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 Justin played (commentary by JJ):
Bob Weir, "Only a River" - The Grateful Dead's godfather of jean shorts is back with his first solo material in decades, and boy does it sound nice. Still in the midst of his hot streak touring with John Mayer as Dead & Co., Weir's new album, Blue Mountain, is a slow, acoustic collection of folk and country songs. His co-songwriter was none other than Josh Ritter, and members of The National also lent a hand on these tunes. But don't worry—these aren't sad-eyed indie rock songs.
Sampha, "Blood on Me" - You probably know this voice—British nu-soul singer Sampha sang the hook on Drake's emotionally-gooey hit "Too Much" a few years back. Since then, he's been quietly releasing unique, haunting tracks one by one. "Blood on Me," with it's echoing intro and stuttering beat is one that'll get stuck in your head for days on end. Sampha's debut LP is due out soon, but it seems he likes to keep us guessing.
In a move that is likely to be bitter sweet to fans of both Furthur and The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have officially disbanded Furthur. The bands website however has hinted that there are numerous other projects to look forward to in the future, “we’ll all be keeping very busy over the the foreseeable future, and it’s time to let Furthur take a bow”.
With the 50th anniversary of The Grateful Dead on the horizon it appears that the remaining members will be keeping busy preparing what many speculate may be a reunion. “It would be wrong to let that go by un-commemorated” said Weir, “We owe it to the fans, we owe it to the songs, we owe it to ourselves”. Speculation aside fans can look forward to a new documentary commemorating the 50th anniversary. The Scorsese produced film will span the career of The Grateful Dead and include never seen archival footage.