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These finely edited features present the music and voices of artists discussing their songs, their sounds, their bands, their lives and their creative influences.
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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Yearly Archives: 2014
Michael W. Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas is a magnificent collaboration between a three-time GRAMMY winner and many of Nashville’s outstanding vocalists. Smith, an acclaimed singer, songwriter, composer and bandleader, calls it "the most unique and unusual" record of his … Continue reading
Patty Larkin’s Still Green is an intimate exploration of loss, grief, appreciation and beauty. The 13th recording in a storied folk-pop career comes after illness and death in her family. Larkin wrote songs to process her feelings and experiences in … Continue reading
The Lagos Music Salon is Somi’s debut on Sony’s OKeh Records and comes after the East African vocalist and songwriter moved from New York to Lagos, Nigeria. Somi, who grew up in Africa and America, drew on the tropical city’s … Continue reading
The Barr Brothers’ second CD, Sleeping Operator, wonderfully showcases the quartet’s sublime and compelling world-folk sound. The brothers, guitarist Brad, and drummer Andrew, toured for 15 years in The Slip, a top jam band. After moving to Montreal, they met … Continue reading
Grammy-winner Lee Ann Womack returns to the serious country that defines her with a fantastic new album, The Way I’m Livin’. Womack and Frank Liddell, her husband and the album’s producer, present magnificent renditions of 13 songs by some of … Continue reading
Montell Jordan, the R&B singer-songwriter who had a big string of hits in the 1990s, is now the lead worship pastor at Victory World Church near Atlanta. Among his duties, he leads a fantastic gospel-rock orchestra that has just finished … Continue reading
Marco Benevento, one of the best-known keyboard players on the jam-band circuit, has discovered vocals. On Swift, his fifth solo recording, Benevento is releasing his first CD filled with songs featuring his lyrics and singing atop his blend of jazz-electronic … Continue reading
Cory Branan is a fantastic songwriter who should be better known than he is. That circumstance is partly behind the title of his fourth CD, The No-Hit Wonder, which also celebrates other unsung artists, the fantastic women in his life, … Continue reading
After more than a decade as the acclaimed frontman for The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser has recorded his first solo recording, Black Hours. The CD showcases his magnificent voice in an array of settings ranging moody minimal night music to more … Continue reading
Singers-songwriter-preacher Bryan Andrew Wilson’s fifth solo project, The One Percent, is his most ambitious offering yet. Born into a musical family and singing with Gospel stars since age 10, Wilson blends a mix of modern soul, funk and Gospel styles … Continue reading