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Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

Cassandra Wilson, “Strange Fruit” (2015): One Track Mind

This brave song, written about the horror of racism long before the Civil Rights movement, is given a different complexity by Cassandra Wilson.

Russell Malone, “Soul Leo” from Love Looks Good on You (2015): One Track Mind

Russell Malone, “Soul Leo” from Love Looks Good on You (2015): One Track Mind

In a rare turn as a leader, Russell Malone reminds us of his canny ability to play with both speed and emotion, power and space.

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

Aram Bajakian, Music Inspired by ‘The Color of Pomegranates’ (2015): Sneak peek #2

Aram Bajakian consistently finds inspiration for his music from places few or no one else thinks to look. This time, he’s making a new soundtrack for an old, classic film made in the former Soviet Union, and here is a second advance taste of this project.

Robben Ford with Keb Mo + Robert Randolph, “Justified” (2015): One Track Mind

Robben Ford with Keb Mo + Robert Randolph, “Justified” (2015): One Track Mind

Robben Ford’s new song is loose, truly collaborative — the opposite of those emailed digital confections so often dubbed “duets” these days.

Death Cab for Cutie, “No Room in Frame” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie, “No Room in Frame” from Kintsugi (2015): One Track Mind

Death Cab for Cutie show here that they know where they’ve been, but also a determination to carry that experience into vibrant new places.

JJ Grey + Mofro, “Everything is a Song” from Ol’ Glory (2015): One Track Mind

JJ Grey + Mofro, “Everything is a Song” from Ol’ Glory (2015): One Track Mind

JJ Grey and Mofro get the forthcoming ‘Ol’ Glory’ off to a spirited start with the joyous, charmingly uncomplicated “Everything is a Song.”

Joe Mandica, “Like You Do” from The Initiative (2015): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica, “Like You Do” from The Initiative (2015): One Track Mind

Watching “Like You Do” makes you want to boogie to the catchy beat — and hear more from Joe Mandica and his extremely gifted colleagues.

Randy Bachman + Neil Young, “Little Girl Lost” from Heavy Blues (2015): One Track Mind

Randy Bachman + Neil Young, “Little Girl Lost” from Heavy Blues (2015): One Track Mind

Randy Bachman’s new Neil Young collaboration is a scroungy groover in the tradition of Young’s garage-rattling Crazy Horse projects.

Brian Wilson, “The Right Time” from No Pier Pressure (2015): One Track Mind

Brian Wilson, “The Right Time” from No Pier Pressure (2015): One Track Mind

Brian Wilson’s collaboration with fellow Beach Boys alums Al Jardine and David Marks places ‘No Pier Pressure’ into a compelling new context.

Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart” (2015): One Track Mind

Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart” (2015): One Track Mind

On one level, it sounds like the Byrds. On another, Buck Owens. On another still, Gene Vincent. Keep going. At bottom, it’s uniquely Dwight Yoakam.