R&B Legend Gladys Knight has just released a brand new gospel album full of inspirational songs that are dear to her heart. The seven time Grammy winner has earned #1 hits in Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary music. Knight’s album Where My Heart Belongs showcases her faith, her heart, and her unmatched vocal ability. The longtime Las Vegas resident is the first African-American performer to have her a venue named after her, the Gladys Knight Theater at the Tropicana Hotel.
On this episode of New Settlers' Radio Hour, we'll hear a recorded performance from Irish singer Aoife Clancy. She started her career at the age of 14, playing with her father’s band in local pubs. Later, she was a member of the Celtic group Cherish the Ladies and has been on her own for more than a decade. An amazing voice, a great concert!
Special: It’s International Coffee Day and Global Village celebrates with some great java songs and music from coffee countries around the world. The show highlights songs about coffee from Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, Otis Redding, and Herbie Mann; from the Qat Coffee and Qambus, and Music from the Coffee Lands compilations; and from musicians from the coffee-growing countries of Jamaica (Ernest Ranglin), Ethiopia (Mulatu Astatke), Colombia (Afrosound), Kenya (the Rift Valley Brothers) and more.
Wednesday, October 1: Released in late 1968, Wonderwall Music was the debut solo recording from Beatle George Harrison. Serving as the soundtrack to the film Wonderwall, the album is composed almost entirely of instrumental pieces and is an example of Harrison’s longstanding fascination with Indian music. We’ll hear selections from that album on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Floresta, the latest release from singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd.
Night Train marks birthdays of violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (with music he did with Frank Zappa and as a leader) and pianist David Kikoski (as part of the BeatleJazz lineup, and with Pat Martino). Plus more from September featured artist Jane Bunnett - and we team up with Global Village and Strange Currency to serve up some java jive for International Coffee Day.
Zach Hodson of Dolls on Fire says that when he and band co-founder Rachel Jaggard began writing material for the band a few years ago, their influences were far-flung and that it showed in the group’s music, especially on the debut recording, Ladies and Gentlemen …. Hodson’s influences were mostly in the early rock of the ’50s and ‘60s, while Jaggard’s were more diverse.
Tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour, we'll hear from Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. Easily Amused was formed by Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureux (who now go by “Keith and Renee”.) The duo was recorded at Linesight Gallery in Wichita. They are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.
Tuesday, September 23: Dead Man’s Town is a recreation of Bruce Springsteen’s classic 1984 album Born In The U.S.A.. It features contributions from Blitzen Trapper, Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires, and the North Mississippi Allstars among others. The album was a multimillion seller for Springsteen and a commercial triumph after his under-selling 1982 release, Nebraska. We’ll hear from both recordings on this episode of the show.