While the firing of Juan Williams has taken up a lot of public radio’s time and some of mine, I do want to point you all towards some great new music that’s come our recently that I’ll be showcasing this weekend on The Appetizer in a new series called “New Indie Cuts.” Over the next 2 weeks you can hear selections of some great new and emerging artists including David Gray, Lindsay Katt (who recently received a Grammy nomination for Heart Place, which happens to be The Appetizer’s theme song), Harper Blynn, Cyndi Lauper and much more.
This weekend, I’m featuring a double portion of some great new music in the styles of folk, pop, alternative and more. Here are some of the artists you can sample on this weekend’s program, heard Saturdays at 3PM on KVLU-1, Saturdays at 9PM on KACU, and Sundays at 9PM on KTRL.
Fistful Of Mercy: I’ve mentioned that network TV is starting to catch on as to what kind of music people are really hungry for, featuring this quartet in a recent episode of NBC’s Parenthood. Fistful is comprised of acclaimed songwriters Ben Harper, Dhani Harrisson, and Joseph Arthur. This is the debut album of their collaboration, which showcases their unique folk style and songwriting. The Recipe Card on this weekend’s show contains my personal favorite song from the album, titled Restore Me, which makes me think of them as a modern day Crosby, Stills, and Nash. More information on the band and their album As I Call You Down found here.
Bess Rogers: One of my good friends and long time Appetizer artist, Bess is always busy. Either she’s touring and recording as Ingrid Michaelson’s guitarist or performing with The Age Of Rockets, or she’s teaching the latest generation how to play guitar really well, or she’s writing and recording her own solo stuff. Her latest solo project is titled “Bess Rogers Presents: Bess Rogers.” In this short EP she shows how her songwriting has matured, both musically and lyrically. I’ll feature 2 of my favorite tracks this weekend, Come Home and All In Good Fun.
Elliott Park: Not only is this guy and incredibly talented indie songwriter (and the author of the #1 song “I Loved Her First”), but he’s also a professional illustrator and the man behind our logo design. I really appreciate Elliott and his contributions to our show. His songwriting is unique and is building a huge following. His debut album is the result of years of writing and crafting. It’s always unique to hear and experience the songwriting of a keyboardist, because it is different in many ways than the songwriting of a guitarist. Flyboy is the latest album and we’ll sample 2 tracks from this great release.
Bobby Bare, Jr: I’d honestly never heard of this guy prior to about a month ago. But I do know his management, and they felt he’d be a good fit on The Appetizer. They were right. You’ll see and hear for yourself in the last portion of this weekend’s show that his writing is unique, and his musical style and melodies are driving. I love the song “Swollen But Not The Same,” and it’s been one that’s been in my head all week. We’ll feature 2 tracks from Bobby’s album A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head.
Other artists featured this weekend include Cady Groves, Jarrod Gorbel, Jason Spooner, and Mohommed Alidu and The Bizung Family. Tune in for more and comment here to let me know what you think.