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KCRW“Magic Woman”, the lead track from The Soul of John Black‘s new album A Sunshine State of Mind, is featured today as “Today’s Top Tune” on the flagship NPR tastemaker station KCRW, Santa Monica.  As part of the feature, the track is offered for free download for the day and then for streaming thereafter.  Be sure to visit KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune to check it out!

Other recent “Top Tune” feature artists include the likes of Booker T, Mavis Staples, Valerie June, Iron and Wine, and Charles Bradley, and JB is thrilled to be included in their company.  This follows on the heels of a recent spin on KCSN’s LA Buzz Band show and airplay on stations nationwide.

Mary Flower appears on the nationally syndicated Mountain Stage radio program this week, as part of a star-studded lineup including John Gorka, cellist Lindsay Mac and songwriter/comedienne Cheryl Wheeler.  This week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage was recorded on the road in Grand Marais, Minnesota, in partnership with North House Folk School as part of their tenth-annual Unplugged concert series.

Mary performs a set together with Pat Donohue, including songs from her latest album, Misery Loves Company, songs from Donohue’s repertoire, and one brand-new tune that the two wrote together just before the show!

The program airs on NPR stations nationwide in a time slot scheduled by each local station. Check here to see when the show airs in your town this week.

  • UPDATE:  NPR has posted audio from the set – hear it here!

The Soul of John Black“New York to LA”, from The Soul of John Black‘s new album Good Thang, is featured on the home page of as NPR’s Song of the Day.  Critic Marc Silver picks up on the song’s theme, which nods to a Duke Ellington composition, writing, “the roots of the seductive “New York to L.A.” extend all the way back to the jazz age.”

This comes on the heels of USA Today’s pick of the album’s title song as one of ten “intriguing tracks” in their Playlist feature.

Read today’s article and hear the track at NPR Music .   To download or get your CD copy, visit our music page for The Soul of John Black.

Eden Brent - Ain't Got No TroublesThe title track from Eden Brent‘s upcoming album “Ain’t Got No Troubles” is featured on the home page of as NPR’s Song of the Day.  Critic Marc Silver writes, “The recording sounds as if it were bootlegged in an obscure juke joint back in the 1920s… although her vocals, honed in clubs where she had to sing over the piano without much amplification, sound irresistibly fresh.”

Read the review and hear the track at NPR Music (or just hit ‘play’ below).   To download, visit our music page for Eden Brent.

The album’s release date is Sep 7, but we’ll be unveiling the whole thing for streaming preview and advance copy orders at noon on Thursday, Aug 26.  We’ll start by broadcasting each track on our music discovery channel, and afterwards enable the preview player on Eden’s music page.  Mark your calendar!

The Asylum Street Spankers joined NPR’s Liane Hansen for an interview and performance, aired nationwide on Weekend Edition Sunday.  Hear live versions of songs from the new album, God’s Favorite Band.  Discover which Spanker was twirling a fire baton that night in Llano, Texas, which one was conceived on a Slip ‘n Slide, and what sort of vehicle God might drive on his anonymous visits to Earth.

Memphis soul powerhouse The Bo-Keys are currently at work recording music for the upcoming film Hustle and Flow. Scott Bomar’s score for the movie, directed by Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer and Executive Produced by John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”) evokes the heyday of soul music’s most creative era.

The Bo-Keys featured on NPR’s All Things Considered !

NPR’s review of The Bo-KeysThe Royal Sessions brought the album to the attention of millions of listeners, propelling the title to #42 on’s sales rankings. Reviewer Meredith Ochs said, “Don’t expect classic ‘60s R&B… Their version of the music includes lengthy jams and elements of jazz and hip-hop, but they still cook up a fine soul stew.” Hear the review from “All Things Considered” archived here. UPDATE: interview aired on the nationally syndicated “House of Blues Radio Hour” and new review on NPR’s Fresh Air, archived here.

This followed on the heels of a review in USA Today which praised the album as “steeped in tradition but with a thoroughly updated sound… a bubbling stew of Southern-fried soul.” Here’s the link to read the review online… and another link to read an earlier USA Today article featuring the group as one of several leading a resurgence of soul-based music. And, another recent feature in the Charlotte Observer also describing the Bo-Keys’ role in the “retro-soul” trend.

You can pick up the Bo-Keys’ debut CD, The Royal Sessions, at stores nationwide, or simply order here for immediate shipment!

The Bo-Keys are featured in the current issue of All Songs Considered – the show’s reviewers talk about their most anticipated upcoming releases of this spring. Reviewer Meredith Ochs calls the album “a Memphis tour-de-force”. You can listen to the show online here.

The Bo-Keys are also one of five groups featured in an article in USA Today about the resurgence of soul-based music. Here’s the link to read the article online.

The national release of their debut CD, The Royal Sessions, is this month – you can pick it up now at stores nationwide, or simply order here for immediate shipment!

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  • This week: Mon May 17: Piano’s NYC; Tue May 18: Zanzibar Blue, Philadelphia; Thu May 20: BB King’s, NYC