Rising singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Devon Gilfillian announced his second full-length studio album, Love You Anyway, available on April 7, 2023, via Fantasy Records. An intoxicating, genre-crossing game changer, Love You Anyway spans soul, hip-hop, R&B, and rock, all under the banner of Black joy. The Philadelphia-born, Nashville-based soul artist also debuted a sinuous and seductive new single, “All I Really Wanna Do,” along with the track’s accompanying interstellar-inspired animated video that finds Devon traveling through a love-induced galaxy of his own making.
On April 7th, GRAMMY-winning artists Eva Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernández (of LA-based band La Santa Cecilia) and San Antonio-based Tejano conjunto Los Texmaniacs will release their next album, Corazones and Canciones, together on Smithsonian Folkways. A 15-song collection of generation-spanning Mexican-American classics from all over the US (Los Canciones), the album celebrates the love, joy, and the ineffable feeling that music can evoke, while simultaneously shining a light on the importance of Mexican-American music within the overall American Roots tradition. This music makes clear that Mexican-American music isAmerican music with life-affirming energy and passion. Ranging in sound from dancehall and conjunto polka-beats to romantic Tejano guitar (all accented by La Marisoul’s booming, soulful vocals, and Los Texmaniacs’ exuberant playing), each song was chosen for its heart, emotional potential, and ability to connect people across age, place, and time (Los Corazones).
Rising Americana star William Prince announces the April 14 release of his new album Stand in the Joy. Produced by GRAMMY-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile), the album finds Prince’s storytelling gifts in full bloom, sketching songs that hit hard with plaintive detail and precise emotional expression.In these 10 songs, Prince works to embrace life’s small beauties, unburdened by past mistakes and circumstances. It’s an open-hearted work that’s evidence of a songwriter coming into his own, not only as a master of their craft but as an actualized person.
Vancouver-based singer Mathew V announces ‘Anything Goes,’ a new record that seeks to reframe the assumed heteronormative narratives of the Great American Songbook. Due out April 14 on 604 Records, ‘Anything Goes’ takes standards by the likes of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Henry Mancini and draws out queer perspectives from the elegant imprecision of their timeless lyrics.
Consummate entertainer Ann-Margret has announced her first new studio album in over a decade, Born To Be Wild, due out April 14 on Cleopatra Records. It’s a collection of brand-new recordings of her favorite rock n roll and pop gems from the ‘50s through the ‘70s, featuring an all-star group of friends and fans including The Who’s Pete Townshend, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Paul Shaffer, Pat Boone, country legends Mickey Gilley (on one of his final recordings), The Oak Ridge Boys, and T.G. Sheppard, Stax guitarist Steve Cropper, Linda Gail Lewis, Robben Ford, and many more. Featuring golden-era favorites like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Son Of A Preacher Man,” “Volare” and “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” Ann-Margret remains at the top of her game (and still rides her purple Harley Davidson) while possessing a voice that's enchanting as ever.
Caleb Elliott is sharing his Weed, Wine and Time this spring, the Muscle Shoals musician's new eleven-song collection out April 14 via Southern independent music staples Single Lock Records. Celebrated as a go-to session man and songwriter in his thriving hometown music community, Elliott steps to center stage on Weed, Wine and Time to share gripping vignettes culled from his own observed experiences and upbringing in small-town Louisiana. He uses his rich authenticity to share stories of adversity - and of the communal beliefs that too-often serve as their catalysts - but most interesting to Elliott is how we find it in ourselves to overcome these adversities. The album's title may offer an effective (if only half-joking) quick fix, for certain, but these songs take a profound deep dive into the rich and nuanced wisdom he's learned along the way.
3x Grammy award-winning reggae group Morgan Heritage –– currently composed of the Trinity: Peetah Morgan, Gramps Morgan, and Mr. Mojo Morgan, all the children of late reggae great and Father of A Nation, the Hon. Ras Denroy Morgan –– announce their new studio album, The Homeland, out April 21. The star-studded 21-track collection –– the group’s first since Denroy Morgan’s passing last year –– marks a new era for Morgan Heritage, as they expand their global reach from the Caribbean to the African Continent and beyond with guest contributions from Popcaan, Youssou N’Dour, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Shatta Wale, Mádé Kuti, and more. This album is a project of rebirth for the Morgan brothers, built upon a lineage that has lasted decades and one that will continue to forge forward. Musically, they take the listener on a journey that not only reminds them of days past, but the future ahead.
Following the 20th anniversary reissue of their critically acclaimed album The Invisible Band, multi-platinum selling Scottish rockers Travis return with the release of a special live album The Invisible Band (Live). The album will be released on vinyl on April 22nd, as part of Record Store Day 2023, and across streaming services on April 21st via Craft Recordings.
Recorded live at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on May 22nd, 2022 during their celebrated The Invisible Band in Concert anniversary tour, the live album sees the art school band play the seminal album front to back for the first time ever. “Playing The Invisible Band live was a lot of fun. There are so many memories folded into these songs for us and for everyone who came to the shows,” Fran reflects of the tour. “The tracklisting on this album worked really great live so we decided to record and film the final show in Glasgow. There is always a chance I'll get a sore throat when I know there is a taping coming up, but thankfully it all went without a hitch. I think it was the best we played the album that night.”
A dazzling array of musicians, across generations and genres, have contributed to a new album that celebrates the deep influence and legacy of Doc Watson, the North Carolina guitarist, singer and songwriter who would have turned 100 on March 3 of this year. I Am A Pilgrim: Doc Watson at 100 features new renditions of some of Watson’s most beloved recordings from his expansive catalog. It will be released April 28 on FLi Records / Budde Music and features Nora Brown, Rosanne Cash, Jerry Douglas, Chris Eldridge, Steve Earle, Bill Frisell, Corey Harris, Valerie June, Jack Lawrence, Lionel Loueke, Jeff Parker, Dolly Parton, Ariel Posen, Marc Ribot, Matthew Stevens and Yasmin Williams. It was produced by guitarist/songwriter/producer Matthew Stevens (known for his work producing and performing with esperanza spalding and Terri Lyne Carrington) over the past year and executive produced by Mitch Greenhill, Matthew Greenhill and Peer Steinwald.