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New Music Monday Has Some Old Favorites With Some New Stuff

by John Stein

New Music Monday is a collection of the best new releases in music each week. We share them with you every Monday, every hour on WFUV.

Amy Cook- Summer Skin

In this day and age it's somewhat rare to hear about an artist paying they’re dues and working their way to success, but Cook did just that. For years she toured with veterans such as Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin before releasing what could be her breakthrough album featuring Robert Plant and Patty Griffin.

Beth Orton- “Magpie”

When getting inspiration for this new song, off her first new album in six years, Orton didn’t have to look far. She claims that it's literally about a pair of blue jays that sit outside her window wherever she lives.

Bill Fay- Life Is People

With a story eerily similar to new WFUV favorite Rodriguez, Bill Fay released two albums in the early seventies and then disappeared. In that time Fay became a cult hero, culminating in stage appearances with Wilco, and now is able to return to music with this solid new album.

Ian Hunter and The Rant Band- When I’m President

While the odds may be against Hunter to become president, he’s 73 and British, he can definitely keep rocking with this new album. Former Mott the Hoople frontman has been going strong for a long time, and this album proves it.

Patterson Hood- Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance

We’ve seen time and again that great things can happen when two songwriters work together in a band, as we have with Patterson’s, Drive By Truckers. With his third solo album we further see what his contribution to the band is, and that he can really stand on his own.

Sea Wolf- “Old Friend”

Sea Wolf make pretty music, and this song certainly adds to that reputation. When recording, the band decided to use frontman Alex Brown Church’s home studio, and we can just about hear the comfort and intimacy that comes with that.