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.
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.”
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.”
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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