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New Tunes at Two

Each Monday through Thursday, we feature three tracks from new releases during the two o'clock hour. We call it "New Tunes at Two". We hope you'll join us!

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  • 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!
  • Time to kick back, slow down a bit, and bathe in the lush tones and rhythms of the most senior member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Saxophonist Charlie Gabriel’s first professional gig dates to 1943, sitting in for his father in New Orleans’ Eureka Brass Band. As a teenager living in Detroit, Charlie played with Lionel Hampton, whose band just then also included a young Charles Mingus, later spending nine years with a group led by Cab Calloway drummer, J.C. Heard. While he’s also fronted a bebop quintet, played and/or toured with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin and many more, this is the first time his name appears on the front of a record, as a bandleader. The result is a beautiful, eclectic collection, including six jazz standards and two new pieces, and three on which Charlie sings for the first time!
  • There will be no New Tunes at Two on Thursday. Instead, tune in to hear Unspoken Tradition live in Studio B!
  • Frontman Taylor Meier addresses the losses and other hardships he endured these past couple years on this new album. It was co-produced by Beatriz Artola, known for his work with Fleet Foxes, Adele and Sharon Van Etten and features additional production by Brad Cook, who is known for his work with Waxahatchee (who harmonizes with Nathaniel Rateliff on one of the songs.)
  • 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.