May 12

"On The Line" CD of the Week

In anticipation of her appearance at this year's BottleRock festival, we're featuring the latest release by indie darling Jenny Lewis.
April 04

"When You're Ready" CD of the Week

Molly Tuttle picked up the guitar at age 8. Growing up here in the Bay Area, she appeared with her father, Jack at 11, soon joining the Tuttle family band.
February 14

What It Is? CD of the week, that's what!

The Texas singer-songwriter is back with his sixth album "What It Is", a collection of tunes that return Hayes to the witty lyricism we've come to love.
December 13

"Socks" JD McPherson's Holiday Release

In the Holiday spirit yet? JD McPherson and his band will get you in the mood with their new collection of Xmas classics "Socks".
November 29

Small Town-Big Sound

A loving tribute to the famed recording mecca of Alabama, "Muscle Shoals-Small Town, Big Sound" is a collection of classic songs from various artists. Dedicated to the late Rick Hall, father of the "Muscle Shoals Sound", there are great new recordings of such hits as "Respect Yourself" by Mike Farris w/ the Blind Boys of Alabama, "I'd Rather Go Blind" originally by Etta James, and done here by Grace Potter, and "The Road of Love" covered by Keb Mo.
November 15

"Karma for Cheap" CD of the Week

Aaron Lee Tasjan is a talented, kooky fella. Originally from Ohio, he spent a few years in New York as a lad playing with Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) , the New York Dolls, collaborating with Sean Lennon and the late Ian McLagan.
October 18

Jason & the 400 Unit Live @ the Ryman

Showcasing one of the best live acts around today, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit's "Live at the Ryman" is a slam-dunk for this weeks pick of CD of the week.
October 11

The Eclipse Sessions-- CD of the Week

John Hiatt's "The Eclipse Sessions" is his first release in 4 years. It is a collection of thoughtful, reflective tunes with acoustic and electric guitars, keys and the backbeat provided by long-time drummer Kevin Blevins.
August 30

Boz has the Blues

Boz Scaggs has good reason to sing the blues. Growing up in Oklahoma and Texas, he heard the blues on the radio. Picking up the guitar, he started playing blues because it was simple.
August 02

To the Sunset -- CD of the week

Amanda Shires has been pretty busy since her last release "My Piece of Land" in 2016. She's been raising her toddler Mercy Rose, touring with her husband Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit, and finishing her Masters.
July 12

Rodney Crowell "Acoustic Classics" CD of the Week

An artist with a legacy like Rodney Crowell's doesn't need to revisit old songs in an "unplugged" setting.
June 17

Nicki Bluhm - Rising from the Ashes

It's been a season of immense change for one of our favorites, Nicki Bluhm. Her marraige to Mother Hips founder Tim Bluhm fell apart, she picked up and left her home here in the Bay Area and moved to Nashville, leaving behind her beloved band the Gramblers, and basically started fresh with songs…
May 31

Courtney Barnett---CD of the Week

"Tell Me How You Really Feel" is the new release from Austrailian rocker Courtney Barnett. The southpaw has returned to the lyrically funny, guitar driven sound that she introduced to the global audience with 2015's "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
May 24

Chvrches "Love Is Dead" CD of the Week

Not a misprint....the band Chvrches was formed in Scotland in 2011. Comprised of singer Lauren Mayberry and keyboardists Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, the band has just released its third full length collection of tunes.
May 17

Ry Cooder "The Prodigal Son" CD of the Week

Since the 60's, when he played with the Rising Sons alongside Taj Mahal, Ryland Cooder has been considered a musicians' musician. A masterful multi-instrumentalist, Ry has won numerous Grammy awards, been awarded two honorary doctorates and left his imprint on some of the best albums released in…
May 10

Brent Cobb "Providence Canyon" CD of the Week

Following up his 2016 release "Shine On Rainy Day", Brent Cobb has released his sophomore effort "Providence Canyon". Once again he has populated his songs with rowdy rednecks, lovesick country boys and highways.
May 03

Lake Street Dive "Free Yourself Up" - CD of the week

The title of the Brooklyn-out of Boston based quartet is certainly appropriate. Lake Street Dive have freed themselves by self-producing this release.
April 19

Joshua Hedley "Mr. Jukebox" - CD of the Week

Honing his chops in the clubs around Nashville since he was a teen, Joshua Hedley's debut is the aptly titled "Mr. Jukebox". He has played fiddle and guitar for Justin Townes Earle and Jonny Fritz and is a fixture at Robert's Western World, one of my favorite spots to see music in downtown Music…
April 12

John Prine "the Tree of Forgiveness" CD of the Week

John Prine is an American treasure. His new release "The Tree of Forgiveness" is the first collection of original material in 13 years, and it is certainly worth the wait. The cover is a close up of the artists' face, with the years worn in full detail, the warmth still shining through.
April 05

Ben & Charlie "No Mercy in This Land" - CD of the Week

Ben Harper and our friend and neighbor Charlie Musselwhite have teamed up again for another stellar collection of blues "No Mercy in This Land". Their last collaboration, 2013's "Get Up!" won a Grammy for best contemporary blues album.
March 29

Kacey Musgraves "Golden Hour" - CD of the Week

That ain't country-until it is. Kacey Musgraves achingly beautiful new release "Golden Hour" is my favorite album of 2018, so far.
March 22

Courtney Marie Andrews -Kindness -CD of the week

"May Your Kindness Remain" is the new release from our friend Courtney Marie Andrews. Written on the road throughout 2017, the songs weren't necessarily inspired by the road, but by the people she met along the way.
March 15

Jimi's "Both Sides of the Sky" CD of the week

"Both Sides of the Sky" is the third volume of a trilogy of albums (Valleys of Neptune-2010, and People, Hell & Angels-2013), and features 10 unreleased recordings done between 1968 and 1970.
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