Triple Played, June 22
I don’t know if this is or will be the year of electronic music of any kind. Neil Young started that craze with “Trans” 30 years ago in 1982. What goes around ...
What I am sure of is that every year is the year of the singer/songwriter because he or she creates the kind of music that endures. Who knows what kind of music, outside of that by singer/songwriters, will be around in 30 years?
When I talk about new music and new artists I’m referring to what is new to me, which is any band that started in the last 20 years, which pales in comparison to the recording careers of Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Mark Knopfler or Bob Dylan.
In fact, Knopfler, who started Dire Straits in 1978, is the relative newcomer in that group. And I still consider the Black Keys and Wilco to be fairly “new” bands, which is a direct reflection of my age.
One of the great things about buying music and being a collector of music is discovering a band that is new to you. It doesn’t matter if it is the band’s first or fifth recording, if you just discovered them, it is exciting.
Here are some of our new discoveries when it comes to music this summer.
■ The Alabama Shakes, which we heard about from a customer, is a four-piece outfit from Athens, Ala., featuring Brittany Howard on vocals and playing a driving mix of roots rock, blues, soul and funk that reminds me of both the Black Keys and JJ Grey & Mofro, only with a lady singing lead vocals.
The Alabama Shakes’ debut album, “Boys and Girls,” also shows influences of late 1950s and early ‘60s soul and features some great guitar work from Heath Fogg.
■ Trampled By Turtles from Duluth, Minn., have successfully recorded since 2004 with a mix of country, rock, folk and bluegrass mostly played acoustically. The band reminds me a bit of the New Grass Revival, Chatham County Line and the Jayhawks.
Don’t be fooled by the Turtles’ great musicianship as it sometimes disguises the topical nature of some of the songs.
The Turtles’ new CD, “Stars and Satellites,” is quite a bit more laid back that any of the band’s previous recording and ranks right up there with “Palomino” as its best.
■ Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is another band that started releasing records in 2004 always has sold well for us.
Originally from Vermont, Potter is a singer/songwriter who with the Nocturnals mixes roots rock, country and folk into a sound that falls somewhere between Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and Norah Jones.
The group’s latest recording, “The Lion the Beast the Beat,” is the hottest CD in the store right now and it sounds great.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals also has been busy with some appearances on late-night television.
■ The Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11-piece group fronted by the husband and wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, who both had solo recording careers before the formation of the group. Trucks is a slide guitar wizard and the son of Butch Trucks, drummer for the Allman Brothers Band.
Tedeschi Trucks’ first album, “Revelator,” was released in 2011 to excellent reviews and sales.
The group’s new CD is an 11-song, two-disc live set titled “Everybody’s Talkin.” It features an excellent cover of the Fred Neil classic as well as a 10-minute cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Darlin Be Home Soon.”