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New Tunes at Two

  • Ironically, the title was the exact opposite of what Josh and most of us were doing when he wrote these songs – 2020/2021. He was hunkered down with his family in their home in Spain, and the arrangements here reflect a bit of a Pan-American sound as a result. At the core though are Josh’s terrifically catchy hooks, and tasteful guitar and organ interplay. “His knack for setting a simple feeling to a breezy melody shines through again and again.” (Paste Magazine)
  • Pharis and Jason Romero — whose old-time, country-folk, and early roots music has made them three-time JUNO Award and seven-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners — have their seventh album out as a duo. Jason plays seven different banjos on the album, and Pharis plays one gourd banjo guitar—all handmade by Jason in his shop. They were even given names reflecting their individual character and identity: Papillon, Big Blue, Clara, Birdie, Mother, Bella, Gourdo, and The Beast. The photographs them in the CD liner notes are absolutely exquisite!
  • On this sophomore album of hers, Goodman tackles issues such as homophobia, the opioid epidemic, mental health and workers’ rights, with her singular gritty indie-rock sound and haunting voice, cementing her as one of the most exciting acts out of the South.
  • Black Pumas’ Adrian Quesada has released this love letter to Latin psychedelic ballads of the 1970s, which has been 20 years in the making. "The album does for psychedelic boleros what the Buena Vista Social Club did for the Cuban son. It's a perfect recreation of a lost era, demonstrating that its source material has transcended the limitations of time." (Rolling Stone)
  • We’re eager to introduce you to this new voice from the Midwest, a singer/songwriter whose heroes include Woody Guthrie and Utah Phillips, Walt Whitman and Carl Sundburg. This new album, produced by Cajun legend Joel Savoy, helps bridge the many divides plaguing us, thanks to Carlisle’s brilliant wit and poetry. By the way, he’ll be performing in Asheville on Tuesday July 5th, and Charlotte on Thursday the 7th.
  • He’s clearly one of the most intelligent and insightful musicians on the scene these days, and he’s back with an exploration of the complex thoughts, questions and middle-of-the-night obsessions swirling around in each of us. His tour for “Inside Problems” takes him to Asheville on July 23rd (with Iron & Wine and Meshell Ndegeocello!)
  • We received and enjoyed the R&B/Soul singer’s last album, “True Story”, just 6 or so months ago. Not one to rest, Warson is back with this one, destined to live up to its name. Listen for bits of New Wave, surf-rock, and Afro-Cuban sounds on this one.
  • She had all but given up on the music business during the pandemic, but fortunately her producer Dave Darling convinced her to give it another go, and now we have this strong 16th album from the Blues/Americana singer/songwriter. And it’s on her own label, Fathead Records. Magness is only the second woman to receive the Blues Foundation’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award.
  • These two former members of the traditional Irish supergroup Solas have gotten together for this album of both original and traditional tunes. They each sing lead, plus there are some terrific instrumental jigs & reels. Sure to be a favorite on our Sunday afternoon “Celtic Winds”!
  • Introducing the first in an ambitious 4-part album series from Susan & Derek and co., each with an accompanying film. The series reimagines Layla and Majnun, the mythic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers through a modern-day lens: grappling with grief, fate, and romance as a way to process the emotional and isolating effects of the era. There will be one album released each month, with the culmination of all four released on September 9th.
  • It’s the third in a trilogy of song collections mostly based on film music the pianist/singer/songwriter wrote for Spike Lee over the past few years. This one is a bit more on the upbeat side, despite a few of the songs relating to Covid, and the title track being about “this strange time in which we live, when the world is basically, well, ‘flicted!”
  • There have been a lot of recordings over the years that center around Memphis, Tennessee (not to mention the countless ones made IN Memphis.) This is a modern, unique one: a vision quest of sorts, of ghosts from the past, and characters still with us, from Kevin Morby, on his 7th, and arguably strongest, album to date. A native of Kansas, it also paints a picture (or snaps a photograph) of Middle America in general.