Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!
Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists - In the post-Amy Winehouse era, we have no shortage of modern soul singers who can belt out a tune and sink into a groove. But few of them really try rocking. Nikki Hill is a North Carolina singer who's as influenced by Otis Redding as she is AC/DC, and her album "Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists" rocks as much as it swings. Hill's voice is powerful and bluesy but she manages to convey heartache through the squall of guitars — and the album's title track cranks the guitars all the way up. Watch out for Nikki Hill. If there's any justice in the world, you'll be hearing more from her.
GospelbeacH, Sunshine Skyway - You can't quite call GospelbeacH a supergroup, but these five dudes certainly have an impressive CV: they've played with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Everest and other great rock bands. Together, they create a mellow, California-driving soundtrack that bleeds influence from Jackson Browne, The Byrds and especially the folkier side of The Grateful Dead. The marquee name here is Neal Casal, a guitarist whose played with everyone who's anyone in modern folk rock. The whole thing feels like the band making fun of itself and the scene that spawned it, but it's loose and solid listening regardless. Their debut album, Pacific Surf Line, is a great time for a toke as the sun goes down.