Slacker’s Artist of the Week is Cultural Icon Jack White

JACK WHITEJack White is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week! 

This week marks Jack White’s 38th birthday, and to try to summarize his work as a musician, producer, entrepreneur, actor, and all-around cultural icon is a daunting task. Simply put: he is a true Rock and Roll renaissance man. As the front man of the White Stripes, he reintroduced an entire generation to traditional blues and forgotten garage rock, and in the process reminded us of Detroit’s importance in the history of American music. He filtered these traditional American artforms through a distinctively punk rock approach to music, and the result was a sound that defined a decade and spawned countless copy-cat bands.

One of modern music’s most prolific artists, he’s gone on to form other bands like The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, he has produced critical albums for the likes of Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, and he’s collaborated with artists like Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan, Danger Mouse, and Jimmy Page. His Nashville-based Third Man record label and recording studio is quickly becoming one of the most reliable sources of new American music, and he’s even found time to show off his acting chops in films like “Cold Mountain” and “Walk Hard.”

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, your Slacker curators have attempted to provide an overview of all things Jack White. You’ll hear his music–with his many bands and as a solo artist—along with the music that influenced him, his contemporaries, and his collaborations.

New Music From Country’s Biggest Stars

Justin-Moore1-472x472September is shaping up to be a big month, with two of country’s biggest stars releasing highly anticipated new albums. Chris Young’s “A.M.” and Justin Moore’s  “Off the Beaten Path” will both be released on the 17th.

You can hear both of their new singles–Young’s “Aw Naw” and Moore’s “Point at You” on Slacker’s New Country First here. 

Shania Twain will also release new music as took a break from her residency at Caesars Palace to announce her first new album since 2002’s ‘Up!”

She posted this to her Facebook page: “I will spend a lot of the summer working out what to put on my next album…A break from the stage gets me back to writing the songs.” You can hear the hits that helped her sell 75 million albums and win 5 Grammys on Slacker’s ‘90s Country while we anticipate what is bound to be an amazing new album.

New Music First: Pixies & Beck Release First Tracks in Years

We’ve got some new music for you on Slacker and right now from some indie/alternative favorites. It seems some artists are dusting off the studio pipes and getting back down to business. Pixies-472x472

First, we have the Pixies. Just two weeks after announcing that Kim Deal had left the band, Pixies have released “Bagboy”, their first new song in 9 years.

They’ve also announced that Kim Shattuck of the Muffs will replace Deal for their upcoming world tour. The band says they will be playing “the most wide-ranging concert set-lists of Pixies music in the band’s career.” You can hear “Bagboy” now on Slacker’s New Indie First!

Beck-472x472Beck is also back at it with his first new music since 2008’s “Modern Guilt.”

His new track “Defriended” was released as a single; he plans to release two albums this year, one acoustic and one more in line with Beck’s electro/avant-pop style. You can hear Beck’s new music–including “Defriended”– and more of tomorrow’s biggest songs today on Slacker’s New Alternative First here.

More new music coming your way on Slacker. Stay tuned!

Song Stuck in My Head: “365 Days” by ZZ Ward

ZZ-Ward-472x472Singer/songwriter ZZ Ward has been on Slacker’s radar since she recorded a session for us at SXSW 2012.

Pennsylvania-born but raised in Oregon, Ward’s unique brand of soul-infused blues rock with a hip hop edge is getting her noticed. Ward’s latest single, “365 Days,” is an excellent example of her incredible talent.

You can hear “365 Days” now—it’s the Song Stuck In My Head on Slacker.

And check out ZZ Ward during her session with us at SXSW 2012 below:

 

New Artist to Watch: Introducing RaVaughn

RaVaughn-472x472Accomplished studio vocalist and current Ne-Yo protégé RaVaughn is preparing her debut album that will be released soon.

RaVaughn brings a unique twist to R&B mixing in pop and rock elements of her own. She got her break as a background vocalist on the hit TV show Glee and has recorded demos and background vocals for multiple artists including Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield and Jennifer Hudson.

On her debut album, she told S2S: “…it’s definitely about trying to get back to that classic R&B. Back when the words really meant something other than ‘turning up’ or ‘being in the club.”

RaVaughn is most definitely an artist to keep an eye on. You can hear her new tracks “Better Be Good” (featuring Wale) and “Best Friend” now on Slacker’s New R&B First here.

New Music from Toby Keith is the Song Stuck in Our Heads

TOBY-472x472With Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert happening this Saturday, July 6th, we wanted to shine a light on his brand new song, “Drinks After Work.” It’s the Oklahoma native’s first release from his forthcoming album, due out the end of the year.

This catchy tune is sure to be on repeat all summer long, so check out “Drinks After Work” now as the new Song Stuck in My Head on Slacker. 

More information about Toby’s Oklahoma Twister Relief concert, which also will include  Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, and Ronnie Dunn, with proceeds benefitting The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund, can be found at www.tobykeith.com.

All-American Country Hits for the 4th

Screen Shot 2013-07-04 at 5.12.22 PMIn celebration of Independence Day, your Slacker curators have put together the ultimate 4th of July party mix.

On Country 4th of July, you will  hear all-American summer hits like Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban, along with patriotic classics from the likes of Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Carrie Underwood and Johnny Cash.

Happy 4th from all of us at Slacker!

The Best Songs for Your 4th of July Celebration

4th-of-July-472x472Celebrate the U.S.A. on the 4th of July with patriotic music and fun summer anthems on Slacker’s 4th of July Celebration station.

Music has always been at the core of every 4th of July celebration. Whether it is classic patriotic hits such to All American summer anthems, this station has it all – Festive Independence Day hits, party oldies and stirring marches.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of the top ten songs to help ring in America’s birthday.

The Beach Boys “4th of July” – This one is self-explanatory. There is nothing that screams “America” more than Brian Wilson and crew singing about the red, white and blue.

Jimmy Buffet “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – The ultimate ode to summer and theme song for ‘parrotheads’ everywhere.

Don Henley “Boys of Summer”  – There is no American summer without ‘summer love’ and Eagles front man Don Henley gives us a song to reminiscence about the ones in the past.

David Lee Roth “California Girls” – A classic and cheeky sing-a-long style song that honors all the beautiful girls across America.

Bruce Springsteen “Born in the U.S.A” – The boss wearing those jeans and singing good ole’ American rock n’ roll. What could be better than that?!

Jerry Lee Lewis – “Great Balls of Fire” – Two words. Top. Gun.

Crosby & Nash “My country ‘Tis of Thee (live)”  – A fresh take on the classic folk song turns this old diddy into an emotive and uplifting tune you want to sing along with – preferably by a campfire with a lot of s’mores.

Whitney Houston “Star Spangled Banner” – Everyone remembers this performance at Super Bowl XXV. It was Whitney at her best – flawless, poised, and performing her heart out for an entire stadium rendered speechless. Our national anthem was never the same after that.

Toby Keith “American Ride” – It would be impossible to celebrate the 4th of July without some country music. Toby Keith’s up-tempo “American Ride” reminds us that America can still be a great place to live.

 

Willie Nelson “Living in the Promised Land”– Willie Nelson, an American icon that is unmatched by most, sings about the American dream in this hit track.

For these songs and more head to 4th of July Celebration on Slacker  – the soundtrack to the holiday weekend and America’s independence.

Happy 4th!

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