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.

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... 

Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises / Humanoid / Big Picnic: Jarle Bernhoft is the Norwegian Singer, MultiInstrumentalist, Composer, Lyricist and Musician Extraordinaire - With a full band and an R&B groove, his fourth full length release will captivate and charm...For sure...

Turkuaz / Life In The City / Electric Habitat: Nine Wonderful Musicians, Great Funk, R&B, Pop, Gospel, Rock, Afro Pop, Horns, Bass, Guitar, Harmonies...A Ton of Fun...

Sister Sparrow / Gold / Thirty Tigers

The lead singer of the acclaimed "Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds;"  Arleigh Kincheloe, takes her Soul/Pop sound to new heights with her songwriting and remarkable vocals...

Tom Petty / An American Treasure / Reprise

26 Tracks from a 2018 Compilation Boxed Set from the beloved artist, including rare and unreleased tracks plus more obscure songs showcasing Petty solos, along with the Heartbreakers & Mudcrutch... A bittersweet collection...

Jose James / Lean On Me / Blue Note: The Modern Jazz/HipHop/Soulful Vocalist has chosen to cover the legendary Bill Withers and 12 of his legendary tunes...Inspiring and reminisecent...

Ural Thomas & The Pain / The Right Time / Tender Loving Empire: Whoa! 11 Tracks with Vocals that will chill you, heat you up, and have you looking for that dance partner, plus hot, hot, hot Baritone Sax, Bass, Guitars, Vibraphone, Trumpet, Piano, Organ - Listen to the voice and try to believe he is almost 80 years old! Gotta love it!

Kandace Springs / Indigo / Blue Note: With her second release, the Nashville born vocalist blurs the lines of Jazz/Soul/Funk/Old & New/ and may remind you at moments of Norah Jones or Sade, but she maintains her unique sound with interpretive skill...And Prince liked her...!

Paul Simon / In The Blue Light / Sony Legacy

Ever one to stretch and explore, Paul Simon revisits 10 of his favorite (and not necessarily the most popular) tunes with clever alterations to the lyrics, arrangements and harmonies. Joined by the likes of Wynton Marsalis, John Patittucci, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and others, his latest musical adventure will take you on a perfect ride...

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