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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Horses? Horses! And other new music in our mix

Just a coincidence, but we're adding two songs this week by married-couple artists who have equine band names.

New to our collection is Whitehorse, the nom de musique of Hamilton, Ontario couple Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Their latest release, The Northern South Vol. 1, is a collection of covers of 1950s rock/blues tunes - yes, a southern U.S. sound reinterpreted by these northern neighbors. Our fave of the moment is their treatment of Chuck Berry's "Nadine."

A few weeks ago we started playing "Hello World" by Horses Heaven, the project of a Northern California couple, Bijou and Analise. As promised, we're working more tracks from their debut album, Before the Breakdown, into our rotation, and we've now moved "Dancehall" into our New Music bin.

As we've previously mentioned, duos of all kinds are big in music these days, and we're big on the latest release from the Nashville pairing of Jessy Wilson and Kallie North, who call themselves Muddy Magnolias. North was raised in southeast Texas and later moved to Mississippi, while Wilson comes from Brooklyn. They met in Nashville in 2014 and before long were creating a blend of country and R&B with a touch of jazz, and the result is an 11-song debut, Broken People. We can't resist the snappy single "Devil's Teeth," so that's now in our New Music rotation, but we'll surely be spinning more from this fine debut.

Here's another duo that's known each other a bit longer -- the father-and-son combo called Beaucoup Blue. Philadelphia-based David and Adrian Mowry roam from blues to bluegrass, bringing various traditional influences to their original songs and covers. They've just released a collection of mostly originals, Elixir, and we're currently spinning "Whatever Wrong," featuring David's slide guitar.

And from the U.K. comes The Freddy James Band, a "blues-rock-psychedelic" group (not a duo!) that released its second EP, Black Flowers, earlier this year. The band just spun out bluesy ballad "Same Old Song" as a single, and we're happy to feature it in our New Music bin.

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