Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Featured Music on Wrecking Ball Radio

New music additions the past week or so.  Be listening for:

Dion - yes, THAT Dion ... Dion and the Belmonts Dion!  He's back with a new and very good blues album "Tank Full of Blues".

Glen Campbell - yes, THAT Glen Campbell!  He's no longer a Rhinestone Cowboy.  His new CD is Ghost on the Canvas and there's a track on there we're playing that has one of the most interesting, thrilling guitar solos I've ever heard.  Be listening for Glen's new music on Wrecking Ball Radio.

We're playing the new Beatles' cover "I'm Only Sleeping" by Linda Chorney.  Toss up which version is best, Linda's or Rosanne Cash's.  But for now we've got Linda - and a few other tracks from her "Emotional Jukebox" CD.  Great production and she reminds me somewhat of Sheryl Crow.

Lincoln Durham is back.  After introducing us to his music by way of a 4 song EP a few years ago, the full album has finally surfaced.  Hear it today on Wrecking Ball Radio.  Excellent country blues.

The new Bob Dylan tribute album is a mixed bag of tricks.  A lot of it will have to grow on me.  But the tracks we're playing are by Steve Earle, Ziggy Marley, Jackson Browne  and My Morning Jacket.  All instantly addictive.  "Chimes of Freedom" is a charity album.  Get it.  You'll love at least half of it.

Zach Deputy's "Another Day" album is out - more great stuff from Zach.  Really loving the tracks we're featuring from this album.

Chris Castle's "Last Bird Home" has several tracks we're featuring.  Excellent, excellent.

Ruthie Foster is back with an album of mainly cover tunes.  She really excels on "Ring of Fire",  "Long Time Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer".  Hear them all on Wrecking Ball Radio!

We're playing several cuts from the "American Girls" album by K Phillips.  I need to know who this guy is.  Great songwriting, excellent production.  Perfect for Wrecking Ball Radio.

Gretchen Peters' new CD is "Hello Cruel World".  We're especially loving the Beatlesque title track.

Listen for Mary Black's "Shine" CD.  And Susan Greenbaum's "This Life".  Also Graham Whorley's "Permission to Think" and  Bradley Wik's "Burn What You Can".

Those are just a few of the highlights right now.  As you may know I've been under the weather the past few weeks so I haven't had the energy to update the blog.  But there you go.  Updated.  Check.

-  Jayson Tanner

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Music we're excited about this week:

Norah Jones is back with her friends in the band The Little Willies - you'll be hearing tracks from that album on Wrecking Ball Radio starting today.

We've also added the new Guy Clark tribute album, "This One's For Him", which includes an all star Wrecking Ball Radio lineup.  Tracks we're featuring are by James McMurtry, Rosanne Cash, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett.  And, this being a 2-disc set, if we wind up burning out these choice cuts, there are about 20 others on there we can switch to.  What a great tribute to one of the best songwriters of the past 40 years.

Lincoln Durham, you may remember, put out an excellent EP produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard a couple years ago.  Ever since I've been wondering - where's the full album?  Well, the full album is finally here and it's - yeah - more of the same wonderful stuff we were expecting based on the EP.  Lincoln Durham is a little Fogerty, a little Jack White, a little RW Hubbard himself - swampy southern country rockin' blues.

We're pretty high on The Decemberists' cover of The Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy" - along with another familiar song you know by the Grateful Dead, performed by Eric Bibb "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad".  We have other Grateful Dead covers in our arsenal.  Dar Williams' "Ripple" is one of our favorites.

Several tracks from the new CD from Red Molly, sounding sweet on Wrecking Ball Radio - hot rotation.

Be sure and listen, too, for Enter the Haggis, Heavy Pets, Sara Elsbeth Baldwin, Hall of Ghosts, Humming House, The Bailey Hounds ... great new acts we're playing.  We love discovering and sharing new music with you here on Wrecking Ball Radio.

Blues Infusion:  In addition to Eric Bibb, we have a lot of other blues and old school R&B acts in our regular rotation right now.  J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Maria Muldaur, Johnny Winter, Tab Benoit, Sharon Jones, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Joe Bonamassa, Ben Harper, Gregg Allman, Ruthie Foster, Lisa Mills, Booker T. Jones, Beth Hart, Keb Mo, Warren Haynes Band, and J.J. Grey & Mofro.  Probably leaving someone out but those are the main ones off the top of my head.

Another hot one we're playing a lot of these days is Shelby Lynne's haunting "Revelation Road".  Her new CD is filled with desperate characters going over the edge for the sake of love.  At times it reminds me of James McMurtry's darker themed music and even of Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska".  And, in case you don't know me, that's a huge compliment.

Keep your ears peeled for Red Horse.  Red Horse is a new folk trio made up of established folk superstars Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplasky and John Gorka.  Easily one of the best folk albums of the past several years.  There's an awesome Neil Young cover on there, "I Am a Child" - and you know I love a good Neil Young cover.   Another standout track we're playing is "Scorpion".

Frazey Ford, one of the leads from Be Good Tanyas, is getting a lot of play on Wrecking Ball Radio.  Her new solo effort "Obadiah" picks right up where the last Be Good Tanyas album left off.  We have three tracks in heavy rotation right now, possibly more to come.  Great cd from Frazey.

Well, that's it for now.  We'll write more in a few days, I'm sure.  Keep listening - and share our main website with your friends, family, co-workers, people on the street, in the coffee shops, anyone who likes great music.  We've got it here on Wrecking Ball Radio.

Jayson Tanner
Program Director & Music Director

Wrecking Ball Radio

PO Box 16692
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Sunday, January 1, 2012

If you were listening earlier, you heard Sloane Spencer from Country Fried Rock interviewing Steven Graves about his new White Buffalo project - and I wanted to make sure we had the link up for you here on the blog. Please visit there and see how you can get involved, acting in love, to help Native Americans in need. Thanks very much.

Jayson Tanner - Program Director Wrecking Ball Radio

Thanks Steven for putting this project together. Thanks Sloane for the fantastic interview! More to come from you, I hope, in the New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

This weekend, join host Sloane Spencer from Country Fried Rock as she interviews Wrecking Ball Radio featured artist, singer-songwriter Steven Graves about his new White Buffalo project - something he's putting together to raise awareness of the plight of Native Americans living in poverty in their native land.  That interview can be heard Sunday morning 9:30am Eastern, and again Sunday night at 11:30pm Eastern on Wrecking Ball Radio!