It’s Friday, folks, which means it’s time again to dig into the stacks of great new albums and explore some of their excellent new songs.
DJ Cindy Howes does this on her Fresh Cuts Radio Hour every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern, 11 a.m. Pacific via the website, app, or your smart speaker. Or, just click on the Fresh Cuts stream whenever it’s convenient for you.
In the meantime, check out some of the best new music we’ve been listening to this week.
Natalie Merchant is back, with a new album coming April 14 on Nonesuch Records. The disc’s lead single is a rumination on the Greek goddess of love, and all the things that love inspires and evokes in people.
The Wood Brothers’ new disc, Heart is the Hero, is coming April 14 and its lead single is a good representative of its themes around love, connection, and slowing down to make room for it all.
Alexander was born in Greece and moved to Texas with his family as a child. Now readying his debut album, SEA/SONS, also due April 14 on Dualtone, he has said this song was inspired by listening to friends talk about their 50th wedding anniversary.
Singer-songwriter Parker Millsap turned a lot of heads when he emerged out of Woody Guthrie’s hometown in Oklahoma a few years back. Now, with a new album due May 12, his first single from it is a song about “everything.”
You may have missed that a new tribute album to the great Eric Andersen was released last October, featuring a major all-star lineup, including Janis Ian, Dom Flemons, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, and this wonderful version of Andersen’s “Blue River” by Amy Helm.