Friday, January 05, 2007

In House #1779: 2007 in Preview (Part 3)

It's the last in our series this week of sneak peeks at some of the interesting and/or promising releases to be issued in the first quarter of 2007. We tweak the flavor once again today, however, and get to new material from Rickie Lee Jones, The Holmes Brothers, Erin McKeown, Mark Erelli, and more. Sermon On Exposition Boulevard is Jones' first album since 2003's The Evening of My Best Day, and also marks her debut for the New West label. The new material riffs off of some of the social and political content she's turned to in recent years in addition to a decided spiritual overtone. February 6th is the street date.

Elsewhere, State of Grace marks the return of New York City's Holmes Brothers, whose gospel-tinged blend of blues, country, and soul continues to suggest that they hail from somewhere much further south. They're joined by the likes of Roseanne Cash, Joan Osborne, and Levon Helm on entirely reimagined versions of songs by Nick Lowe, Lyle Lovett, John Fogerty, and others. The album is out January 16th on the legendary Alligator blues label.

Meanwhile, the fifth album from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown is physically due out next week on Nettwerk after receiving a digital release late in 2006. Sing You Sinners is an airy, stylish take on several classics from the Great American Songbook, including numbers like "Get Happy," "Paper Moon," and "Rhode Island Is Famous For You." McKeown's voice seems tailor-made to cover terrain previously visited by Judy Garland and Anita O'Day.

In House #1779.

Airdate: 1/5/07
Focus: 2007 in Preview (Part 3) featuring music from Rickie Lee Jones, The Holmes Brothers, Erin McKeown, Mark Erelli, and more.

Holmes Brothers, from State of Grace (due 1/16):
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?" (MP3)

Erin McKeown, from Sing You Sinners (due 1/9): "Get Happy" (MP3)

Gomez, from Endless Highway: The Music of The Band (due 1/30):
"Up On Cripple Creek" (MP3)

Xavier Rudd, from Food In the Belly (due 1/30): "Fortune Teller" (MP3)


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