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NEW RELEASES February 24, 2017:

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Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway
Freedom Highway is Grammy Award-winner and 2017 Grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens’ follow-up to her highly praised debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn. The record includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn’s 2015 release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes it’s name. Giddens co-produced Freedom Highway with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War. As producers, Giddens and Powell sought to release the stories already in the walls, allowing the space to be a voice in itself. This approach allowed for an emotional fearlessness and presence not always easy to achieve in the studio. Together they assembled the players, which included her superb touring band, local musicians from the bayou, a soulful horn section from New York, and talented family members. The principle recording was done over an intense eight day period. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than it’s predecessor.

Old 97’s: Graveyard Whistling
the 10th album from Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s. Graveyard Whistling was recorded in the same Tornillo TX studio as their 1996 debut, Too Far To Care. The band still contains it’s original 4 members – Rhett Miller, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond & Philip Peeples. While there are collaborators like Brandi Carlise and Butch Walker, there aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up in almost 25 years together. Graveyard Whistling is the follow-up to their 2014 album Most Messed Up. The band is recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 1990s along with contemporaries such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks, and The Bottle Rockets.

The Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, presents the eighth full-length album in the band’s wildly varied and fascinating discography. As with previous Dirty Projectors albums, the release sees Longstreth lead a group of hugely talented contributors, including Solange Knowles, Tyondai Braxton, Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Dawn Richard (D∆WN and Danity Kane), in realizing his creative vision.

David Bowie: No Plan EP
The No Plan EP was originally released digitally on January 8th, 2017 the day after would have been David Bowie’s 70th Birthday. The release reached #1 on the iTunes charts of 11 countries including the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Finland and Sweden, and broke the Top 20 in more than 30 territories. The No Plan EP is now being made available on CD and vinyl formats. The vinyl version is pressed on heavyweight 180g black vinyl that includes a special laser etching on side B and is housed in new artwork designed by longtime collaborator Jonathan Barnbrook.
The No Plan EP features the single ‘Lazarus’ from Blackstar, and the three final David Bowie studio recordings during the sessions for his 28th and final album Blackstar “No Plan,” “Killing A Little Time” and “When I Met You.” The track “No Plan” was hailed by Rolling Stone who ranked it at #4 in their 50 Best Songs of 2016 as “a magnificent coda… one last transmission from the Bowie universe.”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: The Tourist
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is back with an incredibly infectious new song called “Fireproof.” It’s the first single from the band’s upcoming full-length, The Tourist, due out Feb. 24m 2017. “Fireproof” is a thumping, synth-heavy look at how naive people can be. “I know it’s hard to win,” sings frontman Alec Ounsworth. “But how could I have thought that we’d ever lose.” It is really a be-careful-what-you-wish-for kind of song,” Ounsworth tells NPR Music in an email. “I’m starting to accumulate these, in the sense that it explores the idea of trying to win people over and then, once you have, trying to let them go. To be ‘fireproof’ in this context is to be dangerously self-confident – to have the capacity to try almost anything. The regret comes later.” The Tourist is the first new album from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah since 2014’s Only Run.

Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament
With heart of a genuine Texas bluesman, the head (banging) of Zappa and Lemmy disciple and boots resting in the dust outside of town at sunrise, Scott H. Biram journeys through the harrowing human condition like no one else. A walk on the Biram side-straddles the chasm between sin and redemption, and The Bad Testament lands somewhere west of the Old Testament and south of an AA handbook. It’s a record of hard grinding lost love and deep, dark Americana with songwriting on the razor’s edge of aggression and deftness, thoroughly contemporary but steeped in the backwaters, back porches, and back alleys of our collective musical heritage.

Thundercat: Drunk
Stephen Bruner, bka as Thundercat returns with his follow up to 2015s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam . The latest album titled Drunk is released on Flying Lotus Brainfeeder label and features production from Flying Lotus himself. After attaining national attention following his Grammy award winning collaborations on Kendrick Lamar s To Pimp A Butterfly , Bruner delivers arguably his most ambitious work to date. Vocal features include Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. In addition to Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat has worked with a wide range of artists including Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Bilal, Suicidal Tendencies, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin and more making him one of the most in demand musicians of our time.

Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30
Deluxe CD/DVD edition. Black & White Night 30 is a re-imagined, re-edited, remastered and expanded version of the original television special. Re-edited by Roy’s youngest son Alex Orbison, the program has been restored to reflect the correct set order as the audience who attended the show saw it. Liner notes written by son Roy Orbison Jr. Are included in the packaging as well as a treasure trove of bonus content. Black & White Night 30 includes a previously unseen alternate version of “Oh, Pretty Woman,” a previously unseen performance “Blue Angel,” and a ‘secret concert’ performed by the band after the audience had left of five songs featuring alternate takes of “Dream You”, “Comedians,” “Candyman,” “Claudette,” and “Uptown.” The audio for the concert is available on CD with buyers of Black & White Night 30 receiving a download code for access to the audio records of the ‘secret concert.’ Additionally included is a brand new 33-minute mini-documentary consisting of rehearsal footage and pre and post show interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and more plus a photo montage consisting of 20 still photos from the show and new photos of show memorabilia, mostly unused and unseen in any context.

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge: Mount Royal
Mount Royal, the second full-length album from virtuosic guitar duo Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, is a testament to the visceral power of incredible musicianship and true creative collaboration. Produced by Gabe Witcher (one of Eldridge’s fellow Punch Brothers), Mount Royal includes eight originals, several reimagined versions of old bluegrass songs, and a cover of Eddie Vedder’s ‘Sleeping By Myself’ that is as engrossing as it is surprising. The arrangements on the album’s 12, mostly instrumental tracks feature complex, rollicking guitar lines one would expect from such technically gifted players, but these moments are allowed to breathe. That is, Lage and Eldridge understand the potency of space in their compositions, and the sonic hills and valleys illustrate that greatness often lies in the unexpected. Lage’s notable jazz background is apparent, yet Mount Royal ventures into old-time, gospel and bluegrass without ever settling into one genre. The energy between Lage and Eldridge is remarkable, and Mount Royal does not fail in conveying the pair’s mutual passion for the acoustic guitar and respect for collaboration.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks: Greatest Licks
Dan Hicks was an American treasure. Since the early 1960’s, Hicks deftly blended elements of swing, jazz, folk and country music to create a truly unique sound. His lyrics range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch. Dan’s irresistible sense of rhythm, hip lyrical styling, laid back vocalizing, and infamous on-stage wit lasted well through his final recordings with us at Surfdog Records. So, in celebration of his life and legacy, we pay tribute to Dan with this album (marking the one-year anniversary of his passing), humbled and proud that we had him in the Surfdog family. Here’s to the music, the laughs, and the wild ride… these are Dan’s greatest licks!

The Dixie Giants: Dressed and Ready To Go
The album that we knew they had in them! 12 original songs that sound like they could have been composed by Jellyroll Morton.
A fully realized, awesome project.

Skyline Motion Picture
Five epic songs by three epic players: Zeke, Lamar, & Joel. Find it in our Local Artist Section.

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New Releases February 17, 2017

Alison Krauss: Windy City
Windy City is a beautifully curated collection of classic songs produced by Nashville Veteran Buddy Cannon. While they span different eras and musical genres, there is a unifying sensibility. Some of the songs are familiar like ‘Gentle On My Mind’, a signature song of Glen Campbell s, and ‘You Don t Know Me’ which was a hit for Eddy Arnold and Ray Charles. Others were lesser known, like Willie Nelson’s ‘I Never Cared For You’ and ‘All Alone Am I’, originally recorded by Brenda Lee.
Ryan Adams: Prisoner
the 16th solo album from the singer/songwriter. Prisoner is Ryan Adams’ first original studio album since 2014’s selft-titled release. Includes “Do You Still Love Me, ” “To Be Without You,” and “Doomsday.” Ryan is best known for his prolific solo career and as a former member of alternative country band Whiskeytown, with whom he recorded three studio albums. In addition to his own material, Adams has also produced albums for Willie Nelson, Jesse Malin, Jenny Lewis, and Fall Out Boy, and has collaborated with Counting Crows, Weezer, Norah Jones, America, Minnie Driver, Cowboy Junkies, Leona Naess, Toots and the Maytals, Beth Orton and Krista Polvere. He has written Infinity Blues, a book of poems, and Hello Sunshine, a collection of poems and short stories.

 

Son Volt: Notes of Blue
Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt. Country movement of the 1990’s. A movement that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana. The 10 songs on Notes Of Blue are inspired by the spirit of the blues, but not the standard blues as most know it. The unique and haunting tunings of Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James and Nick Drake were all points of exploration for Farrar for this collection. The album opens with the country soul of “Promise The World”, followed by “Back Against The Wall”, a song that could stand alongside the great Son Volt songs of their early albums. Farrar possesses one of the most distinctive voices in roots, rock, country or any genre. He exudes a soulful longing combined with a wise-beyond-his-years command that is as arresting and compelling as ever. As a songwriter, Farrar’s depth and poetic penchant has been the foundation of a thoughtful, deep and intelligent body of work. Both attributes are on full display on Notes Of Blue, as he touches on themes of redemption and the common struggle, both of which are at the core of the blues. Whether you call it alt. Country, Americana, roots rock, insurgent country or just good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, musical trends appear and disappear on regular basis. Notes Of Blue is a testament to the legacy of inspiration and creative spirit that Jay Farrar and Son Volt continue to uphold.

Hanni El Khatib: Savage Times
Hanni El Khatib’s first idea for his Savage Times project was to do something he’d never done before. Instead, he ended up doing… well, everything he’d never done before. He’d be playing new instruments, writing in unfamiliar new ways, opening himself up to an unrelenting stream of ideas and dedicating himself totally to pure musical instinct. And the result? 19 best-of-the-sessions songs. Originally, he’d hoped to explode the lingering idea that he was simply a blues-rock guitar player, but that’s why Savage Times touches on everything from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self-portraiture. But on the way, he also exploded his own idea of what he could do – even maybe who he was, or would be. Savage Times was an experiment as well as an experience, that touched on some of the most personal, social and political elements to date.

Nikki Lane: Highway Queen
the third album from singer/songwriter Nikki Lane. Highway Queen sees the young Nashville rebel emerge as one of country and rock’s most gifted songwriters. Produced by Lane and fellow singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler, and recorded in Denton, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, Highway Queen is an emotional tour-de-force. Blending potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage ’60s country-pop swagger, Lane’s new music will resonate as easily with Black Keys and Lana Del Rey fans as those of Neil Young and Tom Petty. Highway Queen starts with the whiskey-soaked restlessness of “700,000 Rednecks,” a rowdy call to action, and ends on the profoundly raw “Forever Lasts Forever,” where Lane belts freely, mourning a failed marriage – the “lighter shade of skin” left behind from her wedding ring. Lane’s journey to heartbreak takes exquisite turns. “Companion” is pure Everly Brothers’ dreaminess (“I would spend a lifetime/ Playing catch you if I can”). Elsewhere, she goes on a Vegas bender on the rollicking “Jackpot,” fights last-call blues (“Foolish Heart”) and tosses off brazen one-liners at a backroom piano (“Big Mouth”).

Otis Taylor: Fantasizing About Being Black
Blues music visionary Otis Taylor reflects on the African American experience in a timely release on the Trance Blues Festival label. Fantasizing About Being Black is Otis Taylor s poetic musical exploration from the voyages of slave ships to the Mississippi Delta with a raw and haunting multi-instrumental blend that reveals the connection of history to modern day events; features musical guests Jerry Douglas, Brandon Niederauer and Ron Miles.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band: Got Soul
Pedal-steel virtuoso Robert Randolph returns with Got Soul. The album reaffirms that Randolph and his Family Band have truly evolved into one of the most exciting and innovative outfits in contemporary music. Got Soul takes stock of Randolph’s past as a church musician as it pushes the band forward into new places. There is no shortage of originality on the album with songs that run the gamut from gospel numbers to deep, funky grooves to incendiary rock-and-soul jams. The hauntingly exquisite “Heaven’s Calling” features Randolph on solo steel while guest vocalists Darius Rucker and Anthony Hamilton lend their golden voices to “Love Do What It Do” and “She Got Soul” respectively. “I Thank You,” the 60s Sam & Dave R&B smash, is completely re-imagined in the hands of the Family Band and Snarky Puppy’s very on Cory Henry.

Robbie Krieger: In Session
New collection containing rare studio sessions from one of the boldest rock guitarists of all-time, The Doors’ Robby Krieger! Features an incredible roster of guest appearances including Jackson Browne, Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, Asia’s John Wetton, Styx’s Tommy Shaw, Start Trek’s William Shatner and others. Includes exclusive mixes plus a bonus live track that has never been released on CD before.


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KRCB PICK OF THE WEEK : Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins


NEW RELEASES February 10, 2017:

Chuck Prophet: Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Chuck Prophet describes his new disc BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS as California Noir. The state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs. Doomed love, inconsolable loneliness, rags to riches to rags again, and fast-paced violence are always on the menu on the Left Coast. Featuring “A Bad Year for Rock and Roll,” an ode to all of the great artists we lost in 2016 and a bunch of other Chuck Prophet (soon to be) classics.

Tinariwen: Elwan
For the last five years, Tinariwen have been busy criss-crossing the globe bringing their triumphant tours to all five continents and expanding their audience. During this time their beloved homeland in the Adrar des Ifoghas, a Saharan mountain range that straddles the border between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria has, in effect, been transformed into a conflict zone, a place where nobody can venture without putting themselves in danger. These conflicts have forced the band into exile to record their eighth album, Elwan. A few friends dropped in during the sessions to add some magic to a few tracks including, Kurt Vile (electric guitar), Mark Lanegan (vocals on ‘Nànnuflày’), Matt Sweeney (electric guitar) and producer/guitarist, Alain Johannes (Cigarbox guitar). Sessions were also recorded in Morocco, where the band was accompanied by local musicians, in a land where they are considered musical legends.

Black Joe Lewis: Backlash
the fourth studio album from Austin’s Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. On Backlash, the band with a return to their celebrated take on classic soul and punked up R&B. “Party-driven, groove-worthy new songs” – Buzzbands LA. “Joe rivals the likes of BB King with his raspy tenor, melting over the thick, full-bodied guitar riffs and constant crashing of cymbals and toms. This joint is the perfect treat to entice fans” – Afropunk. While working at a pawn shop in Austin, Joe Lewis first picked up the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Joe Lewis immersed himself in the local Red River blues/garage scene, recording and performing with Austin luminaries such as the Weary Boys and Walter Daniels. Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears formed in Austin, Texas in 2007. In March 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009’s SXSW Festival.

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio
Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio is an exciting new project from one of the most recognized and beloved roots music figures in the world. A blues and Southern Rock legend, as well as a 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Elvin was a founding member of the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and later part of Capricorn Records’ famous stable of Southern Rock masters, writing and performing the Top 10 hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love.”

Rhiannon Giddens: Factory Girl
The sessions for the album and EP took place in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players assembled by Burnett. Musicians on Factory Girl include Burnett; fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown’s renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens’s Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta. Giddens tours with her bandmates from Carolina Chocolate Drops-Jenkins, cellist Malcolm Parson, and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett-augmented by drummer Jamie Dick and bassist Jason Sypher.

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now
Jesca Hoop wastes no time in making clear it’s confidence, confrontation, and craftsmanship. The stark and reverberant title track opens the album with “a fighting spirit,” says Hoop, serving as an anthem to push through any obstacle and put forth your very best work. And she has unequivocally done that here, with an album of stunningly original songs-minimalist yet brimming with energy, emerging from a wealth of life experience, great emotional depth, and years of honing the craft of singing. As riveting as it is reflective, the album, produced by Blake Mills (Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), is a fresh debut of sorts for Hoop, as the first of her solo records made outside of Tony Berg’s Zeitgeist Studios where she and Mills were mentored. Says Hoop, “Blake is so utterly musical and emotionally intelligent in his expression. I wanted to see what we could do, just he and I out from under Tony’s wing.” Mills pushed her to strip away layers, keeping it as close to the live experience as possible, using whole live takes and working very quickly. “It’s still covered in embryonic fluid, for lack of a better way to put it,” says Hoop.

Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Light
A decade after Lupe Fiasco exploded onto the hip-hop scene with his seminal 2006 debut Food & Liquor, the Chicago native is closing the chapter on his career with his most visualized projects yet. The independent rapper, who parted ways with his former label Atlantic Records following the release of 2015’s Tetsuo & Youth, hits his creative peak with the first in a a trilogy of albums. If anything, Drogas Light is a testament to Fiasco’s artistic growth throughout the years. The 14-track album is free of restraint, and daring by his standards: the sonic and storytelling palettes are vast and diverse, more so than ever before, traipsing genre and style with ease and touting songs to soundtrack everything from a night at the club to a quiet listen on headphones. Where Tetsuo & Youth leaned into more experimental pastures, Drogas Light is the embodiment of a musician whose foray beyond the boundaries of hip-hop feels increasingly natural, a glimpse into the genius that will be Fiasco’s legacy as he inevitably walks away from the spotlight.

The Sadies: Northern Passages
Recorded in the basement of Dallas and Travis’ parents’ home north of Toronto over the winter of 2015, the familiar surroundings and lack of distractions resulted in a consistent feel, despite the eclecticism at the heart of The Sadies sound. The psych-folk flourishes on tracks such as “Riverview Fog” are no mere homage; this is the sound of our inscrutable world, and how we manage to survive in it. Kurt Vile appears on “Easy (Like Walking).” The Sadies are a band that fans cling to like a closely guarded secret, with each new release fulfilling the promise to reach further, for all of our sakes, not just their own. With Northern Passages, the time has come to make room for more on this wild acid-folk-country-punk trip, and trust me, we’ll be better off because of it.

Thievery Corporation: The Temple of I & I
the tenth studio album from Washington DC duo Thievery Corporation. The 15 tracks, recorded on location in Port Antonio JA, finds the duo deftly blending their signature style with the classic dub, dance hall, and roots vibes that have inspired them over an illustrious 20-year career. Featuring vocals from Mr Lif, Racquel Jones, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Puma and others. Thievery Corporation was formed in the summer of 1995 at Washington D.C.’s Eighteenth Street Lounge. Rob Garza and Lounge co-owner Eric Hilton were drawn together over their mutual love of club life, as well as dub, bossa nova and jazz records. The duo has publicly stated their fondness of the Brazilian culture in interviews and liner notes of their releases, especially of the 1960s Bossa Nova music movement.

Best of Old Crow Medicine Show
Two-time Grammy Award winners and Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show release Best Of, which features 12 of the most memorable and beloved songs from O.C.M.S. (2004), Big Iron World (2006), Tennessee Pusher (2008) – as well as two previously unreleased tracks: “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up In The Sky.” The Best Of features “Wagon Wheel” along with other live show fan favorites like “Tell It To Me,” “Down Home Girl,” “CC Rider” and “I Hear Them All.” The two previously unreleased tracks, “Black Haired Quebecoise” and “Heart Up in the Sky” were recorded in 2006 while the band was making Big Iron World.

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