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Blues-rock band Ghost Hounds released their new blues album, You Broke Me, via Maple House Records. Written and produced by guitarist Thomas Tull and songwriter, producer Kevin Bowe (Etta James, Paul Westerberg and the Replacements), the 9-track album is raw yet polished, making listeners feel as though they were in the room while it was being recorded.

On June 3, Cumbancha releases the album Mista Savona Presents Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 featuring an all-star lineup of musicians from Cuba and Jamaica. An epic set of 15 tracks, Havana Meets Kingston Part 2 unites the deep roots grooves of reggae, dancehall and rocksteady with the scorching soul of Cuban son, timba and salsa.
 

Havana-born pianist Robert Fonseca released Yesun, his ninth solo album, on 18 October.

“Yesun is the album I’ve always wanted to make,” says Fonseca of a record that combines everything from jazz and classical music to rap, funk, reggaeton and electronica, ripping up the rulebook along the way. “All my influences are here. All the sounds and vibes that make me who I am.”

This album is a soundtrack of Sudan’s revolution.

In late 2021, Ostinato Records returned to Khartoum, Sudan shortly after a November military coup and country-wide protests to capture the sound of an ongoing, inspiring democratic revolution that began in 2019.

Releasing his first singles for Mountain Home Music Company; appearing on David Holt’s State Of Music series on PBS; signing with boutique booking agency Prater Day; earning coverage in publications such as The Bluegrass Situation, No Depression and Folk Alley; being interviewed by roots music authority Rhiannon Giddens for a BBC radio documentary, and graduating from college — all recent signposts along the way in the emergence of Tray Wellington.

Bay Area-based Monophonics released their new full-length Sage Motel via Colemine Records. The world's premier psychedelic soul band, Monophonics cordially invites you to attend the grand re-opening of the once thriving, once vibrant establishment, the legendary Sage Motel. A place where folks experience the highs and lows of human existence. A place where big dreams and broken hearts live, where people arrive without ever knowing how they got there.

 Family, friends and invited guests will gather on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 1 P.M. CST for Mickey Gilley's "Celebration of Life" at the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre in Branson, Mo. Seating will be reserved for those close to the Gilley family and limited seating will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. A live streaming of “The Celebration of Life” will also be available and more details will be posted on the Mickey Gilley Facebook page. There will be a public memorial in Pasadena, Texas later this Summer and a private in Ferriday, La.

South Georgia country/roots band Few Miles South have released their latest single "Doggone" on all streaming platforms today. The single marks the group's first new output since releasing Wiregrass in 2020, and continues their exploration of blending modern country music with traditional bluegrass flourishes, and features fiddle work from Michael Cleveland.

Gerry Beckley, the illustrious singer, songwriter, performer and co-founder of legendary band America, releases his new single, the album’s title track - “Aurora” - today!  The song is culled from his fourth solo album for Blue Élan Records set for release on July 1, 2022. Pre-orders are available now.

“Aurora” is available today on all streaming services.

“One of the biggest joys in my life is playing music with friends,” says Jesse Smathers. “I have always had a goal to capture that joy and excitement that comes from a circle with five or six musicians.” Music has always been an important part of Smathers’ life - his grandfather, Harold Smathers, and granduncle Luke Smathers, received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 1993 for their contributions to North Carolina folk music. 

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