Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 4th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of September 4th, 2015. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

bern-dan-hoodyDan Bern
Hoody (Kababa Records)  (iTunes)

“Dan Bern is a throwback, a singer-songwriter who marvels at life’s beauty, fragility, and complexity with a fresh, defiantly uncompromising style.” Hoody digs deeply into Dan’s affinity for country, rock, and folk with a punch and poignancy rarely heard these days. “Merle, Hank & Johnny,” which not only pays homage to those country icons but to Buck Owens, Jimmie Rodgers, and George Jones. The song is powerfully autobiographical, capped off with the sentiment that no matter what music his young daughter ultimately listens to, she’s sure to hear Haggard and Williams and Cash as she grows up. Dan confides, “I feel it’s a really strong record. I think it’s got a lot of elements—old folk, classic country, British Invasion—but it all holds together.

damnquails-birdcageThe Damn Quails
Out of the Birdcage  (Swomp Fyst Records)  (iTunes)

The Damn Quails carry on the great Oklahoma tradition of songwriting that draws from countless genres and has produced many memorable songs, bands, singers, and moments.  Just as the band was hitting its stride after their last album, they suddenly found themselves in a legal struggle with their management company and record label.  The situation soon deteriorated in such a way that lawsuits were filed and the band found itself fighting to keep the rights to everything associated with The Damn Quails.  After two years the lawsuit was finally settled.  Finding themselves without a label or any financial backing, the band turned to the people whose support had never wavered, The Covey, as they call their fans. Thanks to Kickstarter, they emerged with a released on their own label. The title signifies the freedom the band feels having finally emerged to follow their true path, a path where they own their own future and are in charge of their own destiny.

gordon-k-goneKevin Gordon
Long Gone Time
(Crowville Media)  

Gordon’s new is album filled with more of the bluesy swamp infused toe-tapping front porch tunes he carefully measures out, distilling them with lyrics that don’t so much demand your attention, but rather evolving in the atmosphere right in front of you, making them impossible to ignore, and even more impossible not to get lost in.  All of his songs are delightfully ragged around the edges, yet filled with a heart as big as a summer moon slipping across the midnight sky. At times Kevin bobs and weaves like he’s training for an outing with the Champ, with the championship of the world at stake, and while he certainly may not be able to take a hit from Muhammad Ali, he certainly could give the great-one something to ponder over. (streetmouse from Rate My Music)

Also new this week…

The Lonesome Billies Stay Lonesome Records)
Joan Shelley – Over and Even  (No Quarter Records)  (iTunes)
August Wells – Come On In Out of That Night (FIFA Records)

Coming  soon… Phil Cook, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Jason Heath And The Greedy Souls, Patty Griffin, Joe Ely, Lucero, Dave Rawlings Machine, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, The Black Lillies, The Bottle Rockets  …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 28th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of August 28th, 2015.  Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

carnales-l-blessingLance Canales
The Blessing And The Curse (Music Road Records)  (iTunes)

Lance Canales with his band The Flood are a roots-blues influenced Americana trio from California’s breadbasket, near Fresno.  Canales lived the life that so many songs have been written about since the birth of roots music – hard labor, one room shacks and taunting ghosts whispering of a better life. He garnered a reputation as a child of being able to train wild horses and for years was forced to take his lumps in order to help his family make ends meet. It wasn’t until he confiscated an older sister’s beat up guitar and combined it with vocals he’d discovered in his mother’s fire and brimstone church that he was able to slowly carve a way out of the hard toil life with his music. Canales’ guttural vocals combine a hard-edged storytelling approach beneath a stripped down, foot-stomping, acoustic instrumentation.

ramirez-david-fablesDavid Ramirez
Fables
(Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers)   (iTunes)

In a world full of singer-songwriters hawking their stories, Ramirez has managed to stand out from the noise, developing a fiercely loyal following of fans who are drawn to his intimately personal songwriting. This is a sparse, poignant set of songs crafted around Ramirez’ starkly beautiful baritone, which the New York Times once described as full of “haggard loneliness.”  Ramirez traveled to Seattle to work with his friend Noah Gundersen, who produced the album. “My previous albums were a bit less personal. I always went in with a certain idea of what I wanted them to turn out like. I had never just walked in and said ‘let s just see what happens.’  From the writing to the recording, it was just based on instincts.”

steepcanyonr-radioSteep Canyon Rangers
Radio (Rounder Records)   (iTunes)

Produced by Jerry Douglas and recorded at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studio. “Jerry enabled us to stay somewhat tethered to our bluegrass past but also helped us explore new sounds and directions,” lead singer Woody Platt says. The album’s twelve tracks were written by the band members with fellow musicians such as Phil Barker of the band Town Mountain. Known for collaborations with actor/comedian/banjo player Steve Martin and  singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, this is their ninth studio album.

Also new this week…

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband – Three Red Feathers  (self released)
Buzz Cason – Record Machine (Plowboy Records)
Ben Gilmer – Russell County Fair  (self released)

Coming  soon… Kevin Gordon, Dan Bern, The Damn Quails, Joan Shelley, Phil Cook, Patty Griffin, Joe Ely, Lucero, Dave Rawlings Machine, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, The Black Lillies, The Bottle Rockets  …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 21st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of August 21st, 2015. Be aware that they’ve changed the new release day from Tuesdays to Fridays, so most of these albums will actually be available on Fridays now. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

drunken-prayer- devilDrunken Prayer
The Devil and The Blues (Fluff and Gravy Records)

Morgan Christopher Geer, who performs solo and with band as Drunken Prayer, splits residence between Asheville, NC and Portland, OR. “His records are a dark mix of blues, country, traditionals and reluctant pop music; dynamic, with an almost inculpable sincerity” (Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC). His droll narratives of sadness and rebellion enter this trip through the history of American roots music with hints of soul and 60’s psych. The album features members of Freakwater, The Reigning Sound and The Sadies, with artwork by Jon Langford.

james-jason-1Jason James
Jason James  (New West Records)  (iTunes)

Debut release from a young Texan who writes honky-tonk anthems, heart-tugging ballads and smart, sly-humored country-rock tunes that echo the vintage classics that are his touchstones, and sings them with a level of emotional urgency that makes it clear that he means every word. The 13 original compositions that comprise Jason James make it clear that he is making music that’s timeless rather than retro, reflecting his interest in adding to country tradition rather than merely emulating it.


Whitney Rose
rose-whitney=heartbreaker
Heartbreaker of the Year
(Cameron House Records) (iTunes)

Rose describes her music as ‘vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country,’ usually with a chuckle, and admits “The record is a little weird, it’s a little quirky, but so am I.” After supporting The Mavericks, on tour throughout Canada in 2014, Lead singer Raul Malo was inspired to produce, play, and sing with Rose on the album. “I love this record,” says Malo. “I’m honored to have played a part in the making of it. The songs are so strong no one could ruin them…not even me.”

 

Also new this week…

Marshall Crenshaw – #392: The EP Collection  Red River Entertainment)
Jackie Greene – Back To Birth  (Yep Roc)  (iTunes)
Jack Tempchin – Learning To Dance (Blue Elan Records)
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages – Under the Savage Sky (Bloodshot Records)  (iTunes)
The White Buffalo – Love and the Death of Damnation (Unison Music Group)
Wilco – Star Wars (Anti/Epitaph Records) (iTunes)

Coming  soon…  Steep Canyon Rangers, Kevin Gordon, Lance Canales, Dan Bern, Patty Griffin, Dave Rawlings Machine, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, The Black Lillies, The Bottle Rockets  …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 14th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of August 14th, 2015. Be aware that they’ve changed the new release day from Tuesdays to Fridays, so most of these albums will actually be available on Fridays now. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

baxter-rayland-manRayland Baxter
Imaginary Man
(ATO Records)  (iTunes)

Baxter is the son of moderately-famous slide guitar player Bucky Baxter, who jammed with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and R.E.M., and it’s easy to imagine son eagerly listening and internalizing each of these artists while his father was off recording or touring. Raised in Nashville, Baxter eventually struck out as a musician in 2012 with Feathers & Fishhooks. Three years later he’s   emerged with an impeccable sophomore break-out. On Imaginary Man Baxter proves that Nashville sensibilities can work like a prism: filtering indie, pop, outlaw and gospel into the musical ethos of a single man. One thing’s for sure, he’s got a hell of an imagination. (Stereogum review)

easterling-a-wifeAngela Easterling
Common Law Wife (De L’Est Muisc)  (iTunes)

Now I’m a common law wife, living out my life/I ain’t got no license, I’m a common law wife,” Easterling sings on the classic country-styled title track, joyfully explaining the relationship she now has with her longtime musical collaborator Brandon Turner. In addition multi-instrumental performances by Turner, some of Music City’s finest musicians, including Will Kimbrough, Fats Kaplin, Dave Jacques and Paul Griffith, join her. Easterling lives with Turner and their toddler son on a farm that has been in her family since 1791, specifically in the house that her World War II veteran grandfather built on the property several decades ago.

picott-rod-fortunesRod Picott
Fortune (Welding Rod Records)  (iTunes)

Fortune looks inward and explores a sense of chance, the title a positive way to say you-never-know-how-things-will-work-out. Chance in relationships, chance in career and generally speaking, chance in life. Luck and happenstance thread through the album easily, guiding the listener with Picott-lived tales of heartache and hope, fear and faith.  Familiar tones and voices on Fortune include Will Kimbrough, handling the electric guitar parts, producer Neilson Hubbard, doubling as the group’s drummer and Lex Price joining in on bass. There wasn’t a click track and only a handful of overdubs, the guys plugged in and played.

Also new this week…

Jon Cleary – GoGo Juice (Fhq. Records)
The Waifs – Beautiful You (Compass Records Group)  (iTunes)

Coming  soon…  Jackie Greene, Whitney Rose, Jason James, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Steep Canyon Rangers, Kevin Gordon, Patty Griffin, Dave Rawlings Machine, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, The Black Lillies  …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 7th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of August 7th, 2015. Be aware that they’ve changed the new release day from Tuesdays to Fridays, so most of these albums will actually be available on Fridays now. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

best-brent-dogBrent Best
Your Dog, Champ (Last Chance Records) (iTunes)

Texas-based Best, who is most recognized as the front man for New West Records’ recording artists Slobberbone and The Drams. While the album retains much of that band’s steeliness, Best presents the stories – actually one long and winding story told in a dozen parts – with a disarming simplicity, largely swathed in acoustic instruments and spare arrangements that whisper more than they shout, shimmer more than they glare. “I come from a background where no matter how much you’re bearing your soul, you can always hide behind this wall of noise,” says Best. “And I didn’t want to do that here. I wanted to let the songs breathe.”

egge-a-shadowAna Egge
Bright Shadow (self released)

“Acoustic instruments played in a circle with everyone singing. I had The Stray Birds in mind while writing and arranging these songs.”  Bright Shadow is a direct collaboration with the American roots trio, who join Egge as her band on the album. As for Egge herself, “the power of her voice lies in its ability to be at once haunting and comforting, possessing the otherworldly vocal quality of Emmylou Harris and the dark sweetness of Aimee Mann with a smooth effortlessness all Egge’s own.”

dement-i-woodsIris DeMent
The Trackless Woods (Flariella Records)  (iTunes)

Featuring original music and melodies by Iris, The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her.  The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, and she says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”

ortega-lindi-glorylandLindi Ortega
Faded Gloryville (Grand Tour Records/Last Gang Records)  (iTunes)

Faded Gloryville spins stories about chasing your dreams (or your loved ones) and stumbling across something dark and desolate — whether it’s a state of mind or a lonely bowling alley — along the way. “It’s about how much faith you need to put into whatever you’re doing, and how hard it is to keep that faith,” Ortega says. The album was recorded in spurts, splitting the workload between three different producers. Dave Cobb recorded three songs while Colin Linden recorded four. Rounding out the sessions were three songs tracked in Muscle Shoals. (from Rolling Stone Country)

Also new this week…

Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Spirit Moves (Dualtone Music Group)  (iTunes)
Bobby Long – Ode To Thinking (Compass Records Group)
The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival (Vision Entertainment)
The Whistles And The Bells – The Whistles And The Bells  (New West Records)

Coming  soon… Angela Easterling, Rod Picott, The Waifs, Jon Cleary, Jackie Greene, Whitney Rose, Steep Canyon Rangers, Kevin Gordon, Patty Griffin, Dave Rawlings Machine, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin, The Black Lillies  …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 31st

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 31st, 2015. Be aware that they’ve changed the new release day from Tuesdays to Fridays, so most of these albums will actually be available on Friday of the week posted. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

romano-dan-lostDaniel Romano
If I’ve Only One Time Askin’  (New West Records)  (iTunes)

Not quite country, Americana, folk, singer-songwriter or pop, Daniel Romano’s expansive new album is pieces of each, but ultimately the work of a singular mind.  Already hailed by Rolling Stone, the 11 new self-produced and largely self-performed songs “lead their baritone-voiced creator down a path filled with countrypolitan crooning, honky-tonk heartache and mid-century melodrama.”

 

scanlan-m-shapeMartha Scanlan
The Shape of Things Gone Missing, The Shape of Things To Come (Up On The Divide Records)  (iTunes)

With the Reeltime Travelers, she was featured on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain, produced by T-Bone Burnett.  Her third release is is the result five years spent immersed in working and living on a 120 year-old small cattle ranch in a remote corner of Montana. “I thought I was stepping back from music and writing,” says Scanlan, “but when these songs came together I realized that I have been writing them all along.” Produced by Jon Neufeld, “We wanted it to be a live, improvisational and collaborative process, to really let the current of the songs be the guide.” Featuring members of The Decemberists, Black Prairie, Dolorean, Amy Helm and others.

Also new this week…

Bobby Bare Jr. – Don’t Follow Me: I’m Lost  (Bloodshot Records)
The Jukejoint Handmedowns – Sing Songs of Death, Murder & the Afterlife  (Idle Hands Music)
Mr. Sun –  The People Need Light  (Compass)  (iTunes)
Shinyribs – Okra Candy (Mustard Lid Records)

Coming  soon… Brent Best, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Whitney Rose, Angela Easterling, Lindi Ortega, Rod Picott, Iris DeMent, Jackie Greene …

Bill Frater

 

 

 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 24th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 20th, 2015. BTW, they’ve recently changed the new release day from Tuesdays to Fridays, so most of these albums will actually be available on Fridays from now on. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

bumperjacksons-worldBumper Jacksons
Too Big World (self released)  (iTunes)

The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, they boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style.   Recognized as the region’s “Best Traditional Folk Band” at the 2013 and 2014 Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness.

helm-amy-rainAmy Helm
Didn’t It Rain  (Entertainment One Music)    (iTunes)

Although this is her first release under her own name, Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life.  She’s already won praise as a singer and songwriter, first as a member of Ollabelle and subsequently for her work with her father, Levon Helm, who passed away in 2012.  Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice, the album is rooted in first-person experience, exploring universal themes of life, love and loss.

watkins-fam-hour-1Watkins Family Hour
Watkins Family Hour (Family Hour Records) (iTunes)

Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative project led by LA-based siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, (Nickel Creek,) which began in 2002 as a monthly residency at Largo, which they called the Watkins Family Hour. The gig took on the form of a variety show where the Watkins’ could stretch out musically, working out new material, collaborating with other players, and generally letting loose creatively while in between tours. Sean and Sara decided to enlist several of their collaborators to record an album of cover songs under the Watkins Family Hour banner. Members of their de facto house band include Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg, Don Heffington, Fiona Apple and more.

Also new this week…

Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Sugar Hill Records)  (iTunes)
Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen – Love & Life  (Dolly Sez Woof)
The Dustbowl Revival – With A Lampshade On  (Signature Sounds Recording Company)  (iTunes)
Warren Haynes (feat. Railroad Earth) – Ashes & Dust  (Concord Records)  (iTunes)
Old Man Luedecke – Domestic Eccentric (True North Records) (iTunes)
Jon Pousette-Dart – Talk (BFD Music)
Shinyribs – Okra Candy (Mustard Lid Records)

Coming  soon… Daniel Romano, Brent Best, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Whitney Rose, Angela Easterling, Lindi Ortega, Rod Picott, Iris DeMent, Jackie Greene …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 13th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 13th, 2015. BTW, they’ve recently changed the new release day from Tuesdays to Fridays, so most of these albums will actually be available on Friday of the week posted. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

isbell-j-freeJason Isbell  
Something More Than Free (Southeastern Records)  (iTunes)

“There’s no better songwriter on the planet at this moment, no one operating with the same depth, eloquence, or feeling. He’s surrounded himself with musicians who can translate his material with flash or restraint, depending on what’s needed. In many ways, the music here is as accessible as anything he’s ever produced, and those fearing that Isbell, his personal demons in the past if not forgotten and his career at a high point, might be getting complacent should be assuaged by the ambition of the new album. In a fairer world, this album would break Isbell big, 1984 Springsteen-big. But it’s fine if it doesn’t, because if these songs teach us anything, it’s that keeping the faith is victory enough.” (from American Songwriter)

runnerofthewoods-valleyRunner Of The Woods
Thirsty Valley (self released)  (iTunes)

Front man Nick Beaudoing previously led NYC’s Cajun honky-tonkers, the Doc Marshalls.  Over the course of three releases, the band evolved from Bakersfield shuffles to jagged, glimmering folk. If Nick’s being honest, even a dyed-in-the wool country singer can’t pretend his record collection is pure.  For every George Jones LP on the shelf, there’s another by Big Star, Wilco, or A.A. Bondy. And Nick believes this is a beautiful thing. Thirsty Valley is the sort of record a man makes when love has gone good but something else is still missing. It’s the thousand-yard stare that accompanies boozy recollections of perfect northern lakes or some girl you used to know.

Also new this week…

Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree (Ramseur Records)  (iTunes)
The Slocan Ramblers – Coffee Creek (SloMusic)
Anderson West – Delilah  (New Electra Records)  (produced by Dave Cobb)  (iTunes)

Coming  soon… Watkins Family Hour, The Dustbowl Revival, Bumper Jacksons, Jon Pousette-Dart, Daniel Romano, Amy Helm, Langhorne Slim & The Law …

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 6th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 6th, 2015. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

fish-samantha-heartSamantha Fish
Wild Heart (Ruf Records)

Produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) who also on plays guitar and other stringed instruments along with Brady Blade on drums. Special guests include Lightnin Malcolm, Sharde Thomas and Memphis session singers Shontelle Norman-Beatty and Risse Norman. Wild Heart was recorded in three different studios, as they trekked the backroads from Louisiana to Mississippi, and finally, the duo put the final touches at both Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios and the legendary Ardent studios. “I fell in love with the blues,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”

Also new this week…

Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Airforce – Live at Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Hotspur Records)

Coming  soon… Jason Isbell, Watkins Family Hour, The Dustbowl Revival, Jon Pousette-Dart, Daniel Romano, Amy Helm …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 29th

Here’s all of the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 29th, 2015. Click the artist or album links to find out more.  The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

williams-joy-venusJoy Williams
Venus (Columbia Records)

Many know Joy Williams as one half of the folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in 2014) the singer-songstress rarely revealed herself, except through the duo’s stark lyrics of romantic conflations and doomed intimacies. Over 11 unstintingly honest songs, she  re-counts what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. She doesn’t try to defend or explain, but instead tells a simple straightforward story of events, sparing no one, especially herself.

young-n-monsantoNeil Young + Promise of the Real 
The Monsanto Years (Reprise)

Neil Young is joined by Lukas Nelson’s band which also features Willie’s other son Micah for an ecologically/environmentally-focused album that also slaps down chemical giant Monsanto and even Starbucks. The release will be available in a special CD + DVD package, iTunes, and PonoMusic high-resolution audio.

Also new this week…

Waylon Jennings – Grand Ole Opry Nashville Tn (Hotspur Records)
Freedy Johnston – Neon Repairman  (self released)
Underhill Rose – The Great Tomorrow (self released)

Coming  soon… Jason Isbell, Watkins Family Hour, The Dustbowl Revival, Jon Pousette-Dart, Daniel Romano, Amy Helm …

Bill Frater

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