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Top New Country, Blues, Bluegrass, & Folk Music to Listen To Now!

This is the second of four blog posts to help turn you on to music that has all been released in the last 30 days. This one highlights some of the recent Country, Blues, Bluegrass, & Folk releases. The first post highlighted some smoking rock and pop releases. The next posts will cover Jazz and Modern Creative Music and the last will be a special post for the muscially adventuress!

Dig In Deep by Bonnie Raitt

It's been 25 years since Bonnie Raitt's biggest hits were released - "Something to Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me" from Luck of the Draw. And if you recall and enjoy those hits' sound, then Raitt's newest offering will be just the ticket. Raitt's voice is still in great form - perfectly gravelly and raspy. Her guitar struts through the more upbeat songs and swings through the slower ones.

New Music Friday, October 9, 2015

Every Friday new music drops. What is your soundtrack for the long weekend? Perhaps one of these will make  your cut? Click any album title to listen to these fresh tracks immediately. Listen Now!

  • 35 MPH Town by Toby Keith
    Contemporary Country. Despite a couple of ballads and beach songs, 35 MPH Town is another reliable record from Keith's wheelhouse.

Listen to the Newest Music Now

New music is now released every Friday. Here are the top albums that hit the street on July 17, 2015, that you can listen to right now (through our relationship with hoopla) as reviewed by AllMusic.com. :

Angels And Alcohol by Alan Jackson
Contemporary Country. A satisfyingly familiar collection of straight-ahead country from the old pro.

Top music releases from the last two weeks

Every Tuesday new music is released and you get immediate access to stream it, with no advertising, no waiting, just the music you want to hear. Here are highlights from the past two weeks (released June 2 and 9, 2015). See all the latest here.

  • Drones by Muse
    Alternative Pop/Rock. Arena rock political protest album

B.B. King Lives

Often referred to as a living legend, B.B. King has now entered the pantheon of forever legends. He died yesterday (May 14, 2015) at the age of 89. He was still touring actively as recently as last fall, and I saw him perform a couple of years ago at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. What an amazing performer he was, growling out the blues as he had for decades in his inimitable King-of-the-blues style. If you're already a fan, take a moment to listen to some of your favorite songs; if not, now is the time to discover the work of this iconic American musician.

This week's newest releases

Every Tuesday new music is released and you get immediate access to stream it, with no advertising, no waiting, just the music you want to hear. Here are highlights from this week, released May 12, 2015. See all the latest here.

Rory Gallagher

Listening to a blues radio show this last weekend I heard an amazing guitarist I hadn't heard before. The DJ said it was recorded live in Belfast in the early 1970's - at a time when Belfast was a very unsafe place. I went to the library catalog and didn't find any CDs I could borrow, but I was delighted to discover a significant number of titles from our streaming service (hoopla).

Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone by Lucinda Williams

Oh the sweet, comforting songs of a strong voice and a soulful electric guitar. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is her first album on her own label, Highway 20 Records. She's had some famous fights with labels and it sure is great to hear her stretch out her complete control. This is a long album - two cds, just shy of two hours of music, and it feels great the entire time. As the nights get long this will be a good friend.

The Breeze by Eric Clapton & Friends

Eric Clapton channels J.J. Cale in this newly released tribute to Cale's rootsy, bluesy music. You might know the Clapton hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" but not that they were written by Cale. This album showcases Cale's relaxed, laid-back style, perfect listening while sitting on your back deck sipping your favorite summer beverage. Listen now to The Breeze or go right to the source and check out some of J.J.

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