Pew Playlist: 3 Albums That Should Be On Your Radar, 5/5/17

Rev. Sekou – In Times Like These

Probably one of the most important and relevant albums yet of 2017, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou combines the blues learned during his youth–the sound and the experiences as well–with testimony-inspiring Pentecostal roots gospel. Sekou, a noted activist, author, documentary filmmaker and theologian, has infused in his album, In Times Like These, produced by six-time Grammy nominated Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, featuring Luther’s brother Cody Dickinson, and supported by Thirty Tigers, the sounds of field hand spirituals, the guttural cry of chain gangs, snippets of contemporary street protests, and the sweat-inducing stylings of backwoods juke joints and shotgun churches. Spend time with this one.

Andrew PopeStoned On The One

Stoned On The One, the new album from Andrew Pope out today via Alacob Music, was written as a concept album following a man that is dealing with a breakup and searching for closure. “Most of these songs came about during difficult times of my life,” Pope shares. “Sometimes when you are dealing with sh*t and searching for answers, a song is born. That’s how this record was molded and it ain’t no love song record. I’m very proud of this record, more than I have ever been proud of anything in my life.” The album’s 13 solid tracks are the cure for your honky tonkin’ classic country itches, the songs punch you right in the guts and resonate deep in the soul, and that just the way country music should be.

Sean Quinn & The Tremblers – Never Meant To Last

Nashville up-and-comer Sean Quinn‘s new album, Never Meant To Last is the perfect soundtrack for all your summer roadtrips–Quinn covers everything from heartstring-tugging 60s-inspired slow dance rock, to Muscle Shoals-style blue-eyed soul, to edgy rockicana. Check it out.

Susan Hubbard

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