Record Time 1-22-08

Record Time 1-22-08 Check out new releases from the Drive By Truckers, Cat Power, Matt Costa, and Liam Finn.

After 2 years of heavy touring, and making a record with Muscle Shoals soul-icon, Bettye Lavette, the Drive By Truckers are back with a new album. The Truckers have been so long a Richmond favorite, you’d think the band was born here. Though we can’t claim them, they do have many ties to the Richmond music scene, one of which can be found in the albums first track-an ode to the jewels of Richmond, titled “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife.” As for the rest of the album, according to guitarist Patterson Hood, Brighter Than Creation's Dark runs the gamut from old-timey sounding country to a heavy R&B influence. Bassist Shonna Tucker’s vocals take the forefront on many of the tunes, which adds a sweetness to the Truckers disjointed sound. Inter-connected themes explored by the band’s three different song writers have always been their hallmark, but “Brighter” takes it to the next level to offer their most eclectic, cohesive effort yet.

Whether it's a noisy club overflowing with drunks or a coffeehouse full of lap-toppers, Chan Marshall draws all the attention in the room and makes the world stop spinning. Cat Power returns with Jukebox, her second album of cover songs, to honor the great vocalists who have influenced her.

Matt Costa earned a rep as an L.A. buzz act with his beautiful 2005 debut, “Songs We Sing.” When Costa sat down to write the follow-up, Unfamiliar Faces, the singer/songwriter took his most treasured belongings and put them on a shelf - then stared at them and just let the memories flow. The album also features a guest appearance by Adam Merrin (The 188).

Welling up from the dark bars and clubs of London’s thriving indie music scene, rock n’ roll prodigy Liam Finn has bounded onto the international music scene with the force and presence of an artist twice his age. The twenty-three-year-old New Zealand native writes, produces and engineers his own music, adhering to a strict DIY creative process—even shooting his own publicity photos and album artwork. In addition to meticulously overseeing the recording of his debut album I'll Be Lightning, Finn plays nearly every instrument on the album, a responsibility he doesn’t relinquish during his now mythic live gigs.