New Music

Music Director Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top pick for the week.

Yarley G / Vivid Echoes: A Compilation / Yarley Music: The Haitian migrant is on a Musical Mission to forge a little more peace and love in a troubled world with his talent and passion, and with an impressive guest list, he is doing a great job... 

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Of A Woman / DapTone: The final studio album from the amazing Performer and her Band, released in 2017, it is finally here and could be Sugar's Pick Of Every Week - She will be missed, but her Music, Talent and Soul will have you cherishing her and the tunes she left behind for a very long time...

Hollie Cook / Vessel of Love / Merge: The British "Tropical Pop" singer has created a unique blend of Reggae and "Lovers Rock" and with her West London background, (Father was drummer for Sex Pistols & Mother was backup singer for Culture Club,) the production is undeniably lush and sensual...

Bahamas / Earthtones / Brushfire: Toronto based Afie Jurvanen gets a little funky and a little provocative with 11 excellent original tracks ("Bad Boys Need Love Too," "Opening Act," "Any Place...") Drums, Bass & Guitar and vocals that will sweep you away...

Calexico / The Thread That Keeps Us / Anti: Undeniably provocative and indicative of the tumult of the times we are living in, Joey Burns and John Convertino and bandmates have created a lush and comforting collection of tunes that succeed in soothing while stimulating our senses and our minds...

Jim James / Tribute To 2 / ATO: My Morning Jacket's frontman covers  an array of classic tunes (By the likes of Dylan, Willie Nelson, Sonny & Cher, Irving Berlin...) that span genre and generation with the idea that "If people really listened ...outside of the genre they normally listen to - that alone could start to unite people..." A pretty good idea... 

Van Morrison / Versatile / Sony Legacy: Standards from the Modern Jazz Library plus 6 personal compositions comprise  this CD of 16 tracks from the Legend who has managed to cover many, many Musical Genres in his 72 years...

Sweet Pea Atkinson / Get What You Deserve / Blue Note: The Legendary Soul Singer; formerly of Was (NotWas) is back with 10 tunes (7 Produced by Keb Mo and 3 produced by Don Was) loaded with Funk, Soul, Blues, R&B - Check Out "You Can Have Watergate; a track attributed to James Brown with Mindi Abair helping out...)

Mavis Staples / If All I Was Was Black / Anti: The legendary 78 year old Blues/Gospel/Soul/Rock Singing Phenom has collaborated with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and the message is: LISTEN - Listen to the words, listen to the voice, listen to the wisdom, listen to the message...

Keyon Harrold / The Mugician / Legacy: The Jazz Trumpeter from Ferguson, Missouri, based in NY, covers a wide sweep of music; Jazz, HipHop, R&B with a fine dose of Social Commentary thrown in along  with an impressive guest list that includes Robert Glasper, Gary Clark, Jr and Reggae's Josh David Barrett...

Bootsy Collins / World Wide Funk / Mascot: William Earl "Bootsy" Collins is back...With a legacy that includes James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic, his guests on this CD and his always humorous yet profound vocals, he continues to carry the banner for Funk/Soul/Rock/R&B/HipHop and...

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats / Live At Red Rocks / Stax: The full length Concert Recording is Live, Loud and Raucous and with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band joining them for "S.O.B." and "Having A Party" and the second line parade finale, you will feel like you are almost there (or recalling "Pickin In The Park...")

Son Little / New Magic / Anti: Aaron Livingston aka Son Little of Philadelphia is an extraordinary Soul/R&B/Blues  Singer that is a treasure that everyone should be listening to and dancing to...

Mitch Woods / Friends Along The Way / eOne: For the Blues Lover! For the Great Music Lover! SuperGuest Line Up with the legendary PianoMan/Vocalist: Taj Mahal, Van Morrison, Ruthie Foster, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Kenny Neal, Cyril Neville, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker!!!

Odesza / A Moment Apart / Counter: A sonic and synthetic 16 track adventure with a few stellar vocal tracks from Leon Bridges, Regina Spektor, Naomi Wild & RyX...Pretty dreamy...

Jackie Greene / The Modern Lives Vol 1 / Blue Rose: 6 Tracks, 25+minutes of outstanding Songwriting, Jackie plays every instrument, Sings his heart out, and he Engineered & Produced it all in a Brooklyn Basement! Listen and listen again... and again...

Chris Pierce / You've Got To Feel It / Calabama: Recording at Muscle Shoals with the Swampers, Muscle Shoals Horns & the Shoal Sisters (plus Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux), this Under The Radar Star (20 Year career playing with BB King, Toots & Maytalls, Al Green, Aaron Neville...) covers the likes of Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Cliff, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder... and he will carry you away with an irreplaceable Vintage R&B/Soul sound...

New Kingston / A Kingston Story: Come From Far / Easy Star: 3 brothers living in NY, with a strong Jamaican and Musical heritage, lend a new twist to the progressive Reggae world with skilled songwriting and obvious roots...

Gregg Allman / Southern Blood / Rounder: Listen... Read the liner notes and weep... Listen a little more...Give Thanks for the music and the man...

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real / Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real / Fantasy: The advance single rocked our world and now the full CD is here and the complete 12 tracks will have you dancing across the room with a smile and with high hopes that Lukas and that amazing band will return to Western Colorado very, very soon... (Editor's note: They'll be appearing Thursday, Aug.

The Isley Brothers - Santana /Power Of Peace / Legacy: A remarkable Collaboration with 13 tracks covering multiple genres with the Soulful voice of Ronald Isley along with Cindy Blackman Santana (Drums) and others,   Sizzling guitar licks from a master, and a selection of tunes from Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Curtis Myfield, Marvin Gaye...

Frameworks / Kings / Loci: If you are feeling the need to chill, you will find this release the ticket - A serene Electronic landscape littered with strings, bass, sultry vocals and a sense of peace created by Matthew James Brewer, aka Frameworks, offers an organic calm that is lush and truly ambient...

Washed Out / Mister Mellow / Stones Throw: Ernest Greene (Washed Out) has created an integral CD that is accompanied by a full length animated visual video - The audio is strong on it's own with a lush Multi Genre sound focused on Electronica/Dance/Jazz vibes - A worthy listen...

Rag 'N' Bone Man / Human / Columbia: Finally! Rory Charles Graham, aka Rag 'N' Bone Man has arrived with  his  hit song and 12 track CD "Human" - The English Singer Songwriter and winner of the British Breakthrough Artist and the 2017 British Choice Award covers a lot of territory with an awesome voice and soul beyond his 32 years...

Bob Marley & The Wailers / Exodus - The Movement Continues / Tuff Gong-Island: Bob Marley's son, Ziggy, in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the release of "Exodus"  in 1977, has mixed the original album from scratch again; including alternate vocal takes, instrument parts not used, alternate takes of songs, etc. It was a mind blower 40 years ago and it will take your breath away today...

Cigarettes After Sex / Cigarettes After Sex / Partisan: Frontman Greg Gonzalez can indeed Write, Sing and Play Guitar, and when he adds the Bass, Keyboards & Drums, he creates the lushest, most sensual of romantic sounds that will leave you mellow and loving everything and everybody...

Tuxedo / Tuxedo II / Stones Throw: Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One present their second release as "Tuxedo" and the R&B, Funk, Soul, DooWop, 80s Club Grooves keep comin...

Goldfrapp / Silver Eye / Mute: "A Deep, Dark & Electronic Musical Palette" as you have come to  expect from the group and with an "eclectic collection of new collaborators"  the Dance Floor Beat, Synth and Sensuality abound...

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