Dailey & Vincent: Brothers of the Highway

By: Brendan

Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent have excelled themselves on their upcoming sixth studio album. Brothers of the Highway was released on May 7th.

The standout track is “Back to Jackson County,” which makes me homesick even though I was nowhere near a holler.

The title track is an instant road music classic, and “Big River” prompted a commendation of my music tastes from the postman.

“Howdy Neighbor Howdy” and “Back to Hancock County” are the most bluegrassy fun I’ve had since Steve Martin and Noam Pikelny collaborated on “Cluck Old Hen.”

An obligatory gospel track, “Won’t it Be Wonderful Over There,” feels out of place between these two rollicking tunes.

The album closes poignantly with a cover of Kathy Mattea’s laudation of long-lasting love, “Where’ve You Been.”

You can sample the opening track “Steel Drivin’ Man” here, download a free, legal mp3 of the song at Dailey & Vincent’s official site and watch the video below.

Pre-Order @ Amazon

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

By: Brendan

In a search for poetry, I stumbled upon a great piece of music composed by Elliot Del Borgo. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” was inspired by, named for and begins with a recitation of the Dylan Thomas poem. You can hear a recording of the piece by Texas All State Concert Band at SoundClick.

You can also hear the distinctive voice of Thomas himself reading the poem at Archive.org.

Free Classical Piano Music

By: Brendan

Our old pal Mona Seghatoleslami, formerly of WV Public Radio and currently of WXXI, has posted some excerpts from an interview with Jeremy Denk to her Soundcloud page.

Jeremy Denk is also featured on several performances which can be downloaded for free from the Gardner Museum.

One subject of the WXXI discussion is Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32, Op. 111. Neil O’Doan’s performance of the first movement from that work can be streamed or downloaded here.

O’Doan has also recorded some complete works for the Piano Society, including concertos by Rachmaninov and Chopin.

Another pianist I discovered through the Piano Society is Monica Alianello, who has many recordings available for free download including our favorite Chopin Mazurkas.

Aranda: Free Mp3s!

By Brendan

I haven’t heard a good rock ballad in a while, so I was excited to stumble upon “Satisfied” by Aranda as part of Amazon’s monthly free Artists on the Rise mp3 set. You can download and/or stream “Satisfied” for free and also download a second song, “Stand,” in exchange for your email address below…

Aranda – Satisfied (Free Mp3 @ Amazon)

Aranda Official Site

Irish Gaelic Covers of Beyonce, Adele, Bruno Mars, Florence + the Machine & more!

By: Brendan

Another amazing bandcamp discovery is TG Lurgan, who have released many covers in the Irish language (a.k.a. Gaeilge). Ep an Earraigh features Irish Gaelic covers of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy.” And the Glee Lurgan album includes covers of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and the Footloose theme. You can download both albums for free below.