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.

Cimafunk / Alimento / Mono Mundo: The Afro Cuban Funkster Erik Rodriguez brings it on with George Clinton, CeeLo Green, Lupe Fiasco, Chucho Valdez & Lester Snell and you will HAVE to get up and dance - They are "Always reinventing to Funk to keep it fresh..." Indeed!

Cimafunk / Alimento / Mono Mundo: The AfroCuban Funkster brings on George Clinton, Lupe Fiasco, CeeLo Green and Chucho Valdez & Lester Snell to get you up and dance up a storm..."Always reinventing the Funk to keep it fresh..." Indeed...

SOJA / Beauty In The Silence / ATO: After a 4 year wait the band is back and with guests Collie Buddz, Slightly Stoopid, UB40, Rebelution & Dirty Heads,  their contemporary Reggae has a message to be listened to, dance to and heeded...

Oliver Rodley / Sweet Green Tea / Underload: The LA Keyboard Player, Producer, DJ, Music Programmer & Engineer has produced his "...Vision of LoFi HipHop Music" and with  Akil the MC of Jurassic 5 on the featured track  "The Top" plus 13 additional tunes, there is a rainbow of music  to ponder and much to  enjoy...

Samantha Fish / Faster / Rounder: The Blues Guitarist, Vocalist and Songwriter kicks out a few more jams on her latest release and she Rocks! 12  "fun and sexy" tracks find her turning up the heat on her Blues chops and leaning into bona fide Rock and Roll...

Rounder Records

Sierra Ferrell / Long Time Coming / Rounder: Well worth the wait! A challenge to categorize but a sheer joy to hear... The Nashville phenom (Via West Virginia, Seattle & New Orleans) is joined by a respected guest list attesting to her talent (Tim O'Brien, Billy Strings, Sarah Jarosz, Dennis Crouch and more) and the 12 tunes written or cowritten by Ferrell relate to her belief that: "I want my music to be like my mind is...All over the place..." She indeed covers a lot of territory with genre bending arrangements, a transformational voice and powerful lyrics...

Sierra Ferrell / Long Time Coming / Rounder: Well worth the wait! A challenge to categorize but a joy to hear;  the voice, the genre bending arrangements, the lyrics, the 12 tunes...all written or co-written by the Nashville phenom (via W Virginia, New Orleans and Seattle) are a treasure trove - Joined by Billy Strings, Tim O'Brien, Jerry Douglas, Saraj Jarosz and a few more,  her unique approach and delivery are powerful, beautiful and masterful...

Durand Jones & The Indications / Private Space / Colemine-Dead Oceans: The 5 piece wunderkind group is back with their third album filled with their Remarkable RetroSoul Sound... Plus a new tapestry of Funky Disco Dance Beats and Lyrics of joy and provocative insight...Truly outstanding...

Colin Linden / Blow / Highway 20: The Blues Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Producer met Howlin' Wolf at age 11 and really never looked back...Now he is the first outside release on Lucinda Williams' Highway 20 label and his Blues/Rock/Roots sound is riveting, rockin',  and true...

Bela Fleck / My Bluegrass Heart / Renew: The 15 time Grammy Winner (!!!) is back with an AllStar Lineup of talented friends and 19 tracks on 2 CDs...Always curious, innovative and adventurous, the Banjo Virtuoso has created a remarkable and celebrated 3rd release in his decades spanning trilogy and we are all fortunate to share in the music, the fun and the magic...

Bela Fleck / My Bluegrass Heart / Renew: The 15 time Grammy winner (!!!) is back with an AllStar LineUp of talented friends and 19 tracks on 2 CDs...Always curious, innovative and adventurous, the Banjo Virtuoso has created a remarkable and celebrated third release in his decades spanning trilogy, and we are all fortunate to share in the music, the fun and the magic...

Bela Fleck / My Bluegrass Heart / Renew: The 18-time Grammy winner(!!!) is graciously  leading and collaborating with an all-star lineup on 2 discs and 19 tunes... Representing the third chapter of his decades-spanning trilogy honoring the history and complexity of the banjo with a few twists along the way, the musical virtuoso continues on his path of exploration and innovation with his very talented pals...

Yola / Stand For Myself / Easy Eye Sound-Concord: "Diamond Studded Shoes" was indeed a hit but now the diva songstress has treated us to 11 additional songs with that familiar Dance/Disco/R&B/Soulful/Bluesy/Heartfelt sound that will have you dancin' up a storm and lovin' Yola...A wondrous event...

Yola / Stand For Myself / Easy Eye Sound-Concord: "Diamond Studded Shoes" was an undeniable hit but the powerhouse talent's full release treats everyone to 11 more tunes that cover the R&B, Disco, Dance spectrum PLUS that soulful, sultry, bluesy voice   that will have you dancin' for the entirety, thinkin' about the lyrics and lovin Yola...A wondrous experience...

Hippo Campus / Good Dog, Bad Dream / Grand Jury: The 5 piece band from St Paul has been a bit quiet since 2018 but the 5 track EP recognizes that relaxed and yet contemplative vibe they have been cultivating and the result is a lot of  a bit louder fun...

Tito Jackson / Under Your Spell / Gulf Coast: THE Tito Jackson with a few friends... Stevie Wonder, Joe Bonamassa, George Benson, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush, Claudette King, Marlon Jackson... And  a few more - Playing the Blues that will make you love the Blues...Enough talk...Listen...Dance...Love...

Tedeschi Trucks Band Featuring Trey Anastasio / Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn') / Fantasy: Two discs, 14 tracks; all Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominos classics performed at LOCKN' Festival in August 2019 with the 14 member band, including Trey Anastasio, Doyle Bramhall, Gabe Dixon and more playing their hearts out...The "Thorn Tree In The Garden" stripped down Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi duo is quite beautiful...The BackStory is pretty interesting too...

U-Roy - Solid Gold - Trojan Jamaica: The late, legendary Reggae star, originator of "toasting;"  a chatty rhythmic vocal style,  has posthumously  gifted us with 12 old school tracks featuring Santigold, Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Robbie Shakespeare, Big Youth and more...He will be missed but his legacy of real reggae  music will indeed keep us dancing and happy...

Rodrigo Amarante / Drama / Polyvinyl: The Brazilian Renaissance Man (he writes his fine tunes with pen and paper and a typewriter!) has created 11 songs in English and that irresistible Portuguese with many violins, horns, lyrics to be felt and a mood of peaceful drama...

Dave McMurray - Grateful Deadication - Blue Note: The adventurous Jazz Saxophonist displays his affection, admiration and great respect  for the Grateful Dead with his band of players and a distinctive Soulful, Jazzy Detroit sound...The vocals with Bettye LaVette & Bob Weir and Herschel Boone are fine interpretations adding to the mix...Jerry would be happy...

Hiss Golden Messenger / Quietly Blowing It / Merge: Every song (And thankfully there are 11 of them!) on the latest from M.C. Taylor and his masterful band are treasures; real gifts to be cherished and listened to again and again, danced slowly to, sweetly pondered,  interpreted in your own heart...And listened to again...

Schwey / Schwey 2: Cyber Soul / 604 Records: Looking for that summer breeze with a hint of  laid back funk, a lot of soulful and thoughtful lyrics and a true appreciation of the power of nature and music...The band from Vancouver will have you chillin, dancin, thinkin and coolin down while they provide a  heap of fun...

Leo Sidran / The Art Of Conversation / Nardis: Ben Sidran has been a star  for decades and  Leo Sidran shines bright right alongside his father ... With lyrics that give you pause,  a voice that soothes and seduces, and a long, long list of friends and family making music and magic he will make you feel good and be happy...(And after listening to "The Art Of Conversation" if you can locate "When The Mask Comes Off" with Das Papi you should  be fully blown away...)

Marcus Machado / Aquarius Purple / Soul Step: Anyone who played Jim Hendrix's "The Sky Cries Mary" for his kindergarten class has my attention...And then listening to the 12 tracks which the guitar prodigy wrote, arranged and produced; all the while blending that Blues, Funk, Jazz and Soul sound with remarkable grace and cool...Very impressive...

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