Americana Music Releases for the week of July 29th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 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 to either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

mckenna-l-birdLori McKenna
The Bird &The Rifle (CN Records)

McKenna knew she was going to like working with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb right away. The Massachusetts singer-songwriter, who copped her own Grammy gold as co-writer of the Little Big Town smash “Girl Crush,” says she already loved Cobb’s work with Jason Isbell in particular. But she was further sold “when I went in to meet him and he reminded me of one of my brothers,” McKenna says with a laugh. “Did you ever meet somebody that you don’t know at all and they feel like they could be in your family? That’s how I instantly felt with him.”

quiero-creedenceVarious Artists
Quiero Creedence (Concord Picante Records)

Quiero Creedence is the Latin tribute album to rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. This album includes covers of CCR songs by Los Lobos, Juan Gabriel, Los Lonely Boys, Bunbury, Ozomatli, Andres Calamaro, Enjambre, El Tri and there’s a Mavericks bonus cover of “Hey Tonight.”

Also new this week…

National Park Radio – The Great Divide  (Edge Water Music Group)
Lyal Strickland – Preservation
(Shedding Dog Records)
The Western Flyers- Wild Blue Yonder (Versa-Tone Records)

Coming out soon… Jonah Tolchin, The Way Down Wanderers, Kelsey Waldon, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone, Boo Ray, O’Connor Band, The Stray Birds, The Price Sisters, The Devil Makes Three, Beaver Nelson …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 22nd

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

gorka-j-beforeJohn Gorka
Before Believing: The Unreleased I Know – Nashville, 1985
 (Red House Records)

Before Beginning features John’s first studio band sessions recorded in Nashville with producer Jim Rooney  back in 1985. Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky contribute guest vocals. These sessions were recorded at jack Clement’s famous “Cowboy Arms” studio and have never been available until now, with Gorka deciding to go in different direction musically for his debut, I Know.

Also new this week…

The High Bar Gang – Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind  (True North Records)
Lasers Lasers Birmingham – Royal Blue (independent)
Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers – Little Black Heart  (Catty Town Records)
Scott Low – The New Vintage  (10 Ft. Woody Records)

Coming out soon…  Lyal Strickland, Lori McKenna, National Park Radio, The Way Down Wanderers, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone, O’Connor Band, The Price Sisters, The Devil Makes Three …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 15th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 15th, 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.

earlsoleister-2The Earls of Leicester
Rattle & Roar  (Rounder Records)

The Earls of Leicester have discovered a kind of magic that, when harnessed, allows moments once relegated to memories to roar back to life. Old sounds rattle loose chains of space and time that have kept us from forgotten joys and who we once were. Suddenly, as we listen to and watch the Earls pick, saw, and croon, instead of contemplating once upon a time, we are living it. With their second album, the Earls have conjured up a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, delivered with their signature blend of homage, virtuosity, and perspective.

marleysghost-woodstockMarley’s Ghost
The Woodstock Sessions (Safe Arts Records)

“Marley’s Ghost is the capable inheritor of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band.” As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” The band will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with this release, helmed by producer Larry Campbell, who connected with the band after working as a sideman on its previous recording, Jubilee.

 

Also new this week…

Angie & The Deserters – Blood Like Wine (Topanga Canyon Records)
Elouise – Deep Water (self released)
Tom Rhodes – Who You Are (self released)
Chip Taylor –Little Brothers (Train Wreck Records)
The Way Down Wanderers – The Way Down Wanderers  (self released)

Coming out soon…  Scott Low,  John Gorka, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, Lyal Strickland, Lori McKenna, National Park Radio, The Way Down Wanderers, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone, The Price Sisters …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 8th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 8th, 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.

 

ickes-hensley-bluesRob Ickes & Trey Hensley
The Country Blues (Compass Records)

Their debut duo album, Before The Sun Goes Down, earned a Grammny nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album, and now the pair build on the first one’s strengths to take their unique musical conversation to an even higher level. Fun pervades the 11 tracks, even when the subject matter’s as mournful as Hank Williams’ “May You Never Be Alone,” or Sonny Boy Williamson blues shouter, “One Way Out.” They mix it up “Never Can Pray Enough,” imported from the Wood Brothers and the southern rock of Charlie Daniels on “Willie Jones?” Then there’s the jazzy tour de force instrumental, “Biscuits And Gravy,” written by Ickes as a kind of tribute to pedal steel master Buddy Emmons and even a nod to the Grateful Dead in “Friend Of The Devil.”

Also new this week…

Shane Alexander – Bliss (BuddhaLand Records)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Burden Bearer (Mountain Home Music Company)
Frankie Lee – American Dreamer  (Loose Music)
Sean McConnell – Sean McConnell (Rounder Records)
NewTown – Harlan Road (Mountain Home Music Company)
Walter Salas-Humara – Explodes and Disappears  (Sonic Pyramid)

Coming out soon… The Earls of Leicester, Scott Low, Tom Rhodes, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, The Way Down Wanderers …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 1st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 1st, 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.

waller-rr-fancyRobert Rex Waller Jr.
Fancy Free
(Western Seeds Records)

“For me, this album is about singing. I’m just the singer here and for the first time in a long time not one of the songwriters. I chose this approach for a few reasons. I needed a break from listening to myself singing my own songs. I just needed to sing from a new point of view, or more accurately, several new points of view. I also needed to “think outside the Hawks” for a little bit.” Waller, the lead singer in I See Hawks In L.A., continues, “I love being a Hawk and plan to keep on being one. But creatively it was time for me to do something outside that paradigm. Fancy Free includes songs by Ray Davies, Neil Young, Utah Phillips, Bob Dylan and more.

watkins-sara-thingsSara Watkins
Young In All The Wrong Ways
 (New West Records)

The new collection finds her embracing the role of frontwoman following the collaborations of Watkins Family Hour and Nickel Creek, the group she first formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile. Personal and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs–a first for her. It was produced in Los Angeles by Gabe Witcher who arranged a band including two of his fellow Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert, and additional musicians Jon Brion and Jay Bellerose. The record is about Sara turning the page and taking the reins of her own life, in both a career and personal sense. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be,” Sara says. “It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”

Coming out soon… The Earls of Leicester, Scott Low, 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 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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