Americana Music Releases for the week of June 24th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 24th, 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.

bush-sam-storymanSam Bush
Storyman  (Sugar Hill Records)

Storyman is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories several of them true and the legendary mandolin and fiddle player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others. ” I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band,” Bush says of the album. “But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, I hope you enjoy the stories. It s my singer-songwriter record.”

felice-bros-timesThe Felice Brothers
Life In The Dark
 (Yep Roc Records)

According to a press release, the album lyrically explores “modern life in a complicated and divided America, through a cynical and occasionally heartbroken lens.” The Irish Times says, “There is something that is delightfully disreputable and even faintly dissolute about the Felice Brothers. They turn up like a dodgy uncle with a bottle and a heap of gritty and vivid stories from the dark side of singer/writer Ian Felice’s imagination and experience and proceed to deliver them in quasi shambolic style, coloured by wheezing accordion, tearful fiddle and rusty, weathered voices.”

womack-tommy-namaste (2)Tommy Womack
Namaste
(independent)

Shall we start with themes of life and death? The album marks Tommy’s return to the full-on land of the living after two near-death experiences—a terrible auto accident and a near-fatal drug addiction. You’ll hear about these on the bluntly titled “I Almost Died” and in the hauntingly melodic “End of the Line.” But get ready to laugh just as hard: Tommy sings of male pattern baldness (“Combover Blues”), menopause (“Hot Flash Woman”), religion (“God, Part III”), those perpetually stuck in ‘70s classic rock mode (“Darling Let Your Freebird Fly”), and the airbrushed supermodel nature of Music Row next-big-things (“When Country Singers Were Ugly”). (from Cary “Conqueroo” Baker)

Also new this week…

Marisa Anderson – Into the Light  (independent)
The Avett Brothers –True Sadness (Republic Records)
Jerry Castle – Not So Soft Landing (My World Records)
Eggs Over Easy – Good ‘N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story 
(Yep Roc Records)
Libby Koch – Just Move On (Berkalin Records)
Erin McKeown – According To Us (TVP Records)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore with Brigid & Lucy Moore – Daughters (Remington Road Records)
The Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel  (Ruf Records)
Neil Young with Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real – Earth (Reprise Records)

Coming out soon… The Earls of Leicester, Scott Low, Robert Rex Waller, Jr., Tom Rhodes, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, Frankie Lee, The Way Down Wanderers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 17th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 17th, 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.

cook-e-exodusElizabeth Cook
Exodus of Venus
(Agent Love Music)

For fans of Cook, a Grand Ole Opry regular, SiriusXM Outlaw Country hostess and David Letterman favorite, Exodus of Venus will be something of a shock. If she maintains the tang of her drawl, what emerges – beyond Cook’s always vibrant and vivid sense of detail – is a song cycle soaked in turpentine, musk and honey.  “There hasn’t been a lot to laugh about,” confesses Cook, “Things have been heavy and dark, and I feel really different. I aspire to be more than clever or dark or poignant, but to be honest. I want that to supersede everything.  “Emotionally, mentally, physically – it’s all been tested,” she continues, “and it set me up straight. It was hard, but it’s a good thing. Really hard lessons in resilience… All of it is in the record.”

 

jarosz-s-undercSarah Jarosz
Undercurrent
(Sugar Hill Records)

“I really like that word,” Jarosz says of the title of her fourth album.  “If you look up the definition, it’s ‘an underlying feeling or influence’ or ‘a flow of water moving below the surface.’  This is the first record I’ve made since being out on my own and experiencing a lot of changes, and I think that that’s reflected in the songs,” Jarosz explains.  “It’s also the first record I’ve ever made that feels to me like a complete thought, with a beginning, a middle and an ending.”

kristofferson-k-cedarKris Kristofferson
The Cedar Creek Sessions (KK Records)

In June 2014, legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas. It had been a while since Kris had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band. With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard, and Mike Meadows on drums, the group ran through twenty-five of Kristofferson’s best-loved songs. On the final day, Kris’s dear friend Sheryl Crow came in to sing a duet of “The Loving Gift,” a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash that Kris had never recorded.

Also new this week…

Auburn – Love & Promises  (independent)
Luke Bell – Luke Bell
(Bill Hill Music)
Jake Bugg – On My One  (Island Records)
Dolly Shine – Walkabout (Vision Entertainment)
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – Rehab Reunion (Savoy Records)
Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – Lucky Guy (Phrex Records)
Michael McDermott – Willow Springs (Pauper Sky Records)
Scott Low – The New Vintage (10 Foot Woody Records)
Clint Morgan – Scofflaw (Lost Cause Records)
Chip Taylor – Little Brothers (Train Wreck Records)

Coming out soon… Jared Hard, Tommy Womack, Jerry Castle, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, The Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Scott Low, The Felice Brothers, Clint Morgan, The Avett Brothers. Royal Southern Brotherhood, Michael McDermott, Robert Rex Waller, Jr., Tom Rhodes, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 27th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 27th, 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.

bishop-bonnie-aintBonnie Bishop
Ain’t Who I Was
(Plan BB Records)

Bishop had alll but given up on her career in Nashville before hot producer Dave Cobb met her and decided to produce this album. Cobb told her she should be singing soul, not country, and that he’d been wanting to record a soul album. “Cobb knew that I had a deep story that I wanted to tell and he really helped me do that,” Bishop says. It’s a story of transformation, expressed in lyrics of longing, loss, loneliness and finally, resurrection. “The record is called Ain’t Who I Was because I’m not the same person I was, personally or musically,” she says  “I was at a point where I just didn’t know anymore. I didn’t even have a vision, and this amazing producer came alongside me and believed in me and pulled my voice back out and made me get back up and sing.”

yarn-yearYarn
This Is the Year (Red Bush Records)

The new album marks a bit of a reinvention for the band, their drummer returned after an extended break and they relocated from Brooklyn to North Carolina. The change sparked their passion and creativity, the new album is a product of “remembering to look forward and take chances.”  “A perfect blend of back porch melodies just in time for summer, in the tradition of troubadours like Willie, Waylon and Merle — the album is all about sometimes skirting the rules and making tough choices when life is jolted off its bearings.” (press release)

Also new this week…

Bellhound Choir –Imagine the Crackle (Bad Afro Records)
The Lowest Pair – Fern Girl And Ice Man, Uncertain As It Is Uneven (Team Love Records)
Daniel Romano – Mosey (New West Records)
The Caroline Sills Combo – Dime Stories Vol 2  (independent)
Tony Joe White – Rain Crow (Yep Roc Records)

Coming out soon… Jared Hard, Sarah Jarotz, Colvin & Earle, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, David Trull, Freddy & Francine, Band of Horses, C.W. Stoneking, Western Centuries, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Robert Ellis, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, The Felice Brothers, Clint Morgan, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Michael McDermott, Sam Bush  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 20th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 20th, 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.

dylan-b-angelsBob Dylan
Fallen Angels
 (Columbia Records)

The songs collectively known as the Great American Songbook apparently are like those famous potato chips, in that singers who start sampling them quickly discover you can’t stop at just one.  Dylan began in earnest last year with Shadows in the Night. Now he’s back with a second deeply felt, imaginatively reworked batch of songs. About these albums Dylan said, “I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter of fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”  A big part of the freshness instilled in such oft-sung and recorded songs as “That Old Black Magic,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “It Had to Be You” comes from the way he and his adroit roots-minded band have arranged them. (from Randy Lewis review in LA Times)

poltz-steve-folksingerSteve Poltz
Folksinger (98 Pounder Records)

As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go. His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and let’s it fall out – a song – and it’s as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics. Oh, and he’s a pretty good guitarist too. Folksinger contains spirited, clever music delivered in winsome melodies and a humor all its own.

Also new this week…

Clarence Bucaro – Pendulum (MRI Records)
Eric Clapton – I Still Do
(Surfdog Records)
Brett Dennen – Por Favor (New Elektra Records)
The Highwaymen – Live – American Outlaws (Columbia Nashville Legacy Records)
John Long – Stand Your Ground (Delta Groove Music)
Mudcrutch – 2 (Reprise Records)
Anna Tivel – Heroes Waking Up (Fluff and Gravy Records)
Various Artists – Day of the Dead (4AD Records)
Dallas Wayne – Songs The Jukebox Taught Me (Heart of Texas Records)

Coming out soon… Jared Hard, Tony Joe White, Bonnie Bishop, Sarah Jarotz, Colvin & Earle, Bellhound Choir, C.W. Stoneking, Western Centuries, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Robert Ellis, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, The Felice Brothers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 13th

DarrHere’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of  May 13th, 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.

honeycutters-ropesThe Honeycutters
On The Ropes
(Organic Records)

All of those sad little pop singers need to get off country radio and let the Honeycutters take it from here. When I heard this album I felt the same way I felt when I first heard Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band. There’s not much of a point to making such comparisons however, because the Honeycutters are their own band. This isn’t an Emmylou rip-off, or a rip-off of anything else for that matter. There’s none of that sickening, derivative BS on this album that you get from so many groups nowadays. This music is individualistic, it has heart. It is clear to me that this band is full of people who refuse to compromise with the mainstream radio crowd. Thank god for bands like the Honeycutters, they give me faith that a group can remain true to their vision while still writing extremely memorable songs. (from Western Free Press)

scott-darryl-couchvilleDarrell Scott
Couchville Sessions (Full Light Records)

“You wanna story? I mostly make music with folks who have been doing this longer than i have and I have been doing it my whole life. Let’s call these folks: masters. When you have a master who plays, writes, sings like it was their first time (excitement), and like it was their last time (reverance), something deep, important and lasting shows up in their taste, touch, tone and in-the-momentness plus we have a helluva lotta fun. It is not perfection, but intention… I’ll take intention every time. The songs are mostly mine – with a song each by (masters): Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Townes Van Zandt and Peter Rowan – add a narration by Guy Clark and you may have your story.”

polished-steel-sessionsVarious Artists
The Polished Steel Sessions (Eight 30 Records)

This album  features all new recordings by a dozen artists including Adam Carroll, BettySoo, Bill Chambers, Curtis McMurtry, Verlon Thompson and Walt Wilkins, among others. “All songwriters have spare songs laying around that haven’t fit older albums or new songs that may or may not make it onto a future record,” says Brian T. Atkinson, who curates the Polished Steel site and produced the new collection with Jenni Finlay. “This record gives them a home and showcases songs in their natural form, raw and acoustic and done in just one or two takes.”

Also new this week…

Michaela Anne – Bright Lights and the Fame (Kingswood Records)
Rob Baird –Wrong Side of the River
(Boots Baird Records)
Beat Root Revival – Beat Root Revival  (Toulouse Records)
Aaron Einhouse – It Ain’t Pretty (Vision Entertainment)
John Evans – Polyester (Splice Records)
Hard Working Americans – Rest In Chaos (Melvin Records)
Kaia Kater – Nine Pin (Kingswood Records)
The Lark And The Loon – Songbirds and Fog (self released)
Roanoke –Roanoke (self released)
Al Scorch – Circle Round the Signs (Bloodshot Records)
Maurice Tani & 77 El Deora – The White Water (Western Independent Recordings)
The Urban Pioneers – Feast or Famine (self released)
Wild Ponies – Radiant (No Evil Records)

 

Coming out soon… Mudcrutch, The Rides, Jared Hard, Bob Dylan, Tony Joe White, Maurice Tani, Sarah Jarotz, Colvin & Earle, Bellhound Choir, C.W. Stoneking, Western Centuries, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Robert Ellis, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 6th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 6th, 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.

carpenter-mary-thingsMary Chapin Carpenter
The Things That We Are Made Of  
(Lambent Light Records)

Produced by Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb, (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) and featuring eleven new MCC originals. Rolling Stone praises, “…the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation.”

purpose-d-stillDarryl Purpose
Still The Birds
(Gamblers Grace Music)

Purpose is a Colorado folkish singer who paints compelling vignettes exploring the human condition the tension between dark and light, despair and hope, vulnerability and triumphs.  Still The Birds was all co-written with Paul Zollo and was produced by Billy Crockett at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberly, TX.

Also new this week…

Edge of the West – Edge of the West (Inscrutable Records)
The Mike Eldred Trio – Baptist Town (Great Western Recording Co.)
Cyndi Lauper – Detour
 (Rhino/Sire Records)
Evie Ladin Band  – Jump The Fire (Evil Diane Music)
Jimbo Mathus – Band of Storms (Big Legal Mess Records)
Rebecca Pronsky – Known Objects (Acme Hall Recordings)
Whitehorse – The Northern South Vol. 1 (Six Shooter Records)

Coming out soon…  Darrell Scott, Michaela Anne, Al Scorch, Hard Working Americans, Mudcrutch, The Rides, Bob Dylan, The Honeycutters, Tony Joe White, Maurice Tani, Wild Ponies, Sarah Jarotz, Colvin & Earle, Bellhound Choir, C.W. Stoneking, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Apr. 29th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week ending with April 29th, 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 either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

doe-john-westernerJohn Doe
The Westerner (Cool Rock Records)

“The Westerner is my psychedelic, soul record from the Arizona desert,” states Doe, “It’s dedicated to Michael Blake, author of many books including “Dancing With Wolves,” and a scholar and advocate for Native American rights. He was also one of my best friends for over 30 years. Michael taught me how to ride horses (we knocked each other off them several times) and we taught each other about writing, music & art. Many of these songs are about him or use him as the main character, and his presence has been with me throughout the making of the record. Does has also released a new book, “Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk.”

insley-dave-thewayDave Insley
Just the Way That I Am
(independent)

Just the Way That I Am simply spotlights straightforward roadhouse country music in its finest fashion. Imagine Ernest Tubb holding court at an East Austin beer joint and you’ll frame the picture well. “I’m super grateful to have a spanking new album after keeping my fans waiting for nearly a decade since West Texas Wine,” Insley says. “I hope folks enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.” “The first time I heard Dave, I said out loud: ‘Who is this guy?'” Brennen Leigh says. “He sounds like no one else and his songs are from the heart and utterly believable.”

Also new this week…

Greyhounds – Change of Pace (Ardent Music)
The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust (Sham Records)
Austin Lucas – Between the Moon & the Midwest (Last Chance Records)
Del McCoury & David Grisman – Del & Dawg Live! (Acoustic Disc)

 

Coming out soon…  Darrell Scott, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Whitehorse, Cyndi Lauper, Rebecca Pronsky, Jimbo Mathus, Evie Ladin, Michaela Anne, Al Scorch, Hard Working Americans, Mudcrutch, Darryl Purpose, The Rides, Bob Dylan, Tony Joe White, Maurice Tani, Wild Ponies, Sarah Jarotz, Colvin & Earle, Bellhound Choir, C.W. Stoneking, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Apr. 22nd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week ending with April 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.

 

kamp-tr-soloTed Russell Kamp
Flying Solo (independent)

The album is mostly acoustic solo performances, raw and bare bones, and many of the songs are in the classic singer/songwriter style of Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and some of Ted’s other favorite songwriters.  3 songs were recorded live on the air at radio shows around the USA. 3 were from a live solo show in Helsinki, Finland (two of the 3 are solo mandolin and vocals). The other six were recorded at Ted’s home studio in L.A.

del-woody-1The Del McCoury Band
Del & Woody (Mccoury Music)

Del and Woody is the realization of two distinctly, genuinely American voices: Woody’s common-man vernacular and Del’s common-man sound.  Perhaps the keenest observer of mid-century American life and particularly American dialogue, Woody Guthrie’s take on life is perfectly reflected in these little moments. Nora Guthrie, Woody’s daughter, gave Del McCoury a set of 26 unrecorded lyrics and allow him to choose, create, and record the music. The project, a couple of years in the making but well worth the wait.

Also new this week…

Ashleigh Flynn – The Low Arc of the Sun (independent)
Derek Hoke – Southern Moon (independent)
Rod Melancon – LA 14 (Blue Elan Records)
Keith Sykes – Songs from a Little Beach Town (KSM Entertainment)
Jason Wilber – Echoes (WilberTone Records)

Coming out soon…  Darrell Scott, Austin Lucas, The Jayhawks, John Doe, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Insley, Rebecca Pronsky, Jimbo Mathus, Evie Ladin, Michaela Anne, Hard Working Americans, Mudcrutch, Darryl Purpose, The Rides, Bob Dylan, Tony Joe White, Wild Ponies, Sarah Jarotz, Colvin & Earle, Bellhound Choir …

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