With Michael Kiwanuka, it’s all about the voice. A voice that he describes as “hitting straight through to the core” with direct, emotional songs about love, yearning, comfort and belonging. It’s a voice that built him a following via MySpace and small London gigs, and led Paul Butler from The Bees to invite him to the band’s Isle of Wight studio to lay down these introductory tracks from what promises to be a major new British singer/songwriter.
“Having fun with the songs of Allen Toussaint” is how Jon Cleary describes his new record, a celebration of great songs put through Cleary’s unique set of funky filters. Featuring Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, there are unexpected twists and turns on this journey through the Toussaint songbook that will keep surprising you till the last piano glissando fades away.
Jon Cleary will perform at the Telluride Jazz Celebration. Tune-in to KSUT Friday at noon for a warm up when we feature his new CD Occapella.
The Infamous Stringdusters' latest studio recording Silver Sky was released in March on High Country Recordings. It's the band's fourth studio album, produced by Billy Hume, better known for his work with hip-hop artists. A pledge campaign provided the funding for the album and tour, with incentives given to donors such as song dedications and signed memorabilia. Progressive thinkers and musicians, the Dusters' stellar artistry, great composing and vibrant synchronicity has delivered another great recording.
Creatively, Cassandra Wilson has never rested on her laurels, and her new album, Another Country, is no exception to the rule. Nine of the ten songs are composed by Ms. Wilson and/or her collaborating partner, guitarist-producer Fabrizio Sotti, with the tenth a very special arrangement by the duo of the classic aria, O Sole Mio. Recorded in Florence, Italy, the entire sound of the album is intimate, guitar-driven, and lushly romantic. Launched by the lead single, Red Guitar, Another Country is poised to invigorate Cassandra's intensely loyal fan base as well as greet new audiences.
Willie Nelson's new album, Heroes, features 13 brand new recordings, produced by Buddy Cannon, and featuring a host of guest artists.
The songs take on a reflective, emotional tone and move from heartfelt (a stunning rendition of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe") to humor (on "Roll Me Up" with guest vocalist Snoop Dogg). Other guest vocalists on the album include Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnston, Billy Joe Shaver and Sheryl Crow. Sons Lukas and Micah Nelson also feature prominently, making this a real family affair.
The phenomenal, solo, instrumental guitarist Michael Gulezian will be stopping by the KSUT studios Thursday (7/5) at 1:00 PM for some live music and conversation. If you've never heard his music, don't miss it, Michael is a master, and a lot of fun.
Sonny Landreth’s 11th album, bearing the fittingly evocative title Elemental Journey, is something very different from the Louisiana slide wizard. Released on his own Landfall label, the new CD is Landreth’s first all-instrumental effort and his most adventurous work to date. Sonny will be in the region, performing at the Taos Solar Music Festival over the weekend.
With Leftover Salmon headlining Friday night at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, we thought it only fitting to feature their brand new CD, "Aquatic Hitchhiker", their first studio album in 8 years, and the first to debut all original compositions.
Grammy Award-winner Rodney Crowell and New York Times Best Selling author Mary Karr have just released their CD KIN – songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell on Vanguard Records. Produced by Joe Henry, Kin marks the first collaboration between the two writers and is Karr’s entry into the world of music.
We're always happy to kick off the festival season with this gem. Tune-in this week for some special festival-related programming. We'll be playing music from performing artists throughout the Blends all week. And, join us for phone interviews scheduled with the following:
Monday 11:15 a.m. Angela Oudean with Bearfoot
Monday 2:30 p.m. David Wilcox
Tuesday 10:15 a.m. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Wednesday 2:30 p.m. Daniel Rodriguez with Elephant Revival