Marketing Program/ Banner/ Listening Station Titles Promoted This Week:
Jack Broadbent – Ride CD/LP (Crows Feet)
Hailed as “the new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “the real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, acclaimed English singer-songwriter and guitarist Jack Broadbent has spent almost a decade wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar playing, his poignant folk and blues-inspired vocals, and not least, four studio albums containing songs that range from beautiful folk ballads to raw blues to straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. His new album Ride features opening salvo “I Love Your Rock ‘n’ Roll” with Classic Rock writing, “Broadbent resolutely refuses to spoil the recording by either ramping up the volume or compressing the audio to the nth decibel. It’s a good song and leaving it unadorned emphasizes its goodness.”
Calexico – El Mirador CD/LP (ANTI-)
Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino return in with their luminous tenth studio album, El Mirador; a hopeful, kaleidoscopic beacon of rock, bluesy ruminations, and Latin American sounds. Oscillating between haunting desert noirs and buoyant jolts of cumbia and Cuban son, the album is permeated by longing. The title track “El Mirador” conjures images of a lighthouse, beckoning to lost souls in the night with hypnotic bass lines and cascading percussion. El Mirador also features vocals from Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno, while Spanish rocker Jairo Zavala brings his signature bravado to the track ”Cumbia Peninsula”. By working with friends and recurring collaborators, Calexico also highlights the unique social and linguistic intersections at the US-Mexico border and the magnificent possibilities of a borderless world. [An indie store exclusive metallic gold color vinyl pressing is due April 22.]
Albert Cummings – Ten CD (Ivy Music Company)
Ever since the release of his first album in 2003, the blues world has opened its doors for Albert Cummings. A singer and guitarist who has played with many of the greatest players of the modern era, Cummings has received the kind of recognition that few others do. His new album Ten is a full realization of the wider possibilities of where his music can go. The 13 songs on Ten are a compelling and emotional summation of what the artist has seen and done. The single “Need Somebody” begins the album with a sonic slugfest of back-alley power, the sound that Cummings has spent his life perfecting. Vince Gill lends background vocals to the standout track “Last Call”.