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Most Spun CDs of 2017

#New Music Monday

Most Spun CDs of 2017

WICN receives hundreds of new CDs every year, sent by artists hoping that their new music - their artistic endeavor - will be shared over the airways, and maybe, just maybe, become heard and liked by enough people that it moves their career forward. Some of these CDS are simply amazing, some are quite good, and others, shall we say, need more work.

Liala Biali


Liala Biali - Liala Biali (Chronograph Records)


So let’s continue with THE FOLK REVIVAL’s ongoing list of best CDs of the past year. This is just the second of four or fiv e blog posts on this subject, as there were SO many won derful CDs in 2017 that I refuse to limit myself to a Top 10 or Top 18 or Top number of any kind. As usual, we will attempt to proceed alphabetically.
I thought I was done with the Cs, but there are two more before I move on to the Ds. So here are the remainder C through G.

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Nina Simone - Artist of the month Feb 2018

Nina Simone lived a life filled with music, controversy and passion. Deeply involved with the American civil rights movement, she worked with poet Langston Hughes, with whom she wrote the song” Backlash Blues” and Dr. Martin Luther King, for whom she composed “Why, the King of Love is Dead” after hearing about Dr. King's assassination.

Eric Alexander


Eric Alexander "Song of No Regrets" (Highnote)

Saxophonist Eric Alexander is 49 years old, but has been playing music since he was six, beginning with the piano, switching to the clarinet at nine, then to the alto sax at twelve and finally becoming obsessed with the tenor sax in college.

Nick Noble – THE FOLK REVIVAL TOP CDs of 2017 Part I

Wow! It was a wild year for Folk/Americana music in 2017. More than 300 new CDs arrived at the station over twelve months, and I found myself hard-pressed to pick out the best among them. I thought that the previous year was tough to decide, when I selected a Top 16 for 2016 with a handful of honorable mentions. But in 2017 the quality of musical offerings were so impressive, I have decided to forego any “numbers” like Top 10, Top 18, Top 20, or whatever.

Sultry, Smoky and Beautiful…


Jeff Baker "Phases" (OA2 Records)

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