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 WZXP 97.9 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 WZXP 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 WZXP 97.9 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
THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR FEBRUARY 5 is TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN from CAT STEVENS (1971)
The Album Feature for January 29 is "Second Winter" from Johnny Winter, who will be playing a show at Higher Ground this weekend.
The Album Feature for January 22 is the brand new one from Bruce Springsteen: "High Hopes". www.brucespringsteen.com
The Album Feature for December 18 is "NEW".......the latest from Sir Paul McCartney. www.paulmccartney.com
Our Album Feature for December 4......the latest from Montreal's Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" www.arcadefire.com
James Marshall Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942. We celebrate what would have been the 71st Birthday of JIMI HENDRIX by presenting "AXIS BOLD AS LOVE".....from the JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE as our Album Feature on November 27. www.jimihendrix.com
The Album Feature for November 20th .....what would've been Duane Allman's 67th birthday......is the 1969 debut of "THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND"
The Album Feature for November 13 is "LIGHTNING BOLT".......brand new from PEARL JAM. www.pearljam.com
The Album Feature for November 6 is a brand new one from famed guitarist and "Mountain" man, Leslie West. The title is "Still Climbing".
The Album Feature for October 16 is "Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe" (1989)
The Album Feature for October 9 is the brand new one from Gov't Mule: "Shout", featuring guest performances by Dr. John, Ben Harper, and Steve Winwood and other notable musicians.
Our Album Feature for October 2nd is brand new......the latest from Dave Keller: "Soul Changes" Dave will visit the WZXP studio in the near future for an on air Conversation and tunes. www.davekeller.com
The Album Feature for September 25 is the brand new one from Elton John (with Bernie Taupin): "The Diving Board".
Our Album Feature for September 18 is the latest from Jimmy Buffet: "Songs From St. Somewhere". (2013)
The Album Feature for September 11 is "What Now" from Deep Purple. This recording was released in the Spring of 2013.
Album Feature for July 31 is the brand new one from Buddy Guy: "Rhythm and Blues". Buddy Guy plays at The Flynn Theater on August 6
The Album Feature for July 24 is the brand new one from Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks: MADE UP MIND. It won't be available in stores until August 20.
Anyway...... The Album Feature for July 3 is certainly "All American". John Fogerty "WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE" featuring many guests performing Fogerty tunes, including Bob Seger, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert. This recording was released on May 28, 2013 and features some new material as well. www.johnfogerty.com
The Album Feature for June 26 is "ROAD TO FOREVER" (2012) from former Eagle, Don Felder. Don Felder is also author of the book, Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles. Don Felder is from Gainesville, Florida, and was Tom Petty's (!) guitar teacher. www.donfelder.com
The Album Feature for June 19 is the brand new one from James Montgomery and his band: "From Detroit......To the Delta". James Montgomery was the headliner at two Burlington Blues Festivals presented by The Album Station. www.jamesmontgomery.com
The Album Feature for June 12 is the brand new one from David Bowie: "The Next Day" www.davidbowie.com
Our Album Feature for June 5 is the brand new one from The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, MISSISSIPPI HILL COUNTRY. www.hmjamzbluesband.com
PROCOL HARUM 1967 DEBUT ALBUM FEATURE WEDNESDAY MAY 29 8 PM 97.9 - WZXP
DOORS Keyboard Player, Ray Manzarek, passed through the veil on May 20 at age 74. Our Album Feature for Wednesday May 22 is the 1967 debut of "The Doors", released in January of that year. Awesomely intelligent, Ray's book, "Light My Fire.....My Life With the Doors" is well worth a read.
The Album Feature for May 8 is TALES OF ORDINARY MADNESS (1996) from WARREN HAYNES. Warren will be playing with Gov't Mule in Portland Maine on May 30 and in Boston on May 31. www.warrenhaynes.com
The Album Feature for April 24 is from Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite: "GET UP" www.benharper.com
The Album Feature for April 17 is Richard Thompson's new "ELECTRIC" www.richardthompson-music.com
It's a Vintage Recording this week on April 10th's Album Feature, "OGDENS' NUT GONE FLAKE" (1968) from The Small Faces. www.thesmallfaces.com
The Album Feature for April 3 is "Turquoise" from Devon Allman. www.devonallmanband.com
Our Album Feature for March 20th is the brand new release from Justin Hayward, "SPIRITS OF THE WESTERN SKY".
Justin Hayward, lead guitarist and vocalist of the legendary rock band, The Moody Blues, is one of the most prolific singer-songwriters in music. Winner of four ASCAP Awards, Justin's Nights In White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, Question, The Voice, Your Wildest Dreams and I Know You're Out There Somewhere, name just a few of his worldwide hits. Performing and recording for more than 40 years with the band, during which the group has sold more than a phenomenal 60 million albums, Justin Hayward has been a driving force in the band's success.
Spirits of the Western Sky, Justin's first solo album since 1996's The View From The Hill, features his trademark vocals & guitar work on tracks such as One Day, Someday, On The Road To Love & the lead off track In Your Blue Eyes. Not to be missed are the three country & bluegrass-influenced tracks What You Resist Persists, Broken Dream & It s Cold Outside Of Your Heart.THE ALBUM FEATURE FOR MARCH 13 IS "PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS" FROM JIMI HENDRIX. www.jimihendrix.com
The Album Feature for February 27 is "Blak and Blu" from Gary Clark Jr. www.garyclarkjr.com
Spirit was an American jazz/hard rock/progressive/psychedelic band founded in 1967 and based in LAX. Their 2nd album "The Family That Plays Together" is our Album Feature February 20th. 8 pm 97.9 FM WZXP. Lead Guitarist, vocalist & major songwriter, Randy California would have turned 62 on 2/20/13