Primarily known as sidemen, pianist Pinetop Perkins and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, if not as widely recognized as the artists they've supported, do have something of a legendary status in the blues world. Thus, this CD where the two of them take the lead (providing vocals as well) is aptly titled. The material consists mainly of longtime standards such as "Got My Mojo Working," "Rock Me Baby," "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "The Sky Is Crying," all performed with the considerable skill attained through years of experience. If Perkins and Sumlin's approach to these tunes isn't exactly innovative, it is rock solid and energetic, with plenty of excellent lead work from them both. Also notable is Annie Raines's harmonica, which provides solid counterpoint to the two leads, and occasionally takes the lead on its own.
American Utopia is an upcoming studio album by American rock musician David Byrne. It will be released on March 9, 2018 through Todo Mundo and Nonesuch Records. The release is his first solo studio album since 2004's Grown Backwards and serves as a music component to a larger multimedia project entitled Reasons to Be Cheerful which attempts to spread positivity. Byrne announced the album and posted lead single "Everybody's Coming to My House" on January 8, 2018.
For her 34th studio album, Anne Murray recorded a set of duets with many of her favorite female singers, from Nelly Furtado to Sarah Brightman. There are a number of country duet partners here, such as Shania Twain, Emmylou Harris, and Martina McBride, but there are even more pop-oriented women singing with Murray, encompassing the likes of Celtic Woman and Celine Dion. This makes perfect sense, as Murray's always straddled the pop-country fence effortlessly. Her singing on Duets: Friends and Legends is just as effortless. Now in her fifth decade as an active recording artist, her voice hasn't lost a beat, sounding just as pure and clear as it did on 1970s "Snowbird" (done here with a surprisingly relaxed, easy vocal from Brightman, sounding for all the world like a young Olivia Newton-John). The majority of these songs are ones which have been sizeable hits for Murray in the past, most of which work nicely recast as duets, or at least showcases for harmony singing.
This new release is a very special collection of songs from Ireland. The musicians and bands included in the recording are amongst the finest Irish singer/songwriters, reflecting a range of feelings and impressions capturing the magical culture of the beautiful emerald isle. Featured artists include Dolores Keane, Mick Hanly, Barrowside, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, and John Duhan, to name just a few. The chosen songs, paint a portrait of Ireland not often seen on traditional Irish compilation albums. Rather than recording an album full of folk tunes passed down orally through generations, this release puts on display what today’s Irish songwriters are producing, and punctuates these songs with beautiful sound quality.