Global Village has the ‘blues’ this time – with blue and blues related music from Richie Havens, Terry Callier, Boris Kovac & La Campanella, I.K. Dairo & the Blue Spots, RealWorld’s Big Blue Ball project, and the new Rough Guide to African Blues among the featured selections.
This week at the Crossroads, it’s the start of the June feature looking back at the last half-decade of Blues Music Awards winners. This week Crossroads focuses on the recently announced 2014 winners, including Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Clark, Jr., and Irma Thomas.
Plus new music from JJ Thames, Mike Zito, Kent Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, and the new live tribute to Gregg Allman.
Tuesday, June 10: I’m Alive is the 1993 release from singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. After spending much of the 1980s focusing his efforts on socially conscious songs via albums such as Lives In The Balance and World In Motion, I’m Alive saw Browne return to matters of the heart on songs such as “Sky Blue and Black” and “My Problem Is You.” This resulted in one of Browne’s best-received recordings in a decade. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from June featured artist Bob Mould’s new release Beauty and Ruin.
Pueblo Colorado’s The Haunted Windchimes is a band that defies easy classification. Co-founder Inaiah Lujan says that it’s the group’s ability to shift between styles that he likes best.
“We do bluegrass festivals," he says "We play cowboy poetry festivals, we go and do these indie rock ‘n’ roll gigs. We’ve done a good job of dabbling here and there with every sort of scene. Perhaps by some magic our music seems to be fitting for any kind of situation. We’re kind of chameleon in that sense.”
Brook Blanche, Kody Oh, and Joey Henry spend much of their lives on the road as The Calamity Cubes. But on Thursday night the band members will each play solo acoustic sets as part of an evening billed as The Attack of the Acoustic Agitators, featuring Split Lip Rayfield’s Wayne Gottstine, the band Filthy Still and others.
For Blanche, Oh, and Henry, the show is more than a just another show. And songs, in this setting are more than songs.
“It’s a celebration of storytelling in the fact that it’s a whole bunch of songwriters all night,” Henry says.
This week, New Settlers features a live performance by singer/songwriter Jeff Black. Black performed in 2011 on the Wichita State University campus for the Ulrich Museum of Art's outdoor summer concert titled "Art For Your Ears."
Jeff is self-described as a "burly, bare-knuckled, blue-collar son of the Missouri plains with dark Irish blood." Jeff has several albums to date, has written movie soundtracks and has penned tunes covered by such artists as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings and Black Hawk.
Emporia native Kelley Hunt has just issued a new CD titled Beautiful Bones. The album offers plenty of the familiar for Hunt’s longtime fans—there’s gospel, blues, & R&B—but, she says, style isn’t her main consideration when choosing material for a new album.
“I think what I gravitated to at a young age and I find myself doing it still is anything that moves me on a visceral level," she says.
“Release and Be Free” may very well Hunt’s best performance on the album. She says that co-producer Al Berman encouraged her to outdo herself on the track.
Sunday on Soulsations, hear songs from the unforgettable voice of Luther Vandross. The music master was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 3, 2014. Vandross is ranked 54 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and was included as one of NPR's 50 Great Voices in 2010.
Web extra: Luther Vandross performs "A House Is Not A Home" live at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988.