Under-the-radar alert: Here are eight recent album releases, all deserving of greater attention and all featuring American music -- meaning blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, jazz, swing and everything in between.
July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.
Here are eight recent albums from the blues, soul and Americana side of the street that I think you'll find worthwhile.
With over an hour until show time, the floor space in front of the Plush stage was already at a premium, contested by an ever thickening group of the most dedicated fans.
When Lou Edward Thimes spoke on the radio and intoned "Fatha, Fatha, Fatha," it was an adult thing: women listeners approved, and the male ones would nod in agreement: they knew when listening to Fatha Thimes, the music would be top-notch soul/rhythm and blues, selected and voiced by one of the most identifiable talents on St. Louis airwaves.
Cody ChesnuTT hasn’t had a typical music career. His debut, self-recorded double album "The Headphone Masterpiece" came out in 2002 and received a lot of love and recognition, both from rock critics and neo-soul and hip-hop listeners. But aside from an EP and a few single tracks, he didn’t put out a new album until 2012.