Find time to give full listen to upcoming releases
A customer came in to the store the other day to ask about new releases and he said something that I had not thought about and it made me think, which I am not so sure is a good thing, but it did make me think. He said that he did not listen to samples of the upcoming Robert Earl Keen release because he did not want to prejudice his view of the record before he had a chance to hear all of it.
He went on to say that he used to like to listen to samples of new releases on the Internet before they were officially released to the public, but sometimes they aren’t the best songs or the best part of the songs. So he has decided to make an attempt to listen to the whole CD before he makes up his mind about a purchase.
To that end I would have to agree with him about the 30-second Internet cuts as opposed to the whole recording. I have listened to those “teaser” tracks online but it doesn’t usually affect whether or not we open the disc for in-store play.
If you are looking for some new music, now is a great time because the record labels have released a lot of new music to coincide with the start of the school year. So here are some new titles that may interest you.
Guy Clark’s “Stories and Songs.” This CD came out last week but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention it. Clark is simply an American treasure and one of the best songwriters to come out of the state of Texas. He is turning 70 in November and this is the best live music I have ever heard from Clark. The stories are worth the price of the CD alone.
Keen’s “Ready For Confetti,” will be released Tuesday, Aug. 30. This album has 14 songs, 12 of which were written by Keen, a cover of Todd Snider’s “Play a Train Song,” and an old gospel tune.
Ry Cooder’s “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down,” will be released Aug. 30. The title track, “No Banker Left Behind,” was written after Cooder read an article about who profited most from the Wall Street bailout.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “I’m With You,” will also be released Aug. 30. This is their 10th recording and their first in two years. This time the RHCP have a new lead guitar player and Flea is playing piano as well as bass.
On Sept. 6, Lindsey Buckingham releases “Seeds We Sow,” his sixth solo release and third in the past five years. Buckingham is an amazing guitarist and has a knack for writing great pop/rock songs.
Tom Russell, one of my favorite songwriters and another American treasure, releases “Masabi,” his 26th recording with help from Calexico, Lucinda Williams, and others. The album, with a Sept. 6 release date, has 13 original studio cuts and two live songs, including an incredible cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall.” Also on Sept. 6 comes Hank Williams III’s “Ghost to a Ghost / Gutter Town.”
Other new releases of note include Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton’s “Play the Blues: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center” and Alice Cooper with “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” on Sept. 13. On Sept. 20, the Original Jayhawks return with “Mockingbird Time” and Wilco releases “The Whole Love” on Sept. 27.
Looks like a fun fall full of new tunes.