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Reunited with her Pirates co-producer, Russ Titelman, Rickie Lee Jones is offering us a jazz album devoted entirely to the American Songbook (Pieces of Treasure, out on April 28th). This is a cool cat version of a popular standard originally released in 1956 and was recorded by Dean Martin, Tony Bennet, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, among many others.
I cannot sit in my chair when I hear this rousing rendition of standard “White Freight Liner Blues” from magic guitar man, Tommy Emmanuel. On his upcoming release, Accomplice Two (out on April 28th), Emmanuel is doing what seems to be his most favorite thing to do: playing fast guitar songs with friends. Molly Tuttle fronts this track and the record also features Billy Strings, Raul Malo, Jamey Johnson, and Sierra Hull among others.
Sara Watkins literally sounds like a living, breathing dragon (not the cartoon kind). She is singing at the EDGE of her voice. It’s thrilling to hear her and Chris Thile trade vocals on this track, which appears on their upcoming Celebrants, out March 24.
I’m getting “mighty” excited about this supergroup! Andrew Marlin from Watchhouse, Noam Pikelny and Chris Eldridge from Punch Brothers, Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon), and Alex Hargreaves (Billy Strings) make up Mighty Poplar. They dropped a couple new songs this week, including this one, which will appear on their full length self titled record, out on March 31.
Cinder Well usually conjures ancient spooky, scary spirits, but this new song is pretty breezy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I would not wanna listen to this in the dark, but it does swing a little. Her album Cadence is out April 21.