Candy Pennetta

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Michael Franti & Spearhead / SoulRocker / Fantasy: HipHop, Reggae, Rock, Poetry, Dance, Politics; it is all here as it always with this relentless songwriter and his stellar band - He reminds us that a "SoulRocker is: One who lives from the heart, with compassion for all, and possesses a tenacious enthusiasm for music, life and the planet..." Hmmm...

Ana Popovic / Trilogy / ArtisteXclusive: She is Serbian born, based in Memphis, and her Blues Funk Rock Guitar is universal - With a few guests (Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Rapper Al Kapone...) on her new 3 CD release there is a wide range ("Morning,"  "MidDay" & "Midnight") of  moods and music.

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers / Rehab Reunion / 429 Records: Playing dulcimer and adding vocals lends a new bent to the Bruce Hornsby sound, and his "Noisemakers" back him up in supreme fashion. Bring in Mavis Staples on a duet ("Celestial Railroad") and Justin Vernon on vocal in the background ("Over The Rise"), and you may have a new favorite 10 track CD.

Silva / Jupiter / Six Degrees: The young Brazilian vocalist's 3rd release creates a minimalist sound, ironically filled with a warm, love song sense and hints of Bossa Nova, R&B, HipHop, Jazz, Electronica and Pop. Perfect for a rainy day, or a sunny day...

Boxer Rebellion / Ocean By Ocean / Absentee: The London based quartet has been around for 15 years and with a lead singer from Tennessee their 5th release transcends genre and location with an exquisite sound...

Ziggy Marley / Ziggy Marley / Tuff Gong: He has won 7 Grammy Awards,  has made his father proud and with 12 new tracks he will  make you happy...

Santana / IV / Santana IV Records: With the Woodstock Era classic lineup of players plus newer members, the legendary group led by Carlos Santana and his American/Latin Rock/Jazz/World/Fusion sound have 16 all new tracks and with Ronald Isley on vocals on 2 tunes, that sound is grander than ever!

Allen Stone / Radius / ATO: The young Blue Eyed Soul Singer from Washington released "Radius" in 2015, but with 7 additional tracks on the new  CD, the "Hippie With Soul" shows off the Stevie Wonder/Marvin Gaye/Meters/ Bill Withers influence with 20 "Get Up And Dance" tunes...

Allen Stone - Radius - ATO: The young Blue Eyed Soul Singer from Washington  put out "Radius' in 2015 and it remains a strong release but with 7 additional tracks in 2016, the  "Hippie with Soul" brings his Stevie Wonder/Marvin Gaye/Meters/Bill Withers influence to a new high with 20 "Get Up and Dance" tunes...

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros / PersonA / Community Music: The 10 musicians express their true talent on the 4th CD with 10 tunes that stretch and expand and will embrace and inspire via Virtuoso Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Horns, Organs, Bass, Marimba, Timpanis, & their trademark Magical Song Writing...

Peter Wolf / A Cure For Loneliness / Concord: The lead singer of the J Geils Blues Band is back and he is covering a lot of territory - Give it a listen, sit back and hold on...

Ceu / Tropix / Six Degrees: The Brazilian chanteuse  claimed " I am going back to the beat" on her masterpiece from Six Degrees and she succeeds beautifully with her trademark sultry vocals, muted drums, synthesizers & production from Herve Salters/"General Elektrik" (player with Lyrics Born, Fema Kuti, Blackalicious)...

Ceu / Tropix / Six Degrees: The Brazilian chanteuse claimed "I am going back to the beats" as she approached her latest masterpiece of sultry vocals, synthesizers, muted drums, and that definitive bass beat. French producer Herve Salters/"General Elektrik" (Player with Femi Kuti, Blackalicious & Lyrics Born) lent the "tropical and pixel" vibe...

Bonnie Raitt / Dig In Deep / Red Wing: The Grammy Winning Legend  is back with that amazing band, her profound lyrics & songwriting and that gorgeous sound...

Santigold / 99Cents / Atlantic: Fun music with a thoughtful lyricism and a dance beat.

A Great Week Of New Music! Tough To Pick One!

The new Snarky Puppy: "Family Dinner Vol 2" is a terrific follow up to their earlier Grammy winner.

Mavis Staples: "Livin' On A High Note" is outstanding.

Esperanza Spalding stretches the envelope with "Emily's D+ Evolution."

The many artists performing on "God Don't Never Change- Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson" is jam packed!


Lake Street Dive's "Side Pony"  cannot be denied! The Hometown Favorites are back and better than ever...

French Horn Rebellion / Foolin' Around / FHR: 2 brothers making great music!

Richmond Fontaine / You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To / Fluff & Gravy: Reportedly the final release from Willy Vlautin and that band of huge talent, the lyrics are poignant, humorous, heavy.

Rufus Du Sol / Bloom / Foreign Family Collective: "Dreamy Vocals, Moody Synths & Driving Kicks" says it all about this group that writes, produces and performs a remarkable array of sound. The 11 tracks are not enough; you will want more!

An incredible array of music for the week! David Bowie, John Trudell, Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell, Basia Bulat, DJDS - Gotta Pick One:

The James Hunter Six / Hold On / Daptone: The label is stellar and only features the cream of the crop - James Hunter is a Soulful R&B master and stretches on this one with a sweet taste of  Rock, Bossa Nova and a whole lot of "Get Up And Dance" music.

Sugar's Pick For Week Of January 18, 2016

Boss Selection / Volume 1 / Orange Stella: Producer/Recording Artist Sunny Levine brings together 12 tunes (Riding on A Love Train, Wouldn't It Be Wild, Flip & ReWind...) and his dream lineup of artists (Rashida Jones, Pete Yorn, James Gadson, Hugh Masekela...) to create a broad sweep of the musical spectrum.

Sugar's Pick Of The Week - January 11, 2016

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Let Me Get By / Fantasy: Recorded at their home studio in Florida, all original TTB material, jam packed with those powerful vocals & the tightest 12 piece band around, all the while "combining inspired Memphis Soul, Electric R&B, Country, Rock & Classic Song Craft..." it will be a favorite for 2016!

Joe Cocker / The Life Of A  Man / Sony:

A retrospective of  the legendary artist's incredible repertoire - Bittersweet and beautiful -  The liner notes by his brother are most touching - Listen and give thanks...

It's A Holiday Soul Party | Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Daptone

Sugar's Pick November 23rd, 2015:

Stick Figure / Set In Stone / Ruffwood: Written,  produced & recorded by self taught musician Scott Woodruff, The Roots/Dub/Reggae CD stands out as a sonic journey and deserves a listen.

Sugar's Pick November 16, 2015:

Givers / New Kingdom / Glassnote: Lafayette, Louisiana is the home base for the "AfroBeat, Dancey Pants, Indie Pop, Love Music" - Gotta give it a listen...

Sugar's Pick For Week Of November 9, 2015

Ephemerals / Chasin Ghosts / Jalapeno: The 7 piece Group, based in Classic Soul, shifts to Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and back again via a NY/ International/Urban/London scene. Their breakthru album, "Nothing Is Easy" was a favorite and they have created another rich and deep blend of genres and sound. 

Sugar's Pick for the Week of November 2, 2015:

Billy Gibbons & The BFG's / Perfectamundo / Concord:   ZZ Top's legendary Guitarist & Vocalist spent a little time as a Latin Percussionist  student of Tito Puente and he blends that Cuban-Afrom sensibility with his Blues ridden Rock on this first solo release. Lots to listen to.

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Sugar's Pick Of The Week:

Fat Freddy's Drop / Bays / Drop:   It is always a musical extravaganza and a worthwhile journey with the 7 piece ensemble from New Zealand as they cover a lot of territory with their take on Funk, Dub, Reggae, Jazz, Soul, R&B and Techno sound.

Liz Vice / There's A Light / Ramseur: The Portland Singer mixes it up with a Soulful/Gospel/R&B sound rising from an obvious deep rooted spirituality.