Good music aplenty to look forward to in 2017
I have spent the last few days looking for upcoming music releases for the new year. There really is no easy way anymore for you to find out about new music. For the most part, radio stations do not play new music. I have always wondered why it is OK to play “classic” Tom Petty, but not his new music. Letting you know about new music is part of my job, either at Triple Play Records, on Acoustic Sunday or in this column. That being the case, I still miss quite a few.
Let’s start with this month, with several new recordings coming out:
■ One is from the Infamous Stringdusters, a band who has played the Grand Valley twice. “Laws of Gravity” is the band’s seventh record in 10 years.
■ One of my favorite singers, Delbert McClinton, brings his unique version of rhythm and blues with “Prick of the Litter,” his first solo recording in eight years.
■ Australian folk singer Kacey Chamber’s releases “Dragonfly.”
■ Austin, Texas’s Band of Heathens release their sixth record with “Duende.”
■ There will also be new music from Dale Watson & Ray Benson, David Bowie, Brian Eno, the Dropkick Murphys, Flaming Lips, Ty Segall and Train. Reissues are on the way from Gerry Rafferty, Cream, Chicago and the Grateful Dead.
■ Son Volt releases “Notes of Blue,” as the band explores new territory with their version of folk blues.
■ Allison Krauss will release a solo album of 10 covers. With her amazing talent and unique interpretations, “Windy City” should be great!
■ Ryan Adams reverts back to the musical style that made him famous with the very personal “Prisoner.”
■ Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops releases her second record with “Freedom Highway.”
■ The Old 97’s, one of my daughter and her husband’s favorite bands, will release “Graveyard Whistling”.
■ Reissues in February will come from Black Sabbath, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Leon Russell and Delaney & Bonnie among others.
This month will see the first new record from Raul Malo and the Mavericks on their own label. “Brand New Day” will be on Mono Mundo Records.
■ Rodney Crowell will release “Close Ties.” If the first track I heard, “It Ain’t Over Yet,” with Rosanne Cash and John Paul White is any indication, the new album will be great.
■ The late great Guy Clark is celebrated with “Best of the Dualtone Years,” a 19-track compilation of his best work on his last label.
■ Fiery Imelda May releases her fifth album in with “Life Love Flesh Blood.”
■ We will see Paul McCartney, the Turtles and Lynyrd Skynyrd with reissues.
Upcoming releases to be announced will be coming from Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Deep Purple, Katy Perry, Lorde, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Chuck Berry, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Nine Inch Nails, Nelly Furtado, Ed Sheeran, Smashing Pumpkins, Stevie Wonder, Beck, Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Vampire Weekend, Drake and Wyclef Jean.
We should finally see Tom Petty reissue his classic “Wildflowers” this year. It will be released as a two-CD set, which was originally the way Petty wanted to release it before it was pared down to a single disc. I would sure like to hear it all. I would also hope to see new recordings this year from Lyle Lovett, Darden Smith, Kevin Welch, Mumford and Sons, Dave Alvin and Tom Russell.