Our newest discoveries include The Wind + The Wave, the duo of Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn. Emerging from Austin, they made their recorded debut in 2014 but recently switched labels to Island Records and just released a single, "Grand Canyon," from their forthcoming sophomore effort. The refrain is "I can tell ya this ain't working out for anyone." But the track works just fine for us.
We've also caught up with Danielle Nicole, a blues-rocking bass player from Kansas City. Her recent album Wolf's Den has been named Blues & Soul Magazine's “Blues Album of the Year.” The song we've added also has a kind of this-ain't-working lyric: "You Only Need Me When You're Down."
In our home area of New Jersey we recently got to see a young singer-songwriter/jazz-guitarist named Bryan Hansen play a show along with bassist William Blakey. Hansen has self-released a couple of albums and has a third on the way. From the sophomore effort, Brothers Among Wolves, we've picked "Parallel" as a good example of his high-energy singing and guitar work - and the tight playing of Blakey and the rest of his band.
Also added to our New Music rotation this week: Another track from the new Mudcrutch album, "Dreams of Flying."
And we've bumped up a track by Bern and the Brights (another NJ outfit) that was already in our rotation - because we just decided we want to hear it more! It's called "I See Red." Yes, as in anger!