Perpetual Groove - Heal CD -
The album is the first to feature new keyboardist John Hruby. Features a limited edition cover, featuring the album artwork in 3-D lenticular form. This edition is limited to the first pressing and will not be made available on subsequent re-pressings of the album, so don't hesitate to place your order.
Heal was recorded at Chase Park Transduction studios in Athens, GA. The album was produced and engineered by David Barbe (Drive by Truckers, Cracker) who also produced Brock Butler's latest solo effort, "Lately Here Though." The album features mostly newer material, including the instrumental track "Honey Cut" and the Hruby-led "40 Roses," the first Perpetual Groove album track to feature someone other then lead singer Brock Butler on lead vocals. Each successive studio album is always a journey for the musicians and the end product usually reflects this, "Heal" is no different. You won't find any swelling synthesizers or loops on the compositions contained within, in their place, a focus on songwriting, themes, and an overall "timeless" quality to the sonic landscape of Perpetual Groove. Read our review here. $14.99
Cope - Going Home CD - Longtime Funkyjazzgrass Jamband Cope is Dope!
Their 4th Album "Going Home" was in the running for Album of the Year 2009 with Home Grown Music!
COPE's unique sound makes soup out of the last fifty years, Fiery guitar,blistering sax and keys,thumpin bass and monster drums winding thru every music genre. Its in the blood spawning from musical roots, brothers Kenny and Dennis Stadleman began playing music together from childhood. Displaying unparalleled synchronicity in their harmonies and melodic changes. Joining with prodigies Dave(I know what time it is) Gerutat on drums and vocals and reggae guru Juan( I can blow anything) Montero on brass and keyboards and vocals. Blending their love of Beatleish harmonies and funky psychedelic groovyness has audiences shakin what their mama gave'm. Insane live shows, music lovers can catch them spring and summer touring north and south in your town or on the festival circuit at Aura, Orange Blossom Jamboree, July 4th at Opengrass and Bear Creek! COPE would like everyone to enjoy "Going Home" add to your collection or share it with a friend! Smokin' price - only $9.99!
Danny Barnes - Pizza Box CD -The lead single, 'Overdue', features familiar background vocals by fan and friend, Dave Matthews, who is a champion of the project and releasing the John Alagia produced album on his label, ATO Records. Known early on for his work with the seminal Austin alternative country band, the Bad Livers, Barnes has developed a profile for himself as one of the most progressive and genre-bending artists of his craft. With Pizza Box, Barnes spins tales of American life like a latter-day John Steinbeck, wielding banjo and pen with equal effect, and the character of his voice as the perfect mouthpiece to truly bring these songs and stories to life. He tells tales with the wry wit and humor of Garrison Keillor, the lyrical eccentricities and intellect of Randy Newman, performed with the southern twang and swagger of Levon Helm. Barnes combines and blends all of these elements into a style that is uniquely his own. $11.98
South Memphis String Band - Home Sweet Home CD - When Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes), Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) got together to make music, it certainly wasn't out of commercial consideration. This troika of roots-imbued musical pros coalesced through a shared vision and consuming passion for the music of their forebears, most notably the Mississippi Sheiks, Memphis Jug Band, Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers and other practitioners of pre-blues era roots sounds.
Home Sweet Home showcases their passion for the old timey tradition that is underscored by the group's name: South Memphis String Band. South Memphis, of course, is that rough and tumble area of the Bluff City extending from downtown to the Mississippi border, and beyond. It's where Stax Records as well as, literally, hundreds of churches thrived. The sacred and profane, holy rolling and dice rolling, were cheek by jowl in old South Memphis and its modern day namesake reflects that ecumenicism quite brilliantly. For Luther, Alvin and Jimbo, South Memphis is more of a musical state of mind than a specific geographical location. $15.98
Old Crow Medicine Show - Greetings from Wawa CD - OCMS first full-on attempt at recording, now re-released. Often referred to as the "Wawa Experience" by some folks, this album is 23 tracks of pure Crow energy! $14.98
RJD2 - Colossus CD - Fourth studio album from 'one of the few DJs who seems like an artist rather than just a record collector.' [Rolling Stone] Features contributions from Phonte Coleman [Little Brother], Kenna [Star Trak / Universal]. Previous album The Third Hand  reached #5 on Billboard's 'Heatseekers.' Deadringer  scanned 95K+. His music has been licensed for TV [Mad Men theme, CSI: NY], video games [NBA 2K6, NFL 2K5], and ads [Adidas, Heinekin, Saturn]. $14.98
February 2 - The Disco Biscuits - Planet Anthem CD
February 9 - ALO - Man of the World CD/LP
Galactic - Ya Ka May CD
Shaggy Wonda - Real World Shaker CD - This up and coming four-piece out of Bloomington, IN is quickly spreading their brand of rock, blues, and funk. Shaggy Wonda's second studio release, 'Real World Shaker', spans a wide spectrum of musical feels from riff rock to groove to smoky blues. The passion put into their lyrics and compositions is the catalyst for the high energy live performances that have won over fans at the many clubs and festivals they have played. This hard working blue collar band puts a modern spin on a rock n roll attitude rooted in decades past comparable to bands such as Black Crowes and Gov't Mule. Shaggy Wonda's influences are diverse and numerous and the result is a truly unique sound that has something for every music listener. $10.99 Also available: Not Bad for Tuesdays CD $10.99
Sol - Freedom CD - Sol performs a mix of Funk, roots Reggae, deep Blues, and psychedelic Rock. Sol is known for his work with blues & roots pioneers of Music Maker, many whose work inspired the beginnings of rock n roll. The latest CD release, Freedom, showcases Sol's unique blend of styles and talented musicians. Freedom has been called "an instant favorite" and "one of the top 15 CDs of the year!" $9.99 Also available: Volume: Blue CD $13.98
Vampire Weekend - Contra CD / LP - Like the first album, Contra was produced by keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij and is the realization of a whole and unique musical vision that sees the band stretching out and adding new textures, instrumentation, and rhythms into their sound. Primarily recorded in New York with a springtime sojourn to Mexico, Contra feels altogether fresh, joyous, and like nothing else but is immediately recognizable as the sound of Vampire Weekend. CD $14.98 / LP $16.98
Charlie Hunter - Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid CD - Features the jaw-dropping guitarist alongside drummer Eric Kalb (Deep Banana Blackout, Sharon Jones, John Scofield), and a new horn section including trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (Jazz Passengers, Lounge Lizards, Bill Frisell), trombonist Alan Ferber (Don Byron, Kenny Wheeler), and trumpeter Eric Biondo (Antibalas, TV on the Radio). Hunter is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads, and swinging rhythms. $13.98
April 15-17, 2010 - Wanee Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
April 22-25, 2010 - Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Pittsboro, NC
Video of the Week:
RJD2 - Let There Be Horns official video, song from new CD Colossus
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