Unfortunately, Michael McDermott & The Westies have had to cancel their appearance at the next Studio 89. Please accept our apologies, but at this point, there will be no live show on Monday, December 2nd.
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. TUNE IN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2ND TO HEAR THE TOP 89 CD'S OF 2013 COUNTED DOWN.
To help jog your memory, we've listed all of the albums that were added to the official WNKU playlist, meaning they were reported to trade publications in 2013. They are alphabetized by band name or artist's first name.
You may have heard something on WNKU this year that was not officially reported (and therefore not on this list), so write-ins are welcome.
Divided & United is the name of a new, two-disc collection of songs from the Civil War. The selections tell tales of fear, loneliness, exhaustion and triumph. All recordings featured on the album, which was produced by Randall Poster, are new takes on old songs; historian Sean Wilentz wrote the liner notes for the record.
The collection features lesser-known songs of the Civil War, some by a songwriter named Henry Clay Work. According to Wilentz, Work was a key member of a group of composers that wrote the history of the era through song.
This might be as intimate as hearing Katie Crutchfield sing in her basement. That's where she and her sister would play guitar, write and sing songs 10 years ago, when she was 14. Katie and Allison Crutchfield had a band back in Birmingham together, The Ackleys; these days, Katie performs as Waxahatchee, while Allison's band is called Swearin'.
Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding has a problem with using the phrase "protest song" to describe her new recording, "We Are America." The song, along with its accompanying music video, demands congressional action to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
" 'Protest' doesn't seem accurate to me," she tells NPR's Celeste Headlee. "We weren't thinking of a 'protest' song, we're thinking of a 'let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive' song."