An anthology from R&B queen Ruth Brown, Laura Nyro at age 18, a Dori Freeman gem, and more new releases you ought to hear.
The latest gargantuan box set from Germany’s Bear Family label showcases seminal rhythm and blues–related music from the Washington, D.C. area.
A star-studded box set surveys highlights from Jimmie Vaughan’s long career. Also, five more noteworthy new CDs.
Must-hear covers of Bob Dylan songs fill the soundtrack to Broadway’s ‘Girl from the North Country.’ Also reviewed: a pop-rock gem from Explorer Tapes, a live set from Oregon, newcomer Sierra Ferrell, and Ben Bostick’s excellent fourth CD.
A five-CD set shines a light on recordings from the Beach Boys’ underappreciated later years. Also, interpretive material from Colin Hay, rehearsal tapes from Gram Parsons, and new music from Ellen Foley.
A remastered edition of Simone’s extraordinary 1958 debut and a collection of her live performances, plus more new CDs you should know about.