January has been relatively quiet thus far in terms of new releases, but there is a lot coming our way at the end of the month—and even more in February and March. We’ve got a steaming buffet of new tunes to share, to help get your year off to a good start.
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Now, for a sampling:
To celebrate Cassidy’s 60th birthday, a new album celebrating the late singer pairs her vocals with arrangements from the London Symphony Orchestra. The disc, I Can Only Be Me, is due March 3.
This new song from Mile Twelve’s forthcoming Close Enough to Hear album (due Feb. 3) reimagines the fate—and life choices—of Odysseus in Homer’s telling of the ancient story.
Last October, Margo Price released a memoir that has been garnering plenty of attention for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter. She follows it closely with a new album, Strays, which she wrote over the course of six days while eating psychedelic mushrooms in a South Carolina cottage.
A newly compiled posthumous album by Ali Farka Toure was announced recently, and is due for release on March 10. It includes fellow Malian Oumou Sangare on three tracks and was co-produced by Toure’s son Vieux Farka Toure.
This track hails from French Celtic band Doolin’s forthcoming Circus Boy album, which is due March 3 on Compass Records.