CD of the Week

Each week KRCB recommends an album we have some to love and hope you do as well.

Boz has the Blues

Aug 31, 2018

Boz Scaggs has good reason to sing the blues. Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, he heard the blues on the radio. Picking up the guitar, he started playing blues because it was simple. Over his illustrious 50 year career he has returned to the genre again and again, becoming well versed in its history.

Then last year he lost his house in the October wildfires. "It simply all is gone", he told NPR. "It has you reaching for all sorts of answers and conclusions and ways to take it in."

To the Sunset -- CD of the week

Aug 3, 2018

Amanda Shires has been pretty busy since her last release "My Piece of Land" in 2016. She's been raising her toddler Mercy Rose, touring with her husband Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit, and finishing her Masters.

Rodney Crowell "Acoustic Classics" CD of the Week

Jul 13, 2018

An artist with a legacy like Rodney Crowell's doesn't need to revisit old songs in an "unplugged" setting. That's not what "Acoustic Classics" is at all. He's been honing his craft for over forty years, and this collection of tunes are recorded in a bare bones production style, unlike some of his biggest hits from the 80's and 90's, putting his voice and lyrical brilliance smack dap up front.

Nicki Bluhm - Rising from the Ashes

Jun 18, 2018

It's been a season of immense change for one of our favorites, Nicki Bluhm. Her marraige to Mother Hips founder Tim Bluhm fell apart, she picked up and left her home here in the Bay Area and moved to Nashville, leaving behind her beloved band the Gramblers, and basically started fresh with songs pulled from the heartache. "To Rise You Gotta Fall" is a literal definition of the new release. "It was cathartic for me to write this record", she says ,"it was neccessary for me to write it."

Courtney Barnett---CD of the Week

Jun 1, 2018

"Tell Me How You Really Feel" is the new release from Austrailian rocker Courtney Barnett. The southpaw has returned to the lyrically funny, guitar driven sound that she introduced to the global audience with 2015's "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit."

A fan of the Breeders, Courtney enlisted Kim and Kelley Deal to play on the record, and you can hear their influence throughout.

Check out the rockin' "Nameless, Faceless" and the opener "Hopeless" for examples of the talent and the power of this amazing artist.

Chvrches "Love Is Dead" CD of the Week

May 25, 2018

Not a misprint....the band Chvrches was formed in Scotland in 2011. Comprised of singer Lauren Mayberry and keyboardists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, the band has just released its third full length collection of tunes. "Love is Dead" was recorded in L.A. and features production work by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and Greg Kurstin. Lauren is quoted as saying: " It's a typically Glaswegian thing to do, to feel the most misanthropic and macabre when you're in the sunniest place on earth."

Hear "Love Is Dead" on KRCBFM91

Ry Cooder "The Prodigal Son" CD of the Week

May 18, 2018

Since the 60's, when he played with the Rising Sons alongside Taj Mahal, Ryland Cooder has been considered a musicians' musician. A masterful multi-instrumentalist, Ry has won numerous Grammy awards, been awarded two honorary doctorates and left his imprint on some of the best albums released in the last 40 years.  An avid progressive, Cooder has championed different cultures, children's defense, and the music of the world as a true citizen of Planet Earth.

Brent Cobb "Providence Canyon" CD of the Week

May 11, 2018

Following up his 2016 release "Shine On Rainy Day", Brent Cobb has released his sophomore effort "Providence Canyon". Once again he has populated his songs with rowdy rednecks, lovesick country boys and highways. Helmed by super-producer Dave Cobb (they are cousins), the album has the sonic quality of a warm Georgia night -cue the lightning bugs.

Hear Providence Canyon on KRCB FM91

Lake Street Dive "Free Yourself Up" - CD of the week

May 4, 2018

The title of the Brooklyn-out of Boston based quartet is certainly appropriate.  Lake Street Dive have freed themselves by self-producing this release. After working with super producer Dave Cobb on the last project, "Side Pony", the band decided to go at this one from within. "We were at the helm of every decision being made," says bassist Bridget Kearney,"I think it led to a record that we're all really happy with because it sounds the way we wanted it to sound." Ten new songs to give us all a chance to escape the unending news cycle. 

Joshua Hedley "Mr. Jukebox" - CD of the Week

Apr 20, 2018

Honing his chops in the clubs around Nashville since he was a teen, Joshua Hedley's debut is the aptly titled "Mr. Jukebox".  He has played fiddle and guitar for Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz and is a fixture at Robert's Western World, one of my favorite spots to see music in downtown Music City.

"I never thought I could afford to make a record," Hedley says. "But one day I was like 'I'm just going to cut four songs. I'm going to book some studio time, and worry about how I pay for it later.' It worked out."

John Prine "the Tree of Forgiveness" CD of the Week

Apr 13, 2018

John Prine is an American treasure.  His new release "The Tree of Forgiveness" is the first collection of original material in 13 years, and it is certainly worth the wait. The cover is a close up of the artists' face, with the years worn in full detail, the warmth still shining through.  Produced at RCA Studio A in Nashville by Dave Cobb, Prine has written ten beautiful tunes, love songs and tongue in cheek ditties, a theme of mortality running throughout.

Ben & Charlie "No Mercy in This Land" - CD of the Week

Apr 6, 2018

Ben Harper and our friend and neighbor Charlie Musselwhite have teamed up again for another stellar collection of blues "No Mercy in This Land".  Their last collaboration, 2013's "Get Up!" won a Grammy for best contemporary blues album.  Charlie and Ben continue to mine the deep legacy of American music.

They share a mutual respect for each other, as well as for the music that has led them to the present.

Kacey Musgraves "Golden Hour" - CD of the Week

Mar 30, 2018

That ain't country-until it is. Kacey Musgraves achingly beautiful new release "Golden Hour" is my favorite album of 2018, so far. It is a gorgeous collection of genre-bursting songs about womanhood, from looking at life as a newlywed to being a daughter, missing her mother. Sure there are banjos (Slow Burn), but also a modern take on disco (High Horse), with lyrics as heartfelt as anything you'll find anywhere. Treat yourself and buy this.

You can also hear it on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

Courtney Marie Andrews -Kindness -CD of the week

Mar 23, 2018

"May Your Kindness Remain" is the new release from our friend Courtney Marie Andrews.  Written on the road throughout 2017, the songs weren't necessarily inspired by the road, but by the people she met along the way. "I needed to create something different", Courtney says, "and push myself in a different direction. I knew I wanted to make a more modern, unique sounding record."

Jimi's "Both Sides of the Sky" CD of the week

Mar 16, 2018

"Both Sides of the Sky" is the third volume of a trilogy of albums (Valleys of Neptune-2010, and People, Hell & Angels-2013), and features 10 unreleased recordings done between 1968 and 1970.  Featuring the first session with what became Band of Gypsies, and appearances by Johnny Winter and Stephen Stills, the collection takes you back to Jimi's prolific studio output. 

Hear it on KRCB FM91

CD of the week- Night Sweating

Mar 9, 2018

Although they have put out four albums, "Tearing At The Seams" is the sophomore outing for the Colorado based band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. The first self-titled release put the funky horn-driven band on the map. Number two was a collection of alternative takes and B sides. The third was a live album recorded at the famous Red Rocks concert venue in their home state.  "Tearing at the Seams" is a confident, rhythmic pile of tunes produced by Richard Swift and features some vocal work from Holly & Jess of Lucius.  Hear it on KRCB FM91

Joan Baez "Whistle Down The Wind" CD of the Week

Mar 2, 2018

Joan Baez recorded her first album in 1960. For almost sixty years her powerful voice and unwavering commitment to human rights have made her a force of nature. "Whistle Down the Wind" , produced by Grammy winner Joe Henry, continues the great tradition of Joan pairing with some of her favorite songwriters.  Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Josh Ritter and Mary Chapin Carpenter penned tunes for the release.  The song "The President Sang Amazing Grace", written by Zoe Mulford, is alone worth the price of the CD. Joan has announced her 2018 concert tour will be her last.

"Love Is An Army" by Janiva Magness -CD of the Week

Feb 23, 2018

"Love Is An Army" is the fourteenth album by blues belter Janiva Magness. The dozen songs in the collection break through genres from down home Memphis rhythm & blues to Nashville twang.  Featuring guest appearances from Charlie Musselwhite, Delbert McClinton, Poco's Rusty Young and Della Mae's Courtney Hartman, the CD is a "brilliantly crafted bridge between the past and the present, blending the echoes of classic soul and country music with timeless themes of love and protest."

Hear it on KRCB FM91

I'm With Her "See You Around" CD of the Week

Feb 16, 2018

The debut release of the folk supergroup I'm With Her is our pick for this week.  "See You Around" was co-produced by Ethan Johns and the three very talented members -Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins & Sarah Jarosz. Each of these women have strong careers of their own, and when they combine their talents the masterful playing and heavenly harmonies are something you need to hear in order to believe.

CD of the Week--"One Drop of Truth" the Wood Bros.

Feb 2, 2018

Chris and Oliver Wood, along with bandmate Jano Rix have delivered an excellent new collection of songs with "One Drop of Truth" From the slow jam of "River Takes the Town" through the Faulkner-like look at  Southern living in "Can't Look Away", the trio have once again put together a masterful bunch of tunes.

Steep Canyon Rangers "Out in the Open" CD of the Week

Jan 23, 2018

This weeks featured release is the new one from the Steep Canyon Rangers, "Out in the Open". Accomplished pickers chosen by Steve Martin to back his musical endeavors, the band sans Steve is a bluegrass force all on its own.

CD of the Week: Van Morrison - Versatile

Dec 8, 2017

Van Morrison is on a roll....his second release of new recordings in the last few months. Versatile follows the earlier Roll With the Punches.  Where "Punches" was slanted toward R&B, Versatile features classic tunes from the Gershwins (A Foggy Day), and Cole Porter (I Get a Kick Out of You), as well as several originals. The release also features Van not only on vocals, but alto sax too!

November 30, 2017 

Neil Young & Promise of the Real "The Visitor" is Neil's third release in the last year.  Young once again uses Lukas Nelson's band Promise of the Real to back him up on ten songs bemoaning our current political waters. Never one to mince words, the songs include "Already Great" , "When Bad Got Good", and "Stand Tall"

CD of the Week: Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black

Nov 16, 2017

History.  Mavis Staples has lived it. Recalling her early years touring with her family as the Staple Singers, she experienced the Jim Crow South, the danger and prejudice, and although the band carried the torch during the Civil Rights movement, she says "We are still in it."

Ten new songs, written and produced once again by Jeff Tweedy (WIlco) with three co-written by Mavis, "If All I Was Was Black" is a powerful funky testament to an American treasure.

September 29, 2017: 

The Lone Star-bred collective, The Texas Gentlemen, takes its cues from some of the iconic acts of the past — the quicksilver brilliance of The Wrecking Crew and Bob Dylan’s one-time backers The Band are the most obvious examples.

September 15, 2017

Bruce Cockburn: Bone on Bone