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WTTS OverEasy, January 22, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, January 22, 2012

Comments Off 20 January 2012

Appropriately enough for a Sunday radio show, self-described “lapsed Catholic” Craig Finn, frontman for The Hold Steady, finds religious metaphors looming large in his new solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes, out this Tuesday.  Juggling images of the Apostle Islands and the Biblical apostles right out of the box, Finn mines a larger-scope version of the interesting territory he’s mined in his band environment.

So, is The Hold Steady in trouble?  Not at all – the album was recorded during four months of downtime for the band last year, and it finds him in other stylistic modes that may not be as easy to pull off in his band’s normal context, including the quasi Dead (or at least Ryan Adams Cold Roses era) -influenced “When No One’s Watching” (in which someone’s been listening to Jerry Garcia pretty intently, going by the lead guitar).  “Not Much Left of Us” is another highlight, from the false-start rehearsal rundown in the opening seconds, through the body of the song proper.  Overall, the album is gently epic, making no big deal out of itself, and yet becomes quietly surprising on repeat explorations.

Hear a bouquet of standout tracks, including the above, on this week’s OverEasy with Todd Berryman, Sunday from 7 to 11 am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

More about the new stuff here.

Listen To The New Song From Bruce Springsteen

Listen To The New Song From Bruce Springsteen

1 Comment 19 January 2012

Bruce Springsteen’s new album, ‘Wrecking Ball’ has been set for March 6 release, marking his 17th studio album. ‘Wrecking Ball’ features 11 new Springsteen recordings and was produced by Ron Aniello. Listen to the first single, “We Take Care of Our Own”.

‘Wrecking Ball’ song titles:
1. We Take Care Of Our Own
2. Easy Money
3. Shackled and Drawn
4. Jack Of All Trades
5. Death To My Hometown
6. This Depression
7. Wrecking Ball
8. You’ve Got It
9. Rocky Ground
10. Land of Hope and Dreams
11. We Are Alive

WTTS OverEasy, January 15, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, January 15, 2012

4 Comments 13 January 2012

If you are desiring some new music from Norah Jones, here’s something to tide you over.

Norah rejoins ex-boyfriend, bassist Lee Alexander, on a new album from side project the Little Willies called For the Good Times.  Barring one new song from band member Jim Campilongo, the rest of the album mostly mines territory familiar to fans of the prior Little Willies album from a few years ago, which is the ensemble’s common affection for vintage country music.  The band touches on the catalogs of Ralph Stanley,  Lefty Frizell and three of the Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson), and tops it all off with covers of songs made famous by Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

Check out the latest from the Little Willies, this Sunday with Todd Berryman on OverEasy, 7 to 11am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.

A little sample of Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt tackling a Patti Page favorite.

WTTS OverEasy, January 8, 2012

WTTS OverEasy, January 8, 2012

Comments Off 06 January 2012

A lot of musicians follow a particular career trajectory:  awesome debut, sophomore slump, slowing down and/or reworking the same territory over and over to the point of irrelevancy on subsequent albums.

Four albums into her career, Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has, if anything, become better and better.  Her newest, Voyageur, drops on January 17th, and it finds her not only working with boyfriend Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) on production and playing, she also takes a page from his playbook and goes the multiple-instruments route.  In the course of the album, she not only plays guitar, but also takes the seat behind a piano, throws on a little omnichord (the instrument that Daniel Lanois has used to help make U2 sound like U2) and even steps up to play vibraphone(!).

All of which would be window dressing for some good music, were it not for the fact that she’s stepped up as a lyricist to boot.

Hear the results for yourself, as Todd Berryman previews Kathleen Edwards’ forthcoming album Voyageur, this week on OverEasy, 7 to 11am AND pm Sunday, on 92.3 WTTS.


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