Christian Gregory is a British singer who immersed himself in the grooves and style of vintage soul and R&B. He and fellow enthusiast Michael Kiwanuka have even formed a label, Movement Records, to release the updated soul music they love. Turns out their first artist is Christian Gregory himself, with an EP called Count On You out on August 18. Recording the album live to tape, Gregory is definitely onto something, as you will hear.
Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is a singer-songwriter from Eastern Kentucky named Sturgill Simpson. Earlier this year he self-released his second album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. He has called it a "social consciousness" concept album disguised as a country record. That may be, but there is no disguising Sturgill's amazing voice and the songwriting on this record.
Aloe Blacc has been on a roll. It all started in 2010, when his album Good Things spawned "I Need A Dollar," the theme song to the HBO TV series How to Make It in America. That track would go on to become a major hit in Europe.
It's always helpful to understand an artist's background when making sense of its creations, especially when it comes to a group like Ought. The band and its debut album, More Than Any Other Day, were shaped significantly by events that occurred in its hometown of Montreal.
Between Brett Dennen, Joy Kills Sorrow singer Emma Beaton, and retro-inspired diva Dominique Pruitt, it's safe to say that redheads run this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. With that in mind, we thought this was a great excuse to take a look back at powerful performances by redheads on Mountain Stage. First though, two from this week's broadcast.
Jonathan Wilson may be from North Carolina, but his sound and aesthetic are 100 percent L.A. Upon his arrival in that city, Wilson's focal point quickly became Laurel Canyon, where he worked to organize regular jam sessions. These gatherings brought together like-minded musicians who revere the California folk-rock sounds of the 1970s.
Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen was so beloved by the audience in Charleston that he was asked to perform an encore at the end of his set - a Mountain Stage rarity. Here he is performing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's special encore broadcast.
Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:57 pm
Lydia Loveless released her third album, Somewhere Else, early this year. The 23-year-old released her first album when she was 19, though it was filled with songs she'd written early in her teenage years. By any measure, that's a lot of music in a short amount of time.
Our World Cafe: Next artist for this week is Norwegian singer-songwriter Bernhoft, who just released a new album of retro soul titled Islander. In contrast to his live, carefully built solo performances, the album was made much more loosely.