Check out the Artist Samplers from our September Issue. The combined playlist streams on Spotify:
From the Album Crossing Lines
Vida Blue’s first album in 15 years, Crossing Lines, arrives digitally Friday, September 20. The album’s first song, “Analog Delay,” which Rolling Stone called a “psych-funk epic,” quickly reminds the listener that the band features one of the tightest and most creative rhythm sections working today.
“Dancing in the Sun”
From the Album Reason to Try
Vision Walls Records
Since leaving Little Feat, Shaun’s journey took her from Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Bruce Hornsby and Moody Blues on to many solo releases and a recording at Motown called Stoney & Meatloaf. Shaun Murphy is a three-time Grammy nominee, and winner of Bluesblast Music Awards for Female Blues Artist of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.
Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind
“Don’t Badger the Witness”
From the Album My Chops Are Rolling
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet. His music is listed in almost every Top-10 playlist on college, indie and blues radio. Jason is an award-winning artist, in the spotlight and on the lips of critics and peers — the new Harmonica King! Rock, blues and beyond!
BT ALC Big Band
“Make It Your Job”
From the album The Search for Peace
BT ALC Big Band, led by trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark, features hard-grooving original compositions and the most talented musicians in Boston. By fusing the big-band sounds of greats like Duke Ellington with funk and hip-hop, they create a unique style they call “Big Band Funk.”
Red Tug Records
Mulebone is a duo comprised of multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa and New York Blues Hall of Famer Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is country-blues played with guts, technique and without-a-net sense of adventure. Their performances are often described as transcendent.
“Skillet of Snakes”
From the album Hossradish
New York Audience Choice Award winner (PulseMusicTV) mixes the myth-making mystique of a traveling troubadour with the breadth of Americana music. His lead track on Rogues Gallery, produced by Johnny Depp and Hal Willner, landed him on David Letterman backed by Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s bass player.
“Confident” feat. The MB’s
California Soul Music
Funk-music artist Cliff Beach has been performing live for more than 15 years in Los Angeles. The Berklee-trained singer/songwriter/keyboardist and D.C. native has created a style of music he coins as “Nu-funk.” His latest single “Confident” is on the Spotify “All Funked Up” playlist with over 100,000 streams.
“Playing With Fire”
Foggy Hill Sound
Kevin Mahoney is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul. He has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer, and stands in his own light.
“Bright White Light”
From the album Two Track Mind
Billboard-charting artist/ singer and multi-instrumentalist Todd Herfindal brings his new 12-song LP Two Track Mind to the masses. With universal lyrics, and a timeless, anthemic rock musicality, the LP has something for everyone. The song “Bright White Light” is a great starting point for diving deeper.
Editors Pick: Cass McCombs
From the album Tip of the Sphere
Cass McCombs is a transient storyteller interested in words, music and dreams. His ninth full-length album, Tip of the Sphere, is available now on ANTI- Records. Tip of the Sphere presents an artist trying to make sense of it all through a relentless, ever-searching creative process.
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From the album Good Time
Resilience Music Alliance LLC
Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut in October 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, i-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. “Good Time” is the title track from their new album.
Jon Stickley Trio
Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental group, whose deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin move the listener’s head, heart, and feet. The trio features Jon Stickley on guitar, Lyndsay Pruett on fiddle and Hunter Deacon on drums.
From the EP Good Trouble
After touring with legendary duo Daryl Hall & John Oates, Mutlu releases his new Good Trouble EP, which hits on stimulating topics like societal change, depression, and unity. Mutlu combines his innate Philly-soul style with elements of folk and rock, creating an entirely timeless sound.
Anthony Wayne Vibe
Small Niche Market Records
Combining innovative sonic textures and exhilarating rhythmic foundations with elements of groove and funk, singer-songwriter Anthony Wayne Vube is “Moving On” with this unique and original sound. The future is bright with plans for new music and many shows on the way. The Vibe is live!
“I Can’t Lay Your Lovin’ Down”
Jeremy Garrett is known as an innovative fiddle player, expressive singer and soul-searching songwriter in the Grammy Award-winning band, the Infamous Stringdusters. Solo, Garrett wows listeners by using electronic effects to layer and loop multiple instruments and vocals, breaking bluegrass boundaries.
The Astral Pines
From the Album Keep it Going
Eclectic, versatile, funky and loud. The Astral Pines, a group of young musical comrades hailing from Midcoast Maine, find music and other forms of art are remarkably vital in expressing feelings and energy that would otherwise be internalized. On “Deviled Ham,” and beyond, they focus on expanding their musical horizons intuitively.
From the album Full Blown Gallery
Sacramento, Calif.’s The Mindful manage to blend fiery psychedelic and progressive rock, astral jazz-fusion, funk, and heartfelt Americana on their debut release Full Blown Gallery. The power trio’s live shows have earned them a reputation for sonic odysseys and mind-melting musicianship.
From the album Serenity
Indré is a singer/songwriter/recording artist from Akron, Ohio. Her powerful vocal range and emotional depth as a lyricist continue to impact the music scene.
The Beanstalk Library
The Beanstalk Library’s timeless songcraft, lush recordings and adventurous live performances have earned them a loyal following and critical accolades in their native Washington, DC. The band is currently writing and recording its third full-length album and pull inspiration from RIYL Big Star, My Morning Jacket and early ‘70s Dead.
From the Album The Fruit Basket
Schnitzel Records Ltd.
Solid Bronze’s The Fruit Basket was recorded by Dean Ween as well as Chris Harford at his studio in Lambertville, NJ, and mastered by Tom Ruff (James Brown). For the track “Papa’s Bug,” the band also enlisted guitarist Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton (Parliament, Funkadelic).