Nomadic desert bluesmen, a Canadian singer-songwriter stalwart and one of the world's biggest bluegrass bands take the spotlight in CBC host Tom Power's weekly look at new music.
After hitting some significant milestones in recent years — turning 40, getting married, having a child and even completing his first operatic works — Rufus Wainwright looks back over his career with his new greatest hits album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright. Along with his wide-ranging, genre-spanning classics, the now Toronto-based singer-songwriter also offers a new song entitled Me and Liza, describing his complicated relationship with Liza Minelli.
The simple act of being musicians in conflict-ridden northern Mali has turned the members of longtime Touareg band Tinariwen into rebels and activists, since militants dominating the region declared Shariah law and banned all music except the Islamic call to prayer.
The guitar-driven blues band recorded its latest album, Emmaar, not in its Sub-Saharan homeland but rather in the desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California, as the exiled musicians are unable to return home.
Finally, bluegrass veterans Blue Highway is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new album, The Game. Famed for infusing country and blues into the traditional bluegrass sound, Blue Highway mixes in shape-note singing, a form typically associated with gospel, into its latest release.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of music from Rufus Wainwright, Tinariwen and Blue Highway.