This week on New Settlers we hear the wild, eclectic and multi-talented Vance Gilbert from his show at the Old Settlers Inn. Vance is a wonderful singer-songwriter and storyteller and he can bring tears to the toughest audience veteran…but he's also funny. Really.
Hear music from Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape. The May release features songs the pop icon recorded from 1983 to 1999.
Soulsations also remembers soul singer Jessica Cleaves, the lead singer for the late 60s, early 70s group Friends of Distinction. Cleaves later played with Earth, Wind & Fire as well as funk master George Clinton.
Web extra: Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"
Tuesday, May 20: R.E.M. remains the only band to ever twice headline MTV’s highly successful Unplugged series, once in 1991 and again a decade later. Despite the popularity of those performances, the Georgia-based band never released the music to a commercial audience. A new two-CD set offers listeners the first chance to hear not only those two shows in their entirety but previously unreleased material as well. We’ll hear from that recording as well as selections from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the latest release from Sturgill Simpson.
Night Train kicks off the week with more music from May featured artists John Scofield and Sun Ra, birthday salutes to saxophonist Sonny Fortune and pianist Allen Farnham, and new music from the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Peter Bernstein and Leslie Pintchik.
Tonight in the Global Village, Indian world fusion – from the groundbreaking work of John McLaughlin with Shakti, to Tim Ries’ Indian/jazz reworking of music from the Rolling Stones, to music from the contemporary group Re-Orient. Plus Joni Mitchell, American Afrobeat group Antibalas, and the offbeat world sounds of the group TriBeCaStan.
Crossroads highlights more from May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers; new music from Brent Johnson, Kent Burnside, the Robert Cray Band and Leon Russell; and classics from Albert King and Muddy Waters. Then in hour two of the show, a House of Blues special focusing on the relationship of gospel and the blues, including music from the Holmes Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more.
Sunday on Soulsations: the harmonious sounds of gospel artists, TRU. The Wichita-based, all-female group is releasing their first album. Though contemporary, the quartet has not forgotten their traditional roots, which they deliver with a unique flavor.
TRU members are alto Marie Moon, soprano Carol Cole, tenor Alisha Baldwin, and alto Rachel Robertson. On Sunday, May 18, at Central Community Church in Wichita, TRU will share songs from their inaugural CD, Thank You.