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New Music Monday Gives You Some Soul

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.

Allen Stone- Allen Stone

Allen Stone looks like he belongs in an indie rock band; he wears skinny jeans, oversized glasses, and has long blonde hair. Yet when he opens his mouth what comes out is a smooth soul voice and a brilliant falsetto comparable to Stevie Wonder. Stone’s eponymous new album captures those impressive vocals and the tightness of the singer’s band.

Rodney Crowell/Mary Karr- Kin

Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell once name dropped best-selling author Mary Karr in his 2003 song “Earthbound” before the two even met. The two now know each other quite well, and you can hear the bond they’ve built in their new collaborative effort, Kin. Due out June 5, the album features guests such as Norah Jones and Emmy-Lou Harris, but the focus remains on Crowell and Karr’s connection.

The dB’s- Falling Off the Sky

When a seminal band has 25 years without an album and then returns to record with their original lineup, you have to expect something good. The dB’s did just that for their new album, Falling Off the Sky. Singer Peter Holsapple says of their reunion, “We grew up together and learned to play music together.” Listening to this you wouldn’t know they aged at all.

Jerry Douglas- Traveler

It’s no surprise that dobro master Jerry Douglas has pulled together the star studded supporting cast for his new record, because it’s hard to not recognize his greatness. On Traveler, Douglas features artists as varied as Dr. John and Mumford and Sons to back up his expert skills.

John Fullbright- From the Ground Up

Fullbright’s new record is aptly named From the Ground Up. While musically sparse, it also was recorded based on fan support, via website Kickstarter. The 24 year old does his fans well with this heartfelt new album.

The Mavericks- Suited Up and Ready

After an eight year hiatus, influential Raul Malo-fronted band The Mavericks return with a five-song EP. The title suggests that the band is back for good, and let’s hope that’s true as the music is as great and infectious as ever.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood- “Rosalee”

The Black Crowe’s front man Chris Robinson returns with a new band and this groovy new song, “Rosalee.” The track is full of long, whammy-barred jams and retro charm. Get the full new album from the Brotherhood, Big Moon Ritual, tomorrow June 5.

Ryan Shaw- Real Love

When listening to Ryan Shaw sing one word immediately comes to mind, soul. The Grammy nominated artist brings back those killer pipes for a new album that has funk, gospel, and a whole lot of that soul.

The Tallest Man on Earth- There’s No Leaving Now

Bob Dylan was reborn 29 years ago in Sweden in the form of Kristian Matsson. In vocal style and in songwriting ability The Tallest Man on Earth resembles the legend, and there can be nothing bad about that. Matsson returns with another great album, There’s No Leaving Now, and we can hear his own legacy growing.