NEW MUSIC: CARLOS SANTANA, ROB THOMAS & AMERICAN AUTHORS | MOVE
Twenty-two years ago, they released the huge hit “Smooth,” that unlikely combo of Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas that won multiple Grammys, sold millions, and haunted all at weddings. It was first announced that the duo would play New York’s Homecoming Concert on August 21. Today, they released their first new studio single since the 1999 summer radio hit “Smooth” called “Move,” a word that sounds smooth if you make your ears squint, and it’s got guitar licks and summer vibes, just like the first one. It’s all perfectly harmless. It also features vocals from American Authors, a band perhaps best known for their single “Best Day of My Life." Since 1999, Thomas wound up co-writing a few songs on Santana albums that followed "Supernatural," although he never sang on any of them. But that changes this week. Santana’s new "Blessings and Miracles," out in October, marks a return to the guest-singer franchise of "Supernatural and Shaman" This time, the drive-bys include Steve Winwood, Chris Stapleton, Diane Warren, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, rapper G-Eazy, and Death Angel’s Marc Osegueda, along with instrumentalists like Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and the late Chick Corea.