Yuna – Nocturnal

One thing you can count on is that there will be new influences emanating from the music universe. My latest discovery in that context is the artist YunaYuna, is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, and businesswoman.

Yuna describes her music as “a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay

Yuna just issued her “sophomore” recording, Nocturnal. It is vibrant, infectious and happily engaging.

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Kelley Stoltz – Double Exposure (12″ Vinyl)

I was hooked when I saw the unique  album cover of Double Exposure by Kelley Stoltz. Considering I never heard a single note from this independent singer-songwriter yet my inherent belief system told me I would experience the magic through graphic design that in turn would stimulate the psyche in music of our heart.

The first song I listened to and then watched as a music video was “Kim Chee Taco Man”. I found this track absurdly infectious as I melded to the beat of a one man garage band perfecting various dense sound layers.

Kelley Stoltz commented about the rhythm element found on Double Exposure: 

If I could mix Pete De Freitas from Echo and the Bunnymen, the Neu! Beat and Mick Fleetwood, I’d be a happy man. That’s what I am shooting for all the time.  – Kenny Stoltz, Double Exposure, Uncut Magazine November 2013

I tip my hat to the folks at Third Man Records for releasing this sonic gem from Kelley Stoltz. 🙂

New Documentary about Gene Clark (The Byrds)

The ByrdsGene Clark is the subject of a new documentary, due for release this November.

The Byrd Who Flew Alone, The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark includes new interviews with friends and former colleagues including David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, alongside previously unseen archive footage. The documentary will be released on November 1 through Four Sun Productions.

The Byrds-Roger McGuinn,Chris Hillman,Michael Clarke,Gene Clark,David Crosby(Victor Blackman/Hulton Archive)

Rosanne Cash, The River & The Thread, Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records continues to extend the panorama of their artist portfolio by signing, “Americana” artist Rosanne Cash to the label. I view this signing as a healthy sign that Blue Note Records is widening their artistic purpose as they diversify from their historic role as a “venerable jazz label”.

I first reflected upon the jam band initiative that Blue Note Records was embracing in  July.  I wrote about the significance of the Elvis Costello and The Roots collaboration, Wise Up Ghost, as well as new recordings from Robert Randolph Family Band and Gov’t. Mule forging a new Blue Note product line.

The second phase of Blue Note Record’s distribution strategy is Americana music with Rosanne Cash’s collaboration recording, The River & The Thread leading the way.

Courtesy of Blue Note Records and Rosanne Cash 2013

The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash’s first album in more than four years, will be released on January 14, 2014 by Blue Note Records. Cash wrote the album’s 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist.

The River & The Thread is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters – from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South – swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few – this is a completely contemporary collection. Cash’s crystalline voice and Leventhal’s compelling guitar work are at the heart of the album, and they bring in more instrumentation to suit the tone of each particular song – from the delicate orchestral passages of “Night School,” (which nods to Stephen Foster, who also had a deep affection for the South) to the ghostly keyboards of album closer “Money Road.”

She was joined in the studio by a cast of friends and fellow musicians who also have a deep affection for and/or roots in the South, including Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers.)

Rosanne Cash and her band will preview some of the new material from The River & The Thread tonight  (Sept. 19) at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley as part of the Americana Music Festival.

Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread – Track Listing

1.      A Feather’s Not A Bird
2.      The Sunken Lands
3.      Etta’s Tune
4.      Modern Blue
5.      Tell Heaven
6.      The Long Way Home
7.      World Of Strange Design
8.      Night School
9.      50,000 Watts
10.    When The Master Calls The Roll
11.    Money Road

I love when multifaceted artists like Rosanne Cash (singer-songwriter, writer and author) take on research pursuits that add to their core values and strengths. On December 5, Cash will begin a three-day residency at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Events will include a concert, a round robin with Leventhal, Crowell, Cory Chisel and Amy Helm and a conversation with Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate. For additional details, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2013/13-141.html.

I’d love for us to attend this event.

December 5 through 7, 2013, Rosanne Cash Residency

“The Long Way Home: Songs of Travel and Longing”

Rosanne Cash is a major advocate of the arts. She has appeared twice at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in nearby New Haven, CT. We especially love her appearance on the PBS-TV advertisement for the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. She has performed 13 acoustic Cash concerts at the Rubin Museum of Art since 2004.