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.

Kraz / Telescope / Feel Music: Eric Krasno (Of "SoulLive" & "Lettuce" fame, performing at The Blue Note, playing with the Grateful Dead, writing with 50 Cent and a whole lot more...) became "Kraz" for this 10 track Concept Album release, based on his many years living in a Brooklyn apartment, and with guest performances by Emily King and Son Little, every track is a winner and a wonder...

Allen Stone / Building Balance / ATO: You will definitely hear the Stevie Wonder influence in Allen Stone's voice and groove, but with a background in the Church his own brand of BlueEyed Soul is all his own...

Grace Potter / Daylight / Fantasy: A new solo album from the Singer/Songwriter that can Rock, get Bluesy and make you think...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release should bring a smile as Rachel Price, Singer/Songwriter of the band and Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray feature their love of the Traditional Jazz Vocalists of the 30s and 40s with 12 tracks (1o Originals by Vilray, and one track with pianist Jon Batiste!) - Rachel and Vilray shine...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release by the band's Singer/Songwriter Rachel Price and the Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray should bring a smile as the 12 tracks (10 originals by Vilray) showcase their love for the Traditional Vocal Jazz sound of the 30s and 40s - And Jon Batiste guests on piano on one track!

Kraak & Smaak / Pleasure Centre / Boogie Angst: The Trio from the Netherlands have been around for a while and their latest features 15 outstanding Electronic/Poppy/Funky/Danceable tracks thanks to their legendary musical production and the likes of Izo Fitzroy (The Best!), Ivar Vermeulen, Sanguita Akkrum...

Yung Bae / Bae 5 / Future Of Funk: The young producer from Portland will capture your attention with his own brand of Electronica/Dance/Funk/Disco... that manages to captivate with both lyrics and instrumentation - The collaborations prove danceable too...

Beth Hart / War In My Mind / Provogue: The woman with a pure Soul and a feel for the Real, Beth Hart is finally becoming known as  the SuperStar that she has always been, all the while baring and exposing and sharing that soul with her own words and brand of down and dirty Blues Rock...

Moon Boots / Bimini Road / Anjunadeep: Brooklyn Born and Chicago Based DJ Moon Boots fills the House with a Soulful/R&B/Disco/Club Groove sound that is infectious and lush - Nic Hanson, Niia, KONA,  Black Gatsby and a few others join the party...

Miles Davis / Rubberband / Rhino: Great back story regarding the lost tapes for "Rubberband" by Miles Davis  finally released by the original producers and Miles' nephew with guest appearances by Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi & Randy Hall  - Miles plays trumpet and keyboards and that voice appears periodically and will give you pause...Read the liner notes and give thanks...

Allman Betts Band / Down To The River / BMG: The next generation of the legendary family and sound manage to honor the past and keep the present perfect - Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley, Jr and their accompanying band (Chuck Leavell on piano on "Good Ol' Days") offer 9 tracks that will make you happy, sad, nostalgic and thoughtful...

Brothers Landreth / 87 / Birthday Cake-The Orchard: Take Bonnie Raitt's word for it: "I haven't liked a band as much as The Bros. Landreth in a long time. To hear this funky, southern style rock played with such soul and originality will knock you out."

The Teskey Brothers / Run Home Slow / Glassnote: The Melbourne, Australia brothers Josh (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) and Sam (Lead Guitar) and their accompanying band members are definitely making a very Soulful, Bluesy move with their Retro R&B sound, reminiscent of past legendary voices, but with their very own original take...

Robert Randolph & The Family Band / Brighter Days / Provogue: Robert and his  Family can Rock, Play the Blues and with Gospel at their roots, they can get right down to it with powerful lyrics and that foot stomping feeling of salvation and hope for "Brighter Days..."

Charlie Wooton / Blue Basso / Wild Heart 

Louisiana born and raised, grounded in a Classical and Jazz background, the  master Bassist has been around and on this tribute to the legendary  Jaco Pastorious he is joined by Anders Osborne, Sonny Landreth, Damon Fowler and the vocalist Arsene Delay transforming 10 tracks into a Funk/Blues/R&B/Fusion  extravaganza...

Tuxedo / Tuxedo III / Funk On Sight: Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One collaborate with a great bunch of guests (MF DOOM, Parisalexa, Gabriel Garzon-Montana, Benny Sings...) and there is no way to sit through any one of the 11 tracks - A dance party with an Upbeat Funky message...

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...

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