Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 5th

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

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Luther Dickinson

Blues & Ballads (A Folksingers Songbook) Volumes I & II (New West Records)

“This is an acoustic collection of songs interpreted simply, recorded live, solo or with a small group of friends celebrates my relationship between music, songs, the written word and legacy. Blues and Ballads celebrates the American oral tradition of blues and folk songs, not only being passed down and evolving but being transcribed (the original recording technique) and entered into the discipline of written sheet music and songbooks. I represent the Memphis underground and the mid-south region’s music. This art is not for the masses. It is meant to wither and fade and then rise from the ashes again and again, evolving and mutating.” – Luther Dickinson

freakwater-schehFreakwater
Scheherazade
(Bloodshot Records)

Anchored around the fragile and compelling harmonies of Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin and the subdued, oracular bass playing of Dave Gay, the utterly unique sound is distilled from many sources. There’s the elemental ache and loss in the soil and limestone of Kentucky, the songs and struggles that passed over and over the Atlantic from the British Isles centuries ago.  Scheherazade is Freakwater’s eighth album, and first in over 10 years. It is at once bluegrass, blues, folk, and country, it is also none of them.

williams-lu-ghostsLucinda Williams
Ghosts of Highway 20  (Highway 20 Records)

Interstate 20  cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it. On The Ghosts of Highway 20, Lu brings her stories to life and gives listeners a vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. “It is literally a map of my life in a lot of ways,” says Lucinda. We were driving between shows and between cities, and I kept seeing things that brought me back to times and places in my past. All these things started percolating in my brain, and the songs just came.

Also new this week…

Dori Freeman – Dori Freeman (Free Dirt Records)
The James Hunter Six – Hold On! (Daptone Records)
Infamous Stringdusters – Ladies & Gentlemen
(Compass Records)
The Pines – Above the Prairie (Red House Records)
David G Smith – First Love (hey Dave Music)

Coming out soon… Hot Club of Cowtown, Stephen Kellogg, Henry Wagons, Vince Gill, Birds Of Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Malcolm Holcombe, Waco Brothers, Carrie Rodriguez, Laney Jones …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 29th

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

miller-buddy-seaBuddy Miller and Friends
Cayamo Sessions At Sea (New West Records)

In 2012, Cayamo cruise veteran Buddy Miller brought along some recording gear and set up a studio in the ship’s library where he and his Sirius XM co-host Jim Lauderdale recorded episodes for their Buddy & Jim Radio Show. Buddy thought the radio show recordings sounded really good so, in 2014, he brought more gear, an engineer and some great musicians. For two days and nights, guest artists came to record and fans came to watch.  Duet partners include lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Nikki Lane and more.


peters-g-essentialGretchen Peters

The Essential Gretchen Peters (Scarlet Records)

This two CD set includes both a retrospective of Peters’ best work chosen from a 20 year recording career, and rarities never before released. Disc One features a handpicked selection of tracks from past releases, plus brand new recordings of two of Peters’ best loved songs: “On A Bus To St. Cloud”, and “When You Love Someone”, here performed as a duet with co-writer Bryan Adams.  Disc Two contains rare tracks, many never before released, including early work tape for her song “Five Minutes”; a live, full band version of “Woman On The Wheel”; an unreleased performance of the Ben Bullington song “Ring Around The Moon.”

Also new this week…

Sierra Hull – Weighted Mind (Rounder Records)
Miranda Lee Richards – First Light of Winter  (Invisible Hands Music)
Aubrie Sellers – New City Blues (Aubrie Sellers Music)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By (Fantasy Records)
The Westies – Six on the Out (Pauper Sky Records)

Coming out soon…  Luther Dickinson, Speedbuggy USA, Infamous Stringdusters, David G Smith, Laney Jones, Lucinda Williams, Luther Dickinson, Stephen Kellogg, Freakwater, The Pines, Henry Wagons, Vince Gill, Bonnie Raitt, Malcolm Holcombe, Waco Brothers, Carrie Rodriguez…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 22nd

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

 

cactus blossoms-dreamingThe Cactus Blossoms
You’re Dreaming (Red House Records)

“When my brother and I started making music as The Cactus Blossoms there wasn’t a big plan. We cut our teeth performing some well known and obscure  pre-1960’s country songs, partly out of curiosity and deep appreciation, but mostly because it was fun. Over the course of our year and a half our repertoire had snowballed into an amalgam of original songs and a bunch of songs that were 30 years older than us. Not everyone could tell what was new and what was old, and it didn’t really matter. That’s when the wheel got going, we weren’t born in the wrong era. We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own. When JD McPherson called and said he was interested in producing our record, it was the latest in a series of serendipitous events that brought us to where we are today.”  Comparisons to the Everlys, Louvins and other tight harmony acts cannot be avoided but these guys give it their own unique spin.

lewis-laurie-h&aLaurie Lewis & The Right Hands
The Hazel and Alice Sessions (Spruce and Maple Music)

“When I was in my early 20s, I became obsessed with bluegrass music. I began to notice the paucity of recorded women who sang in the style. Then someone gave me a copy of Who’s That Knocking?, the first LP by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. Hazel and Alice became, for me, instant mentors, a deep well of inspiration.”  Laurie Lewis and her band take a fresh look at Hazel and Alice’s classic and lesser-known songs. Laurie has chosen some of the sweetest, the toughest, the most spirited of Hazel and Alice’s songs for album, and, not one for imitation, has reworked the songs as well.  Guests include Aoife O’Donovan, Linda Ronstadt, Mike Witcher. Alice Gerrard herself guests on “Working Girl Blues,” bringing the project full circle.

o'donovan-a-magicAoife O’Donovan
In The Magic Hour (Yep Roc Records)

The New York Times says, “Sweetness and sadness find a tenuous balance in the voice of Aoife O’Donovan – and in the songs on her second album.” Produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) and includes special guest musicians Chris Thile, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz on many songs. “It’s clear that In the Magic Hour is a thoughtfully assembled and extremely intimate compendium – a window into her life and heart. Though she searched intensely within to make this album whole, it upholds a graceful restraint.” (No Depression)

 

Also new this week…

Eric Brace and Peter Cooper – C&O Canal (Red Beet Records)
Green River Ordinance – Fifteen (Residence Music)
Sonya Kitchell – We Come Apart (Rockwood Music Hall)
Simon Linsteadt – Simon Linsteadt
 (Stormy Deep Records)
Stone Cupid – The Cardinal (Stone Cupid Music)
Reed Turner – Native Tongue (self release)

Coming out soon… Sierra Hull, Buddy Miller and Friends, Speedbuggy USA, Infamous Stringdusters, David G Smith, Laney Jones, Lucinda Williams, Gretchen Peters, Stephen Kellogg, Freakwater, The Pines, Henry Wagons, Bonnie Raitt, Waco Brothers…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 15th

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

leblanc-d-taleDylan LeBlanc
Cautionary Tale (Single Lock Records)

Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He came home to Muscle Shoals to write Cautionary Tale. It’s a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen. To help him say it, he sought out long-time friend Ben Tanner, from Alabama Shakes, and John Paul White, formerly of the Civil Wars. Both produced and played on the album.  “I’ve definitely become more disciplined. I don’t count on things like inspiration anymore,” says Dylan. “I’m naturally an improv guy, but now I see how that can be more limiting than planning your next move.”

rogers-randy-neonRandy Rogers Band
Nothing Shines Like Neon (Tommy Jackson Records/Thirty Tigers)

“You’ve just got to be true to yourself and you can’t fool anybody,” Randy Rogers states matter of factly of the band s philosophy.Camaraderie and creativity have made Rogers and bandmates one of the top bands on the competitive Texas music scene.  Produced by Nashville legend Buddy Cannon at Cedar Creek in Austin,with Jamey Johnson, Jerry jeff Walker and Alison Krauss guesting. The album is dedicated to the late Kent Finley, legendary Texas songwriter and proprietor of Cheatham Street Warehouse, where RRB got their start.

Also new this week…

JD & The Straight Shot – Ballyhoo!  (independent)
Professor Louie & Crowmatix – Music from Hurley Mountain (Woodstock Records)

Coming out soon… Green River Ordinance, The Cactus Blossoms, Aoife O’Donovan, Stone Cupid, Sierra Hull, Speedbuggy USA, Infamous Stringdusters, David G Smith, Laney Jones, Gretchen Peters, Stephen Kellogg, Freakwater, Henry Wagons, Bonnie Raitt, Waco Brothers…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 8th

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

 

Lew Card
Follow Me Down (Monomer Recording Company)

The Grascals
and then there’s this… (Mountain Home Music Company)

 

Coming out soon… Professor Louie & Crowmatix, Dylan LeBlanc, Aoife O’Donovan, Stone Cupid, Sierra Hull, Speedbuggy USA, David G Smith, Gretchen Peters, Stephen Kellogg, Freakwater, Henry Wagons, Waco Brothers…

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Freight Train Boogie Best Music of 2015

isbell-j-freeAs always, it’s tough to narrow it down to only 10… my list could change day to day, especially as the more recent releases “settle in.”  The Jason has been there since the day it came out and I have a soft space in my heart for the Bottle Rockets, McMurtry and the Wheel.

 

  1.  Jason Isbell –  Something More Than Free
  2.  The Bottle Rockets –  South Broadway Athletic Club
  3.  James McMurtry –  Complicated Game
  4. mcmurtry-james-complicated Chris Stapleton –  Traveller
  5. Rhiannon Giddens  – Tomorrow Is My Turn
  6. John Moreland –  High on Tulsa Heat
  7. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno
  8. The Supersuckers –  Holdin’ The Bag
  9. Kacey Musgraves –  Pageant Material
  10. Asleep At The Wheel – Still The King: Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Plus 10 more great ones!

Andrew Combs  All These Dreams 
The Deslondes
–  The Deslondes
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Kevin Gordon- Long Gone Time
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind
The Honeycutters – Me Oh My
Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville
Joan Shelley Over and Even  (iTunes)
Willy Tea Taylor – The Very Best  Knuckleball Prime
The Turnpike Troubadours Turnpike Troubadours
Various Artists –  Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins  (iTunes)

Freight Train Boogie Best of 2015 podcast.

 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 11th

 

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of December 11th, 2015. Slim pickin’s until the first of the 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 either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

The Bootleg Honeys – Paint it Red (self released)
Eva Cassidy –  Nightbird (Blix Street Records)
Neil Finn & Paul Kelly – Goin’ Your Way (Omnivore Recordings) 
Chris Hillman – Six Days On The Road  (All Access) (1975 live recording)

 

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 4th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of December 4th, 2015. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

cooper-peter-depotPeter Cooper
Depot Light: Songs of Eric Taylor (Red Beet Records)

If you don’t know Eric Taylor’s songs, you’re missing some exquisite songwriting. A huge influence on folks like fellow Texans Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, Eric Taylor’s beautiful crafted sketches of rough-hewn lives have always made Peter shake his head in amazement and hit the repeat button.  As Cooper puts it, “I’m not singing these songs in tribute. I’m singing them because they are the songs I most wanted to sing. Some people, even some people in my troubadour tribe, haven’t heard them before. I hope they download this thing, or hear it on some streaming service, and assume that I wrote them. My hopes won’t be realized, though. Nobody is going to think I wrote these songs. This is rare and wondrous stuff, through no fault of my own.You’re welcome to it.”

punchbros-wirelessPunch Brothers
The Wireless (Nonesuch Records)

Tihs is a five-song EP of tracks were recorded during sessions for the band’s The Phosphorescent Blues album. It includes four original compositions, including a song with words by Gabriel Kahane entitled “Sleek White Baby,” plus a cover of Elliott Smith’s “Clementine.”

bllodshot-6packVarious Artists
Bloodshot Six Pack to Go (Bloodshot Records)

Six 7″ vinyl singles featuring drinking songs by Deer Tick, Elizabeth Cook, Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Bobby Bare Jr, Dale Watson, Banditos, and more! Limited edition box set (1000 copies) packaged in a custom six pack carton.

 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 27th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 27th, 2015. Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

barnes-danny-Got-10Danny Barnes
Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later) (Eight 30 Records)

Danny Barnes’ first collection in six years reworks an album from a decade ago. The Seattle-area resident simply strips songs to their essence on the new recording. “I spend a lot of time developing new contexts like the barnyard electronics aesthetic,” Barnes says. “Get Myself Together was my last acoustic-type recording and I wanted to make something with this record that featured more of my raw acoustic sound, as though I was kind of playing in your living room.”  Icing on the cake: Barnes recently won this year’s Steve Martin Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo winner.  “Danny Barnes doesn’t sound like anyone else,” says jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, whose “Big Shoe” closes out the album proper.

Also new this week…

Circles Around The Sun (Neal Casal) – Interludes For The Dead (Rhino Records)

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