7 incredible rock albums coming soon

1) Chuck Berry, Chuck (pre-order it on Amazon). Out June 16, 2017.

“Chuck Berry, the father of rock & roll, is releasing his first album in nearly 40 years, which is comprised mostly of new, original songs written, recorded and produced by the legend himself. ‘CHUCK’ was recorded in various studios around St. Louis and features Berry’s longtime hometown backing group – including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) – which has supported him for over two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club. ‘This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,’ said Berry, referring to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. ‘My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!'”

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2) Bob Dylan, Under the Covers (pre-order it on Amazon). Out April 7, 2017.

“Although the man who won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature is known best for his self-composed lyrics and music, he has, across the years, performed and recorded a huge number of cover songs; according to the book Bob Dylan – The Songs He Didn’t Write by Dylan authority Derek Barker, there have been more than 500 to date. This CD collection brings together just 20 of these, but without a doubt these remain among Bob’s finest interpretations of others songwriters’ work. Featuring of course tunes by his mentor Woody Guthrie, and a smattering of folk traditionals, this compilation includes too numbers by an eclectic range of writers from Townes Van Zandt, Ry Cooder and John Hiatt, to George & Ira Gershwin, rockabilly legend Warren Smith and blues mainstay Muddy Waters, all rubbing shoulders with other classic cuts from the cream of 20th Century composers.”

3) Ray Davies, Americana (pre-order it on Amazon). Out April 21, 2017.

“This is Ray Davies’ first new album in 10 years. It follows his acclaimed 2013 memoir of the same name, and uses the book as both source material and jumping off point. Davies wrote and arranged all the music on ‘Americana’ and co-produced the album with Guy Massey and John Jackson with the Jayhawks serving as Davies’ backing band. ‘Americana’ was recorded in London at Konk Studios, the legendary studio founded by The Kinks in 1973.

“The album is an autobiographical work, taking inspiration from the vital role America has played in Davies’ life over five decades. It also features a number of short spoken-word passages from the memoir. In Davies’ own words, ‘America is such a big story, a vast landscape, you can get lost in it. It’s possible in America to go ahead and have a new start somewhere.'”

4) Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child (pre-order it on Amazon). Out April 28, 2017.

“‘God’s Problem Child’ is Willie s first album to debut all-new songs since ‘Band of Brothers’ in 2014. It includes 13 new songs, including seven recently written by Willie and Buddy Cannon, his longtime collaborator and producer. The album’s title track, penned by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers and the legendary Leon Russell (on what may be Russell’s very last recording). Closing the album is “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a song written by Gary Nicholson that pays tribute to Willie’s outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard.”

5) Grateful Dead, Cornell 5/8/77 (pre-order it on Amazon). Out May 5, 2017.

“Cornell 5/8/77 was recorded live directly from the soundboards by Betty Cantor-Jackson. After several years the master tapes were seemingly lost for good, but that all changed at the end of 2016. The lost tapes, or lost “Betty boards” as they are commonly known, finally made their way back home to the Grateful Dead vault, making it possible to officially bring the world this legendary show just in time for its 40th Anniversary. The complete live show has been Plangentized by Plangent Processes and remastered by GRAMMY ® award winning sound engineer, Jeffrey Norman.”

6) Diana Krall, Turn Up The Quiet (pre-order it on Amazon). Out May 5, 2017.

“Diana Krall’s latest album, Turn Up the Quiet, celebrates Jazz and the Great American Songbook, reuniting Diana with Grammy Award-winning producer, Tommy LiPuma.

“Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy® Awards, eight Juno® Awards and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Krall’s unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most acclaimed artists of our time.”

7) Sheryl Crow, Be Myself (pre-order it on Amazon). Out April 21, 2017.

“Multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and musician Sheryl Crow will release a new album, entitled Be Myself, on April 21st via Warner Bros. Records. Be Myself, her ninth studio album and the first album for the label is available for pre-order now.

“For this album, Crow worked again with producer, musician, and songwriter Jeff Trott, a long-time collaborator throughout her career. Trott co-wrote many of Crow’s classic hits including ‘If It Makes You Happy’ and ‘My Favorite Mistake.’ Crow says her main goal was ‘to investigate what made my early songs strike people as being authentic and original. So for the first time in my life, I made it a point to sit down and really listen to my old records. I’d drive my kids to school and play the old stuff as I came back home. That helped me remember what it felt like when I was just beginning as an artist. But it wasn’t about repeating myself. It was about revisiting where I came from and seeing where that would take me now.’

“Be Myself is like each of her preceding releases: thoughtful and candid. It’s unlike them too, mainly in that it represents contradictory movement — a look at the world today powered in part by a return to the energy that first lofted Crow and her music into the limelight.”


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