Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 22nd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for September 22nd, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.


Chris Hillman
Bidin’ My Time
 (New Rounder Records)

This is the ex-Byrd, ex-Burrito’s first solo effort in more than ten years, Hillman appears out front in concept and art. True to form, however, is the album’s all-star composition, in which multiple rock and roots titans come together to support this Americana pioneer. Those names include Roger McGuinn and David Crosby, Herb Pedersen of the Desert Rose Band, and Tom Petty, who produced the record. Bidin’ My Time respectfully covers the many genre forays of Hillman’s career, as well as notable influences.The album finds this affable team player demonstrating that he deserves to be known to more than just the crate diggers. Hillman’s talent remains at high levels, even as he still lacks the widespread credit he so rightly deserves.  (edited from Pop Matters review)

Eilen Jewell
Down Hearted Blues  (Signature Sounds Recordings)

“We really love to uncover the past. It’s almost like digging for buried treasure,” says Jewell, “For me, that’s where music is at. I like all kinds of music as long as there’s the word ‘early’ in front of it.” For her new album, she and her husband and drummer Jason Beek unearthed 12 vintage gems written or made famous by an array of artists both renowned and obscure, from Willie Dixon and Memphis Minnie to Charles Sheffield and Betty James. Then, like expert stonecutters, they chiseled them into exciting new shapes and forms, honoring history while breathing new life into each discovery.

Jon Langford
Four Lost Souls
 (Bloodshot Records)

Recorded in Muscle Shoals with famed producer Norbert Putnam and legends of the illustrious Muscle Shoals musical history, Four Lost Souls is pure Americana, not just because of where it was recorded or who played on what track, but because it is beyond the news of the day. It is a travelogue of sorts; it goes to a place where the differences between country, soul, blues, and rock-and-roll are blown aside by the warm languid breezes. (from Bloodshot)

Also new this week…

Kris Delmhorst – The Wild  (Blue Blade Records)
Max Gomez – Me & Joe (Brigadoon Records)

Hiss Golden Messenger – Hallelujah Anyhow  
(Merge Records)
Christian Lopez – Red Arrow (Blaster Records)
Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers – “The Long-Awaited Album”  (Rounder Records)
Van Morrison – 
Roll With The Punches  (Caroline International)
Josh Ritter – Gathering (Pytheas Recordings)
Leon Russell – 
On a Distant Shore  (Palmetto Records)
Stephen Stills & Judy Collins – 
Everybody Knows  (Wildflower Records)
Various Artists – 
Swampland Jewels  (Yep Roc Records)
Various Artists –  
Woody Guthrie: The Tribute Concerts (Bear Family Records)

Coming out soon… Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Bob Bradshaw, Sarah Lou Richards, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Gill Landry, Ryan Koenig, Thomm Jutz, Masontown, The Roseline, Dori Freeman, Margo Price, The White Buffalo, Thor Platter 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 15th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for September 15th, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Contraband Love (Red House Records)

The opening track to album number two from Americana husband/wife duo Campbell and Williams is “The Other Side of Pain.” It’s an angry and gripping middle finger from a jilted partner to their ex. While the following tracks aren’t quite as vitriolic, there’s no doubt that Campbell, composer or co-writer for all but three songs, has tapped into altogether darker scenarios for this set. Both singers have versatile voices with Campbell’s natural gruffness a nice yin to his wife’s more powerful croon. But when Williams locks into a Linda Ronstadt vibe on the bittersweet, melancholy, roots pop “Save Me from Myself,” it’s clear she’s the vocal powerhouse of the two. On Contraband Love, Williams and Campbell reaffirm what anyone who has experienced them live can attest to; that this couple has tapped into the dusky spirit of Americana in all of its forms (folk, blues, rock and roll, gospel etc.) and created a unique sound inspired by the past, that is spirited, stirring and timeless. (edited from American Songwriter)

Radney Foster
For You to See the Stars
 (Devil’s River Records)

For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war. For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art– they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling. Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

Also new this week…

The Paula Boggs Band – Elixir – The Soulgrass Sessions  (Boggs Media LLC)
Bruce Cockburn – Bone On Bone (True North Records)
Deer Tick – Deer Tick, Vol. 1, Deer Tick, Vol. 2   (Partisan Records)
Flatland Tourists – Carry Me Home  (Little King Records)
Dennis Johnson & The Mississippi Ramblers – Rhythmland (Root Tone Records)
The Lil’ Smokies – Changing Shades  (independent)
The Texas Gentlemen – TX Jelly (New West Records)
Willie Watson – Folksinger Vol. 2  (Acony Records)
Sunday Wilde & Reno Jack – Two (Hwy 11 Records)
Hank Williams III – Greatest Hits  (Curb Records)
Lizz Wright – Grace (Concord Records)
Rusty Young – Waitin’ for the Sun  (Blue Élan Records)

Coming out soon… Chris Hillman, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Max Gomez, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Jon Langford, Hiss Golden Messenger, Van Morrison, Eilen Jewell, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Bob Bradshaw, Sarah Lou Richards, Ryan Koenig, Thomm Jutz, Masontown, The Roseline, Dori Freeman, The White Buffalo, Thor Platter 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 8th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for September 8th, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

Mark Olson
Spokeswoman of the Bright Sun  (Glitterhouse Records)

”Our album was recorded during a Joshua Tree summer basically inside our cabin/home but sometimes outside on the porch“, says Mark “it was warm and I was making a lot of strange ice teas, brewing recipes that came from an herb book I had bought at the local thrift store. We went right from writing, to rehearsal to recording in the May, June and July time period and I think that is the secret to making a unique album, keeping the momentum of the writing and part learning of the song as you move towards to final takes.”Recorded with Ingunn Ringvold,Mark’s wife and musical partner in life and music.

Neil Young
Hitchhiker  (Reprise Records)

Originally recorded in 1976 with producer David Briggs but never released, the acoustic album from the Canadian singer-songwriter features two unreleased songs as well as early versions of songs that appeared in later albums. “For fans of Neil Young in the ’70s–his pretty undeniable peak–this one is fantastic. Beyond that, it could easily serve as an introduction to a generation that hasn’t heard his music.” (The A.V. Club)

Also new this week…

Gregg Allman – Southern Blood  (Rounder Records)
Benyaro – One Step Ahead of Your Past
  (Mohinga Music)
Tom Irwin –
All That Love (Clyded Records)
Ali Handal – That’s What She Said (Red Parlor Records)
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton – Wildflower Blues  (Cinquefoil Records)
The McCrary Sisters – Live (Soundly Music)
Charlie Parr – Dog (Red House Records)
David Ramirez – We’re Not Going Anywhere (Sweetworld Records)
Tom Russell – Folk Hotel (Frontera Records)
Cale Tyson – Careless Love  (At Last Records)
Van William – 
The Revolution EP  (Fantasy Records)


 

Coming out soon… Chris Hillman, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Willie Watson, Jake Bugg, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Rusty Young, Jon Langford, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Radney Foster, Hiss Golden Messenger, Van Morrison, Eilen Jewell, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, Flatt Lonesome, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Lou Richards, Thomm Jutz, Whitney Rose, Masontown, The Roseline, Dori Freeman, The White Buffalo, Margo Price 

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Bill Frater


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Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 1st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for September 1st, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

Jack Tempchin
Peaceful Easy Feeling : The Songs of Jack Tempchin 
(Blue Elan Records)

As a solo artist, Tempchin has recorded twelve albums over the years. This is a poignant tribute to his fabled friendship with his “musical brother,” Glenn Frey, and features Jack’s own renditions ten of their songs, performed solo and with guest vocalists Rita Coolidge, Janiva Magness, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen. “This album,” wrote Jack in the liner notes, “is dedicated to my great friend of 46 years, Glenn Frey. Glenn and I always had a fabulous time writing songs together. We would talk about our lives and laugh. He was the funniest person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. It was my great good fortune that my buddy happened to be one of the best songwriters of all time. Goodbye my friend and musical brother. Thanks for all the wonderful times.” Raised in San Diego, Jack became one of America’s most prolific and widely-covered songwriters, crafting classics for himself as a solo artist and band member (as part of the legendary Funky Kings) as well as for a host of other artists, including George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Glen Campbell, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, and many more. His most famous non-Eagles hit, first recorded by the Kings, was “Swaying To The Music (Slow Dancing),” a giant hit for Johnny Rivers, and now a modern standard.

Various Artists
The Rhinestone Hillbilly: A Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens  (WV Music Hall Of Fame)

Country and bluegrass hero Little Jimmy Dickens was a true American icon, but he was a West Virginian first. So when the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame contacted other WVHOF inductees and noted Mountain State musicians about recording a tribute to the “little but proud” hillbilly hero, they enthusiastically joined the project. Artists include Tim O’Brien, John Lilly, Kathy Mattea, Larry Groce, Charlie McCoy, Russ Hicks and more.

Also new this week…

Jonny Lang – Signs (Concord Records)
Joan Osborne – Songs of Bob Dylan  (Womanly Hips Records)
Blake Berglund – Realms  (Oceanman Records)
Jordyn Pepper – Mountain Rain  (Howlin’ Dog Records)
Hayley Thompson-King – Psychotic Melancholia  (Hard To Kill Records)
Walter Trout – We’re All In This Together  (Provogue Records)

 

Coming out soon… David Ramirez, Ali Handal, Chris Hillman, Tom Russell, Neil Young, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Mark Olson, Tom Irwin, Gregg Allman, Willie Watson, Cale Tyson, Jake Bugg, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Rusty Young, Jon Langford, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams,  Radney Foster, Charlie Parr, Hiss Golden Messenger, Van Morrison, Eilen Jewell, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Lou Richards, Thomm Jutz, Masontown, The Roseline, Dori Freeman, The White Buffalo 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 25th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for August 25th, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real  (Fantasy Records)

Few bands come with the pre-approval of not only Willie Nelson, but Neil Young. The former is somewhat of a given since Lukas is Willie’s son, but the association with Young is far more significant. Since Promise of the Real had a history of meshing rock, blues, soul, folk and country, the Young connection just molded those genres into a mix that’s raw and authentic. While there are other examples of how effectively P.O.T.R. works in the longer formant — specifically the Little Feat-influenced “Find Yourself” and lovely, languid ballad “Forget About Georgia,” both over six minutes — the tunes typically stick around the three minute mark. They also occasionally reflect the storytelling traits of some of his dad’s Texas peers such as Joe Ely and Guy Clark, especially on “Runnin’ Shine,” the tale of a moonshiner who is “doing fine, running ‘shine,” over languid pedal steel and banjo. Ultimately, Lukas is carrying on Willie’s tradition, pushing the outlaw boundaries his famous father established in the ’70s and proving that the musical apple truly does not fall far from the tree.


The Sweetback Sisters
King of Killing Time
 (Signature Sounds Recordings)

Technically speaking, The Sweetback Sisters come from Brooklyn, but philosophically, they hail from a parallel universe, an alternate timeline in which honky-tonk became the dominant sound in modern country music. On their new album, the Sisters push their timely take on country’s golden age into more adventurous territory than ever before, with airtight harmonies, blazing leads, charging rhythms, and playful lyrics. Centered around the charismatic vocal interplay of Emily Miller and Zara Bode, the record’s ten tracks are a mix of infectious originals and unexpected interpretations of everything from George Jones to Gram Parsons. Hints of jazz and ragtime flesh out the group’s unique brand of Americana, as Miller, Bode, and their remarkably versatile band conjure up a singular blend of heart, humor, and virtuosic musicianship.

Also new this week…

Hannah Aldridge – Gold Rush (independent)
Blank Range – Marooned with the Treasure  
(Sturdy Girls Records)
Eliot Bronson – James  (Rock Ridge Music) 
EmiSunshine – Ragged Dreams
  (Little Blackbird Records)
Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light – Nothing to Escape (independent)
Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane  (New West Records)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Life Is A Story  (Mountain Home Music Company)

Karen & the Sorrows – 
The Narrow Place  (independent)
My Politic – 12 Kinds of Lost
(independent)
John Prine – John Prine September ’78  (Oh Boy Records)
Wild Ponies – Galax  (Gearbox Records)

Coming out soon… Chris Hillman, Tom Russell, Neil Young, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Mark Olson, Hayley Thompson-King, Tom Irwin, Gregg Allman, Willie Watson, Jonny Lang, Cale Tyson, David Ramirez, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Rusty Young, Jon Langford, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams,  Radney Foster, Charlie Parr, Eilen Jewell, Walter Trout, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Lou Richards, Masontown, The Roseline, Dori Freeman 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 18th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for August 18th, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

The Jerry Douglas Band
What If  (Rounder Records)

Jerry Douglas, the master of the dobro and Grammy award winner who has played on over 2,000 separate recordings, presents a new album with a unique sound and a brand-new outfit of musicians, hand-picked by Douglas himself. Douglas decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing , rock, and soul he’s spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he – or anyone else – has done before. From the up-tempo combination of what Douglas calls ‘bebop jazz and caveman jazz’ on ‘Cavebop’ to the symphonically sweeping title track, What If delves into areas unexplored by any other musician, much less by Dobro! The album also includes a funky, soulful take on Tom Waits’ “2:19” and a blistering bluegrass-meets-jam-band reinvention of the classic “Hey Joe.”

 

Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
Not Dark Yet (Silver Cross Records)

The best relationships between singers are symbiotic yet mystical. They bear the demands of the song and revolve around what it needs without discussion. Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer share that kind of transcendent musical bond. It’s as deep, haunting, knowing, and beautiful as the Alabama woods they once called home. Both sang as soon as they could form words, but music is the only language they have ever needed to communicate with and understand each other. Not Dark Yet, offers a glimpse into that understanding for the first time and finally, after years of trying to get it made, at the right time. Produced by Teddy Thompson, the album provides a look at their individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, to Jessie Colter. (from Allison’s site)

Also new this week…

The Accidentals – Odyssey (Sony Music Entertainment)
Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz – Profiles in Courage, Frailty, and Discomfort  (Red Beet Records)
Dale Ann Bradley – Dale Ann Bradley  (Pinecastle Records)
Brandy Clark – Live From Los Angeles (Warner Bros. Records)
Robert Cline Jr. – American Mojo (independent)
Eli Cook – High-Dollar Gospel  (C.R. 8 Records)
Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer – A Hundred Years From Today (Out Of The Past Records)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell The Devil I’m Gettin’ There As Fast As I Can  (Bordello Records)
Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song  (New West Records)
Todd Pate – Tangled Memories  (independent)
Kashena Sampson – Wild Heart  (New Moon Records)
Rick Shea & The Losin’ End – The Town Where I Live (Tres Pescadres Records)
Chelsea Williams – Boomerang  (Blue Elan Records)
The Yawpers – Boy in a Well  (Bloodshot Records)

Coming out soon… Ben Sollee, Wild Ponies, Lilly Hiatt, The Sweetback Sisters, Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light, EmiSunshine, Chris Hillman, Eliot Bronson, Karen & the Sorrows, My Politic, Tom Russell, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Gregg Allman, Stephen Stills & Judy Collins, Jon Langford, Radney Foster, Walter Trout, Charlie Parr, Eilen Jewell, Walter Trout, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, Lee Ann Womack 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 11th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for August 11th, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

David Rawlings
Poor David’s Almanack  (Acony Records)

This third Rawlings LP (two are credited to Dave Rawlings Machine) is the eighth joint outing with partner Gillian Welch. The maths and attribution matter, not least because Welch loyalists crave the follow-up to her 2011 album The Harrow & the Harvest, a hungry gap now filled by two Rawlings sets. While you can still hear distant fingers drumming, it would be disrespectful to complain beyond this paragraph – especially since Rawlings is an enlightened soul, happily playing second fiddle to Welch for two decades, and because Poor David’s Almanack is by far the most Welch-like of Rawlings’s releases. It is, ultimately, unfair to parse a Rawlings album looking for traces of Welch. It’s wisest to thrill to an Americana record you can howl along to in the car until your heart feels replenished, to guitar work that stands among the finest. (edited from The Guardian review)

Jason Wilber
Reaction Time  
(WilberTone Records)

Jason’s  new record plays like a solitary tour bus rolling steadfastly through the countryside under mysterious skies. It’s the sound of long, hushed hours spent scribbling in notebooks, dreaming up gorgeously mournful melodies and cascading harmonies set against jangling guitars, the searching songs underpinned by a persistent longing. Which all makes perfect sense. Wilber has spent the better part of the last 20 years gazing out at the world through the windows of planes, busses, cars and trains while on tour with country/folk icon John Prine.  “Making records, for me, is a process of discovery,” Wilber says. “Often, the song you thought was gonna be great turns out to be ok, and the one you thought was just ok turns into something amazing. And that’s because of all the collaboration—with the producer, with all the other musicians—and also the unknown, the mystery of what’s gonna unfold when you start working on a song. You can never predict what’s gonna happen. So as you go through the process, you have to keep your ears open for the things that are magic.”

Also new this week…

Steve Azar & the King’s Men – Down at the Liquor Store  (Ride Records)
Tim Bennett – 
The View from Here  (Sandy Beach Records)
A.J. Croce – Just Like Medicine
(Compass Records)
Will Hoge – Anchors
(Edlo Records)
Lara Hope and the Ark Tones – Love You To Life  (self released)
Hymn River Suite – Hundred Proof  ((self released)
Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine (Cooking Vinyl Records)
Lee Roy Parnell – Midnight Believer (BFD Records)
Jeremy Pinnell – Ties Of Blood And Affection
 (Sofaburn Records)
Emily Saliers – Murmuration Nation  (Emily Saliers Music)
Ben Sollee – Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native  (Soundly Music)
Luke Sital – Singh –Time is a Riddle  (House Arrest Records)
Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics II  (Beeswing Records)
Eric Westbury – Atomic Wilderness  (Barreltown Records)
Alex Williams – Better Than Myself  (Big Machine Records)

 

Coming out soon… Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Chelsea Williams, Ben Sollee, Wild Ponies, Hymn River Suite, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Ann Bradley, EmiSunshine, Beth Noble, Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, Eliot Bronson, Karen & the Sorrows, My Politic, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Radney Foster, Eilen Jewell 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 4th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for August 4, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

Tyler Childers
Purgatory
 (Hickman Holler Records)

Growing up in East Kentucky, Childers spent his youth and young adulthood learning the blue collar trades. He de-nailed boards for hardwood flooring; he worked odd landscaping jobs; he tried college, though it didn’t stick. But music – shaped from a childhood spent listening to both Drive-By Truckers and Southern gospel – held the strongest gravitational pull. Childers built a solid fan base in his home state for his songs that melded a forlorn, Appalachian howl with more modern folk diarists, driven by the stories that surrounded him. It was enough to lure Sturgill Simpson into producing his new album, Purgatory. Childers says, “It’s that bluegrass sound, but with a little bit more edge to it. It’s something I’d want to listen to, sound-wise, growing up in this area. The Appalachian culture and the way the people in this region talk, the sayings they have, it all lends itself to good songs. Everything they say is a song line.”  (from Rolling Stone)

Hard Working Americans
We’re All In This Together  (Melvin Records)

“For the kind of band we are, I think this is a definitive statement for us. It captures a collective spirit, a collective muse being shared by a thousand-plus people, says lead singer Todd Snider Four of the songs on the record appeared on the band’s eponymous debut, while five are from Rest In Chaos. Two of the tracks are reworked versions of songs from Snider’s solo album, Peace Queer, which the band perform regularly, and there also a Chuck Berry cover.The album includes one brand new number, the title track, which grew out of one of Snider’s spoken word bits on which he transforms into some sort of rock & roll evangelist while the band vamps behind him. “We’re trying to convey that message, and I think the album artwork — the cover of the festival crowd — and the chanting of ‘we’re all in this together,’ it’s vital. It’s a message that needs to be heard and remembered.” from bassist Dave Schools.

Also new this week…

Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae – Tell Me True  (Refuge Foundation for the Arts)
Moses Guest – Light
  (Aufheben Records)
Randy Newman – Dark Matter ( Nonesuch Records)
Elijah Ocean – Elijah Ocean (New Wheel Music)
Old Salt Union – Old Salt Union  (Compass Records)
India Ramey – Snake Handler (Little River Records)
George Thorogood – Party Of One  (Rounder Records)

Coming out soon… Emily Saliers, Eric Westbury, Will Hoge, Alex Williams, Jeremy Pinnell, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Ben Sollee, Chelsea Williams., Richard Thompson, Wild Ponies, Jason Wilber, Hymn River Suite, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Ann Bradley, EmiSunshine, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, A.J. Croce. Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, My Politic, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 28th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for July 28th, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

Jillette Johnson
All I Ever See In You Is Me  (New Rounder Records)

Produced by Dave Cobb, Johnson’s sophomore album offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that’s irresistibly powerful whether she’s belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A, All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability.  (from press release)

Also new this week…

Ben Hunter, Phil Wiggins, Joe Seamons – A Black & Tan Ball  (independent)
Margo Price – Weakness (Third Man Records)
Juanita Stein – America (Handwritten Records)

Coming out soon… Flagship Romance, Moses Guest, Tyler Childers, India Ramey, Eric Westbury, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, Hard Working Americans, Elijah Ocean, A.J. Croce. Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell, Sweetback Sisters…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 21st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for July 21st, 2016. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

Amber Cross
Savage on the Downhill  
(independent)

“Every once in a while music comes along that you just know instantly that you are going to like. Amber’s melodies are more than complimented by thoughtful, interesting and honest lyrics, along with fine, understated musicianship that proves the old adage that “less is more”. The result is a set of superbly crafted, well-rounded, addictive songs that stay with you long after the last notes have ended, and make you hungry for more.”  (Duncan Warwick, Country Music People Magazine, UK)
What can I say about Amber Cross but that she will knock you over! Amber takes no prisoners!”  (Ray Bonneville, Producer)

Moot Davis
Hierarchy of Crows
(independent)

Hierarchy of Crows, Davis’ fifth studio album, was recorded entirely in Hollywood, California starting back in 2014 during brief breaks from the road. There is a distinct, harder edge to the songs while still retaining his honky-tonk & Americana roots. Moot moves into heavy riff-driven rock and roll while creating a lush sonic landscape of danger, loss, rebellion and wounds that will never heal. (from his website)

Also new this week…

Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee  (Single Lock Records)
Sherman Holmes – The Sherman Holmes Project: The Richmond Sessions  (M.C. Records)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot in the Head  (Silver Arrow Records)
Whiskey Shivers – Some Part Of Something  (Clean Bill Music)
Mike Younger – Little Folks Like You and Me  (independent)

Coming out soon… Moses Guest, Tyler Childers, Eric Westbury, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, Hard Working Americans, Elijah Ocean, A.J. Croce. Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell…

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Bill Frater

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