Wednesday, February 3 is Shawn Phillips' 73rd Birthday. Our Album Feature will be his masterpiece: "Second Contribution"
This album just might cast a spell on you.....in a good way! Haunting music and lyrics. Extraordinary vocals.
Jeff Lynn's ELO "ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE" is the Album Feature for January 27 twenty sixteen. This is a new album.
The Album Feature for January 20 is The Eagles debut album. Founding member Glenn Frey passed away on January 18.
Steeped in the country-rock sound of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers (guitarist/banjo player Bernie Leadon had been a member of the latter) and the burgeoning So-Cal singer-songwriter movement (Jackson Browne contributes to a pair of songs on the album), the Eagles 1972 debut is full of breezy hit singles ("Take It Easy," "Peaceful Easy Feeling") and stinging rock ("Witchy Woman," "Take the Devil"). Thanks to Leadon's presence, there's a bluegrass feel to songs like "Nightingale" and "Early Bird." Mostly, though, the album offers a sampling of the L.A. scene's laid-back early-70s optimism, with just a hint of the darkness to come. --Daniel Durchholz
Album Feature for January 13: David Bowie's fourth studio album. "Hunky Dory" (1971) has been described by AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having "a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class". David passed away on Sunday, December 10th. His 69th birthday was January 8.
RIP Mr. Bowie
The Album Feature for December 9 is "Show Some Emotion" from Joan Armatrading (1977) Joan celebrates Birthday # 65 today.
www.joanarmatrading.comThe Album Feature for December 2 is "BACHMAN HEAVY BLUES" www.randybachman.com
The Album Feature: November 11, 2015 RSB "DON'T LOOK BACK"
The Album Feature for November 4 is the new one from Don Henley: "Cass County"
The Album Feature for October 28 is brand new from Savoy Brown: "The Devil To Pay"
The Album Feature for October 21 is the new one from Keith Richards: "CROSSZYED HEART"
The Album Feature for October 14: Justin Hayward's 1980 album, "NIGHT FLIGHT". Justin was born, 14th October 1946.
The new studio album from Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Clark Jr. is our Featured Recording for October 7
The Album Feature for September 23 is "Born in the U.S.A." (1984) from Bruce Springsteen.......... the blockbuster album that made him a bona-fide international superstar. The album yielded an amazing seven Top 10 singles: 'Born In The U.S.A.', 'Cover Me', 'I'm on Fire', 'I'm Goin' Down', 'Glory Days', 'Dancing In The Dark' and 'My Hometown'
Bruce celebrates Birthday # 66. He was born in the U.S.A. on September 23, 1949.
The Album Feature for September 9th is "Last Time Around" from The Buffalo Springfield. Members of the band: Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Neil Young, Jim Messina, Dewey Martin, and Bruce Palmer.
One of America's seminal 1960s rock bands, Buffalo Springfield's brief career yielded just three studio albums before its various members splintered into a variety of successful solo career and new group endeavors (including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Poco, and Loggins & Messina). In fact, one of its chief architects bolted before this, their last album, was even completed. Fortunately for both the band and their fans, Neil Young left behind a pair of pop gems--the band showcase "On the Way Home" and the country-tinged "I Am a Child." Stephen Stills largely picked up the slack in Young's absence, penning a slate of tunes as ambitious as they were eclectic (his "Questions" here eventually evolving into CSNY's "Carry On"), while Richie Furay weighs in with three tunes, including the clear Poco precursor "Kind Woman." A bit more pop-oriented than its predecessor, the often haunting Buffalo Springfield Again, but nearly as memorable. --Jerry McCulley
The Album Feature for August 19 is Led Zeppelin 3. Robert Plant celebrates his 67th Birthday on August 20.
"Muddy Waters 100" is the Album Feature for August 12 This official and authorized centennial tribute to Muddy Waters is a once-in-a-lifetime CD event that celebrates, commemorates and contributes the musical legacy of this American icon. With 15 newly-recorded songs, Muddy Waters 100 features Muddy Waters Band alumni and many of today s most preeminent American blues and roots artists, including Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Keb Mo , John Primer, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, and others...
The Album Feature for August 5 is the brand new one from Warren Haynes (with Railroad Earth) "Ashes & Dust" Warren is playing in Burlington on Sunday, August 9, as part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival. Tickets are available at www.highergroundmusic.com or at the Higher Ground Box Office.
The Album Feature for July 29 is the new one from Roger Waters. An unblinking look at an entertainment-obsessed society, "Amused to Death" addresses issues that have only grown in complexity and urgency over the past two decades. With Amused to Death, Roger Waters sounded the alarm about a society increasingly and unthinkingly in thrall to its television screens. Twenty-three years later, "Amused to Death" speaks to our present moment in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago. In 2015, television is just one option in an endless array of distractions available to us anytime, anywhere, courtesy of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. With eyes glued to our screens, the dilemmas and injustices of the real world can easily recede from view. Released on July 24.
July 22 Album Feature New Neil Young: "The Monsanto Years"
The Album Feature for July 15, Linda Ronstadt's 69th Birthday, is "Heart Like A Wheel". Heart Like a Wheel (1974) is Linda Ronstadt's fifth solo album recording and the last of her studio projects for Capitol Records, released in late 1974. It is universally considered to be Ronstadt's all-time high watermark masterpiece recording and a pioneering blueprint of Country Rock. It spent 51 weeks on the Billboard album chart and has never been out of print in the now 38 years since its release.
The Album Feature for July 8th is Europe ' 72 from the Grateful Dead, who just finished touring forever this past weekend with a series of shows in Chicago.
The Album Feature for July 1 is the stunning debut release from Asia.
Prog-rock pasts gave way to pop fame as Asia debuted with this 1982 #1 smash. Wetton/Howe/Downes/Palmer eclipsed the success of Yes, ELP and King Crimson as they scored smashes with Heat of the Moment and Only Time Will Tell . An '80s rock-supergroup classic!
The Album Feature for May 6 is "DUETS" from Van Morrison.
On DUETS: RE-WORKING THE CATALOGUE, Van Morrison and the guests selected and recorded some of his songs from the catalog of 360 songs across his career. Deliberately steering away from his more well-known classics, Van enlisted some of the artists he most respects to perform these songs with him to re-craft and re-imagine them. The album was recorded in his home town of Belfast and London in the United Kingdom over the last year, using a variety of musicians and fresh arrangements.
Produced by Van Morrison along with Don Was and Bob Rock, the album features duet performances with Bobby Womack, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Clare Teal, P.J. Proby, Joss Stone, Georgie Fame, Mick Hucknall, Chris Farlowe, and Van's daughter Shana Morrison.
Van Morrison is considered one of the most prolific recording artists and extraordinary live performers of our time. He has received a multitude of awards and accolades including 6 Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, and has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His visionary songwriting and mastery of many genres continues to shine on albums celebrating and re-exploring his blues, jazz, skiffle and country roots. With one of the most revered catalogues in music history, his talents as a composer, singer and performer are unmatched.
www.vanmorrison.comThe Album Feature for April 22 is "Wolflight" (2015) from Steve Hackett.
Stephen Richard "Steve" Hackett (born 12 February 1950) is an English musician, songwriter and singer. He gained prominence as lead guitarist of the British progressive rock group Genesis, which he joined in 1970 and left in 1977 to pursue a solo career. Hackett contributed to six Genesis studio albums, three live albums and seven singles. www.hackettsongs.com
The Album Feature for April 15 is a truly stellar vintage recording. The Jeff Beck Group ~ "Truth" (1968) Members of the band: Jeff Beck (of course), Rod Stewart (lead vocals), Ron Wood (bass) Mick Waller (drums) and Nicky Hopkins (keyboards). www.jeffbeckofficial.com
Our April 1st Album Feature will be Mark Knopfler's brand new release, "Tracker". Mark will be touring extensively in 2015 beginning in May.
Many European dates. After that....the United States and Canada. Concerts closest to Vermont: Montreal (Place Des Arts) October 7 ~ Boston (Orpheum) October 9 ~ Albany (Palace) October 11 Find out more @ www.markknopfler.com
The Album Feature for March 25 is Robben Ford's brand new "Into the Sun". A few of the guest musicians who appear on this recording are Keb Mo, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth and Robert Randolph. This album won't be released until March 31, but you can listen it this week. www.robbenford.com
The Album Feature for March 18 is the brand new one from Richie Furay.....member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. This album won't be released until March 31, but you can hear it on ZXP tonight! www.richiefuray.com
The Album Feature for March 11 is "ORDER OF PLAY" (2014) from Martin Barre, longtime Jethro Tull lead guitarist. www.martinbarre.com
The Album Feature for March 4 is Chris Squire's solo "FISH OUT OF WATER" from 1975. Chris is a longtime member of YES and celebrates his 67th birthday on Wednesday. This album has not been easy to find, but it will be re-released in May. www.chrissquire.com
The ZXP Album Feature for February 18 is the latest from Bob Seger: "RIDE OUT" ww.bobseger.com
The Album Feature for February 4 is John Mellencamp's "Plain Spoken" (2014) www.mellencamp.com
The Album Feature for January 28 is the 1973 Marshall Tucker Band debut. The MTB introduced flute and saxophone to the Southern Rock genre, giving them a super unique sound. This group has been touring for over 40 years. www.marshalltucker.com
The Album Feature for January 21st was just released January 20. It's the first, and so far, only, recording of King Crimson from their sold out U.S. September/October tour: "Live at the Orpheum" .....Los Angeles. The tunes chosen were selected from the two nights the band played there, September 30 and October 1, 2014
"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple". Robert Fripp
King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London.
The Album Feature for January 14 is the new one from Davy Knowles: "The Outsider"www.davyknowles.com
The Album Feature for January 7 is "Blues Scars" from Skyla Burrell and her band. www.skylaburrell.com
The Skyla Burrell Band is a full time, hardworking traveling blues band, known for their high-energy electric blues. Onstage and on record, they play 100% original material - singer/guitarist Skyla Burrell and co-founder/guitarist Mark Tomlinson share songwriting credits. For BLUES SCARS, their fifth album, and their first with the VizzTone label group, Skyla and the band bring their high energy style into the studio for a 15-song set of all new original material that reflects the ups and downs of life over the past few years.
The Album feature for Christmas Eve is "Dig That Crazy Christmas" from The Brian Setzer Orchestra. An interesting mix of familiar holiday tunes and "rocked up" versions of Standards with the Big Band www.briansetzer.com
The Album Feature for December 17 is from Paul Rodgers: "Muddy Water Blues". Paul celebrates his 65th birthday today. ww.paulrodgers.com
The Album Feature for December 10 is the new one from The Strawbs: "Prognostic" www.strawbsweb.co.uk
The Album Feature for December 3 is Devon Allman's new one, "Ragged & Dirty". www.devonallmanband.com
The Album Feature for November 26 is the new one from Pink Floyd, "Endless River. www.pinkfloyd.com
The Album Feature for November 12 is the brand new one from Cat Stevens: "Tell 'Em I'm Gone" at Stevens (Yusuf ) begins his first North American tour since 1976 in December. He will be in Toronto, Boston (The Wang Centre), New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. www.yusufislam.com
The Album Feature for September 10 is "IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON", the second album from Progressive Rock Group, KING CRIMSON.
The Legendary Band launches their U.S. tour at The Egg in Albany, New York with two sold out shows September 8 and 9.
Other cities on the tour are Philadelphia, Boston, New York City (4 sold out shows), Madison, WI, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The unusual stage presentation features 3 drummers, performing out in front of the rest of the band.
The Album Feature for August 27 is "VANILLA FUDGE". Vocalist and bass player, Tim Bogert, celebrates birthday number 70 that day.
Other bands that Tim has played in: Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice.....That would be Jeff Beck and Carmine Appice.
The Album Feature for August 20 is the latest from YES: "Heaven & Earth" www.yesworld.com
Our Album Feature for August 13th....a tribute to the late J.J. Cale
The Album Feature for August 6th is the brand new one from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: HYPNOTIC EYE www.tompetty.com
THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR JULY 23 is the debut album from the Bee Gees, "BEE GEES 1st" circa 1967 No worries......no disco here. This is a very interesting album. If you're a Beatles fan and like the British Invasion era, you'll probably enjoy this recording. www.beegees.com
The Album Feature for July 16 is the new one from Royal Southern Brotherhood: "heartsoulblood"
The Album Feature for July 9 is "Delta Breeze" from Les Dudek. Les will be playing at The Venue in South Burlington on Tuesday, July 15, presented by ZXP www.lesdudek.com
Album Feature July 2 NEW PHISH ! "FUEGO" www.phish.com
The Album Feature for June 25 is the new one from Asia: "Gravitas" www.originalasia.com
Wednesday, June 18 is Paul McCartney's 72nd Birthday. Our Album Feature is his first album: "McCartney" www.paulmccartney.com
The Album Feature for June 11 is from Jack Bruce, his new one: "SILVER RAILS". www.jackbruce.com
We're right smack in the middle of the Discover Jazz Fest this week, so we're featuring a very "jazzy" album on June 4: JOE ZAWINUL "75" (2009)
Joe, a founding member of Weather Report is a legendary keyboardist and composer. He passed through the veil at age 75 in 2007.
THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR MAY 28 is the new one from DAVE MASON: "FUTURE'S PAST" www.davemasonmusic.com
The Album Feature for May 21 is Keb' Mo's recent release: "Bluesamericana" www.kebmo.com
The Album Feature for May 14 is "Katy Lied" from Steely Dan (1975)
The Album Feature for May 7 is the new one from Ian Anderson: HOMO ERRATICUS www.jethrotull.com
Wednesday, April 30, is Willie Nelson's 81st Birthday. Our Album Feature that night will be "Milk Cow Blues" (2000) Willie performs with Susan Tedeschi, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dr. John and B.B. King! www.willienelson.com
The Album Feature for April 23 is the brand new one from Wishbone Ash: "Blue Horizon". www.wishboneash.com
The Album Feature for April 16 is the latest from Robben Ford: "A Day in Nashville" www.robbenford.com
The Album Feature for April 9th is Dave Mason's 1970 Masterpiece, "Alone Together". www.davemasonmusic.com
The Album Feature for April 2 is the brand new one from Mike Gordon: "Overstep"
The Album Feature for March 26 is "IN MY SOUL" from ROBERT CRAY. This brand new release from Robert Cray won't be available in stores until April 1st. www.robertcray.com
With 5 Grammy Awards, 15 grammy nominations, millions of record sales worldwide, and thousands of sold out performances, blues rock icon Robert Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
In their April 2011 issue, Rolling Stone Magazine credits Cray with reinventing the blues with his “distinct razor sharp guitar playing.” They go on to say that his 1986 breakthrough album Strong Persuader “introduced a new generation of mainstream rock fans to the language and form of the blues”.
Since the release of Strong Persuader, Cray has gone on to record fifteen Billboard charting studio albums and has written or performed with everyone from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, from Bonnie Raitt to John Lee Hooker. Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of 57, he is one of the youngest living legends to receive the prestigious honour.
Album Feature for March 19th JETHRO TULL "BROADSWORD & the BEAST" 1982
The Album Feature for March 12 is the brand new one from SAVOY BROWN GOIN' TO THE DELTA. Savoy Brown is One of the longest, continuously running, blues/rock bands in the world today, formed in London in 1966. www.savoybrown.com