I spent some time this morning building out my artist interview schedule for the summer (see Kathy Mattea interview here as an example), and it occurred to me just how many of our performers have new material. While many of our artists have had legendary careers and boast several hits, this sometimes precludes the release of new albums since they can often draw large audiences on tour by featuring their hugely popular, tried and true songs (i.e. Earth, Wind & Fire who sell out the Filene Center every year).
However, many of our artists have bucked this trend for summer 2011. If you have tickets for Brian Wilson, The Levon Helm Band, Elvis Costello, K.D. Lang, Huey Lewis & The News, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Steve Miller Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter or John Hiatt, you'll be treated to brand new tracks from their respective albums released either in 2010, or this year. Several have only been on the market for a few weeks.
Not to mention some of the younger artists on our schedule who are currently touring behind new records in Bright Eyes, Dawes, The Belle Brigade, Amos Lee, Parachute, The Goo Goo Dolls, Guster, and Jack's Mannequin.
If you didn't realize some of your favorite classic artists had new records, or are curious to hear fresh material from some bands you may not otherwise recognize, Wolf Trap has got you more than covered. It's a summer of great music, both new and classic, though I think it's especially fun to focus on the new.