Check out the great new tracks we’re featuring this week for Today’s Top Tune. Download a song from Austin’s The Texas Gentlemen, and sample Andy Shauf’s side project Foxwarren on Tuesday. We’re super excited to offer music by a couple of our favorite artists: Rufus Wainwright, and a classic from The Traveling Wilburys. We cap it all off with a live track recorded at KCRW by Django Django.
The Texas Gentlemen were originally assembled as an all-purpose backing band for singer/songwriters like Leon Bridges and Nikki Lane, but they can stand in their own spotlight. Named one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone, “Pain” takes the pulse of new Southern Rock.
Songwriter Andy Shauf had been playing a guitar riff for years before he knew what to do with it. He worked it out with childhood friends as Foxwarren, making “To Be” the first song written for their debut album.
In Greek mythology, “Sword of Damocles,” has served as a parable of impending doom to those in positions of power for centuries. Now, Rufus Wainwright turns to the wisdom of allusion that with great power comes great responsibility.
Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison aka The Traveling Wilburys formed out of friendship. This super group released an amazing album that garnered a Grammy and countless accolades in 1988. Proving their enduring chemistry and collective genius, “End of the Line” sounds as good today as it did 30 years ago. Go ride into the sunset with “End of the Line!”
UK art-rockers Django Django took a turn towards pop on their 3rd album, Marble Skies. Said to be their most confident release to date, we welcomed them back to KCRW studios for a live set. We offer “In Your Beat” recorded exclusively for Morning Becomes Eclectic.