If you're in the market for fresh music in a roots vein, here are seven new releases your ears are just begging for you to check out. There are some familiar artists, some definitely less so, touching on just about every aspect of American music -- and beyond.
San Francisco-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero started Split Screens as a solo endeavor, enlisting just enough musicians to flesh out his songs. On the new track "Home," however, he stretches out, with piano and horns driving the full-band R&B groove.
Tailor made for indian summer, "September Fields" stretches out with an easy-going soul groove -- dig the horns, dig the B3, dig the responsive harmonies -- and Frazey Ford's expressive, trilling voice. Like a warm fall day, you wish it would last forever.
"Can we get some soul music up in here?!" Lee Fields shouted at the top of his lungs.
Under-the-radar alert: Here are seven recent releases featuring American music -- meaning blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, jazz, swing and everything in between. Seven fine artists with albums deserving of greater attention. Please take a few minutes to check them out.
For the second day of LouFest, the weather was absolutely perfect for an all-day music festival in Forest Park.
With smoky vocals, lyrics soaked with emotion and powerful rock 'n' roll energy, Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut album might leave you asking, "Ben, where have you been all my life?"