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Sunday, March 6, 2016

The newest additions to our carefully curated mix

Our panel of music testers.
A lot of new music comes our way - more than we can keep up with - and whether it makes it into our playlist depends on these very elaborate criteria:

1. Have we had a chance to listen to it?
2. Do we like it?

Yeah, that's pretty much it.

Obviously, musical taste is entirely subjective and very personal. So Birch Street Radio is a very personal mix of music that happens to grab our ears. We hope you'll enjoy our choices -- at least more often than not.

Alan Sheckter photo via
This week our ears were grabbed by a track that came our way from Hannah Jane Kile, a 21-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Auburn, Calif. As far as we can tell, she isn't well-known outside the Northern California area - yet. But "Warm Your Heart," from her new album Little Blue Heron, shows she's an artist with a lot of potential. So we've added it to our New Music bin and hope you enjoy it, too.

Also joining the many strong female voices in our lineup is Wynonna Judd. Although we're not a country-music station, some of our favorite rock and folk artists have a bit of a country streak. Now here's a country artist who's pushing into Americana country/rock territory with her new band, Wynonna and the Big Noise. And their first single, "Cool Ya," has pushed its way into our New Music Bin.

We've also added a new single from Catfish & the Bottlemen, "Soundcheck." This is another group that hasn't been in our playlist before, but hey, we like to throw some fresh garage-band sounds into the mix now and then.

And they did just win the BRIT Award for British Breakthrough Act, so that helped catch our attention.

Want to tip us to some music you think we should play? 
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Will we play it? See #1 and #2 above.

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