barn was reconstructed between 1996 and 1998 from an existing structure, the Alan Irish Barn. The Barn has been used by Phish and most of Anastasio's projects since 1999. Trey is noted for his work with the rock band Phish, and his solo career, including the Trey Anastasio Band and the orchestral "Evenings with Trey Anastasio" performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and more.