Honeybears, Treehuggers, And A Few Trips To Outer Space
Tuesday, February 17
Half A Native is the third album from the band Buxton. Much of the album is concerned with themes of belonging- informed by band founder Sergio Trevino’s struggles as a youth growing up in Texas as a native of this country born to Mexican parents. Reminiscent of the music of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Gram Parsons, the album is both a departure and continuation of the Houston group’s storied past. We’ll hear selections from that release and from the new recording by Canadian-born singer-songwriter Matthew O’Neill, Campfire Cook.
Wednesday, February 18
Robert Earl Keen has spent the last few decades amassing a reputation as one of the great Texas singer-songwriters of our time. He’s surprised many of his fans with his new recording, Happy Prisoners, on which he dives into the bluegrass tradition with music from The Carter Family, Flatt & Scruggs and others. Joining him on this new album are Lyle Lovett, Danny Barnes (Bad Livers), and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek). Listen for music from that release as well as from Let The Good Times Roll, the latest from singer-songwriter JD McPherson.
Thursday, February 19
I Love You, Honeybear is the new album from former Fleet Foxes member J. Tillman who records under the name Father John Misty. Tillman has described the album as telling the story of someone falling in love. Listen for selections from it as well as music from the new recording by Brooklyn-based The Adventures of the Silver Space Man, Sun Songs.
Friday, February 20
Treehugger is the new album from Kansas guitarist David Lord who performs here under the name Francis Moss. The music is gentle and ethereal and displays Lord’s vast knowledge of composition and musical styles as well as his top-notch musicianship. We’ll hear from Treehugger as well as selections from the new release by Wichita band Fairness.
Saturday, February 21
Listen for selections from Led Zeppelin’s classic Physical Graffiti which is out in a newly expanded form overseen by the band’s founder and guitarist Jimmy Page. We’ll also hear from All Is Gladness In The Kingdom, 2010 release from Fight the Big Bull.
Monday, February 23
So Delicious is the latest release from Indiana’s Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The record maintains tinges of the trio’s blues-based origins while making strides toward a more commercial sound that is evidence of the group’s growth as musicians and songwriters. We’ll hear from that as well as from the latest by The Mavericks. Led by Cuban-born singer Raul Malo, the group has defied expectations of both fans and critics for over two decades. This latest release is the band’s first in two years.
Tuesday, February 24
Something’s About To Change is the latest release from guitar legend Robin Trower. The guitarist claims this album as a deeply personal collection of songs and is the latest in a string of late-career releases that see the British musician receiving some of the best reviews of his career. We’ll hear from that as well as the self-titled release by Reeves Gabrels and His Imaginary Friends.
Wednesday, February 25
The Race For Space is the latest release from British duo Public Service Broadcasting which uses elements of traditional instrumentation alongside electronic-driven sounds. We’ll hear from this new release as well as selections from Celebrating The Dark Side of the Moon, the latest from French/Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le, joined here by the NDR Bigband.
Thursday, February 26
Restarter is the latest release from Florida’s Torche. The group’s sound deepens on this latest offering, putting to rest its status as a heavy metal band, and replacing it with an acknowledgement that although the songs are influenced by that genre the group draws from a much more diverse sonic palette. We’ll hear from that album on this episode of the show as well as selections from Exuberance, the 2010 album by the Joe Deninzon Trio, featuring jazz trio arrangements of songs by Alice In Chains, Jimmy Webb, and Steely Dan.
Friday, February 27
Released in 1967 London Conversation is the debut album from John Martyn, a guitarist and singer-songwriter whose music traversed a wide array of genres. Although his first album contains a number of original songs it is also notable for featuring Martyn’s take on traditional material and songs penned by artists such as Bob Dylan. Listen for music from that as well as from Wooden Smoke, the 2001 acoustic-driven album from Mike Keneally.
Saturday, February 28
Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star is the 1994 album from Sonic Youth, notable for the minor hit “Bull In The Heather.” We’ll hear from that album as well as music by Sleater-Kinney. We’ll feature both acts on the show throughout March.