PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 1, 2016 – WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, named Karl Blau as its June Artist To Watch. WXPN Music Director and Host Dan Reed presented the first of the month’s on-air segments today, June 1, in the 4 p.m. hour. Karl Blau is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and DIY-er from Anacortes, Washington. He has released more than 40 records in 20 or so years, many self-released in handmade packaging and mailed to subscribers, and others on iconic indie Northwest record labels like K and Knw-Yr-Own. Blau has also toured solo and recorded for years with Laura Veirs and other bands. He recently released Introducing. It’s a collection of cover tunes – forgotten hits and deep cuts – written in the late 60s and 70s by songwriters Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Don Gibson, Barry Gibb, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Rush, and others. The album was produced by Tucker Martine, with backing vocals by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Laura Veirs. Karl’s cover of a Link Wray song, “Fallin’ Rain” was an XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week, (http://thekey.xpn.org/2016/04/18/karl-blau/) and he was featured by David Dye as one of his World Cafe Next artists. (http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2016/04/25/475592690/world-cafe-next-karl-blau) “Blau has blown our minds with such a warm and soulful collection of songs on his new album,” said Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming. “Why did it take so long for us to discover this guy? We’re glad we did.”
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