Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Music for all ears

Our latest group of new CD titles manages to cross quite a few genres, and should appeal to a wide range of tastes:
Two legends of the blues have new offerings on our shelves.
  • Maestro from Taj Mahal
  • One Kind Favor by B.B. King
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day we have The Rocky Road. Damien Dempsey performs a selection of traditional and newer Celtic songs, with John Sheahan and Barney McKenna from The Dubliners.
For lovers of classical music we have Mr Abel's Fine Airs. Musician Susanne Heinrich plays the viola de gamba. Carl Freidrich Abel was an 18th century composer whose works are very soothing and beautiful.
Jazz fans are familiar with Charlie Haden and his 50-year career as a bassist, but his new album brings him back to his early roots as "Little Cowboy Charlie". Rambling Boy features an impressive list of guest artists joining Haden to perform a variety of traditional and original country songs.
Another album for country music fans is That Lonesome Song by Jamey Johnson. The award-winning songwriter finally performs his own compositions on his debut CD.
Some old names and some new faces are on our Rock shelves, and they each have a distinctive sound.
  • Time the Conqueror by Jackson Browne
  • Modern Guilt by Beck
  • Tennessee Pusher by Old Crow Medicine Show
  • The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow
  • The Rhumb Line by Ra Ra Riot. Who? This is only the second album from the Gloucester-based band, but the beautiful music and melancholy lyrics (the CD is dedicated to their drummer and founding member John Pike, who drowned after a summer concert last year) make this a group to watch.

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