With a blue-eyed soul crooner's voice and a polished producer's pop skill, Jay Stolar lays down a groove with feeling and hooks on the new track "Like You Do."
The DJs of 88.1 KDHX are a diverse group, but the one thing that binds them together is their love of music -- and new music is a big part of that love. At the midyear mark of 2013 30 of those DJs have selected their favorite releases so far.
As we head into the second half of 2013, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX look back on the songs and shows that are sure to stick with them all through the year.
The great blues singer Robert Calvin Bland, known throughout the blues world as Bobby "Blue" Bland, had indeed, as the St. Louis Jimmy standard stated, been going down slow for sometime, yet was regularly performing in his final year of life until a very short while ago. His death at home on June 22, 2013 near Memphis ended the career of an extraordinarily beloved and long-running legend in blues music.
Combining soul, jazz, Afro-beat and indie pop, Bells Atlas from Oakland, Calif. makes music that's as welcome in the after-hours lounge as it is on the dance floor. "Incessant Noise," featuring the alluring voice of Nigerian-American singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu, is no exception.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound wail their strikingly personal lyrics and take an edgy approach on their new album "Howl."
Backed up by the East Side Rhythm Band, young blues shouter and piano rocker Al Holliday makes a strong, big-band, old-school R&B debut with "East Side Queen."
Recently, a cab driver asked me what I'd been listening to lately, and when I told him that I'd started playing Fitz and the Tantrums' new release "More Than Just a Dream" he replied that the band had been very popular lately, and his tone was not without a hint of derision.