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The Staves' Nonesuch Records debut album, If I Was, has been named to Stereogum's list of the 50 Best Albums of 2015 So Far. "Some albums demand gushing, so here goes: Once I got past thinking of the Staveley-Taylor sisters as Justin Vernon's pet project or the English folk-rock Haim and immersed myself in If I Was, I scoffed at past-me for ever seeing them as anything but the Staves, one of the greatest bands in the universe," exclaims Stereogum's Chris DeVille. "These 12 elegies for a failed romance are brutally honest and unimaginably beautiful."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsTuesday, June 16, 2015|0 comments
Rhiannon Giddens's debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, has been named to Rolling Stone's list of the 45 Best Albums of 2015 So Far. "Over the past two years, Rhiannon Giddens has become one of the most promising voices in American roots music," exclaims Rolling Stone. On the album, she gives classic songs made famous by Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Odetta, and more "a freshness and vitality that feel right at home in 2015." Also on the list is the debut album from Congolese band Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa. The album, a World Circuit release distributed in North America by Nonesuch, is a "heady and high-energy Afrofuturist collaboration," says Rolling Stone.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsMonday, June 15, 2015|0 comments
Guitarist Ry Cooder, singer Sharon White, and country/bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs kick off the "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour, their maiden voyage as a musical trio, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, followed by stops in Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York City, and more in the months ahead. "You are going to hear four-part singing from the heart," says Cooder, "the finest and best instrumental activity in the land, songs you know and love and to top it off, the indomitable Buck White on piano who will turn your money green. Now who's happy? That's the way we're gonna stay so knock on wood!"Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsFriday, June 12, 2015|0 comments
Punch Brothers kick off the summer leg of their tour with music from their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Sunday. The tour continues with a return to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado next weekend, followed by stops at festivals across the US, including Celebrate Brooklyn!, as well as several shows with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn over the next month. The band heads to the UK and Europe at the end of July, then resumes its US tour in mid-August, with dates through September with special guest Gabriel Kahane.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsFriday, June 12, 2015|0 comments
Mbongwana Star, whose debut full-length album, From Kinshasa, was released last month via World Circuit, is featured on PRI's The World. "The music from the Congolese band Mbongwana Star sounds like nothing else," says host Marco Werman. You can hear why in his interview with the album's Irish-born Parisian producer, Doctor L, here.