Five Cool Ones: Five New Albums Released This Week (March 20,2020)

Picking’s are a bit slim this week as many artists are delaying their releases for a bit, at least until they can actually tour to play their new songs in front of their fans. That being said, current Queen frontman Adam Lambert has a new one out as does Morrissey. Even Gordon Lightfoot makes an appearance this week with his new record, Solo. Here are five nice ones we have culled for you.

Mapache – From Liberty Street

This one has so many Laurel Canyon vibes wafting all over it the record might as well have been recorded on Joni Mitchell’s couch. This, their sophomore record is a breezy harmony-ladened gem.

James Righton – The Performer

The debut solo record from The Klaxons frontman will take you back to the days of ’70s rockers Bryan Ferry and Todd Rundgren with a side order of Nick Lowe thrown in for good measure.

Mike Mattison – Afterglow

Recently, mostly known for his work in the Tedeschi Trucks band, he is the lead singer, Mike Mattison steps out on his own with a highly likable set of Americana, Rock, and Blues influenced songs.

Kelsea Ballerini – Kelsea

It seems that Kelsea Ballerini has been bubbling just under the surface of stardom for some time with this latest record, Kelsea, quite likely serving as the springboard to mainstream stardom. Having been nominated for a Grammy in 2017 for Best New Artist, be ready to hear this Pop Country star pretty much everywhere you go in 2020.

Carla Olson – Have Harmony Will Travel 2

Known for her recent collaboration with The Byrds Gene Clark, Carla Olson, this time, calls on a bevy of her famous friends to add texture and flavor to a great musical set of cover songs as well as original material. Terry Reid takes it gritty jumping in on “Scarlet Ribbons,” Timothy B. Schmit does what he does so well on “A Child’s Claim To Fame,” and don’t sleep on Carla classing this up with Percy Sledge on “Honest as Daylight.” There is something for everyone on this one with Peter Noone and Gene Clark also joining in on the fun. The spectacular “Del Gato” is worth the price of admission alone.

 

Five Cool Ones: Five New Albums released this week (November 29, 2019)

Since we are contractually and philosophically obligated to steer away from covering any Christmas releases, the pickings are a bit slim this week. But, fear not fellow music aficionados, there are a couple of cool ones along with some spicy reissues that are deserving to be heard.

Mapache – Mapache

A stripped down version of their laid back Laurel Canyon ethos, this one is carries so much ’70s DNA it could be dating Linda Ronstadt.

If You’re Going To The City: A Tribute To Mose Allison

Mose Allison is one interesting dude. A unicorn of sorts, he plays well in the worlds of Jazz, Blues, Folk, and Americana. Here, Iggy Pop, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, and even Richard Thompson makes an appearance on this one. “Stop This World” and “Parchman Farm” are both pretty special, but the entire set is ear-worthy.

Shawn Lee – Rides Again

Shawn Lee has been around a bit, since the late 80,s and with his vibe of Pop, New-Soul, and 60’s Motown Groove, his latest effort has a distinct retro feel that is cleansing to the palate.

Willie Nile – Beautiful Wreck of a World

Willie Nile, the king of New York, has been creating pretty great music since the 70’s. Sort of a mix of Mink DeVille and Lou Reed, this reissue from 2004 is is a great primer to learn more about an artist that very much should be on your radar.

Jack Green – Humanesque

Known mostly for his work with The Pretty Things, Jack Green has reissued his first solo release, Humanesque, from way back in 1980. Power Pop in the Greg Kihn mold, “I Call No Answer” features Ritchie Blackmore before before he went all Renaissance crazy.