It’s funny how each year that goes by I always ask myself “can this year be as good for new music as last year?”. With that being said, I had my doubts at the beginning of the year whether or not 2013 would be a good one for new tunes, but (as always) it is! As we look back at the halfway point of 2013, here’s a list of albums that maybe flew under your radar over the last few weeks!
Jason Isbell “Southeastern”. Former Drive By Trucker with a softer edge than his rockin’ days with his previous band. Worth a listen…
Mavis Staples “One True Vine”. Mavis follows up her last record with another Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) production. As great as you would expect!
Patty Griffin “American Kid”. There’s literally nothing I can mention about this record other than it belongs with her best work. That’s heavy praise but the record lives up to it!
Lori McKenna “Massachusetts”. Mark Erelli produced this record. Read what I said about Patty Griffin…the same applies.
Pokey LaFarge “Pokey LaFarge”. Straight from a time capsule with influences like Bill Monroe, Sleepy John Estes and Skip James. To top it off, his new album was produced at Third Man Studios in Nashville. Those are the studios owned by Jack White who loves that old sound.
Here are some albums that you can hear now on WUMB that won’t be out until late July/August, but nevertheless names to be on the lookout for!
Alela Diane “About Farewell”. She’s a singer-songwriter from the Pacific Northwest with a killer breakup album. Really spectacular stuff…
Valerie June “Pushin’ Against a Stone”. Co-produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. If you didn’t know her name before this record, you’ll remember it after the fact!