Acclaimed guitarist Santana has announced the release of a new album titled Power of Peace by Santana & The Isley Brothers. The album will be available in August 2017 featuring a mix of soul, funk, blues, rock, jazz and pop.
Malian band Songhoy Blues is set to release its to release its second album ‘Résistance’ (Transgressive Records) in June. The recording features guest appearances from Iggy Pop, Elf Kid, and Stealing Sheep.
Résistance’ also includes string sections and a children’s choir.
Brazilian vocalist Sabrina Malheiros has announced the release of a new album. The recording will come out this summer and will feature her father Alex Malheiros, together with his Azymuth bandmate Kiko Continentino, Brazilian saxophone virtuoso Leo Gandleman, and British producer Daniel Maunick (Dokta Venom).
Mari Ormberg and singer Kari Røyinlid-Song – Den Store Stuten
Fiddler Mari Ormberg and singer Kari Røyinlid have released an album of folk tunes from The Åseral area of Norway. The album, titled Den Store Stuten (Etnisk Musikklubb EM 120) includes a booklet with liner notes that describe the lyrics, the music and the artists.
The Åseral area is where some of the oldest and most authentic techniques, compositions and original tonal types of Norway are found. The earliest melodies can be dated back to the Middle Ages.
Kari Røynlid was born and raised in Åseral. She grew up learning folk music by being a part of the musical environment in the hamlet. She was predominantly taught by Ingebjørg Liestøl, Jens Røynlid and Kari Røynlid (The older).
Mari Ormberg plays hardanger fiddle. She has a bachelor’s degree in (utøvende) folk music. Since she moved to Åseral in 2010, she has been studying the region’s “slåttespel”, the traditional Norwegian fiddle music.
Kenyan Afro-Folk singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira has a new album titled Song of Lament that addresses injustice and the refugee crisis. Although news stories made her grieve, she desired “to create art that would serve society at large and hopefully lessen the chaos around us.”
Naomi Wachira currently lives in Seattle (Washington State, USA) and recorded Song of Lament with Dave West on organ and Rhodes; Teo Shantz on drums; Masa Kobayashi on bass; Tommy Sandovallegos on percussion; Eric Lilavois on percussion; Owuor Arunga on trumpet; and Andrew Joslyn on strings.
Earlier recordings include her first EP African Girl (2012), the self-titled album Naomi Wachira (2014) and an acoustic EP, I am Because You Are (2015).
Bluegrass masters The Infamous Stringdusters have released their new album Laws of Gravity (Compass Records) this week, featuring new original music.
The Infamous Stringdusters includes Andy Hall on dobro; Andy Falco on guitar; Chris Pandolfi on banjo; Jeremy Garrett on fiddle; and Travis Book on upright bass. The album was recorded in Nashville.
Hall says, “This is the record I’ve been looking forward to making since the band started. As pure of a Stringdusters sound as there is. All original, all us, recorded live for you. From bluegrass to jams, to songs relevant to the times, the music here is a true representation of what makes us tick.”
The Laws Of Gravity Tour Dates 2017:
1/13 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
1/14 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
1/15 Abingdon, VA – Historic Barter Theatre
1/18 Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
1/19 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
1/20 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
1/21 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
1/22 Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
1/24 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon
1/25 Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
1/26 Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
1/27 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
1/28 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
2/3-2/5 Tucson, AZ – Gem & Jam Festival
2/16 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
2/17 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
2/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
2/19 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
2/20 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
2/22-2/23 Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
2/24 Aspen, CO Belly Up
2/25-2/26 Steamboat Springs, CO Winter WonderGrass
3/15 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
3/16 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
3/17 Chicago, IL – Park West
3/18 St. Joseph, MN – College of St. Benedict
3/19 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
3/21 Jackson Hole, WY – Pink Garter
3/22 Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming
3/23 Park City, UT – Park City Live
3/25 Missoula, MT – The Wilma
3/26 Whitefish, MT – The Great Northern
4/2 Arcata, CA – Humbrew’s
4/4 Bend, OR – Domino Room
4/5 Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall
4/6-4/7 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/8 Seattle, WA – Neumos
English folk musicians Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley have released Across The Water (Haystack Records), their first album as a duo. Accordionist and vocalist Alex Cumming is known for his work with The Teacups. Fiddler Nicola Beazley has peformed with Speldosa.
American roots music sensation Rhiannon Giddens is set to release Freedom Highway in February 2017. This will be her follow-up to her critically acclaimed solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn.
Freedom Highway includes nine original songs written or co-written by Giddens; a traditional tune; and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and the Staple Singers’ “Freedom Highway.”
Giddens co-produced the album along with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Louisiana studio, with the majority of the recording made in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War, over an eight-day period.