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We want to keep you up to date with new music coming through our studios, so every Tuesday morning at 11, Doug Jayne, from The Last Record Store and KRCB's Connections program, sits down with morning host Brian Griffith to go over the most interesting and notable of new releases.
Listen at 11 am on Tuesdays or catch the repeat broadcast on Wednesdays at 7 pm.
This week (September 16, 2014) discover new music from...
Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. Although it would become his biggest selling album with seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars says, ''any of those songs could be played with acoustic guitar alone and still be great.'' Taking this idea as its premise, Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A. strips the album's twelve indelible originals to the core, with contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, and more.
Jesse Winchester: Reasonable Amount of Trouble. The late Southern singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester's final studio CD, written and recorded while he was in remission from the cancer that eventually returned and claimed him in April 2014. The new CD was produced by Mac McAnally, who also plays lead guitar (and has performed both functions for Jimmy Buffett, among others, for years), and features nine distinctively insightful, gentle, often humorous original songs with a folk/country flavor about everyday people and their lives and three lovingly chosen cover versions of the oldies Jesse enjoyed so much. Jesse plays acoustic guitar and keyboard and sings in his uniquely weightless tenor; there's an attuned rhythm section, and guest appearances by newgrass country Grammy winner Jerry Douglas on lap steel and legendary saxophonist Jim Horn, among others. Liner notes are provided by Jimmy Buffett.
Train: Bulletproof Picasso. Produced by previous Train collaborator Butch Walker, and reflects frontman-singer/songwriter Pat Monahan's penchant for distinctive musical stylings. The album's first single, "Angel In Blue Jeans," soared to the Top 15 of Triple A and Adult Top 40 radio in only a month, joining the band's successful arsenal of other radio-embraced singles throughout their two-decade career. Other songs on the album include the combustible title track, "Bulletproof Picasso," "Cadillac, Cadillac," "Just A Memory," "Give It All," and "The Bridge," among others.
Mike Farris: Shine For All The People. One of the most gifted singers of his generation. His unique blend of Rock, Blues and Gospel has earned him praise from all corners of the music world including the Best New & Emerging Artist award from the Americana Music Association in 2008. And his legendary, electrifying live performances have made him a favored son and standard bearer of the Southern Gospel tradition for the Americana music genre. On Shine For All The People, Farris’ musical vision has coalesced into a sound that, at once, harkens back to early Stax Records yet emerges completely fresh and all his own. The album’s 10 tracks are saturated with horns, B3, and Southern Gospel backing vocals, but Farris is the star here. His voice evokes the soulful sweetness of Al Green in one moment and the razor sharp blast of Bon Scott the next, driving home his frequent themes of salvation and personal redemption.
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood: Juice. The ever-evolving, genre-defying collaboration between Medeski Martin & Wood and John Scofield continues to flourish. Since first convening almost 17 years ago, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood's kinship both onstage and off has fostered an escalating degree of musical interplay, exquisitely captured on Juice- their third studio album available, via Medeski Martin & Wood's lndirecto imprint. Juice combines the group's signature grooves with a newfound lyrical melodicism over a program of original compositions and four covers - including a powerful hymn-like version of Bob Dylan's ''The Times They Are A-Changin''' and a dizzying dub deconstruction of Cream's ''Sunshine of Your Love.'' Throughout, Juice showcases the quartet's dynamic interplay and razor-sharp improvisational acumen. ''Reacting to each other is really what it's about,'' says Scofield, ''and that's what makes this music work. We've gotten to the point where we can come together and make something that is identifiable and organic, yet it's growing and changing all the time.''
The Earls of Leicester, produced by 13 time Grammy award winner, Jerry Douglas. The Earls of Leicester features the who's-who of Bluegrass whose music and very name pays tribute to the contributions to the bluegrass genre made by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Band members include: Jerry Douglas (Dobro) best known for work with Alison Krauss, Shawn Camp (guitar, lead vocals) best known for hit songwriting - (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner), Johnny Warren (fiddle) father played with Flatt & Scruggs, Charlie Cushman (banjo) Nashville #1 banjo session player, Barry Bales (bass) of Alison Krauss & Union Station & Tim O'Brien (mandolin) lead singer & mandolin player for Hot Rize.