This week’s releases have a special artist with her new album Renaissance. Beyoncé drops her latest offer is a Club/Dance/Pop collection. Renaissance follows 2016 Lemonade. and has highlights for the dance floor like Break My Soul. The label is Columbia and the release date July the 29th 2022.
The motion picture soundtrack from the movie Elvis is also out. RCA Records, Elvis’ original label is behind the release. The Baz Luhrmann film features music by various artists including Elvis of course but also the likes of Doja Cat and Chris Isaak, to name a few.
Also out this week are Josh Rouse with Going Places, Whiskey Myers with Tornillo, Ateez with The World Ep. 1: Movement, Tedeschi Trucks Band with I am The Moon: III. The Fall and much more.
Americana and Indie Folk Singer-Songwriter Matt Nathanson releases Boston Accent on Acrobat record label. The artist offers a feel good sound with his friend Butch Walker as we come out of lockdown. He acknowledges his favourite inspirational icons: Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Indigo Girls, Joni, Carole King… In the same category, Amanda Shires drops Take It Like A Man on ATO.
Jazz is on the list with Best Next Thing on Positone label. Multi Grammy Award winner trombonist Michael Dease releases this stunning collection. He accompanies himself with stellar musicians to deliver a versatile offer. Showing off his soloist talent, he has in the past lent his talent to many musician including but by far not limited to Alicia Keys.
A little Hard Rock comes to us this week, courtesy of Loudness. Their LP Sunburst comes via label earMUSIC. We also get some Classic Rock as Dwight Twilley reissues Wild Dogs: Expanded Edition on Iconoclassic.
New releases are edited from the weekly list that you can get from NewReleasesNow.com
I Write The Songs #127 Rewind Festival North (80s festival) special . First aired on Canalside Raddio.
lyrics of the week
You’ve got the knack of being so laid-back
It’s like talking to the great Unknown
I Write The Songs #127 Rewind Festival North (80s festival) – part 1
- Belinda Carlisle, Circle in the Sand (Acoustic), 3:53, Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley
- Fly Yeti Fly, Shine A Light, 4.20, Fatea ShowCase 38 Changing Autumn 2017
- Paolo Nutini, Million Faces, 3:40,
- Lauren Fine, Slip Slidin’ Away, 4:25, Paul Simon
- Toto, I Won’t Hold You Back, 1983, Steve Lukather and Randy Goodrum
I Write The Songs #127 Rewind Festival North (80s festival) – Part 2
- Belinda Carlisle, La Luna, 4:10, 1989, –
- Andy Shauf, Hometown Hero, 3:29, The Bearer of bad news
- Rachel Sermanni, Innocent Journey, 4:17, 2016, Refugee
- Geoffrey Oryema, The River, 6:31, Beat the Border International, 1993
- Kim Wilde, Million Miles Away, 1992
I Write The Songs #127 Rewind Festival North (80s festival) – Part 3
- Berlin, Take my breath away
- Leo Koster, Boston, 02:26 Leo Koster Sings Gene Clark https://continentalrecordservices.bandcamp.com/album/leo-koster-sings-gene-clark
- BJ Baartmans & Mike Roelofs, Velvet Revolution 03:28, Outward & Return , 2017, instrumental https://eurootspromotion.bandcamp.com/album/outward-return.
- Fiona Apple, Hot knife
- Elton John, Sartorial Eloquence, 1980, Tom Robinson and Elton John
I Write The Songs #119 Stromae and Joan Baez first aired on Canalside Radio 102.8FM on the 13th of June 2017.
“Mais oui on se connait bien
T’as même voulu t’faire ma mère hein
T’as commencé par ses seins
Et puis du poumon à mon père
Tu t’en souviens ?”
I Write The Songs #119part 1
- Nancy Sinatra, These Boots Are Made For Walking, 2:42, 1966, Lee Hazlewood
- Stromae, Formidable, 3:34, Racine Carrée, Stromae, Belgium
The drunken singing of this song pours out the pain of love lost in separation and showcases in this young Belgian the complete understanding of the character drama in French chanson appropriated by the chansonnier and chantauteur and brought to the 21st century by the infusion of his generation’s music style
- Joan Baez, 3:32, Diamonds [Disc 1], 1996
- Frank Yamma, A Blackman’s crying, 4.00, Songlines 2016, Australia (Pitjantjatjara, English)
- Emeli Sande, Clown, 3.38, 2012
I Write The Songs #119 part 2
- Joan Baez, I Shall Be Released, 2:15, Diamonds [Live] [Disc 2], 1976, Bob Dylan
- Blick Bassy, Wap do Wap, 2:19, Akö, 2016, Cameroon, 01:28
- Punch Brothers, I Blew it Off, 3:12, Songlines Music Awards 2016, 2016
- Loretta Lynn, Crazy, 2.23, Willie Nelson
- Charm of Finches, Fossil in Stone, 4:31 , Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning, 2017
- Stromae, Moules Frites, 2:39, Racine Carrée, 2013, Stromae
I Write The Songs #119 part 3
- Manic Street Preachers, Umbrella (acoustic), 3.28, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Kuk Harrell, Shawn Carter, 2008
- Me For Queen, Leaves, 3.24, Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning www.meforqueen.com
- Cherry Head, Cherry Heart, Brambles Farm 4:11 Fatea Showcase Session Summer 17 Burning 148 2017
- William Awihilima Kahaiali’i, known as Willie K, Hoe Taime Haumauru, 1:59, Kahaialiia serenade from the romcom You May Not Kiss The Bride (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), 2012
- Joan Baez, In the quiet morning, 2.56
- Stromae, Quand c’est?, 3:01, Stromae, Racine Carrée, 2013
I Write The Songs special featured artists!
I Write The Songs special featured artists – part 1
- Krista Detor, Bridges, 4.37, USA #80 Krista Detor
- – Milk Carton Kids, Secrets of the stars, 2.45, Monterey #78
- – Nina Simone, Here comes the sun, Here Comes the Sun, 1971 #62
- – Franklin Boukaka, Ata Ozali, 4.32, Le bucheron, RC #105-franklin-boukaka
- – Pitch Feather, Elderflower Fall, 3.22, Mountains and Tides, 2013 #75
- – Herbert Groenemeyer, Halt Mich, 3.28 #102-herbert-groenemeyer/
I Write The Songs special featured artists – part 2
- – Enya, Orinocco Flow, 3.44, Watermark (2nd album) 1988, Ireland #70-featuring-enya/
- – Ben Harper, Ashes, 3.51, #59-featuring-ben-harper/
- – Noa, Eye In The Sky (Alan Parsons Project), 4.15, 2003
Eye in the sky, Alan Parsons made popular by the Alan Parsons project #58 (Noa), #77-alan-parsons
- – Cale Tyson, Careless soul, 3.20, Careless Soul, 2016 #114-cale-tyson
- – Tanita Tikaram, Dust on my shoes, Tanita Tikaram, 3.34, 2012, UK #36
I Write The Songs special featured artists – part 3
- – Jeff Healey Band, Angel, Jimi Hendrix (Canada/US) #42 (Jimi Hendrix) #74 Jeff Healey
- – Little Sparrow, Garden, 3.45, Katie Ware, UK #47
- – The Avett Brothers All My Mistakes 4.26 2013 theavettbrothers.com #92-ft-the-avett-brothers
- – Sa Dingding, Girl in a green dress, Harmony, 2010 110-sa-dingding/
- – Barry Manilow, I Write the Songs, Bruce Johnston, 3’43, 1975, USA, first ever played #1
Every year offers its melodic beauties for the pleasure of the music fan in all our diversity. This was 2016 in music.
- Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold ft. Alev Lenz http://www.anoushkashankar.com/
The title track of the album Land of Gold is as brilliant as the video. Check it out at
- Boo Hewerdine – The Year That I Was Born (Born EP 2016)
Loved it. Period.
More? Ok. The haunting, the build up, the harmonisations and the way the silences are full of sous-entendus.
- Heidi Talbot, Here we go 1 2 3 or MotherLand or any other song (Here we go 1, 2, 3 LP)
Her 7th album is a charm. You can see it from above, I could not even chose one leading track!
- Levi Parham, Your Blue Eyes Give You Away (These American Blues 2016)
The CD is a nice dose of Americana country -infused blues, more blues in track like Chemical Train but mostly lovely take on the traditional. The CD was released on Music Road but a vinyl version of this no.1 album of the 2016 Euro Americana Chart is due for release in 2017.
- Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater, By the Tides from the album Findings
Again, the musicianship of Ange Hardy transpires and her collaboration with Lukas Drinkwater works harmoniously to bring us.
- Blick Bassy – Wap do Wap from the album Ako on No Format!
The track on its own made me smile. It was not the video, it was just the tone and the mix of a smooth voice and a reasonably energetic rhythm lifting it all up. The whole thing is a beautiful one, that has a charm in its mix of reflection and calculated rhythmic.
- Songs of separation Website | Facebook | Twitter
The concept and the logistics are as brilliant as the resulting album. Ten female Folk musicians (including our beloved Karine Polwart) from Scotland and England come together to create a recording that reflects on the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, through traditional song. Check out the making on youtu.be/2du9Va36x0I
- The Bills, Pebble beach (Trail of tales)
Really had a good time listening to this and enjoying different songs for different reasons in particular the instrumentals such as Pebble Beach. Plus the full band contributed in the songwriting so what is there not to like when a few people get together in such harmony?
- MonkeyJunk, Time To Roll (Time To Roll)
3 songs are just enough of a taster, an invite into the world of Blues hereby offered on a bed of groove. Canada’s most acclaimed blues/roots music bandband MonkeyJunk introduce Time To Roll in 2016, a 3 track sampler, by way of its title track. This came out end of 2016 on Continental records as their fifth release, showcasing soulful original material and also including a cover of Albert King’s classic “The Hunter.”
- Rory Block, Keepin’ Outta Trouble (Keepin’ Outta Trouble, Bukka White series)
For a second bill of the continental records releases of 2016, Keepin’ Outta Trouble is Rory Block’s sixth release in her “Mentor Series” that salutes the blues masters who’ve had a profound impact on her music. This time she pays tribute to Bukka White, one of the most influential country blues artists in history. She brings the soul and meaning of Bukka White’s songs to life, as if heard for the first time since they were written and performed by the man, himself. Rory Block is one of the most acclaimed acoustic blues artists. She has won five Blues Awards in the “Traditional Blues Female Artist” and “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year” categories. Here with Bukka White’s own Keepin’ Outta Trouble also the title track of the EP, she revisits Delta Blues.
- Luke Jackson http://lukepauljackson.com/shop/
- Joan Armatrading – Baby Blue Eyes
True musicians never stop working and Joe Armatrading was bound to get us another gem in 2016. She did.
- Steve Pledger, The Right To Be Wrong 4:01 Somewhere Between 2016 Steve Pledger
I was looking forward to it at https://1inmusic.com/steve-pledger-somewhere/ and we got to hear it and review it! https://1inmusic.com/steve-pledger-somewhere-between/
- Lewis & Leigh, Heart Don’t Want from the album Ghost
favourite song: track 4 – Heart don’t want. simple acoustic harmonies grabbing your strings one at a time www.lewisandleigh.com
- Phil Gammage, Used Man For Sale 03:22 Used Man For Sale (November 2016)
In the same year, continental record release the Eight solo album of two-time veteran of the CBGB Music Festival in New York and numerous songs featured in television shows and commercials have earned Phil a growing following and a steady hum of praise.
This appears to be in a great place with his music right now
His new album is Used Man For Sale which features ten original Gammage penned songs. As on all of his recordings, it features Phil singing, playing guitar, and playing harmonica.
Used Man For Sale is a follow-up to 2014’s Adventures in Bluesland (World Wide Vibe Records), an album of outstanding Gammage penned songs and his renditions of several traditional classics. It received rave reviews and made numerous ‘Best of the year’ lists internationally.
Used Man for Sale was produced by Kevin Tooley and recorded in New York at 30 Below Studio and World Wide Vibe Studios. Engineered by Brent McLaghlan and Kevin Tooley. Musicians: Kevin Tooley – drums; Frank DeNunzio – bass and backing vocals; Johnny Young – keyboards, piano; Michele Bulter – backing vocals; and Phil Gammage – lead vocals, guitars, harmonica, and vibes. This is the
- Le Vent du Nord – L’échafaud from the album Tetu on Borealis Records
Folk made in French Canada with some cheeky lyrics here and there and some serious musicanship. “L’échafaud” was our favourite song for its well balanced solemn tone and subject and we played it on I Write The songs #63.
- Simon Cousins When I’m In My Baby’s Arms 2:52 Simon Cousins – Forgiven Songs
I am grateful for wonderful shows such as Roots & Fusion, magazines and their compilations such as R2 and Songlines, music lovers and promoters such as Fatea, labels such as Continental records, artists and managers for allowing the discovery of a lot of these artists and their music. Some of these songs have been played on I Write The songs #101 special 2016. Some have been played during 2016. Some will be played in 2017, that is just how it is.
Looking forward to 2017 in music
I am extremely looking forward to the Jazz fusions and infusions of Cameroonian bassist Stephane Manga, the blues-infused vibes from Meena Cryle & The Chris Fillmore Band, led by guitar virtuoso Chris Fillmore with the January 2017 release of “In Concert”, their debut album for “Continental Blue Heaven/CRS” that span their various shows from the past 18 months of non-stop touring. I’m also looking forward to Maz O’Connor ‘s album. Just check out the single Skin, a lovely single beautifully complemented by a simple but deep video.