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New Releases Featured on WNCW

New Releases on WNCW

New Releases Featured on WNCW

Among our favorites of the new releases, these albums have achieved heavy rotation status in WNCW's Music Mix. Click on the album to go to links to listen on Apple Music.
  • Anyone who knows the Nashville downtown music scene can figure out that Daniel Donato’s career was literally raised there: he grew up busking on Broadway, before playing regular gigs at Robert’s Western World with the Don Kelly Band. His 2nd album is some Cosmic Country indeed. As No Depression writes in their review, “The vibes are high, the psych-rock is countrified, and the guitar-playing is swaggering and confident.” Get to know what might be considered WNCW’s next favorite new act!
  • Dylan LeBlanc often finds himself flirting with the edge -- or “dancing on a razor,” as he calls it. A verdict vagabond since he was a little boy tossed between Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, LeBlanc thrives on the precipice, never staying in one place for too long. It is that nomadic spirit that drew him not only to a life as a touring musician, but also to the beast that titles his newest record: ‘Coyote.’ This is LeBlanc’s fifth studio album and his first full-length LP to be self-produced. Recorded at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, it boasts an ensemble of world-renowned session players including Fred Eltringham (Ringo Starr and Sheryl Crow), pianist Jim "Moose" Brown (Bob Seger), and bassist Seth Kaufman (Floating Action from Black Mountain!). Though ‘Coyote’ covers familiar ground for LeBlanc, living on the edge of danger and its many consequences, the album is both semi-autobiographical and a concept album centered on the evocative character of Coyote, a man on the run in pursuit of an ever-elusive freedom from his past.
  • “I saw a literal manifestation of the sacred feminine, and had this profound sense that I was meant to embody it,” recalls celebrated singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou of a vision that helped inspire this new album. The loss of her grandmother, the end of her marriage, and the overwhelming turmoil of COVID lockdowns found the Nashville-based artist on a spiritual journey of self-knowledge and healing. Guests on here whom we recognize include Jerry Douglas, Phoebe Hunt, Kyle Tuttle, Melody Walker, & Joshua Rilko.
  • Peak of the Week
    It’s another great alt-country/folk-rock collection from Miller, with producers Andrija Tokic and John James Tourville (Alabama Shakes and Sunny War). Miller says, "My hope is that there’s some universality in there, and that people find comfort in knowing that someone else feels the same way they do.” We’ve been especially taken by songs like “Nobody Has to Know Your Mind”, “Smokestacks on the Skyline” and “Conspiracies, Cults & UFOs.”
  • He’s pushing 80… And like Willie Nelson, Bobby Rush, and a few others his age, he’s been more prolific than ever in the studio. This one, somewhere around his 45th studio set (not including compilations, live albums, and Them-fronting ’60s work) finds the troubadour reaching back to his rock & roll/rockabilly roots with 19 covers of classics, obscurities, and should-have-been hits from decades prior.
  • It’s the 22nd album from John Darnielle and his band Mountain Goats, but this one is a sequel to their 2002 album All Hail West Texas. It’s the story of Jenny, her ranch house, the people for whom that house is a place of safety, and the west Texas town that is uncomfortable with it existence. Produced by Grammy-winning producer/engineer Trina Shoemaker.
  • “Just who is Shinyribs? It’s a sprawling nine, sometimes 10-piece cast, but ultimately it is the funky brainchild of Kevin Russell, who grew up in Beaumont, TX and Shreveport, LA, the cradle of the swamp pop and bayou R&B sounds that drip off his fingers like honey and hot sauce. Think Gulf Coast meets Muscle Shoals with strong pop-song structures.” (Bandcamp).
  • Cousin is Wilco’s expression of the pain of trying to be connected to other people when we fall short so often; the joy of catching understanding in someone else’s eye, however fleeting; and the immutable truth that all of us are related, whether we honor or dishonor or forget or remember. “I’m cousin to the world,” frontman Jeff Tweedy confesses. “I don’t feel like I’m a blood relation, but maybe I’m a cousin by marriage. It’s this feeling of being in it and out of it at the same time.” This marks the first time Wilco has handed the reins over to a producer outside their immediate circle of collaborators since Sky Blue Sky, as they’ve tapped Welsh musician Cate Le Bon.