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.

Neal Francis / Changes / Karma Chief: The Chicago-based piano prodigy has traveled a wild path and give thanks that he has survived and continues to cover a lot of territory with a Funk/Soul/New Orleans/R&B sound that he has managed to transform with his own heartbeat - And...Any artist that is on the Colemine label (Karma Chief is a subsidiary...) has to be The Best!

Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi / There Is No Other / Nonesuch

That American voice and her banjo and violin joined forces with the Mediterranean musician and his piano, accordian, lute, cello banjo, and exotic instruments - Produced by Joe Henry - Don't miss her amazing  traditional Puglian dialect on "Pizzica di San Vito..."

Black Pumas / Black Pumas / ATO: "Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan..." begins to tell the tale of the Texas based duo's debut release...Adrian Quesada (Grammy Award winning guitarist) and Eric Burton (Songwriter/Newcomer) manage to modernize a Soul Sound that is perfect for 10 tracks... (And feel free to follow it up with  Keb Mo's "Put A Woman In Charge" featuring Rosanne Cash!)

Various Artists / Putumayo Presents "World Peace" / Putumayo: There is a whole lot of great music out there but there is little doubt that we all need a little more "World Peace" and after listening to Keb' Mo' doing "Love Train" and "Wake Up Everybody"  the world should feel a little better...India.Arie, Jackson Browne, Playing for Change, Nina Simone  and a few other voices will hopefully have you recalling the undeniable  brotherandsisterhood that music creates...

Rickie Lee Jones / Kicks / Other Side Of Detroit

She is back with a strong band, a batch of covers and that unmistakable voice and inimitable interpretive style...

Haelos / Any Random Kindness / Infectious Music: The London based Electronic Quartet has garnered multiple genre bending labels, including Trip Hop, Dance, Pop, but after listening you may come up with your own tag...The lush, hypnotic vocals may have you pushing the replay button to catch exactly what the lyrics are telling you with their sonic cool...

Haelos / Any Random Kindness / Infectious Music: The London based Electronic Quartet has garnered multiple genre labels with TripHop, Dance and Pop at the forefront, but after listening you might find your own tag for what they do...The vocals are truly hypnotic with lyrics that may have you pushing replay to catch exactly what those lush voices and sonic sounds are conjuring...

Los Coast / Samsara / New West: A very cool sound with a refreshing voice and powerful lyrics, the Austin, Texas ensemble presents a debut album with lead vocalist Trey Privott (nephew of JazzFusion Guitarist Hiram Bullock) and multi-instrumentalist John Courtney joined by big  talent on  bass, drums and keys to create   a strong sound blending Soul, Funk, Jazz, Gospel and Rap...

Southern Avenue / Keep On / Concord: The 5-piece Blues/Soul/Gospel group from Memphis (They take their name from the Memphis Street home to Stax Records) dishes up a strong brew of Soulful Sound through 12 tracks that will have you asking for more...

Junius Meyvant / Across The Borders / Glassnote: Strong, Sweet, Rockin' Soul from an  Icelandic treasure (Unnar Gisli Sigurmundsson...) with Strings, Hopeful Lyrics and a Voice that will touch your heart... Feel Good-Get Up & Dance Music... 

Rodrigo y Gabriela / Mettavolution / ATO: Hard to overlook the duo's  history and devotion to their Mexican Classical musical heritage, and to their determination to create a Nuevo Flamenco sound that invites everyone to enjoy - From Galway, Ireland and busking  to tracks on "Breaking Bad" and "Pirates of The Caribbean" and a whole lot in between, they have the chops to  astound  and amaze...

Anders Osborne / Buddha And The Blues / Back On Dumaine: The New Orleans Blues Rocker manages to blend an existential view of our modern condition with the ponderous proposition of the duality of life... With Waddy Wachtel on guitar and lyrics that are provocative and kind, he manages to stretch once again...

George Benson / Walking to New Orleans / Provogue:

The Pittsburgh-raised child prodigy and self-desribed "Blues cat to Blues-Jazz cat to Jazz cat to Soul-Jazz cat to R&B-Jazz cat" is back interpreting and honoring  fellow legends Chuck Berry and Fats Domino and it is outstanding...

Pure Bathing Culture / Night Pass / Infinite Companion: Portland's Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman are releasing their first original album since 2015 and in Sarah's words: "Love is something that has the potential to bond us all and where it's absent we should strive to create it..." Great sentiment and great music...

Various Artists / Joni 75 - A Birthday Celebration (Joni Mitchell) / Decca: An artistic legend, the Singer/Songwriter/Artist was honored on her 75th Birthday by Los Lobos, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, James Taylor, Brandi Carlile, Graham Nash, Norah Jones and a few more... Her lyrics more powerful than ever...

Lee Fields & The Expressions / It Rains Love / Big Crown: The solid tenor and authentic Soul Singer and his Soulful band carve out a sound that encompasses the legendary Soul Sound with a new twist, new commentary and an all important Call to Love in a time when it is needed more than ever...

Maverick Sabre / When I Wake Up / FAMM: The English/Irishman (aka Michael Stafford) blends a Soulful/R&B/Reggae/Jazzy/HipHop sound with lyrics powered by profound commentary on faith, politics, women and abuse and with Chronixx and Jorja Smith on 2 tracks, the message is clear...

Andrew Bird / My Finest Work Yet / Loma Vista: Opening with "Sisyphus" and concluding with "Bellevue Bridge Club" it is clear that the Multi-Instrumentalist/Vocalist & Whistler is covering a broad spectrum of topics and in addition he comments: "How did we get to this point and how can we, through awareness of it, maybe pull ourselves out of this death spiral..." Hmmm...

Mighty Mike Schermer / Bad Tattoo / VizzTone: The power house guitarist, singer/songwriter has worked with Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Musselwhite..., he is currently touring with Marcia Ball AND he can play, write and sing the Blues, Soul, Rock, Country...

Reese Wynans and Friends / Sweet Release / J&R Adventures: You may not be familiar with the Nashville Based, Rock N Roll Hall of Famer, but think Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and you may recognize the keyboardist who has played with everyone (He was there at the beginning of the Allman Brothers Band) and now honors his favorite Blues Legends with guests Keb Mo, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Doyle Bramhall II, Mike Farris, Joe Bonamassa (he produced it!), Warren Haynes, Vince Gill, Bonnie Bramlett and a few more...

Taylor Scott Band / All We Have / Taylor Scott Music: The Denver-Based Guitarist, Singer/Songwriter and his band  have toured the US, Canada &  Europe with their own transcendent brand of Rock/Funk/Soul/R&B & Blues... Sharing the stage with the likes of Otis Taylor, Warren Haynes & Los Lobos will give you an idea of the respect they command  and the sound they will rock you with...

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Signs / Fantasy: 11 new original songs from the 12 piece band that covers a lot of territory with their Blues/Rock/Soulful tunes featuring lyrics of profound and important sentiment...

John Mayall / Nobody Told Me / Forty Below: The British Blues Singer/Guitarist/Organist/Songwriter has played with everyone; everyone has played with him and on his latest release he is joined by Joe Bonamassa, Todd Rundgren, Steven VanZandt, Carolyn Wonderland and more - At 85 he continues to Rock the Blues...

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt / The Fun In The Fight / Bridge Road: The ultra talented sister and brother from upstate New York have been performing most of their lives and with the 11 tracks from their latest release that  talent is magnified with their Rockin, Bluesy, Soulful Sound.

Whitehorse / The Northern South Vol 2 / Six Shooter: The Canadian "folk"  duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland pay homage to their Blues roots with 6 tracks (Wish there were more!) from the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Slim Harpo and Jimmy Reed and make the tunes all their own - Every track will have you coming back for more...

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra / The Capitol Studios Sessions / Decca

Good old fun with great Jazz  musicians, a little Imelda May thrown in along with Sarah Silverman! Pretty live and lively...

Alborosie / Alborosie Meets The Wailers / GreenSleeves: The Sicilian born Reggae Singer, DJ, Producer, MultiInstrumentalist & Writer joins forces with a few of the Wailers backing band (plus Chronixx) and produced in his studio in Kingston, the result is a heap of OldSchool and Fresh Reggae Sounds...

Jungle / For Ever / XL Recording

The London based band  has beautifully and organically evolved into a 7 (or 8?) piece "collective energy" group with spectacular live shows and an individualized take on Soul, Jazz,  Electronica, Rock complete with handclapping, a tough bass line, falsetto vocals, primo percussion and an overall Great Vibe...

Mark Knopfler / Down The Road Wherever / Blue Note-BritishGrove: That guitar and that voice, the lyrics and the jazzy interludes...

Eric Bibb / Global Griot / Stony Plain: The legendary troubador (son of Folk legend Leon Bibb and nephew of John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet), traveled to 7 countries, recorded in 12 studios with 10 producers and 12 engineers and made a masterful  2 disc, 24 track treasure - Crossing genres along the way, the lyrics and musical talents are current and pertinent and powerful, worldly and close to home... Important music... 

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