The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Gretchen Lohse, Wooden Wand

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell have teamed up for an upcoming album called Old Yellow Moon, out through Nonesuch Records on February 26th.  “Hanging Up My Heart” was chosen by WXPN as its contribution to NPR’s new 5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing feature.  XPN welcomes Harris and Crowell to the Academy of Music on Tuesday, March 26th with the Richard Thompson Electric Trio; tickets and information can be found here.

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My Morning Download “Outsider Blues” by Wooden Wand

Photo by Hans van der Linden
Wooden Wand is the brainchild of singer-songwriter James Jackson Toth. Mixing dusty psychedelia, folksy ballads and conversational acousticana, WW recently released a new album, Blood Oaths of the New Blues on Fire Records. Toth is an incredibly prolific artist, having released dozens of albums, homemade recordings on cassettes and CD-R’s, vinyl, side projects and contributions to numerous compilations. Below, download “Outsider Blues” from the new album. Wooden Wand is one of many new singer-songwriters featured on WXPN’s new Singer Songwriter Radio. Listen to it here and download “Outsider Blues” below.