Americana Music Releases for the week of June 23rd

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

 

Sam Baker
Land Of Doubt  (self released)

Baker’s musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.  Perhaps Baker describes the record best, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of sparsity and tension… And beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that’s bigger than me.” The link is to Sam’s Kickstarter page.

 

Jeff Tweedy
Together At Last  (Anti/Epitaph Records)

This is the first in a series of solo efforts from the singer, with songs from across Tweedy’s expansive back catalog and strips them down to their bare acoustic bones. With no one to turn or pass the spotlight to, he settles in for some quality time with his own songs, including some originally recorded with side projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog. Never has Tweedy been this introspective on record, letting his words and feelings hang wide out in the open. Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on which side of the singer appeals to you: the experimental wunderkind or the moody troubadour.

Also new this week…

Banditos – Visionland  (Bloodshot Records)
Slaid Cleaves –  Ghost on the Car Radio
(Candy House Media)
The Deslondes – Hurry Home (New West Records)
Lonesome River Band – Mayhayley’s House  (Mountain Home Music Company)
Willie Nile – Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan
 (River House Records)
Steelism – ism (Intoxicating Sounds)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Love. Ain’t Love  (Frog Pad Records)

 

Coming out soon… Joe Holt, Mr. Byrd, Twisted Pine, Moses Guest, Catherine MacLellan, Mike Younger, Jim Lauderdale, Tyler Childers, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 16th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 16th, 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.

Steve Earle & The Dukes
So You Wannabe an Outlaw  (Warner Bros. Records)

So You Wannabe an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. “I was out to unapologetically ‘channel’ Waylon as best as I could.” Earle says. “This record was all about me playing’ on the back pick-up of a ’66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don’t sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs,” Earle recalls. “There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” he says. “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.” So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, TX. Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade. “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do,” he says. “And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.” The album was produced by Richard Bennett and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Nashville Sound   (Southeastern Records)

Jason Isbell, one of the finest singer-songwriters working at the intersection of folk, country and rock today, has proven himself to be adept at the exacting art of mapping out the territory between those poles. His songs have an exquisite, rawboned realism and deeply embedded class-consciousness, partly because he’s dedicated himself to cultivating his literary gift and partly because it’s often been the contours of his own life, begun in the hardscrabble setting of rural, northern Alabama, and the lives of people he understands, that he’s tracing. In an interview for an upcoming NPR story, Isbell was self-deprecating about expanding his repertoire: “Finally you get all of those things [in your life] dealt with. What are you gonna talk about now? You can’t moan, and you can’t sing the blues anymore. So you have to figure out how to empathize, better than you’ve ever done.” Isbell named the album for a lush, sweetened approach to record-making that was meant to help country music compete in the popular landscape of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, a production style famously associated with RCA Studio A. His take on the Nashville Sound proceeds from more or less the opposite philosophy; he couldn’t be less concerned with making his music go down easy. With eyes clear and nerves jangled, he’s wrestling with unpleasant social and political realities. (edited for a review by Jewly Hight for npr.org)

Also new this week…

Sammy Brue – I Am Nice  (New West Records)
Roxi Copland – Bad Decision  (independent)
The Dustbowl Revival – The Dustbowl Revival  (Signature Sounds Recordings)
Greta Gaines – Tumbleweed  (Big Air Records)
Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes – Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes  (Community Music)
Andy Hall and Roosevelt Collier – Let The Steel Play (Dustypicks Music)
Ron Melancon – 
Southern Gothic  (Blue Élan Records)
Dan Mills –  Something Good (independent)
Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go  (Polyvinyl Records)
Various Artists – Red Hot a Memphis Celebration of Sun Records (Americana Music Society Records)
Whetherman – This Land (independent)

Coming out soon… Banditos, Jeff Tweedy, The Deslondes, Joe Holt, Slaid Cleaves, Sam Baker, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nile, Pierce Edens, Shakey Graves, Mr. Byrd, Twisted Pine, Moses Guest, Catherine MacLellan, Mike Younger, Jim Lauderdale, Tyler Childers, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 9th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 9th, 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.

Glen Campbell
Adiós
  (Universal Music Entertainment)

Glen Campbell’s final studio album was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Glen’s ‘Goodbye Tour.’ Produced by Glen’s longtime banjo player and friend Carl Jackson, the album features Glen singing four Jimmy Webb songs that Glen never recorded but always loved, including the title track. Adios features songs written by Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, Dickey Lee, Jerry Reed, Fred Neil, and includes a duet with Willie Nelson, “Funny How Time Slips Away”, and special guest Vince Gill on harmony vocals in “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)”. The album is a true family affair as Glen’s daughter Ashley and sons Cal and Shannon, all perform on the record.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
(Organic Records)

“We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s new album. “We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.” Lyrically driven, the songs on their new album blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Various Artists
Music from The American Epic Sessions  (Columbia Records)

This is part of the PBS TV documentary, American Epic, the story of early American recorded music when the musical strands of a nation first combined to spark a cultural renaissance that forever transformed the future of music and the world. For the film, the American Epic team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty current artists. These artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. The soundtrack features many additional performances not seen in the film. Featuring: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Stephen Stills, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Pokey LaFarge,Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Also new this week…

Chuck Berry – Chuck   (Dualtone Music Group)
Big State – Sure Thing 
(Big Beard Records)
Big Thief – Capacity  (Saddle Creek Records)
The Deadmen – The Deadmen  (8 Gang Switch Records)
Ani DiFranco – Binary  (Righteous Babe Records)
Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go  (Fantasy Records)
Shannon McNally – Black Irish
 (Compass Records)
Alastair Moock – Alastair Moock (Moockshake Music)
Zephaniah OHora and The 18 Wheelers – This Highway (self released)
The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore  (New West Records)

Coming out soon… Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Ron Melancon, The Dustbowl Revival, Jeff Tweedy, The Deslondes, Joe Holt, Slaid Cleaves, Sam Baker, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nile, Pierce Edens, Shakey Graves, Mr. Byrd, Twisted Pine, Dan Mills, Moses Guest, Mike Younger…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 2nd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 2nd, 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.

Amy Black 
Memphis (Reuben Records)

Amy Black has always been drawn to soul singers. But it wasn’t until she began exploring her own southern roots for her last album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she found her musical sweet spot — and knew her next stop had to be the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived). The album was recorded old-school analog style at producer/engineer Scott Bomar’s  studio. The session musicians include Hi Records rhythm section drummer Howard Grimes, and his brother, Leroy “Flick” Hodges (bass), along with Stax guitarist Bobby Manuel, on many of these 10 tracks. “I love the music of Memphis; everything that came out of there in the ’50s, the ’60s, the ’70s … I love the grit and the guts and the soul and the groove,” Black says. “And getting to record with some of the guys who made that music was amazing.”

North Mississippi Allstars
Prayer for Peace  (SMG Records)

Brothers Luther (guitar/vocals) and Cody (percussion, piano, etc.) Dickinson are the stripped down members of this aggressive, uncompromising group whose dedication to the raw, rural blues of R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell (both of whose songs they cover here), along with the backwoods fife music of Otha Turner, has informed eight previous albums and helped make Luther a sort of go-to guitarist for bands, like the Black Crowes, looking for some rootsy credibility. Even though the Allstars have occasionally mixed rugged hip-hop and psychedelic rock into this dusky stew, they have never abandoned the gutsy soul at their core and the duo’s credentials remain impeccable. (edited from American Songwriter)

Also new this week…

Rachel Baiman – Shame  (Free Dirt Records)
Cordovas – Cordovas  (1stMan Music)
Cowbell – Haunted Heart  (Damaged Goods Records)
Pierce Edens – Stripped Down Gussied Up  (independent)
Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers – Shanti’s Shadow  (Phoebe Hunt Music)
Hugh Masterson – Lost + Found  (Rock Ridge Music)
Grant Maloy Smith – Dust Bowl  (Suburban Cowboy Records)
Molly Tuttle – Rise (Molly Tuttle Music)
Jared Tyler – 
Dirt on Your Hands  (Blue Alleluia Music)
Various Artists – Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration  (Blackbird Production Partners)
Various Artists – Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard  (Storm Weathered Records)


Coming out soon… The Secret Sisters, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, The Parson Red Heads, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, The Deslondes, Alastair Moock, Joe Holt, Slaid Cleaves, Sam Baker, VA –Red Hot a Memphis Celebration of Sun Records, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nile, Pierce Edens, Mr. Byrd…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 26th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 26th, 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.

Bobby Bare
Things Change
 (Hypermedia)

Bare’s no spring chicken anymore, but he sounds extremely good throughout this classic-sounding country effort. His singing voice may not be a thing of country beauty the way, say, George Jones and Merle Haggard are, but nobody can bring out sincere vocal sadness better than Bare. “Ain’t No Sure Thing” is saturated with hopelessness. And while songwriter Mary Gauthier smartly got inside the head of an alcoholic with “I Drink,” This may not be his lot in life, but if you didn’t know him better, you’d believe this was his own sad tale. Bare brings out this same hopelessness with “The Trouble with Angels.” Its chorus ends with the sad truth, “They all fly away.” Bare somehow inhabits the part bodily. Bare, the consummate storyteller, shows off his sense of humor on “Trophy Girl.” With Things Change, Bobby Bare has created one of his best albums. Be glad that making great music isn’t one of those things that have changed in Bare’s life.  (edited from Country Standard Time review)

Justin Townes Earle
Kids In The Street  (New West Records)

Working with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, She and Him) in Omaha, Earle’s freshened his roots music.Vital, bright, ebullient, much has been made of the jouncing, wide-eyed pop of “Champagne Corolla,” Kids’ first single. With just enough innocent to invoke Chuck Berry’s girls’n’cars turf, horns kick in after the first chorus and the drums roll and beat down a groove that’s pure confection as Earle’s bottomy tenor extols the virtues of a practical girl. That practicality reflects Earle’s life now. Married, 35, with a child on the way, the rambling blues “Short Hair Woman” swings as it celebrates low maintenance females. Kids’ high point is the Jackson Browne-esque title track. It considers gentrifications’ wake, who he was in 1993, playing ball in a rundown neighborhood and embracing “low rent living, back when life was cheap.” Sketching a certain time and place, streets named, humidity felt and a market on the corner drawn, the bittersweet holds what was in a special reverence. What it becomes is anyone’s guess, but for the moment, Justin Townes Earle delivers an update on roots music that fairly glows.  (edited from Paste magazine review)

 

Also new this week…

Chuck McDermott – Gin & Rosewater 
(independent)
Tom Russell – Play One More – The Songs of Ian and Sylvia  (True North Records)
Vandoliers – The Native
(State Fair Records)
Various Artists – Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams  (Slate Creek Records)

Coming out soon… Jared Tyler, The Secret Sisters, Cowbell, Amy Black, Rachel Baiman, Slaid Cleaves, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Hunt, The Deslondes, Alastair Moock, Joe Holt, Pierce Edens, VA – Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard, Mr. Byrd…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 19th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 19th, 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.

Pokey LaFarge
Manic Revelations  (Rounder Records)

Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics, always in search of the purest truth within the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on Manic Revelations. A musician, a storyteller, a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience…Pokey LaFarge sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. From the broad social narrative of ‘Riot In The Streets’ to the internal tension of ‘Must Be A Reason’ and ‘Bad Dreams’ to the profound alienation of ‘Silent Movie,’ these Manic Revelations are questions, they are answers, they are an epoch for Pokey LaFarge.

 

The Mastersons
Transient Lullaby  (Red House Records)

Don’t bother asking The Mastersons where they’re from. Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Terlingua; they’ve called each home in just the last few years alone. If you really want to get to know this husband-and-wife duo, the better question to ask is where they’re going. For the last seven years, The Mastersons have kept up a supremely inexorable touring schedule, performing as both the openers for Steve Earle and as members of his band, The Dukes, in addition to playing their own relentless slate of headline shows and festivals. Written in a slew of different cities around the world, the band’s new album, Transient Lullaby is a late-night collection of subtle, evocative performances that showcase the itinerant couple at their absolute finest. Musically, the album is rich with intoxicating harmonies that float above Eleanor Whitmore’s stirring string arrangements and Chris Masterson’s adroit guitar work, but it’s the deeply personal songwriting that always manages to steal the show.

 

Also new this week…

Hannah Aldridge – Gold Rush  (Rotsy Rocords)
Emily Barker – Sweet Kind of Blue (Everyone Sang/Kartel)
Chastity Brown – Silhouette of Sirens (Red House Records)
Ed Dupas – Tennessee Nights  (independent)
Jeffrey Halford and the Healers – Lo-Fi Dreams  (Shoeless Records)
Hardened and Tempered – The Trailer Sessions  (independent)
Will Payne Harrison – East Nashville Blues  (independent)
Jade Jackson – Gilded (-Anti/Epitath Records)
Lesley Kernochan – A Calm Sun  (Maple Syrup Music)
Paul Nipper – Kamikaze Heart  (independent)
Sara Petite – Road Less Traveled  (independent)
Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure (New West Records)
The Steel Woods – Straw in the Wind  (Woods Music)
The Two Tracks – Postcard Town  (self released)
Thomas Wynn and the Believers – Wade Waist Deep (Mascot Records)

Coming out soon… Tom Russell, Jared Tyler, Bobby Bare, Various Artists – Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, The Secret Sisters, Eric Tollefson, Justin Townes Earle, Rachel Baiman, Slaid Cleaves, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Hunt, The Deslondes, Joe Holt, Pierce Edens, VA – Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard…

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Bill Frater

 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 12th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 12th, 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.

Colter Wall
Colter Wall  (Young Mary’s Record Co.)

Wall’s debut album was produced by Dave Cobb who puts the Saskatchewan, Canada native in the spotlight in North America and beyond after first making waves with his 2015 EP, Imaginary Appalachia. Like a crusty old bard who pulls his pack mule up to the front of a frontier saloon, or a trapper who parks a sleigh packed with pelts and trinkets to trade in front of a warm inn, walking in the door to earn a meal and respite by sewing tales and entertaining locals for the coins they throw, Colter Wall bends to the task of timeless storytelling, squinting his eyes as he sings like the exit of the stories is so heartfelt it’s painful, and hopes enough will listen to justify the effort. His music is much older than his age, and whether it’s a tender love story, or a torrid murder tale, each story is delivered with care. The most remarkable takeaway from Colter Wall is his deep, billowy voice, marking the centerpiece of his music.  (from Saving Country Music)

Also new this week…

Jim Avett and Family – For His Children and Ours (Ramseur Records)
Aaron Burdett – Refuge  (Organic Records)
Jake La Botz – Sunnyside  (Hi-Style Records)
Robyn Ludwick – This Tall To Ride (Late Show Records)
Larissa Tandy – Grip (independent)

Coming out soon… Ed Dupas, Pokey LaFarge, Jared Tyler, The Two Tracks, Daniel Romano, The Mastersons, Hardened and Tempered, Bobby Bare, Will Payne Harrison, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Eric Tollefson, Justin Townes Earle, Rachel Baiman, Jade Jackson, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Hunt…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of April 28th

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

Willie Nelson 
God’s Problem Child (Sony Legacy)

Coming out just Nelson turns 84.The title cut, co-written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers as well as Leon Russell, marking one of the musician’s final recordings before his death last November. Closing track “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” is a tribute to his friend Merle Haggard. The album features several collaborations with his longtime producer Buddy Cannon. The opening track “Little House on the Hill” was written by Cannon’s 92-year-old mother Lyndel Rhodes.The politically motivated “Delete and Fast Forward,” quoting a portion of the song’s chorus during a conversation with Rolling Stone: “Delete and fast-forward, my friend/ The elections are over and nobody wins/ But don’t worry too much, you’ll go crazy again/ Delete and fast forward, my friend.” He also jokes that the idea for a tune called “Still Not Dead” came from the fact that he is still not dead. “I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I’d passed away,” he says. “So I just wanted to let ’em know that’s a lot of horseshit.”

Bruce Robison
Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band  (Motel Time Music)

The nine tracks are a mix of self-penned, co-writes, and cover songs, including a version of the Who’s “Squeeze Box” as a country romp that begins with a swinging fiddle lick before Bruce indelicately joins in on vocals and the band adds their syncopated riffs. The opening track “Honky Tonk Ramblin’ Man” rocks out a non-apologetic tale about a man who cannot stop partying despite the good advice from his friends, family, doctor and lawyer “Technology makes it easier and easier to be mediocre,” says Robison about his commitment to use analog gear to record music in just one or two takes, the way his music heroes did back in the day. “Now, when I help somebody with an overdub and they do a hundred takes of my vocal on a digital track, they take all of that digital information and fashion it into one song. It just seems crazy to me.” (excerpts from Pop Matters)

Also new this week…

Beth // James – All in Life (self released)
Dalton Domino – Corners 
(Lightning Rod Records)
Kenny George Band – Borrowed Trouble  (self released)
Terry Klein – Great Northern (self released)
John Mellencamp – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (Republic Records)
Old Crow Medicine Show – 
50 Years of Blonde on Blonde  (Sony Music Nashville)
Amilia K Spicer – Wow and Flutter  (Free Range Records)

 

Coming out soon… John Moreland, Joan Shelley, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Colter Wall, Allison Pierce, Justin Townes Earle, Chris Stapleton, Peter Rowan, Christopher Paul Stelling, Greg Hudik, The Steel Wheels, The Gage Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz, Jared Tyler, The Mastersons, Bobby Bare, Will Payne Harrison, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Eric Tollefson, Jade Jackson, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 5th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 5th, 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.

John Moreland
Big Bad Luv
 (4AD Records)

Big Bad Luv is unmistakably a rock ‘n’ roll record. If, that is, one understands the term to include Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Hiatt, and Lucero. Or The Band, maybe. Insistent songs, coming from a voice as elegant as unfinished barn wood, songs which insist upon their words being heard. Big Bad Luv is, at least by comparison…maybe…a happier record? “I don’t think I’m writing songs that are that much different,” Moreland says. “It’s always been a positive thing at heart, even if a song isn’t sunshine and rainbows. At the very least my songs have been a way to exorcise negative feelings so that I can move on. And hopefully they provide that same experience to listeners. So that’s what I’m still doing. I think it’s a positive thing. I think this record, there’s definitely a change in attitude, but it’s the same point of view.”  (from Moreland’s website)

Joan Shelley
Joan Shelley  (No Quarter Records)

In December 2016, after more than a year of touring the world, Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg headed to Chicago, where they joined Jeff Tweedy in Wilco’s Loft studio for five days. Spencer Tweedy, home from college, joined on drums, while James Elkington (a collaborator to both Tweedy and Salsburg) shifted between piano and resonator guitar. Jeff added electric accents and some bass, but mostly, he helped the band stay out of its own way. “He was protecting the songs. He was stopping us before we went too far.” Shelley says. The Loft proved essential for that approach, as it was wired to capture every musical moment, so no take was lost. If, for instance, some magic happened while Spencer added drums to a tune he’d never heard, or while Elkington tinkered behind a piano, the tape was rolling. Indeed, half of these songs are first takes. “The first time is always the best. That’s when everyone’s on the edge of their seats, listening to not mess it up,” Shelley says. “They’re depending on each other to get through it.” These are Shelley’s most assured and complete thoughts to date, with lyrics as subtle and sensitive as her peerless voice and a band that offers support through restraint and nuance. In eleven songs, this is the sound of Joan Shelley emerging as one of music’s most expressive emotional syndicates. (from Amazon)

Chris Stapleton
From A Room: Volume 1  (Mercury Nashville Records)

He may appear to be a thick-bearded Seventies outlaw-country throwback, but make no mistake: Chris Stapleton is a soul singer, with a preternaturally creaky voice that can turn wizened or brawny, full of pained howls and distended vowels. Thankfully, the follow-up to Traveller is a taut, nine-song LP geared mainly toward spotlighting those remarkable pipes, with scant pandering to mainstream country radio. The first of two volumes (the second is due later this year), From a Room was recorded in Nashville with super-producer Dave Cobb at RCA Studio A. Songs smolder rather than blaze, amble instead of bolt, and generally keep the volume reined in.Aside from a cover of the Willie Nelson fave “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” the songs are Stapleton co-writes, plain-spoken sometimes to a fault. But that voice ensures that even generic bits come off as anything but. Here’s looking forward to Volume 2. (from Rolling Stone)

 

Also new this week…

Lauren Barth – Forager  (Horton Records)
The Gage Brothers –  The Gage Brothers  (self released)
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo (Concord Records)
Allison Pierce –  Year of the Rabbit  (Allie Cat Music)
Peter Rowan – My Aloha!  (Omnivore Recordings)
Rev. Sekou – In Times Like These  (Zent Records)
The Steel Wheels – Wild as We Came Here   (Big Ring Records)
Christopher Paul Stelling – Itinerant Arias
 (Anti/Epitaph Records)
Bruce Sudano – 21st Century World  (Purple Heart Recording Company)
Various Artists – Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story  (SMG)

Coming out soon… Colter Wall, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz, Jared Tyler, Daniel Romano, The Mastersons, Bobby Bare, Will Payne Harrison, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Eric Tollefson, Justin Townes Earle, Jade Jackson, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of April 21st

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

Jason Eady
Jason Eady
 (Old Guitar Records)

Jason Eady will not be the next Stapleton, Isbell, or Simpson. He’s too good, and too country for all of that. Instead he’ll be the guy that remains so pure of expression—like Guy and Townes—that he’ll never get spoiled by superfame, while his legacy will still be something of such weight and import, nobody will concern themselves with how many seats in an arena he could sell during the height of his career.  Eady is not one to sweep you off your feet if you aren’t already predisposed to finding the appeal in his music. (from Saving Country Music review)

Angaleena Presley
Wrangled
(Mining Light Music)

“Wrangled is an explicitly forthright journey through my experience in the business of Country Music. I tried to tackle uncomfortable realities like the discrimination against female artists at the height of Bro-Country, the high school mentality of Music Row and the pain that’s just beneath the surface of the road to stardom.” Presley continues, “Covered in elbow grease and sacrifice, I set out to shed the skin of my ‘dream’ Nashville by painting a musical picture of loss, surrender, resurrection, redemption, and connection with real people who make and support honest music.”

Also new this week…

Peter Bradley Adams – A Face Like Mine  (Tone Tree Music)
Jason Tyler Burton – Lost Behind the Ranges
 (independent)
Sheryl Crow – Be Myself (Wylie Songs/Warner Bros.)
Ray Davies – Americana
(Sony Legacy)
Scott Fab – Leave My Friends  (Scott Fab Music)
The Harmed Brothers – The Harmed Brothers  (Fluff and Gravy Records)
The Hooten Hallers – The Hooten Hallers (Big Muddy Records)
Joseph Huber – The Suffering Stage (self released)
I Draw Slow – Turn Your Face to the Sun  (Compass Records)
Gwyneth Moreland – Cider (Blue Rose Music)
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band – Baby Lets Take The Long Way Home  (Whippoorwill Arts)
Erik Stucky – Stray Clouds  (Binasaur Records)
The Suitcase Junket – Pile Driver (Signature Sounds Recordings)

Coming out soon… Dalton Domino, Amilia K Spicer, John Moreland, Old Crow Medicine Show, Joan Shelley, Willie Nelson, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Colter Wall, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Robison, Peter Rowan, Kenny George Band, Greg Hudik, Chris Stapleton, The Steel Wheels,  Modern Mal, Chastity Brown, The Gage Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Jared Tyler, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Jared Tyler, Shannon McNally, Steve Earle, Ron Melancon …

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Bill Frater

 

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