September 18 2013
The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash’s first album in more than four years, will be released on January 14, 2014 by Blue Note Records. Cash wrote the album’s 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist. The River & The Thread is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters – from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South – swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few – this is a completely contemporary collection. The River & The Thread follows 2009’s The List, which was named Album of the Year by the Americana Music Association and nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.
September 5 2013
GRAMMY-nominated jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter has just released the music video for “Liquid Spirit,” the title track of his impressive Blue Note debut, which will be released in the U.S. on September 17. Porter has also announced Fall tour dates in support of the new album including appearances in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre on September 25 and two New York City shows at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan on October 24 and Littlefield in Brooklyn on October 26.
August 27 2013
“The year just got a lot more soulful” wrote SPIN after Robert Glasper Experiment announced the forthcoming release of Black Radio 2. Now RGX has announced an expanded Deluxe Edition of Black Radio 2 that will also be available October 29 digitally and on CD and will include 4 additional tracks featuring special guests Macy Gray, Jean Grae, Bilal, Jazmine Sullivan, and Eric Roberson, as well as a cover of the Bill Withers classic “Lovely Day” that includes a spoken intro from Mr. Withers himself. The iTunes pre-order for Black Radio 2 is available today and comes with an instant grat download of the album’s lead single “Calls” featuring Jill Scott, which impacted at radio last week and was Most Added at Urban AC.
August 8 2013
After releasing his Blue Note debut No Beginning No End to wide acclaim in January, the genre-bending singer-songwriter José James has released today the 5-song Come To My Door EP, which is available through all digital retailers and streaming services today. The EP features remixes of NBNE tracks by José‘s frequent collaborator Taylor McFerrin, as well as FaltyDL, Oddisee, and Flako. It also includes the radio mix of “Come To My Door” written by Emily King.