Revelator

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Tedeschi Trucks Band
Revelator
Sony Masterworks

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks, of the legendary Allman Brothers Band and one of rock music’s most celebrated guitarists, combined members of previous bands to form the Florida-rooted Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010. Their debut album, Revelator, contains all-original material played by a skilled eleven-member group and presents musical influences from ‘60s southern soul, Delta blues, and the career peak of the Allman Brothers Band. Read More...

Sweet Honey

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The Lost Pines
Sweet Honey
Independent Release

The Lost Pines have been around for only three years. Already a familiar name in the Texas bluegrass community, they’ve performed at several festivals and sold out shows. Sweet Honey is their sophomore album and offers 14 songs covering all the bases within bluegrass. Some songs are tinged with rock, while others recall country and western, but the band seems to flex well in all directions. This variety in tone is achieved by having the tracks on the album alternate between songwriters Christian Ward and Talia Bryce, who lend their vocals to their own songs as well. Produced by award-winning Lloyd Maines, Sweet Honey also features his Dobro skills on a couple of tracks. Read More...

My Secret Radio

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Tiempo Libre
My Secret Radio
Sony Music Masterworks

The Grammy-nominated, classically-trained, Miami-based Cuban band Tiempo Libre’s festive fusion of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms has earned them honors as the foremost proponent of the propulsive timba. Their musical stature over the years has risen, with the group performing at respected establishments such as the Lincoln Jazz Center, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and National Public Radio to collaborations with celebrated figures Arturo Sandoval and Cachao. Read More...

Bound To Find You Out

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Slowtrain
Bound To Find You Out
Indie

A staple of Austin, Texas, Slowtrain’s release Bound to Find You Out combines the Americana-oriented influences of Bob Dylan and the Band, the soulful vocals of Joe Cocker, and the rural and urban blues of Leadbelly and Muddy Waters. Leader Adoniram Lipton (vocals, guitar, piano) and his quartet (“the best Slowtrain has ever had,” he mentions) create a musically and lyrically solid love- and spiritually-centered debut. Read More...

Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue

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Tommy Castro
Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue
Alligator Records

By the 1950s, rhythm and blues revues were live concert sensations, pioneered by figureheads such as the luminaries Johnny Otis and Alan Freed and lasting labels such as Atlantic Records. Despite the name, which initially was a catchall phrase to replace the term “race music,” these revues featured jazz and blues artists such as Count Basie and Muddy Waters. But by the 1970s, these multi-artist touring groups had slowed to a crawl. Read More...

Capricho Latino

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Rachel Barton Pine
Capricho Latino
Cedille Records


Rachel Barton Pine began playing the violin at a very young age, but when it came time for recitals and competitions her family didn’t have the money to cover accompanists. As a result, Pine had to learn to play pieces written for solo violin and quickly grew to love unaccompanied pieces. Capricho Latino marks her twelfth record with Cedille, a notable accomplishment even before considering her several projects apart from her current label. One of these efforts has Pine utilizing her love of metal to draw in new listeners to the classical music world by covering acts such as Black Sabbath and Metallica on the violin. She enjoys trying new things on her instrument, including playing relatively unexposed pieces. More than half of the tracks on Capricho Latino are world-premier recordings. Read More...