Welcome to NEXT. We are a new music show on the radio with a very simple goal – find you a NEXT, new favorite song.

May NEXT find a song that makes your ears smile. Enjoy it all.

“Music is healing. Music holds things together.” ― Prince

Let us begin NEXT week 797 with Texas duo Hovvdy. Hovvdy’s “True Love” was co-produced by Andrew Sarlo and recorded at his studio in Los Angeles throughout 2020. It marks Hovvdy’s fourth album, following 2019’s Heavy Lifter, 2018’s Cranberry, and 2017’s Taster. “For each Hovvdy record there’s always been a song that kinda shocks my system, kinda jolts me into a brand new and inspired place,” Hovvdy’s Charlie Martin of Hovvdy said: “This was definitely that song for me. I remember writing it and feeling a rush of excitement – crying a lot honestly. it feels so good to express love and appreciation when you really fucking mean it. but it’s hard to feel worthy of love, of something so rare, and all we can do is try to measure up – that’s what that last part is all about.” “True Love” is an intimate song of comfort and connection; of opening yourself up to the world and those around you, accepting yourself and your self-worth, and just maybe finding some kind of temporary balance within and peace with a world at rest. HOVVDY FIND COMFORT, CATHARSIS, & CONNECTION IN “TRUE LOVE”

Since Ike Reilly’s major label debut, the groundbreaking Salesmen and Racists, Ike Reilly has been making punk/folk/blues influenced rock ’n’ roll records that lean heavily on stories of outsiders with keen details and broad strokes that insinuate a crack in the American dream. Reilly’s band, The Assassination, has been called one of the best live bands in America, and the body of recorded work they’ve turned out has been poetic, rebellious, wholly original, and critically acclaimed. Press praise for Reilly’s music has been extensive over the yearsNow the the Libertyville, IL-based genre-bending singer-songwriter Ike Reilly is back. I’m quite excited. “Trick of the Light” drops 20 years to the day after Reilly released his debut album, Salesmen And Racists, which was released before 50% of singers on this track were born.  Reilly’s long-time band, The Assassination, once again proves nimble in serving another one of his unique and brilliant songs. Says Reilly of the song, “This recording shows how combustible things can get when you tear down walls and preconceptions. The wall between my family and my band has been blown to bits. We had these characters, these singers, my kids, right in front of us all the time, then this question-and-answer song about petty family sh*t shows up, and I liked the idea of different voices asking the questions. It never dawned on me that my boys would or even could sing on that track until I heard them mimicking the opening lines. It was pretty clear once we got them in the studio with the band that they belonged there and that ‘Trick of the Light’ captured something special… something that nobody else could ever capture. It’s our own f***ing thing.” This song features four Reillys on lead vocals — Ike and his three sons

Prince’s new album â€œWelcome 2 America” was recorded in 2010 — but it sure sounds like a sign of these times. Indeed, the latest posthumous release from His Royal Badness feels like a socially conscious statement made in response to the Black Lives Matter movement that stepped up in 2020. “I swear that he’s speaking from the grave,” said Elisa Fiorillo, who, as a member of Prince’s NPG (New Power Generation) band, sang background vocals throughout the LP. “Now I listen to it, and I get it more than I did when I sang it, which is crazy. It’s like he read into the future.”  And 11 years after making “Welcome 2 America,” a prescient Prince has aligned himself with a different kind of revolution. Prince’s must-get message is to “wake up to everything around you.” “I remember him saying, ‘Man, it’s feeling like the ’60s all over again.”

Dumpstaphunk featuring Marcus King – United Nations Stomp Obviously, Dumpstaphunk didn’t write the song â€œWhere Do We Go From Here” with plans “to see a bunch of crazy shit going on around us and say, ‘Oh, we’ve got this song,’” Ivan Neville says with a laugh. But after 2020, everyone under the sun is asking that same question. Dumpstaphunk, New Orleans’ funk heavyweights, wrote and recorded the track — along with the majority of the upcoming full-length album from which the song takes its name — before the pandemic hit last spring. Still, there might not have been better timing for the band to release the single last August, near the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and amid an ongoing pandemic and nationwide protests against white supremacy and police brutality. “This song means a lot to us,” Neville says. “And when we saw what was going on around us, it made even more sense.” “Where Do We Go From Here” is Dumpstaphunk’s fourth album and its first since 2013’s “Dirty Word.” Dumpstaphunk began working on the new album about two or three years ago, Ivan Neville says, and the band recorded whenever it could when the members were in town between the band’s busy tour schedule. They had the album almost wrapped up before the pandemic hit, and they were able to add the finishing touches over the last year — after Neville himself beat Covid last spring. Amid the muscly mix of New Orleans funk, thick guitar riffs, and rhythm and blues, there’s a steadfast call for change and justice across the album. But there’s a constant fiery current of hope — both in the lyrics and in the groove — that can’t be missed. “We wanted this record to have a bit of optimism in the message,” Neville says. “We know shit’s ugly sometimes and things need to get better. Things aren’t as good as they should be, but we wanted to have the hope that, OK, things could get better.” “Like us, everybody needs music to soften some of the darker times we’ve had to go to,” he says. “Music is a beautiful thing, man, without it I’m not sure what we’d do.”

Inhaler’s debut album, “It Won’t Always Be Like This,” shows a promising start for the Dublin-based indie band. Fronted by Elijah Hewson, the son of U2’s Bono, the band has a sound that teeters between traditional indie rock and pop. Inhaler is exploring their own sound. “In My Sleep,” is aggressive, chaotic, and one of the angriest songs on the album. It’s what “When It Breaks” should have been. It lets listeners know that there’s more to come from Inhaler, making for a great ending.  “It Won’t Always Be Like This” is a great debut album, and Inhaler shows off their skills in creating energetic, atmospheric, and, at times, aggressive songs. With modern indie often leaning towards a more chill, laid-back sound, this is definitely refreshing. Turn up the guitars.

Black River Delta’s gritty blues-rock sound draws from classic blues legends like Robert Johnson, the raw style of R. L. Burnside and modern artists as The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and they do it all from Bollnäs, Sweden. Swedish rockers Black River Delta have just dropped their third heavy-hitting full-length studio effort Shakin’. The band’s gritty blues-rock sound draws from classic blues legends like Robert Johnson, the raw style of R. L. Burnside and modern artists such as The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr. and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. One of the great things about the blues is the range. The style spans from the traditional Delta blues that is well suited for a front porch, to hard-hitting blues rock. Black River Delta is a band from Sweden that falls into the latter category. You may not think of blues as fist-pumping music, but the opening track “Burning and Burning” may get you to change your mind. Right from the beginning, the beat and the slide guitar are enough to get you pumping your fist or stomping your feet. Black River Delta turns up the volume considerably louder than most blues songs. 

Faye Webster soared to indie stardom following the release of her 2019 album Atlanta Millionaires Club, titled after her hometown. Drawing from dreamy 70s pop and mellow country, she’s found a way to tie in notes of R&B which were influenced by her city’s rich music scene. Through this, she conjures a music genre of her own. That signature sound returns in her latest record “I Know I’m Funny haha,” this time emerging from a newfound mentality. The 24-year-old songwriter reflects on the past two years, from finding love and happiness to playing countless hours of Animal Crossing — all things that have manifested into the new collection of tracks which she describes as “a different vibe” from her last.

Angel Olsen Transforms Men Without Hats’ ‘Safety Dance’ Into Sulky Quarantine Jam. Angel Olsen’s latest project is Aisles, an EP of ’80s cover songs. Earlier this month, she shared her take on Laura Branigan’s “Gloria.” And now she’s offering up a moody reinterpretation of Men Without Hats’ 1982 hit “Safety Dance.” “I felt this song could be reinterpreted to be about the time of quarantine and the fear of being around anyone or having too much fun,” Olsen explains in a statement. “It made me wonder, is it safe to laugh or dance or be free of it all for just a moment?”

Donald Fagen will release two live albums in September. ‘Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live’ will be the first Steely Dan live album in 25 years. Fagen will also release the solo ‘The Nightfly Live’. Fagen’s live Steely Dan album was recorded at New York City’s Beacon Theatre and The Met Philadelphia as well as a few other places on the tour. The Steely Dan band also performed the entire solo album ‘The Nightfly’ for the second album. ‘Northeast Corridor’ covers the Steely Dan studio years from the first album ‘Can’t Buy A Thrill’ (1972) to the final album ‘Everything Must Go’ (2003). Fagen’s debut solo album ‘The Nightfly’ was released in 1982. It was nominated for seven Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. The first live Steely Dan album in more than 25 years, Northeast Corridor: Steely Dan Live!, was recorded across tour dates at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, The Met Philadelphia, & more, and showcases selections from Steely Dan’s extraordinary catalog of slinky grooves, sleek subversive lyrics, and infectious hits. Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly Live  was performed live by The Steely Dan Band.

Oh please let me wish for more musicians like Justin Currie. The lead singer and principal songwriter in the Scottish band Del Amitri, who are about to release their first studio album in 19 years, Currie is bracingly clear-sighted and unsentimental about his band’s status and credibility, and where they fit in the musical scheme of things — and gives every impression of not caring a jot about either. No tiny-eyed umbrage or puffed-up braggadocio here. Del Amitri may never have been critical darlings, but with millions of album sales they can claim convincingly that they had the last laugh. In the band’s early-1990s heyday, even though they scored huge hits — Nothing Ever Happens, Always the Last to Know, Roll to Me, Kiss This Thing Goodbye. “You can explain what’s good or bad about a song, but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t feel it.”

Blues Traveler will release Traveler’s Blues a collection of re-imagined and re-charged classics from The American Blues Songbook (on Round Hill Records) and featuring special guests Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Warren Haynes and Keb’ Mo’ as well as Rita Wilson and John Scofield who join the band on their cover of the Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy.” This is the fourteenth album from Blues Traveler but this time around, the quintet-John Popper (vocals, harmonica), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Tad Kinchla (bass), Ben Wilson (keyboards) and Brendan Hill (drums), along with a few guests have made the record they were always meant to make – an eleven song album… something old, something new, something borrowed and something blues. Here’s what special guests Rita Wilson, Warren Haynes, John Scofield and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram had to say about the process: “It was an honor to be asked to perform with Blues Traveler. John Popper has one of the most unique voices. And the band is always on their game. Loved singing “CRAZY” with them. I hope we get to do it live together soon.” Rita Wilson. “My relationship with BT goes back to the early 90’s when they toured with the Allman Brothers. We’ve played together countless times and I was glad to be invited to join them on their blues excursion.” Warren Haynes “I truly enjoy the moments when I step outside my musical norm. I’m happy to have been invited to play with Popper, Blues Traveler and RIta Wilson – and I’ve always loved the tune!” John Scofield “I’ve long been a fan of the band, so the opportunity to jam with John P on record and to also pay tribute to Big Mama Thornton was really special.” Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. “We went in there and knocked it out,” Chan of Blues Traveler recalls. “If you overproduce blues, it sounds like s. Blues is supposed to feel alive. We wanted to keep it raw and immediate. We had a solid start, so we just had to capture the moment. On our first album Blues Traveler in 1989, we knew those songs cold from playing them in bars for years. That’s probably the last time we came into the studio that organized. We’d never done anything like this before. This was like doing standards. We weren’t trying to cover the way the artists had done the songs; we were trying to make them our own.” “It’s an old blues song, but we brought a modern jam vibe to it,” he continues. “We’ve known Warren since 1990 when we opened up for The Allman Brothers. We’ve played with him in various ways for three decades. He’s an amazing musician and a wonderful guy. It’s cool we’re still rocking together after all these years.”

Amyl And The Sniffers’ latest is called “Security.” It’s a song that’s already become a fan favorite after being debuted onstage. “Security” is also a propulsive, emphatic song of the sort we’ve come to expect from the band, but also with plenty of catchy and punchy elements. “Security” is another danceable ripper, with Amy Taylor laying it out — “Not looking for trouble, I’m looking for love!” — over slashing guitars and a driving beat. Amy Taylor, who says: “All four of us spent most of 2020 enclosed by pandemic authority in a 3-bedroom rental in our home city of Melbourne, Australia. We’re like a family: we love each other and feel nothing at the same time. We had just come off two years of touring, being stuck in a van together eight hours a day, and then we’re trapped together for months in this house with sick green walls. It sucked but it was also nice. We spent heaps of time in the backyard listening to music, thrashing around in shorts, eating hot chips. The boys had a hard time being away from the pub and their mates, but it meant we had a lot of time to work on this record. Most of the songs were really intuitive. Main thing, we just wanted it to be us. “So anyway, that’s where this album comes from. People will use other bands as a sonic reference to make it more digestible and journalists will make it seem more pretentious and considered than it really is, but in the end this album is just us — raw self expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability. It was written by four self-taught musicians who are all just trying to get by and have a good time.

Music is Life. Thanks again for listening.

NEXT on the radio.

WERB 107.5 Global Radio Monday/Wednesday/Sunday mornings.
River Radio in the UK â€“ Thursday night.
Ocean 98 in Maryland â€“ Sunday nights at 10.
Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

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

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

Artist and Song Title:

  • Hovvdy – True Love
  • Ike Reilly – Trick Of The Light
  • Prince – Same Page, Different Book
  • Dumpstaphunk featuring Marcus King – United Nations Stomp
  • Inhaler – In My Sleep
  • Black River Delta – Burning And Burning
  • Faye Webster – Kind Of
  • Angel Olsen – Safety Dance (Cover)
  • Donald Fagen – IGY (LIVE)
  • Del Amitri – All Hail Blind Love
  • Blues Traveler featuring Warren Hayes – Sittin’ On Top Of The World (Cover)
  • Amyl And The Sniffers – Security

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