Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier's latest album, Trouble & Love, is now available to stream via NPR’s First Listen. It’s the New Orleans-born troubadour’s first release in four years.
“I started the process in a lot of grief,” she explains in the album’s press release. “I’d lost a lot. So the first batch of songs was just too sad. It was like walking too close to the fire. I had to back off from it. The truth is that when you’re in the amount of grief I was in, it’s an altered state. Life is not that. You go through that. We human beings have this built-in healing mechanism that’s always pushing us toward life. I didn’t want to write just darkness, because that’s not the truth. I had to write through the darkness to get to the truth. Writing helped me back onto my feet again. This record is about getting to a new normal. It’s a transformation record.”
Here’s A Playlist Of What Bruce Springsteen’s Been Listening To Lately
In a recent interview with NPR, Bruce Springsteen discussed the music he’s been listening to lately, rattling off an eccentric group of artists from Eric Church to Yo La Tengo. He also compared himself to the lead character in Inside Llewyn Davis. It’s well worth a read.
You can check out our Spotify playlist of Springsteen’s picks by clicking here, or watch the YouTube videos below.
Norah Jones’ fifth solo album, Little Broken Hearts, is currently streaming in its entirety atNPR Music. Produced by and co-written with Eric Burton, a.ka. Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells), the new LP finds the Come Away With Me star covering new sonic ground. The album is due May 1 from Blue Note Records. Stream it here.
In our review, Stephen Deusner says Little Broken Hearts “may be the most dramatic and rewarding departure she’s made in her career.”
Stream the Newport Folk Festival: Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, and More
NPR Music spent the weekend simulcasting performances from this year’s Newport Folk Festival. Currently, you can listen to audio from Gillian Welch, The Decemberists, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris Justin Townes Earle, Amos Lee and many more.
Thanks to NPR Music and six partner radio stations, exclusive video webcasts and broadcasts of George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival will be available through NPR Music and the assisting stations.