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The Beat’s Record Roundup - Peter Gabriel, New Earth Army

Luke Winslow King

Recorded Live at Tweed Recording

Oxford Sound

Michigan-born, New Orleans-honed bluesman-guitarist King looks like an old photograph. His voice is soft but jaunty and clear. He has a wry, Depression-era way with optimistic blues and gospelinflected lyrics. Tweed Recording is an Oxford, Mississippi based outfit that has a long list of up and coming clients, and some name bands like Jars of Clay. King’s Live at Tweed collection, released in two overlapping versions for download, sounds at times like a well-done field recording, but is modestly priced and worth a listen.

- Bruce Collier


New Earth Army

Action

theneweartharmy.net

The debut full-length album from Beachcomberland’s own funk masters is framed around Carly Cermak Foster’s jazz-infused vocals. “Tears” is a standout, at points reminiscent of Billie Holiday and definitely the type of tune one could envision Lady Day embracing. New Earth Army does a lot of genre hopping, but they manage to bundle it all together in a package that is uniquely them.

- Nikki Hedrick


The Quaildogs

The Fall

thequaildogs.bandcamp.com

Full of country twang and folk-pop sensibilities, the Quaildogs may just take the Americana scene by storm after a pit stop at the 30A Songwriters Festival. With warm vocal harmonies, violin solos and classic steel guitar, this album is a great representation of how to turn to traditional music for inspiration while putting your own stamp on the genre.

- Nikki Hedrick


Quiet People

Childproof

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Tallahassee-based Quiet People embrace the experimental nature of indie music, leaving a powerful impression on the listener. This is what pop music is meant to be—heartfelt, distinctive and addictive. From the elegantly simple song structure of “How Do I Love Thee” to the layered flow of “Pretending,” this is a stellar album.

- Nikki Hedrick


Chris Simmons

Hallelujah Man

Glad Cat Records

Albert King said it best: “If you don’t dig the blues, you got a hole in your soul.” When the blues is in the masterful hands of musicians like Simmons, how could one disagree? As both a vocalist and a guitar player, Simmons will easily continue to make a name for himself. Hallelujah Man is simply a must have for any blues fan.

- Nikki Hedrick


Jason Turner

Recorded Live at Tweed Recording

Oxford Sound

Turner is a Jackson, Mississippi-based blues guitarist with a strong local and area following. His Tweed Recording session was released in the latter part of last month, as part of the Oxford Sounds Project, an effort to establish a foothold for that area’s musical scene. Turner does not have a traditional blues voice—it’s more of a plaintive, alt-rock rasp that could easily slip into modern country. The six tracks on this album are the string-driven, bar ballad variety, salted with harmonica to tamp down any tendency toward whininess.

- Bruce Collier


Classic Albums: Peter Gabriel’s So

Eagle Rock Entertainment

Behind the scenes with one of our greatest artist’s (not to mention human being’s) triumphs, the 1986 long-player that catapulted him to pop star status. Just about everyone involved with the record’s making is accounted for here, including Gabriel, producer Daniel Lanois and bass hero Tony Levin. The stories about the painstaking filming of the pre-CGI video for “Sledgehammer” are like the ones about the mechanical shark failures on the Jaws set—I never get tired of ‘em.

- Chris Manson