The new album - Plug & Play - will be released in UK on Monday June 30th on CD/LP and on itunes a week earlier. It features vocalist Dionne Charles (whose own band Baby Charles released their debut album earlier this year) on 4 of the 11 tracks, plus there are appearances from master percussionist Sam Bell (This is What We Do; Live at La Cova.) Early DJ responses have been extremely positive ("Their best yet," etc...) but you'll have to judge for yourselves when it comes out. We will be posting sneaky previews on the jukebox in the run-up to the release, so check back often!
Karl Denson will be performing with The New Mastersounds at the Blue Nile late-night show in New Orleans on Tuesday April 29th. Karl is known for his sax and flute work with Lenny Kravitz, The Greyboy Allstars and his own band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and was a guest performer on the US-version of the 2005 NMS album This is What We Do. If reciprocal sit-ins between Karl and Eddie in the past are anything to go by, this promises to be a very special show, so book early!
Listen Here to the Relix Radio podcast interview that we did at Langerado Music Festival, featuring an extremely silly acoustic version of the new abum track 'Hole in the Bag'
We're just home, still buzzing from an amazing 2 week tour - 2 great slots at Langerado Music Festival, followed by a road trip from Atlanta to NYC. As word spread up the coast the shows got even busier, with Philly and New York selling out. We encountered such incredible enthusiasm and dedication from music-lovers along the way and want to say a hearty thank you to all of you who showed your support and made the trip such a success. We'll see quite a few of you next month in NOLA, and we hope to come back to the East Coast again later in the year. Big love from Si, Pete, Joe and Eddie.
Next month's MOJO magazine comes with a free CD - "The New Dictionary of Blues and Soul," a 'hand-picked collection of modern day grit 'n' grooves' featuring tracks by The Sugarman Three, Sharon Jones, James Hunter, Eli Reed, Watermelon Slim, and... The New Mastersounds. Here's what Mojo's editor has to say about how he made the selection: "While every artist represented here is unique, all of them share a love of roots music that reverberates through their own performances." Precisely!