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Fresh off his phenomenal Free at Noon performance last Friday, Jon Batiste leads the list of new album releases this week with his collection, We Are. Also, the long-awaited Lana Del Rey album arrives, as well as a duets record from Sting which features XPN fave Melody Gardot, recent collaborator Shaggy, Annie Lennox, Herbie Hancock and more. Loretta Lynn also calls upon some friends to lend their voices to her new album Still Woman Enough, including Margo Price, Tanya Tucker, and Reba McEntrire. Legendary producer Daniel Lanois has his own offering out now in Heavy Sun and he talks about it in a recent visit to World Cafe. On the indie rock front, don’t miss new albums from Sydney’s Middle Kids, Jason Singer (aka Michigander), and Mike Doughty’s latest project Ghost of Vroom. Lastly, an emerging Americana songwriter, Morgan Wade, makes her debut Reckless (produced by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit guitarist Sadler Vaden). #PressPlay and enjoy!

Jon Batiste — We Are

We LOVE: “I Need You”; “We Are”; “Show Me The Way”

Lana Del Rey — Chemtrails Over The Country Club

We LOVE: “Let Me Love You Like A Woman”; “Chemtrails Over The Country Club”

Sting — Duets

We LOVE: “Little Something” (w/ Melody Gardot)

Loretta Lynn — Still Woman Enough

We LOVE: “One’s On The Way” (feat. Margo Price)

Daniel Lanois — Heavy Sun

We LOVE: “(Under The) Heavy Sun”

Ghost of Vroom — Ghost of Vroom 1

We LOVE: “I Hear the Ax Swinging”

Middle Kids — Today We’re the Greatest

We LOVE: “Questions”; “R U 4 Me”

Michigander — Everything Will Be OK Eventually EP

We LOVE: “Let Down”

Morgan Wade — Reckless

We LOVE: “Wilder Days”