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is a story of finding yourself in unexpected places. Travel weary and without a home after 24 itinerant months of travel and touring, Laura Lee went on a hike with a family of strangers, led by a father named Mordechai. Here, on this least expected journey after so many others, she found spiritual awakening and rebirth. Known already for drawing on the music of locales like Thailand and Iran, Khruangbin found their most diverse and global influence by looking inward, returning to their hometown and America’s most diverse city: Houston, TX. With Laura Lee’s voice now clear and centered amid a glossolalia of musical influence and 14 languages, Khruangbin have found singularity in multiplicity.
Haim: Women in Music Pt. III
is the third studio album by American band HAIM. Released through Columbia Records. It was produced by Danielle HAIM, Rostam Batmanglij and Ariel Rechtshaid, and was preceded by the singles ‘Summer Girl’, ‘Now I’m in It’ and ‘Hallelujah’.
Ray LaMontagne: Monovision
the eighth studio album from singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. The 10-track album sees Ray not only writing and producing the album once again but also includes added duties of engineering as well as performing all the instruments for the tracks.
Joe Ely: Love in the Midst of Mayhem
features 10 recordings finished during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. “When everything shut down, there were times for me that were absolutely maddening,” Ely said. “I was sleeping more than I should. Finally, my wife, Sharon and I decided we should focus our energy on what we do best.” Ely turned his attention to writing and recording. Love in the Midst of Mayhem is a collection that reflects his mindset over the past couple of months. “We had so much time on our hands with everything shut down,” he said. “Initially, I was only going to release a couple of songs, but more songs kept coming together that fit where we are in the world right now.” “It is put together straight from the emergency we have right now,” says longtime Ely friend and acclaimed artist Terry Allen. “Every song is about love, for love, to love and with love… love when we need it most. Love in the Midst of Mayhem is not just a joy to listen to, it’s a necessity.” Joining Ely on the album are guitarists Mitch Watkins, Rob Gjersoe, Bradley Kopp, bassists Roscoe Beck, Glen Fukunaga, Gary Herman, Jimmy Pettit, drummers Davis McLarty, Pat Manske, Steve Meador, keyboardists Joel Guzman (also on accordion), the late Reese Wynans and the late Bill Ginn. “There are a lot of wonderful songs on Love in the Midst of Mayhem,” said actress and writer Jo Harvey Allen. “I especially love ‘You Can Rely On Me’ – so sweet a song. As always we can rely on Joe and in this time of Pandemic appreciate his music even more.”
Willie Nelson: First Rose of Spring
studio album from the time-defying legend who has won Grammys for his last two albums (2019’s Ride Me Back Home just won Best Solo Country Performance and 2018’s My Way won Best Traditional Pop Album). While his last few albums have focused on facing the reality of mortality and crying or laughing in it’s face, this one is focused much more on celebrating the now a/nd embracing life, love and friends and family. The album includes new songs written by Willie and long-time producer Bud/dy Cannon combined with new songs written by Chris Stapleton and Toby Keith plus a handful of classic songs that Willie interprets his way, all performed with an amazing band of Nashville gunsli
The Jayhawks: XOXO
Featuring writing and lead vocal contributions from all four members, The Jayhawks’ extraordinary album, XOXO, is the most diverse and wide-ranging in the group’s storied history. Rather than marking a sonic departure, though, the collection signals a sharpening of focus for the band, an elevation in understanding of who they are and what they do best. In classic Jayhawks fashion, the songs here mix the influence of American roots music with British invasion and jangly power-pop, but there’s a newfound vitality at play, as well, an invigoration of confidence and energy that could only come with the injection of fresh blood. The result is an album that, much like the band’s lush harmonies, brings multiple distinctive voices together into a singular whole, a collection that, ironically enough, finds unity in individuality and identity in reinvention.
Margo Price: That’s How Rumors Get Started
sees Nashville icon and 2019 Best New Artist Grammy nominee Margo Price commit her genre-bending rock-and-roll show to record for the first time, stretching out her emotive twang over sky-high soft-rock, burning psychedelic rock ballads, stomping road songs, and sprinkles of pop. With production from her friend and longtime collaborator Sturgill Simpson, it shows both of them pushing into unexpected directions.
Rufus Wainwright: Unfollow the Rules
is Rufus Wainwright’s ninth of original material, his first since Out of the Game (2012), and his first with BMG. The album was produced by Mitchell Froom, and other contributors include Matt Chamberlain, Jim Keltner, and Blake Mills. Includes “Trouble in Paradise”, “Damsel in Distress”, “Peaceful Afternoon”, and “Alone Time”. There’s still a sense of mischief in Wainwright’s songs, but there’s also abundant passion, honesty and a kind of fearlessness pervading this album. He pushes the boundaries of pop with these tracks, which were mostly recorded in single takes, and his vocals are at their soaring, sublime best.
The members of the original Joshua Redman Quartet-Redman (saxophone), Brad Mehldau (piano), Christian McBride (bass), and Brian Blade (drums)-reunite with the release of RoundAgain, the group’s first recording since 1994’s MoodSwing. The album features seven newly composed songs: three from Redman, two from Mehldau, and one each from McBride and Blade.
Ray Wylie Hubbard: Co-Starring
is the secret handshake amongst those who know. Earthy, real, funky, unabashed, his 16 album catalog has been swapped and played on the road for decades. That passion for the man who’s as much a renegade poet as a roadhouse saint brought together an eclectic mix of guests for Co-Starring, his first ever high-profile label release. Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Pam Tillis, the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson, and Ronnie Dunn were just a few who clamored to jam with the wizened icon.
Maceo Parker: Soul Food – Cooking with Maceo
blends raw, old school funk with the flavors of the New Orleans school of music. Parker worked with Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie and Tony Hall, as well as a host of local musicians to record the songs. The funky flavor of the city weaves it’s way through the album as the funk father and his band take on iconic songs of the Mississippi masters such as Dr. John’s voodoo funk of ‘Right Place, Wrong Time’, The Meters ‘Just Kissed My Baby, ‘ ‘Yes, We Can Can’ recorded by Allen Toussaint as well as takes on Aretha Franklin’s ‘Rock Steady’, Prince’s ‘The Other Side of the Pillow’ and Maceo’s long-time hero and Ray Charles saxophonist, David “Fathead” Newman’s ‘Hard Times’. We also get funky workouts from Parkers own back catalogue on ‘m a C E O’ and ‘Cross The Tracks’.
The Chicks: Gaslighter
The Chicks changed their name from Dixie Chicks after the initial manufacturing of GASLIGHTER. Therefore, initial shipments of the physical CD and vinyl LPs will reflect the band’s previous name on the cover and inside packaging. Gaslighter is the brilliant 2020 album from the The Chicks, and is the fifth studio album to be released by the band. It is the The Chick’s first new album since 2006;s Taking The Long Way, which won five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Gaslighter is produced by Jack Antonoff with The Chicks. Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes, villains, and moms, The Chicks have grown from a band into a cultural phenomenon. Since the release of their debut album, Wide Open Spaces in 1998, The Chick’s music has stirred emotions in fans across the world, making them one of the biggest and most influential bands of our time.
Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters
is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple. It is Apple’s first release since The Idler Wheel… in 2012. The album was recorded from 2015 to 2020, largely at Apple’s home in Venice Beach. It was produced and performed by Apple alongside Amy Aileen Wood, Sebastian Steinberg and Davíd Garza; recording consisted of long, often-improvised takes with unconventional percussive sounds. Rooted in experimentation, the highly percussive album resists genre categorization. While conventional instruments, such as pianos and drum sets, do appear, the album also features prominent use of non-musical found objects as percussion. Apple described the result as “percussion orchestras”. These industrial-like rhythms are contrasted against traditional melodies, and the upbeat songs often subvert traditional pop structures.
Pretenders: Hate for Sale
is the eleventh studio album by English-American rock band The Pretenders. Includes “The Buzz”, “You Can’t Hurt A Fool”, and the title track. Hate for Sale is the first Pretenders album since 2002’s Loose Screw to feature original drummer Martin Chambers, who was absent on Break Up the Concrete and Alone.
Lianne La Havas
English singer/songwriter/guitarist ‘s 2012 debut album provided more Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough? highlights in its life-cycle than many artists experience in their entire career. The said, “Artists like Los Angeles Times Lianne La Havas remind us of the power of the artful lyric, the soulful (nonhistrionic) reading of said lyric, and the importance of smart, understated production. With , Miss La Havas vaults right to the big Is Your Love Big Enough? leagues. Repeated listenings only prove how strong and artful this collection is,” and the praised her New York Times “voice that hints at Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu but is fully her own…It’s rhythm as resilience and life force, an innate sense of confidence that makes even her bitter songs somehow reassuring.”
That album led to a journey that encompassed more than 120 shows across Europe, North America, and Japan—including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Artists who Lianne had admired soon admired her, to the point where she can call the likes of Prince and Bon Iver friends.
La Havas has recently made a succession of guest appearances. There’s been another recording with Matt Hales on recent Aqualung track “Egg Shells”; guest vocal on Alt-J’s “Warm Foothills” and Tourist’s “Patterns”; and even an appearance as a female approximation of her friend in the video for “Where Is My Sex?” by The Kenneths. Most notable of all was La Havas’s contribution to Prince’s album, which were recorded over the course of a heady Art Official Age weekend at Paisley Park.
NEW KANSAS !
With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. The band is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist/vocalist Tom Brislin, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. With no signs of slowing down, Kansas continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. The summer of 2020 marks the release of The Absence of Presence, Kansas’s sixteenth studio album. The wide-ranging progressive rock album follows-up 2016’s The Prelude Implicit, which debuted at #14 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.
Texas Gentlemen: Floor It !!!
Pop on Floor It!!!, the second full-length effort from the Texas Gentlemen, and prepare your eardrums to be hit with everything from woozy, brass-fueled Dixieland-style jazz (‘Veal Cutlass’), to slinky, chicken-scratch country funk (‘Bare Maximum’) to lushly orchestrated pop-soul balladry (‘Ain’t Nothin’ New’)’and that’s all in just the first 10 minutes of play time. While the Gentlemen’s sound is clearly steeped in the classic roots, rock and pop music of the ’60s and ’70s, there’s a dreamy (the lilting ‘Sing Me to Sleep’), spacey (‘Skyway Streetcar’) and occasionally progressive (‘Dark at the End of the Tunnel’) element to what they do that seems to detach the music from belonging to any particular place and time. Add in elements of funk, soul, country, r&b, southern rock, gospel and essentially any other style that catches their musically omnivorous ears; an expansive and detailed approach to arrangement that sees the songs adorned with all manner of horns, strings and heavenly background vocals (‘Hard Road’) and you have a collection of tunes that is more than just a mere album. Rather, Floor It!!! is a rich and righteous ride.
Jimmy Heath: Love Letter
Love Letter is the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath’s stunningly elegant last testament, a take on seminal ballads. Includes songs written by Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Kenny Dorham in addition to original material. Partially recorded in New York in the days preceding his 93rd birthday, Jimmy presided over a brilliant cast of colleagues and friends. The result is pure Heath: polished, inventive, candid, beautiful. Guest artists include Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, and more.
is the eighth studio album by American punk rock band X. Released digitally in April 2020, it is their first studio release in 27 years and the first with their original line-up in the past 35 years. The release has received positive reviews from critics. Alphabetland was recorded across several sessions in 2019 and 2020 with producer Rob Schnapf, who has previously worked with Elliott Smith, Beck, and Joyce Manor.
Even though these songs date from a time when the band’s only songwriters were vocalist Exene Cervenka and Doe, all tracks are credited to all four members of X and the recording sessions coincided with the individual musicians improving their relationships with one another.
DJ Bonebrake – drums, percussion
Exene Cervenka – vocals
John Doe – bass guitar, vocals
Billy Zoom – guitar, saxophone, piano
Robby Krieger – guitar on “All the Time in the World”
Lori McKenna : Balladeer
Home and the people who make it have captivated Lori McKenna for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three Grammy nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods-all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to co-writing Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning Tim McGraw’s no. 1 “Humble and Kind” solo. Both songs also clinched back-to-back Grammy wins for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree , her eleventh studio album, was nominated for the 2019 Americana Awards Album of the Year. 2020 brings a new record for McKenna, “The Balladeer”, produced by Dave Cobb.
Earl Sweatshirt: Feet of Clay
the second extended play by acclaimed rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Includes the single “Whole World” (featuring Maxo) plus “Ghost” (featuring Navy Blue) as bonus tracks.
Glass Animals: Dreamland
Amassing over two billion streams, British four-piece Glass Animals is led by singer/songwriter/producer Dave Bayley with bandmates and childhood friends Joe Seaward, Ed Irwin-Singer and Drew MacFarlane. A fan favorite, their album How To Be A Human Being was one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2016. Now, Glass Animals is back with Dreamland. Featuring hit singles “Tokyo Drifting” with Denzel Curry and “Your Love (Déjà Vu)”.
Mary Chapin Carpenter: The Dirt and the Stars
is the follow-up to her 2018 album Sometimes Just the Sky. Five-time Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter’s 15th studio album, The Dirt And The Stars, finds the singer-songwriter pondering life’s intimate, personal moments and exploring it’s most universally challenging questions at an unprecedented time. Written at her rural Virginia farmhouse before stay-at-home orders became the “new normal,” the songs celebrate invaluable experiences and irreplaceable wisdom, while also advocating exploration of the best in all of us. As one of just 15 women voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, with over 15 million albums sold, 5 Grammy awards (from 15 nominations) and the recipient of two CMA and ACM awards, Carpenter’s now-classic hits include “I Feel Lucky,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” and “The Hard Way.” Produced by Ethan Johns (Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon) and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, in southwestern England, The Dirt And The Stars marks Carpenter’s first collection of all-new material since 2016’s The Things That We Are Made Of.