Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 23rd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for February 23nd, 2018. 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.

Caleb Caudle
Crushed Coins
  (Cornelius Chapel Records)

Co-produced with Jon Ashley, known for his work with acts like Hiss Golden Messenger and the War on Drugs, Crushed Coins is a sonic tour de force, with cinematic arrangements and personal, narrative lyrics that show Caudle to be a worthy new voice in a long tradition of musical storytelling. It’s also a melting pot of Caudle’s eclectic influences, which include Steve Earle, the Clash, Jason Isbell, and the Velvet Underground. “I knew I wanted this record to feel like something more than just a batch of songs,” Caudle says. “I wanted everything to work together in a special way. Most of my favorite records end up sounding like their own little world. I told Jon Ashley that I was down to try whatever as long as we created the perfect space for the songs to live in. All the musicians really knocked it out of the park and I couldn’t be more proud of what we came up with.”

Janiva Magness
Love Is an Army
  (Blue Élan Records)

Love Is an Army’s songs reverberate with the character of the enduring Memphis Rhythm & Blues patented by the Stax and Hi Records studios, especially in tracks like “Back to Blue,” which opens the album and sets its tone, and “Hammer,” which features Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. Other guest artists include the legendary Grammy-winning R&B singer Delbert McClinton, Mississippi hill-country blues torchbearer Cedric Burnside, and and banjo virtuoso Courtney Hartman from the band Della Mae. “Dave Darling and I had a real sense of urgency when we were writing and recording this album,” Magness explains. “What led the album was the lyrics, and the things that are happening right now — the division, the racism, the violence, and our leaders’ lack of concern about basic human issues like health care and poverty.  Magness considers the title song a rallying call and an expression of her sense of purpose. “When I sing ‘you know that I will fight for you/There’s no divine inspiration/Something else calls us here/And our hearts know what to do,’ I really mean it. Now, in particular, it’s once again important for us all to do the right thing, and I’m willing to do that, regardless of the cost.”

Also new this week…

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes – Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music   (independent)
Shawn Colvin – The Starlighter 
(SLCRecordings)  (children’s album)
Darlingside – Extralife (More Doug Records)
Jamie McLean Band – One and Only (independent)
Danielle Nicole – Cry No More  (Concord Records)
Grant-Lee Phillips – 
Widdershins  (Yep Roc Records)
Dave Richardson – Carry Me Along  (independent)
Ed Romanoff – The Orphan King  (PineRock Records)
Caroline Rose – Loner (New West Records)

 

Coming out soon… Vivian Leva, Ned Hill,  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Dallas Moore, The Nouveaux Honkies, Patterson Barrett, Field Report, Courtney Marie Andrews, Red Shahan, 6 String Drag, Rod Picott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Kacey Musgraves, Joshua Hedley, Rocky Bottom, Lindi Ortega, Logan Magness, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, DADDY (Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack), John Prine, Jesse Terry, Rosie & the Riveters, Willie Nelson, Leftover Salmon, The Mammals 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 16th

 

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for February 16th, 2018. 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.

Brandi Carlile
By The Way, I Forgive You
  (Low Country Sound/Elektra Records)

There’s an off-handedness to the title of By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile’s sixth album—as though absolution is being offered almost as an afterthought. But that’s not the story the music tells. While many of these songs deal with wounds and betrayals, Carlile inhabits a role of poise and command. Produced by Americana mastermind Dave Cobb in tandem with Shooter Jennings, By the Way, I Forgive You frames Carlile’s gnarled roots-rock and folksy storytelling in grand orchestral arrangements. Carlile fills the songs with hard-won acceptance and weathered empathy, both of which are felt on lead single “The Joke,” which speak directly to kids who are bullied for their sexual identity. On this album she’s not only created some of her most fully realized characters—tough and vulnerable in equal measure—but she’s found her most sympathetic collaborators, making it the most emotionally direct and revealing album she’s to released to date.  (edited from Slant magazine review)

I’m With Her
See You Around  (New Rounder Records)

See You Around is the full-length debut from I’m With Her, featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan. This much anticipated release reveals the commitment to creating a wholly unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I’m With Her builds an ineffable magic from their finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies. The result is a collection both emotionally raw and intricate, with layers of meaning and insight within even the most starkly adorned track. Co-produced by Ethan Johns and the band and recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in a tiny English village near Bath, See You Around delivers a warmly textured sound that proves both fresh and timeless.  (from press release)

Also new this week…

Erica Blinn – Better Than Gold  (Curry House Records)
Darling West – While I Was Asleep  (Jansen Records)
Sherman Ewing – Come and Meet Me  (independent)
Craig Gerdes – Smokin, Drinkin & Gamblin  (Sol Records)
Harvey McLaughlin – Tabloid News  (Saustex Records)
The Reverend Shawn Amos – Breaks It Down   (Put Together Recods)
Richmond Fontaine – Don’t Skip Out On Me  (Fluff and Gravy Records)
Szlachetka – Heart Of My Hometown  (independent)
Jim White – Waffles Triangles & Jesus  (Joyful Noise Records)
J.D. Wilkes – Fire Dream  (Big Legal Mess Records)

 

Coming out soon… Caleb Caudle, Darlingside, Erica Blinn, Ed Romanoff, Jamie McLean Band, Grant-Lee Phillips, Vivian Leva, Janiva Magness, Ned Hill, Caroline Rose, Mary Chapin Carpenter, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Dallas Moore, The Nouveaux Honkies, Patterson Barrett, Field Report, Courtney Marie Andrews, Red Shahan, 6 String Drag, Rod Picott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Joshua Hedley, Rocky Bottom, Lindi Ortega, Logan Magness, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, DADDY (Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack), John Prine 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 9th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for February 9th, 2018. 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.

 

Various Artists
Hillbillies in Hell, Vol. 5
   (Iron Mountain Analog)

Obscure Hell-fired Hillbilly laments, forgotten plaintive Gospel pleas, demonic alien visitations, grisly hayseed homicides and crazed inebriates. Originally waxed on microscopic labels and distributed in minuscule amounts, these troubled troubadours sing of infernal monsters and windswept deserts of vice, damnations and tortured final fallen moments. Years in the making, Hillbillies In Hell, Volume Five presents 18 timeless testaments of sinners, winners, troubles, tribulations, shallow graves and hot flames. An abandoned catacomb of subterranean 45’s, some of these sides are impossibly rare and are reissued here for the very first time. All for your primal listening pleasure.  (from press release)

Doc Watson
Live at Club 47  (Yep Roc Records)

Recorded live February 10, 1963 at Club 47 in Cambridge, MA, today known as Club Passim, this never-before-heard album features four previously unreleased songs from Doc’s early repertoire, in addition to performances of Doc’s favorite songs of the Carter Family, Frank Hutchison, Charlie Poole, and Merle Travis. Doc is accompanied by John Herald and Ralph Rinzler of The Greenbrier Boys on five of the album’s tracks. “This recording documents a pivotal moment in virtuoso Doc Watson’s early solo career,” notes Steven Weiss, director of the Southern Folklife Collection. “This is Doc, paying his dues and playing his heart out, performing two sets of classic, old-time country songs he learned as a child from his family and from old 78 RPM records.” Following the success of the Club 47 show, Doc was booked at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and released his debut solo album on Vanguard Records in 1964

 

Also new this week…

Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It  (Bloodshot Records)
Wade Bowen – Solid Ground  (Bowen Sounds)
Caroline Cotter – Dreaming As I Do   (self-released)
Paul Luc – Bad Seed 
(independent)
The Maggie Valley Band – The Hardest Part (self-released)

John McCutcheon – Ghost Light 
(Appalsongs)
Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik – 
Settling Scores, Vol. II  (Gatorbone Records)
Lynn Taylor & the Barflies – Staggered (independent)

Coming out soon… Brandi Carlile, Sherman Ewing, Caleb Caudle, J.D. Wilkes, Craig Gerdes, Richmond Fontaine, Erica Binn, Szlachetka, Harvey McLaughlin, Ed Romanoff, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Jamie McLean Band, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Jim White, Janiva Magness, Ned Hill, Caroline Rose, Mary Chapin Carpenter, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Field Report, Courtney Marie Andrews, Patterson Barrett, Red Shahan, Rod Picott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 2nd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for February 2nd, 2018. 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.


John Oates

Arkansas  (PS/Thirty Tigers)

John Oates, yes, of Hall & Oates,  has teamed up with a number of accomplished Americana musicians, known as The Good Road Band, to deliver his seventh solo album. The project originally began as a tribute to Oates’ idol, Mississippi John Hurt. It evolved organically, during a series of Nashville recording sessions, into a retrospective collection drawing from a wide rand of Oates’ musical influences. Asked about the style and sound of Arkansas, he says, ”it’s like Dixieland dipped in bluegrass and salted with Delta blues.”  The Good Road Band’s impressive lineup on the record consists of Sam Bush on mandolin, Russ Pahl on pedal steel, Guthrie Trapp on electric guitar, Steve Mackey on bass, Nathaniel Smith on cello, and Josh Day on drums and percussion. With this incredible band, Oates shines a light on music from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.

The Wood Brothers
One Drop of Truth  (Honey Jar Records)

The Wood Brothers’ sixth outing, One Drop of Truth, dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film. It’s the freest album we’ve done, the most independent album we’ve done, and was the most fun we’ve ever had making a record,” says Oliver Wood. “And most importantly, this is the most purely Wood Brothers’ album we’ve ever made.”

 

Also new this week…

Brew Davis – Brew Davis (Hellbender Records)
Fruition – 
Watching It All Fall Apart  (LoHi Records)
James Hunter Six – 
Whatever It Takes  (DapTone Records)
Peter Karp – Blue Flame ( Rose Cottage Records)
Mike and the Moonpies – Steak Night at the Prairie Rose  (independent)
Raven and Red – We Rise Up (independent)
Surrender Hill – Tore Down Fences  (Blue Belly Records)
Letitia VanSant – Gut It To The Studs
  (Letitia Vansant Music)

 

Coming out soon… Brandi Carlile, Sherman Ewing, Paul Luc, Caleb Caudle, J.D. Wilkes, Caroline Cotter, Wade Bowen, Craig Gerdes, Richmond Fontaine, Lynn Taylor & the Barflies, Erica Binn, Szlachetka, John McCutcheon, Harvey McLaughlin, Ed Romanoff, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ruby Boots, Jim White, Janiva Magness, Ned Hill, Caroline Rose, Mary Chapin Carpenter, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Field Report, Courtney Marie Andrews, Red Shahan, Rod Picott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 26th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for January 26th, 2018. 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.

 

Mary Gauthier
Rifles & Rosary Beads   (In The Black Records)

Each year it is estimated that over 7,400 current and former members of the United States Armed Services take their own lives. The songs featured on Rifles & Rosary Beads were all co-written as part of Songwriting With Soldiers, which is a not-for-profit program coordinating retreats that bring professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving.Mary Gauthier has used songwriting herself to work through addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. Now she is taking that same therapeutic experience to Rifles & Rosary Beads.

David Myles
Real Love  
(Little Tiny Records)

Rock n roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and 50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.”  Over Real Love‘s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition with all its blood, sweat, and tears that s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting. Real Love is an absorbing rejuvenation of rock ’n’ roll’s dramatic power—it will make you dance, weep, and never forget where you were the first time you felt it. That’s how you know love is real, after all.  (from artist’s bio)

Also new this week…

Amigo – And Friends   (Schoolkids Records)
Laura Benitez and the Heartache – With All Its Thorns
  (self released)
Calexico The Thread That Keeps Us   (Anti/Epitaph Records)
Jim Cuddy – Constellation  (Warner Music Canada)
Mark Erelli – Mixtape (self released)
Simon Linsteadt – February  (Sunny Deep Records)
Marie/Lepanto –  Tenkiller (Big Legal Mess Records)
H.C. McEntire – Lionheart  (Merge Records)

The Ben Miller Band – Choke Cherry Tree  (New West Records)
Lisa Morales – Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun  (Soundly Music)
Abe Partridge – Cotton Fields and Blood for Days  (Skate Mountain Records)

Christine Rosander – Been A Long Time (Devcat Records)
The Steep Canyon Rangers – 
Out in the Open
  (Ramseur Records)
Various Artists – American Folk featuring Joe Purdy and  Amber Rubarth  (American Folk Records)
Various Artists – Strange Angels: In Flight with Elmore James  (Sylvan Songs)

Coming out soon… Brandi Carlile, Letitia VanSant, Sherman Ewing, Paul Luc, Caleb Caudle,  J.D. Wilkes, Caroline Cotter, Raven and Red, Wade Bowen, Craig Gerdes, Richmond Fontaine, Lynn Taylor & the Barflies, Erica Binn, Szlachetka, John McCutcheon, Ed Romanoff, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ruby Boots, Jim White, Janiva Magness, Ned Hill, Mary Chapin Carpenter, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Field Report, Rod Picott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 19th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for January 19th, 2018. 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.

John Gorka
True In Time
(Blue Chalk/Red House Records)

The past is present on “True In Time.” John Gorka digs into his songwriting archives for several tunes, including two he had lost, and the title cut was inspired in part by a 1970s Paul Simon song. But the topics Gorka covers — love, guitars, dogs — never really go out of style. And as always, his material benefits from his warm tenor, eye for detail and neat turns of phrase. Take “The Ballad of Iris & Pearl,” a tall tale about a pioneering partnership that supposedly influenced the Carter Family and Elvis, with the punchline to be found in the liner notes. There’s more music history on “Blues With a Rising Sun,” a beautiful love letter to the late bluesman Son House. “The Body Parts Medley,” a crowd favorite at Gorka concerts for years, answers the challenge to find a rhyme for “calves.” Best of all is the title cut, which pairs a fetching melody with tempo shifts. “Maybe every song comes true in time,” he sings, bridging the past and present.  (edited from Washington Post review)

 

 

Dusty Rust – Stolen Horse  (independent)
Tommy Emmanuel – Accomplice One  (CGP Sounds)
R. Finn – Collecting Trip  ( Heritage Recording Co.)
First Aid Kit – Ruins
(Columbia Records)
Caitlyn Smith – Starfire  (Monument Records)

Coming out soon…  The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Ben Miller Band, Amigo, Calexico, Laura Benitez and the Heartache, Simon Linsteadt, David Myles,  Sam Lewis, Mary Gauthier, H.C. McEntire, Brandi Carlile, Letitia VanSant, Sherman Ewing, Paul Luc, Caleb Caudle, Lisa Morales, Chris Fullerton, J.D. Wilkes, Raven and Red, Craig Gerdes, Lynn Taylor & the Barflies, John McCutcheon, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ruby Boots, Jim White, Janiva Magness, Ned Hill, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Field Report 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 12th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for January 12th, 2018. 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.

 

Anderson East
Encore
(Low Country Sound/Elektra Records)

There’s something vaguely performative about Anderson East titling his new album Encore. It’s the gesture of a hard-working crowd-pleaser, looking to give listeners what they want. East doubles down on his now-familiar brand of simmering, swaggering Southern soul—a sound borrowed from Van Morrison’s strutting, full-band R&B as much as it is from the raving, gritty musical style of Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke, and even Joe Cocker. As a singer, East always sounds, in the best possible sense, like he’s working his ass off. Producer Dave Cobb—well known for his spare and austere work with East, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton—supplies his most expansive sonic palette yet, the songs here shimmering with layers of organ, guitar, and a punchy horn section that effortlessly matches East’s brassy energy. The effect is a sound that’s full and muscular but never needlessly busy. (excerpted from Slant Magazine review)

Also new this week…

Brooks Dixon – White Roses (independent)
Mickey Lamanta – Every Bad Habit  (independent)
Bob Livingston – Up the Flatland Stairs  (Howlin’ Dog Records)

 

Coming out soon… Tommy Emmanuel, First Aid Kit, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Ben Miller Band, Calexico, Mark Erelli, Simon Linsteadt, David Myles, John Gorka, Sam Lewis, Mary Gauthier, H.C. McEntire, Brandi Carlile, Dusty Rust, Caleb Caudle, Lisa Morales, Calexico, Chris Fullerton, J.D. Wilkes, Craig Gerdes, Lynn Taylor & the Barflies, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ruby Boots, Jim White, Janiva Magness 

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Americana Boogie Best Music of 2017

Here’s Bill Frater’s picks for the best music of 2017. As is usually the case, my Top 10 ends up being a Top 20, also I decided to select some favorite songs of the year. Please send me your picks for best music and I’ll post some here. Here’s to a great Christmas and holiday season and a Happy New Year.

 

1, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The Nashville Sound
2. 
Margo Price All American Made
3.
 Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives Way Out West
4. John Moreland  Big Bad Luv
5. Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway 
6. Tyler Childers –  Purgatory
7. Lee Ann Womack The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
8. Chris Hillman Bidin’ My Time
9.Steve Earle & The Dukes So You Wannabe an Outlaw 
10. Zephaniah OHora and The 18 Wheelers This Highway 

 

also great…

Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
Colter Wall –  Colter Wall 
Jeremy Pinnell
Ties Of Blood And Affection
Lillie Mae
 Forever and Then Some
Amber Cross Savage on the Downhill
Bill Scorzari – Through These Waves
Travis Meadows  First Cigarette
Dori Freeman Letters Never Read

 

Favorite songs of the year…

Bobby Bare – Things Change  Things Change
Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real – Find Yourself  Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real
Rodney Crowell – It Ain’t Over Yet  Close Ties
Dave Rawlings – Yup  Poor David’s Almanack
Chris Stapleton – Broken Halos  From A Room, Vol. 1

Rachel Baiman – Shame  Shame
Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet  Not Dark Yet
David Luning – Driftin’ Restless

 

Coming out early next year… Bob Livingston, Tommy Emmanuel, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Ben Miller Band, John Gorka, Sam Lewis, Mary Gauthier, Brandi Carlile, Caleb Caudle, Lisa Morales, Calexico, J.D. Wilkes 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 8th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for December 8th, 2017. As the year draws to a close, this will probably be the last week of new releases until next year. 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.

Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman
Dear John (Refuge Foundation for the Arts)

John Hartford is not a household name but he certainly should be. Though years after his death in 2001, he’s up there amongst the treasured gods in the eyes of so many modern working artist. He’s certainly an influence on Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman, who toured together and developed an artistic symbiosis on the road before recording Dear John, their tribute to the work of Hartford released through Cory Chisel and Adriel Denae’s Refuge Foundation for the Arts.

Shovels & Rope 
Busted Jukebox Volume 2 (New West Records)

Two years after the first iteration — which featured team-ups with Shakey Graves, Lucius, Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and more covering famed cuts from the likes of Elvis Costello, Guns N’ Roses, and Nine Inch Nails — the folk-rock duo (and real-life couple) are ready to share version two. This one features S & R’s Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent joined by Brandi Carlile, Hayes, Carll, John Moreland, and others covering everybody from Leonard Cohen to Willie nelson to The Breeders.

Also new this week…

Emily Clement – Dying to Know  (Mastermind Recordings)
Ian Cory Craft – Ian Cory Craft  (Mastermind Recordings)
Robert Finley – Goin’ Platinum!  (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records)
Chris Thile – Thanks for Listening (Nonesuch Records)
Cody Jinks – 
Less Wise (Modified Reissue 2017)  (Cody Jinks Music)
Various Artists – Farewell, Alligator Man: a Tribute to the Music of Jimmy C. Newman  (Valcour Records)
Various Artists – At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight  (Bear Family Records)  (20-disc box set)

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Coming out early next year… Tommy Emmanuel, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Ben Miller Band, Sam Lewis, Mary Gauthier, Brandi Carlile, Caleb Caudle, Lisa Morales 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 1st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for December 1st, 2017 as the year draws to a close. 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 Stapleton
From A Room: Volume 2  (Mercury Nashville Records)

Few would have predicted Chris Stapleton’s dominance earlier this decade, but he’s commanded the spotlight for long enough now — through show-stealing televised performances, major awards show wins and enviable album sales —to bring what it is about him that people are responding to into focus. The 39-year-old Kentucky native relies on Dave Cobb, Nashville’s leading studio naturalist, to capture the leathery twang and blues-basted analog brawn of his power trio, in which it falls upon Stapleton to supply both sinewy rhythm guitar and snarling lead licks. Adult fans have received his sound as a rebuke of glossy, beat-driven country-pop trends. There’s no clutter to it, nothing to hide behind, nothing competing with the furnace-blast force of Stapleton’s belting. Wise and sensitive storyteller that he is, he knows that deprivation and loss are felt the most deeply when it’s clear what’s at stake. It’s no wonder so many fans have come to count him as a musical hero.  (from NPR’s First Listen)

 

Neil Young & Promise of The Real
The Visitor (Reprise Records)

When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise Of The Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he’d seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. “I’m a Canadian by the way and I love the USA,” he sings on the first song “Already Great.” The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of “Already Great” where Young insists, “Already great, you’re already great. You’re the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA.”  From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his new album like he had never taken before. It was one where he’d even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he’d made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn’t blink then, and he is not blinking now. (from press release)

Also new this week…

Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses  (The Royal Potato Family)
Loose Cattle – 
Seasonal Affective Disorder  (Low Heat Records)

 

Coming out soon… Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman, Tommy Emmanuel, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Ben Miller Band, Lisa Morales 

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