Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 25th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 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.

pardekooper-nightKelly Pardekooper
City at Night ( Leisure Time Records)

Having cemented his TV troubadour status with placements in True Blood, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Longmire and many more, this new album continues his sonic stew of roots, rock, blues, and country gumbo. Kelly keeps song-plugging away and tries to treat people well. “Not sure where the time goes as I release my eighth album City At Night. Seems like yesterday I was piddling around in my Iowa basement trying to figure out how to make decent home recordings. Twenty years on..here we are. I don’t really tour anymore. I know that’s how most musicians make their real income..that’s just not my deal these days.” says Kelly.

welch-g-revivalGillian Welch
Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony Records)

To commemorate the anniversary of the original Revival 20 years ago, this two-disc set features eight previously unreleased songs, and 21 outtakes, alternate versions and demos from the making of the album. Says Welch, “I’m happy that the songs hold up. That’s probably the thing I’m most proud of. There is that interesting moment in any writer’s first batch of songs or any writer’s first novel or anything that always seems to have something that is different from what comes after. Maybe it’s lack of ego. You know, there really was no me. You know, the artist Gillian Welch didn’t really exist. And then after that, I did.”

Also new this week…

Bap Kennedy – Reckless Heart (independent)

Coming out soon…  Paul Thorn …

Due in early 2017… The Infamous Stringdusters, Natalie Hemby, Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 18th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 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.

keen-re-reunionRobert Earl Keen
Live Dinner Reunion (Dualtone Music)

Few live albums have done as great a job of capturing the full essence of an artist, his crowd, and the excitement of a burgeoning scene than Keen’s No. 2 Live Dinner, recorded at the historic Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas, and released 20 years ago. Equal parts funny, folksy, and moving, with hot solos and extended stories. Say Keen, “Mark McKinney, the owner out there at Floore’s called me and said, “maybe we should do a 20 year reunion?” I said “great,” and he called the Reckless Kelly guys, Cody Canada … they were all on board.  And then about a week before I thought, what am I gonna do? Don’t want to just play the same old songs, right? So I just started calling some friends. I called Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Cory Morrow, Bruce Robison, and my old bandmates Bryan Duckworth and Mark Patterson, all that. And they all came!  It was sort of off-the-cuff, and what was so rejuvenating and life-affirming was that we were all there and everybody just had a great time. You know, almost everything in the music business nowadays feels manufactured, but this wasn’t manufactured.

Also new this week…

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem – Wintersong (Signature Sounds)
Ryan Bingham – Ryan Bingham Live
(Axster Bingham Records)
Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble: A Tribute To Bukka White
(Stony Plain Records)
Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms (TeleSoul Records)

Coming out soon…  Kelly Pardekooper, Gillian Welch, Paul Thorn …

Due in early 2017… The Infamous Stringdusters,  Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough,

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 11th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 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.

 

harris-emmy-tributeVarious Artists
The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration (Rounder Records)

“If you’re a songwriter, you always wanted her to record one of your songs,” said Steve Earle of his friend, Emmylou Harris at a star-studded tribute concert honoring her. Earle joined several of those lucky writers, along with a long list of collaborators,friends and disciples at the event, held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., the show boasted a set-list spanning four decades of Harris’ catalog. Performers include Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson,Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling, Trampled by Turtles, Holly Williams and Emmylou Harris herself, who joined friends on several tunes. The 2nd disc is a DVD that was filmed at the show in January of this year. (edited from Rolling Stone Country)

Also new this week…

Balsam Range – Mountain Voodoo (Mountain Home Records)
Shooter Jennings – Black Ribbons: Ultimate Edition (Black Country Rock)
NRBQ – High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (Omnivore Recordings)
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage – All the Rage, In Concert Vol. One (Upper Management Music)
Wicklow Atwater – The Fallen Flame String Band LP (independent)

 

Coming out soon… Rory Block, Kelly Pardekooper, Robert Earl Keen, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Gillian Welch Blue Rodeo  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 4th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 4th, 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.

rut-joe-stolenJoe Rut
Stolen Tools & Stereos
(independent)

On his 6th album release,Oakland songwriter Joe Rut’s quirky sense of humor underpins a heartfelt, richly lyrical and subtly hallucinatory Americana/Alt-country tapestry. Special guests including mandolin great David Grisman, pedal steel master Bobby Black,and Scott Amendola.  While Stolen Tools & Stereos finds Joe leaning more heavily on his country/folk roots, his fans have compared him to influences as disparate as Todd Snider, Jason Isbell, and Josh Ritter (on the folky end of the spectrum), and They Might Be Giants, Frank Zappa, and the Meat Puppets (on the other end).

Also new this week…

Adrian & Meredith – More Than a Little (independent)
Driftwood – City Lights ( Yellow Bike Records)
The Kentucky Headhunters – Safari (Plowboy Records)

Coming out soon… Balsam Range, Kelly Pardekooper, Robert Earl Keen, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Blue Rodeo  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 28th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 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.

hancock-w-slinginWayne Hancock
Slingin’ Rhythm  (Bloodshot Records)

A Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock album is as refreshing as a beer pulled from a tub of ice on a hot summer’s day. Slingin’ Rhythm is just right, a finely honed brand of juke joint rhythm sitting in the sweet spot of American music invention between country, hillbilly, jazz, and Western swing. And while Wayne is indeed a throwback, the funny thing is, the more retro he gets, the fresher he sounds. His songs about the everyday and the everyman, with their driving rhythm and live-in-the-moment vibe, have a character and passion that go beyond a particular time. With its emphasis on organic interplay and extended soloing, Wayne and his band drive the center line between tight and loose.

carroll-a-tributeVarious Artists
Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll  (Eight 30 Records)

A true songwriter’s songwriter, a Texas tunesmith who has inspired both younger and older artists for nearly two decades. Carroll simply captures entire lifetimes among stilled snapshots like few others. “I try to find moments that are sublime,” Carroll explains. “They just last a little bit and then you’re back to your regular life and strife, but there are just these perfect little moments.” Evidence on the new tribute album with songs from James McMurtry, Terri Hendrix, Slaid Cleaves, The Band of Heathens, Hayes Carll and more. James McMurtry draws the closest line. “Adam Carroll is like a very young Kris Kristofferson. He writes about things that are older than me,” the iconic tunesmith says. “You get a bunch of guys who more people have heard of to sing someone’s songs, it maybe makes their stock go up, which is fine by me.”

 

Also new this week…

Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful (Fantasy Records)
Jack Grelle – Got Dressed Up to be Let Down (Big Muddy Records)
JD Hutchison – You and the World Outside  (Howdy Skies Records)
Kacey Musgraves – A Very Kacey Christmas (Mercury Nashville)
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears (New West Records)

Coming out soon…  Adrian & Meredith, Joe Rut, Balsam Range, Kelly Pardekooper, Robert Earl Keen  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 21st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 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.

layus-d-thingsDan Layus
Dangerous Things
(Plated Records)

Dan Layus moved to Tennessee during the summer of 2013. He’d been a California kid all his life. As the frontman of Augustana, Layus had logged a decade on the poppy fringes of American rock & roll. “Since my early 20s, I’ve been a big fan of alternative country, which led me to more traditional country music,” he says from his new home in Franklin, a half hour’s drive from Nashville. “I lived off of ‘Willie’s Roadhouse’ for three years straight. Those songs just don’t miss!” He’s replaced Augustana’s anthemic punch with acoustic guitars, one-take vocal performances and nearly a half-dozen appearances by harmony duo the Secret Sisters.

 

auld-tributeVarious Artists
Just Love: A Tribute To Audrey Auld Mezera (Reckless Records/Ringo Records)

Audrey Auld Mezera was an Australian-American singer/songwriter, who resided at times both in California and Nashville. She released 11 albums and three EPs before she lost her battle with cancer at the age of 51 last year. Nancy Apple, a peer of Audrey’s,gathered a bunch or her friends and fans to honer and celebrates Audrey’s songs and spirit. Sales from this “”labor of love” 2-CD set will go towards a memorial fund towards a park along the Marin County coast that Audrey and her husband mez loved so much.

Also new this week…

David Crosby – Lighthouse (GroundUp Music)
Matt Joe Crow – Seven Years
(independent)
Cris Jacobs – Dust To Gold (American Showplace Music)
The Vandoliers – Ameri-Kinda (State Fair Records)

Coming out soon…Josh Farrow, Alejandro Escovedo, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jack Grelle, JD Hutchison, Adrian & Meredith, Joe Rut, Balsam Range, Kelly Pardekooper  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 14th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 14th, 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.

bromberg-d-bluesDavid Bromberg
The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues (Red House Records)

Bromberg found the inspiration for the album when he heard Willie Nelson repeat a quote from Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble: “There’s only two kinds of music––the Star-Spangled Banner and the Blues.” Through Bromberg’s  playing and gift for interpretation and Campbell’s tasteful horn arrangements, the record reaches electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments, breathing fresh life into the songs of Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George “Little Hat” Jones, and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. Ray Charles’ “A Fool For You” is one of many album stand-outs, featuring just David on a spellbinding solo acoustic guitar performance and vocals.

fritz-j-sweetJonny Fritz
Sweet Creep (ATO Records)

When Jonny Fritz released Dad Country in 2013, an album full of clever turns of phrase and surreal imagery, he made a case for being today’s Roger Miller. With Sweet Creep, his first new album in three years, he strengthens that bid, delivering country songs that revel in the eccentric. Jonny throws himself into the new album by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and recorded the whole album in three days. The fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music.

Also new this week…

Blackberry Smoke – Like An Arrow  (3 Legged Records)
Paul Cauthen – My Gospel
(Lightning Rod Records)
Steve Earle – Guitar Town – 30th Anniversary Edition (MCA Nashville)
Dom Flemons & Martin Simpson – Selection of Ever Popular Favourites (independent)
Steve Forbert – Flying at Night (Rolling Tide Records)
Courtney Granger – Beneath Still Waters (Valcour Records)
Karen Jonas – Country Songs (independent)
The Linemen – Close Down The Place (independent)
The Mavericks – All Night Live Volume 1  (Mono Mundo Recordings)
The T Sisters – T Sisters (Three-Headed Sounds)
Various Artists – Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music Of Jerry Garcia (Live) (New Rounder Records)
Various Artists – Eighteen Wheelers -Twisted Tales From Truckstops (Trailer Records)
Various Artists – Feel Like Going Home (The Songs of Charlie Rich)  (Memphis International Records)
Various Artists – The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac And His Music (Concord Records)

 

Coming out soon…Josh Farrow, Don Lymus, David Crosby, The Vandoliers, Cris Jacobs, VA – Just Love: A Tribute To Audrey Auld Mezera, Alejandro Escovedo, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jack Grelle, JD Hutchison, Joe Rut, Little Bit Of Love  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 7th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 7th, 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.

cobb-brent-shineBrent Cobb
Shine On Rainy Day (New Elektra Records)

Cobb, an in-demand songwriter for top Nashville acts like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, is quick to demonstrate his mastery of the craft. Balancing precise Americana portraiture with a homespun informality reminiscent of early Jerry Jeff Walker or Jesse Winchester, Cobb is poised to join the ranks of Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton as a leading light in the alt-Nashville scene. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb, the album was recorded live over four days in Nashville. A triumph of immediacy and intimate performance, there’s a sandpaper-scratched quality to the music that will delight fans of the kind of DIY country we don’t hear much of anymore. (from Exclaim.ca)

snider-todd-bulldogTodd Snider
Eastside Bulldog (Aimless Records)

Marketed as an outlet for his rock alter ego Elmo Buzz, it’s Snider’s first new album since 2012, and completely constructs a style for the character with Snider’s snappy arrangements and storytelling lyrics. Buzz is a rowdy musician, taking cues from a love of Hank Williams, Jr., and perturbed by any limits on his antics. In the liner notes, Snider comments that on the differences between a gig and a concert, the latter encompassing a rigid contract for one show in a 75-mile radius in a six-month period, and the former as a handshake agreement for one night and no commitment. His description perfectly describes Eastside Bulldog and Elmer Buzz: both are meant to be enjoyed with frequency, friends, and copious revelry. It’s a fun album that pounds more energy into each successive song and repeats well. The short length lends to repeating often, but doesn’t wear the songs down. The partying and daily antics of the music and East Nashville in Eastside Bulldog additionally take down the trend of bro-country pop sentimentality of the past few years. These are songs about partying, but without the glossed safety of mainstream radio or massive concert shows. (from Pop Matters)

Also new this week…

Michael Cleveland – Fiddler’s Dream (Compass Records)
Melissa Etheridge – MEmphis Rock And Soul
(Stax Records)
Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee (Merge Records)
Roger Hoover – Pastures (Last Chance Records)
Norah Jones – Day Breaks
(Blue Note Records)
Zach Schmidt – The Day We Lost The War  (independent)
Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
(New West Records)

Coming out soon…Josh Farrow, Don Lymus, Blackberry Smoke, The Linemen, T Sisters, The Vandoliers, The Mavericks, Johnny Fritz, Paul Cauthen, Cris Jacobs, VA – Just Love: A Tribute To Audrey Auld Mezera, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Joe Rut, Little Bit Of Love  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 30th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of September 30th, 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.

lauderdale-changesJim Lauderdale
This Changes Everything (Sky Crunch Records)

This Changes Everything was largely recorded during a single day in Austin. There, faced with a quick break in a recent summertime tour, Lauderdale rounded up a cast of all-star sideman from the Lone Star state — including producer and pedal steel player Tommy Detamore,  pianist Floyd Domino (an original member of Asleep at the Wheel), Bobby Flores, Kevin Smith, Chris Masterson and others. All of the songs were originally written by Lauderdale with a handful of Texas-based songwriters. Filling the album’s tracklist are co-writes with Bruce Robison, Hayes Carll,Daryl Burgess, Odie Blackmon, and Frank Dycus. Rounding out the album is a new version of “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This,” one of Lauderdale’s fourteen songs recorded by Texas superstar George Strait.

prine-j-betterJohn Prine
For Better, Or Worse
(Oh Boy Records)

The album recasts songs originally recorded by artists like Hank Williams, George Jones, Buck Owens and others, and serves as a sequel of sorts to In Spite of Ourselves, a similar type of covers album that he released in 1999. With the exception of Iris DeMent and his wife Fiona, Prine welcomes a new cast of singers to For Better, Or Worse. Among them are Amanda Shires, Kacey Musgraves, and Holly Williams. Prine tells NPR, “I’m writing for a record. It’s been ten years, so I think it’s about time I get one out. And I knew by putting this duet record out, it would trigger, like, “Okay, now where’s your other record?”

weir-bob-blueBob Weir
Blue Mountain  
(Columbia/Legacy Recordings)

Blue Mountain, was inspired by the music that Weir heard while working on a ranch in Wyoming as a teenager. Rooted in the great American tradition of cowboy songs, Created with producer Josh Kaufman, songwriter Josh Ritter and musicians such as The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Scott Devendorf.  “A deeply personal collection of music inspired by the ranch stories and fireside songs of Bob’s youth, told with amazing wisdom and heart.”

 

Also new this week…

Trevor Alguire – Perish In The Light (independent)
Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms – Innocent Road
(independent)
Rorey Carroll – Love Is An Outlaw  (LoHi Records)
Drive-By Truckers – American Band  (ATO Records)
Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller
(Yep Roc Records)
John McEuen – Made in Brooklyn (Chesky Records)
Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing  (Caroline International Records)
Luke Winslow-King – I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always (Bloodshot Records)

 

Coming out soon… Norah Jones, Josh Farrow, Don Lymus, Todd Snider, The Vandoliers, Shovels & Rope, Brent Cobb, Melissa Etheridge, The Mavericks, Johnny Fritz, Paul Cauthen, Cris Jacobs, Aaron Lee Tasjan  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Sept. 23rd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of September 23rd, 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.

 

bragg-henry-songsBilly Bragg & Joe Henry
Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad (Cooking Vinyl Records)

Earlier this year, Billy Bragg and American singer-songwriter Joe Henry took a 2,700-mile train ride across the US, from Chicago to Los Angeles, along the way recording songs that reflect the railroad’s impact on the nation’s social and cultural life. Woody Guthrie’s “Hobo’s Lullaby,” for example, was captured at an Amtrak station in Alpine,Texas, the folk ballad “Railroad Bill” at St Louis Gateway station, while the pair crooned Hank Williams’s “Lonesome Whistle” in their sleeping berth near Whistle Junction, Missouri. By the end of their 65-hour trek they had an album.

 

yoakam-d-swimmingDwight Yoakam
Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… (Sugar Hill Records)

Featuring a band of bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Produced by Gary Paczosa, Jon Randall, and Yoakam himself, the album reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky.

Also new this week…

Greensky Bluegrass – Shouted, Written Down & Quoted  (Big Blue Zoo Records)
Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur – Penny’s Farm (Kingswood Records)
M. Lockwood Porter – How To Dream Again (Black Mesa Records)
Reckless Kelly – Sunset Motel (No Big Deal Records)
Timothy B. Schmit – Leap Of Faith (independent)
Bruce Springsteen – Chapter and Verse (Columbia Records)
Adam Steffey – Here To Stay (Mountain Home Records)

 

Coming out soon… Drive-By Truckers, John Prine, Jim Lauderdale, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Luke Winslow-King, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms, John McEuen, Bob Weir, Josh Farrow, Don Lymus, Todd Snider, The Vandoliers, Mandolin Orange, Shovels & Rope, Brent Cobb, Melissa Etheridge, The Mavericks, Johnny Fritz, Paul Cauthen, Cris Jacobs   …

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