Hello new music lovers. Welcome to NEXT. We have a simple goal: Find you a NEXT, new favorite song. #NextFavoriteSong

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel

Let us begin NEXT week 762 with Gerry Cinnamon. Cinnamon has dropped a “definitive version” of his second album, ‘The Bonny’. The Glasgow singer-songwriter has dropped the extended edition of the chart-topping record onto digital streaming platforms today with a CD and vinyl release set to follow. The new record features fresh takes of previously recorded tracks Kampfire Vampire and Fickle McSelfish, as well as a newly shared song Ghost, a driving acoustic offering. Introducing it online, he said: Been waiting a long time to get those tunes back. Should have been on the first album but that’s what happens when you trust the wrong people.
Ghost, Kampfire, Fickle and Roll the Credits were all written around the same time so it’s good to have them all on the same record.
Hope everyone’s keeping mentally solid. Don’t let the bastards get to you.
Cheers Gx”

Great Peacock. A band that has spent a good portion of their time together on the road, releasing a new full length album in this year of non-touring may have dissuaded some, but on Great Peacock’s third release, Forever Worse Better, the band sounds tighter and surer of themselves than ever before. The Nashville-based musicians – front man/guitarist Andrew Nelson, guitarist/harmony vocalist Blount Floyd, and bass player Frank Keith IV have spent the last seven years developing as a band; from their early acoustic days to a full on rock outfit incorporating keyboards, electric guitars and their signature harmonies

The People Between. It’s hard to sum up 2020 in 3:44, but The People Between give it a shot. I finally bought a Rickenbacker 12-string like all my heroes played,” said McGuinn, “and the first time I picked it up these chords seemed to play themselves.”  It wasn’t hard to catalog a few events of the year, but the challenge is doing so in a way that reminds us we’re here together, we need each other, and it’s gonna get better.” To paraphrase the great Nick Lowe, it’s Pure (Power) Pop for Now People (Between). Here’s to hope and better things, along with a full album by The People Between. Maybe in 2021. Profits from The People Between go to City Meals on Wheels and Twin Cities Music Community Trust.  Support your local food banks this winter!

Cam Cole is a singer, songwriter, busker and new age traveler from London,UK who roams around performing on streets and venues as his one man band show influenced by Folk, Delta Blues, Grunge and Rock N’ Roll. His long awaited debut was taken directly from his busking set, recorded raw to capture the magic Cam creates on the streets.

The Hold Steady have released a new song, “Family Farm,” which will appear on their upcoming eighth studio album, Open Door Policy. “Family Farm” is classic Hold Steady, opening with a driving guitar riff and a flourish of Springsteenian piano and horns, before settling into stripped-back verses that give way to a booming chorus. “I was personally happy to get a mention of Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’ in the lyrics, and I appreciate it even more after Eddie Van Halen’s unfortunate recent passing,” frontman Craig Finn said in a statement. “Overall, it feels like a song that will be fun to play live — uptempo, dynamic and a chorus with shout-along potential.”

Painted Shield. Mason Jennings and Stone Gossard ‘off and running’ in new band Painted Shield. Minnesota music mainstay Mason Jennings and Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard launch their new band Painted Shield with 1,700 miles of social distancing. It’s a glorious noise.

Arctic Monkeys have released a new live album highlighting their 20-song performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England back on June 7th, 2018. Simply titled, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, the summer 2018 concert came as part of the band’s world tour in support of their Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino studio album, which had arrived just a month prior. The concert at the famed London venue that night was a benefit show to raise money for War Child UK. Additionally, the band will reportedly donate 100% of the album’s proceeds to the non-profit which aids children around the world who have affected by war.

The Pearl Jam frontman initially premiered the songs during a livestream benefiting his EB Research Partnership organization. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has unveiled a pair of new solo singles. Entitled “Matter of Time” and “Say Hi”, the songs were initially premiered during a livestream event benefiting Eddie and Jill Vedder’s EB Research Partnership. Now, you can stream both tracks online. “Matter of Time” is paired with an animated music video directed by Matt Finlin and Jeff Lermire, while “Say Hi” is accompanied by a live performance video. The latter track is especially noteworthy as it was written for Eli Meyer, a six-year-old boy whose affliction with Junctional Epidermolysis Bullos inspired the Vedder’s to launch their charitable organization in hopes of finding a cure for the disease.

10 Songs is the distilled essence of Travis. The trick which songwriter Fran Healy has performed so brilliantly is to make the ten songs on 10 Songs sound like all your favorite Travis tunes, but ever-so-slightly reimagined. The mournful vocals, the strummy acoustic guitars, and the limpid melodies. They’re all present and correct and front and center. Except more so. There are no lackluster songs, but there are no showstoppers either. The listener gets 38 minutes of polished pop that’s as reliable as an atomic clock. The opening track “Waving at a Window” sets the tone beautifully. An electric guitar ripples prettily, a piano tinkles, and Healy floats an effortless vocal line over the top. It’s simple music incredibly well rendered. What gives this record its character are the details. The art lies in the string arrangement and Susannah Hoffs’ vocal on “The Only Thing”,

Taylor Swift and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon performed “Exile” for the first time in the concert film “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions,” which was released Wednesday on Disney Plus. In the film, Swift joined Jack Antonoff and The National’s Aaron Dessner at Long Pond Studio in New York’s Hudson Valley to play her album “Folklore” front to back. For “Exile,” Vernon recorded his part in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bleachers, the pop-rock project from super producer Jack Antonoff, have returned a new song called “chinatown” featuring Bruce Springsteen. Antonoff came by his Springsteen obsession naturally, by growing up in the state of New Jersey. His debt to the Bard of Asbury Park can be felt in his anthemic hooks and granular details. While the two artists make fairly different music, they both have mastered switching between arena-big and dive-bar small. “chinatown” exists at the center of the Antonoff-Springsteen Venn diagram. The acoustic guitars are somehow laid-back and restless, and the lyrics are specific in a way that makes them universal.

Jack Johnson has released a new song entitled, “The Captain Is Drunk”, which marks the laid-back Hawaiian guitarist’s second single this year following his “Don’t Let Me Down” collaboration with Milky Chance shared back in the spring. Both songs will likely appear on Johnson’s next full-length studio album, which will be his first since 2017’s All the Light Above It Too. Released on Friday via his own imprint, “The Captain Is Drunk” was inspired in part by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall‘s Men Against the Sea book trilogy, though the song’s lyrics were also fueled by the recent 2020 election. As Johnson notes, “Growing up some of my favorite books were from the ‘Men Against The Sea’ Trilogy. With how divided our country felt leading up to the election, the stories from this series kept popping into my mind. Big decisions on which way to sail in the middle of a storm as people disagree.”

After a six-year break, the Canadian alt-rocker, Kathleen Edwards, returns with Total Freedom – and a fresh perspective on her sound and why not include a song about dogs and how they rock and how the change lives. Dogs Rock. And throw in a rescue. That’s Win Win.

Karen O and Willie Nelson. Dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun-dun – and because you know it already, your brain is impatiently leaping ahead of the music — at least until you realize that, wait, meditation sounds pretty good right about now. Just in time for the most anxiety-producing Election Day in modern U.S. history, Karen O and Willie Nelson have dropped an out-of-nowhere cover of “Under Pressure,” the smash 1981 single that paired two of England’s greatest rock acts (and later served as the musical foundation for one of the 1990s’ biggest rap hits).

Prep is a band that has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Their genre blending of synth pop and soul combined with their vast musical backgrounds create a musical experience that anyone could fall in love with. Prep is a UK band, formed in 2015 with members Tom Havelock, (vocals), Llywelyn ap Myrddin (keys), Dan Radclyffe (guitars) and Guillaume Jambel (drums). What happens when you put together a classical composer (Myrddin), a singer-songwriter (Havelock), a house DJ (Jambel) and a producer (Radclyffe)? Intricately creative and unique dreamy indie pop that is available to listen to now. This album truly feels like an introduction to Prep’s sound, both funky and whimsical all at once. It is a windows down, long drive, wind in your hair on a sunny day record and it instantly puts me in a good mood. When you listen to their groove you have to dance: those aren’t directions, it’s an instinct.

Music is Life. And new music keeps you young at heart. And keeps your mind nimble. It’s science. Do the google if you don’t believe me.

It was tough before Covid 19. Now more than ever we need to support these bands. Even something as simple as buying an album, or a ticket to a show (when live music comes back or if they are hosting online events), or a tee shirt. And if you can buy directly from them. Even better. Thank you.

Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.


WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

You can listen to NEXT on the radio. Listen to NEXT on Ocean 98 in Maryland Sunday nights at 10. Or Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Artist and Song Title:

  • Gerry Cinnamon – Ghost
  • Great Peacock – High Wind
  • The People Between – Another Distraction
  • Cam Cole – Mama
  • The Hold Steady – Family Farm
  • Painted Shield – Knife Fight
  • Arctic Monkeys – Arabella (Live)
  • Eddie Vedder – Matter Of Time
  • Travis – The Only Thing
  • Taylor Swift and Bon Iver – Exile
  • Bleachers – featuring Bruce Springsteen – Chinatown
  • Jack Johnson – The Captain is Drunk
  • Kathleen Edwards – Who Saved Who
  • Karen O and Willie Nelson – Under Pressure (Cover)
  • Prep – Turn Up The Music

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