Ryan Montbleau - Stages Vol 2 CD - Ryan made some very special recordings of some very special solo-acoustic shows in March of this year. The best of the best of these performances made it onto Stages: Volume II. If you weren't there, or if you were and regret leaving, you'll probably want a copy. (Proceeds from Stages: Volume II go toward the making of the next Ryan Montbleau Band studio record, due out in 2010.) $12
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper CD - Karl Denson has blazed and acclaimed trail bridging the worlds of jazz, funk, and rock, first as featured saxophonist with Lenny Kravitz, then as leader of acid-jazz funksters The Greyboy Allstars, and finally leading his own group, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, which has been a favorite of the jam-band circuit.
Brother's Keeper delivers the classic Karl Denson's Tiny Universe amalgam of funk, rock and jazz on a sterling set of brand new compositions featuring Karl's soulful vocals and impressive saxophone solos. $17.98
Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There's Now CD - On Then There s Now, the second album from Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident, the renowned keyboardist extends his reach into areas that will excite longtime admirers yet inspire countless new ones. With his signature grooves and deep musicianship intact, Hollingsworth delivers a breakthrough album, with songs that are purposefully lyric-driven, and filled with emotion and catchy hooks. With Then There s Now, Kyle Hollingsworth unveils his new musical soul, and marks his true emergence as a solo artist. $15.98
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers - Levitate CD - Following a critically acclaimed box-set, a duet recording with Ricky Scaggs and a jazz trio album w/ Christian McBride & Jack DeJohnette, the beloved songwriter/pianist/vocalist returns to the format that has brought his greatest commercial success. Accompanied by his seasoned touring band the Noisemakers, Hornsby's stellar new songs are presented in dynamic arrangements with his signature blend of rock, country, pop & jazz and featuring some of the finest vocal performances of Bruce's illustrious career The title track is the end theme for Spike Lee's documentary Kobe at Work about the NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
Bruce also wrote the score (his first) Hornsby has a featured role (as himself) in the film World's Greatest Dad opening August 21st starring Robin Williams directed by Bobcat Goldthwait and featuring several Hornsby songs including the Levitate track "Invisible". $13.98
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker - Burn it Down CD - Soul music is here to stay, and it's still evolving. The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker are living proof. Lead singer Charles Walker doesn't imitate, emulate or try to resuscitate a bygone nostalgic era. He is soul, the real deal, still carrying the flaming torch of funk and soul lit back in the late 60's at the Apollo Theater where he opened up for icons like James Brown and Wilson Pickett. An essential authenticity comes across in The Dynamites music and message. Without a doubt, Burn it Down acknowledges that not all is right in the world, but it doesn't get stuck there. Times might be rough and people might be grumbling about doomsday, but Charles Walker and The Dynamites are here to remind us that "it's a sunny day." Sure we could bitch and moan. But we could just as well get down to some funky assed grooves and burn that negativity down. $12.98
September 22 - Leftover Salmon - Years in Your Ears DVD
September 29 - The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You CD
The Emmit/Nershi Band - New Country Blues CD
Breakestra - Dusk Till Dawn CD
October 6 - Widespread Panic - Montreal 9.8.97 (3 CDs)
Mike Doughty - Sad Man Happy Man CD
Phish - Joy CD - 2009 studio album from the reformed band led by guitarist extraordinaire Trey Anastasio. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite and was recorded in New York's Chung King Studios. Many of the album's 10 songs have already been road-tested during the band's reunion tour and retain their fresh, live feel on the studio recordings. The album is already being called the band's best ever studio release. $13.98
Infected Mushroom - The Legend of Black Shawarma CD - These psy-trance innovators have become one of the biggest electronic bands on the planet. Twice ranked among the world's ten best DJs by the bible of the scene, the UK's DJ Magazine, the Israel-bred, LA-based duo bring a frenetic rock energy to the form. Their explosive show, featuring guitars, live drums, intensely passionate vocals, and an ambitious multimedia backdrop ranks among the genre's most unpredictably joyous events. Their recordings continually venture where other electronic acts fear to tread. The follow-up to 2007's "Vicious Delicious" marks a return to their metal roots. Guests include Jonathan Davis (Korn) and Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Porno For Pyros, Satellite Party). $15.98
Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:11 CD - 11:11 is the third studio album by Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. It will guest stars Strunz & Farah on the song "Master Maqui" and guest stars Alex Skolnick on the song "Atman."Each song on the album is a tribute to an artist that has inspired both Rodrigo and Gabriela. Some of these artists include: Pink Floyd, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Al Dimeola, Paco de Lucia, John McLaughlin and more. $15.98
September 18-19 - Let it Roll - Ghent, NY
October 10-11 - 4th Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA
November 13-15 - *Bear Creek Music & Art Festival - Live Oak, FL
* Look for the HGMN booth at this event
Video of the Week:
Ryan Montbleau Band - Honeymoon Eyes (Sun Studo Sessions)
Thanks for reading, and have a great week!