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New Music Monday's Old Rockers Have Still Got It

by John Stein

New Music Monday is a collection of the best new releases in music each week. We share them with you every Monday, every hour on WFUV.

Graham Parker & The Rumour – “Long Emotional Ride”

This single is the first off the acclaimed band’s first album in 30 years, Three Chords Good. Funny side note, the reunited band is also featured in Judd Apatow’s next film!

Robert Cray – Nothin But Love

This guy has been around a while; He’s won Grammys, played in Otis Day’s band in Animal House, and worked with greats like Eric Clapton. That experience shines through on this bluesy new album.

Lucy Kaplansky – Reunion

Renowned for her harmony work, Kaplansky has worked with a vast number of artists varying from Bryan Ferry to Shawn Colvin. This new album proves once again that she can also stand on her own.

Mark Eitzel – Don’t Be A Stranger

Recently hit by a heart attack and the breakup of his band, American Music Club, Eitzel managed to release this great new solo album. On it we can hear him pushing lyrics to the forefront and creating a generally more straightforward sound.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – St. Peter and 57th St.

With this new live album we hear these great New Orleans musicians at Carnegie Hall with some awesome guests. To name a few, these include Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), My Morning Jacket, and Allen Toussaint.

Mike Doughty – “Country Roads”

Former Soul Coughing front man Doughty takes on the classic John Denver song for his most recent project. While one might think that Doughty’s style would overpower Denver’s song or vice versa, it surprisingly works.

Neil Young – “Walk Like A Giant”

After premiering some long awaited new songs on his last tour, Young has just properly released the first single. The full double album is set to come out October 30th.

Paul Simon – Live In New York City

Simon is known for putting on great live shows. Whether he’s inviting fans onstage to play with him or jamming out any one of his many classics, it’s a good time. This CD attempts to capture that magic.

Rick Holmstrom – Cruel Sunrise

Holmstrom is the guitarist in Mavis Staples band, and with this solo release we hear her acknowledge his skills with a guest spot. Her imposition does not overshadow the core of work Holmstrom put into this album.

Wanda Jackson – Unfinished Business

“The Queen of Rockabilly” claims that she is trying to return to her roots on this new album. Surely the record’s producer, Justin Townes Earle, helped her do just that.