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Music News 09/10/2014

Lucinda Williams Pre-Release Listening Party

CD Cover Calling all Lucinda Williams fans. On Tuesday, September 23, at 5 p.m., come and hear Lucinda’s new album one week early.  We’ll meet downstairs in the remainder room to listen to Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bones. It’s a double-CD set of all new songs, her first album in four year, and will be released on her own Highway 20 Records on September 30. We will have silk-screened poster to raffle, and you can pre-order the CD. If you have any questions, email, with LUCINDA in the message field.



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Robert Plant, Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch, $17.98) – Robert Plant still has a fantastic voice, and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, can easily mix blues, English folk, subtle Malian percussion, North African strings and banjo with equal facility. Plant anchors this mix with his sometimes ethereal, sometimes earthy vocals.

Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch, $16.98) – Chris Thile has been touring all summer with the reunited Nickel Creek, supporting their album, A Dotted Line. On Bass & Mandolin, he reunites with Edgar Meyer—they recorded a duet album in 2008, and they both appeared with Yo-Yo Ma on his Goat Rodeo Sessions. Thile and Meyer collaborate on ten viruosic tunes.

Justin Townes Earle, Single Mothers (Vagrant, $11.98) – Each succeeding Justin Townes Earle album has gotten richer in songcraft, in singing, and in arrangements. Single Mothers is his best yet, sweetened by beautiful pedal-steel guitars. Take a listen.

NOTE: Justin Townes Earle will be at the Birchmere next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 16 and 17.

Billy Childs and Guests, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony Masterworks, $12.98) – Pianist and arranger Billy Childs assembles some all-star vocalists and instrumentalists to pay tribute to the songs of Laura Nyro. Some of the inspired pairings include Alison Krauss and dobro player Jerry Douglas (a beautiful version of “And When I Die”), Shawn Colvin and trumpeter Chris Botti (“Save the Country”), Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Esperanza Spalding and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and Rickie Lee Jones and saxophonist Chris Potter. Other singers include Diane Reeves, Ledisi (“Stoned Soul Picnic”), and Lisa Fischer (from 20 Feet from Stardom). Scott Simon interviewed Mr. Childs on the project last Saturday on NPR.

Joyce DiDonato, Stella di Napoli (Erato, $16.99) – Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns to the bel canto repertoire with the Lyon Opera Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Riccardo Minasi. She sings arias by composers such as Pacini (composer of the Stella di Napoli [1845]), Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Carafa, and Mercadante.



CD Cover Pink Martini and the von Trapps (the four singing great-grandchildren of the famous von Trapp Singers) will headline three concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops at the Kennedy Center, Thursday through Saturday, September 11 throught 13. On their new album, Dream a Little Dream (Heinz Records, $15.98), Pink Martini and the von Trapps have a lot of fun—for example, listen to their version of “The Lonely Goatherd,” with guests Charmian Carr (Liesl from The Sound of Music) and Wayne Newton!