Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 9th

As we wind up the year, here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of December 9th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

cracker-14CRACKER
Berkeley to Bakersfield (429 Records)

Their 10th release, a double album, traverses two different sides of the California music landscape: East Bay punk and Bakersfield twang.  With founding members David Lowery and Johnny Hickman anchoring the project, they’ve brought in a host of musicians to help out, including putting together the original Cracker lineup for the Berkeley side. This Bakersfield disc represents the ‘California country’ side of the band.

 

lynch-c-holiday (200x200)THE CLAIRE LYNCH BAND
Holiday! (Thrill Hill)

Lynch and her sharp band offer up acoustic reworkings of holiday classics and a few new originals sure to become listening and a good seasonal gift for fans of bluegrass and folk music.

 

xmas-men-1THE XMAS-MEN
Santa Is Real  (Rosetta)

Enjoy the holiday season with this 12-track instrumental CD featuring Robert Earl Keen’s fine band featuring Rich Brotherton, Bill Whitbeck, Tom Van Schaik and Marty Muse!

Coming out early next year… Justin Townes Earle, The Lone Bellow, Ryan Bingham, The Decemberists, Robert Earl Keen, Jeff Austin, The Mavericks, James McMurtry, Bob Dylan…

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 2nd

As we wind up the year, here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of December 2nd, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

larue-a-1 (200x200)STONEY LARUE
Aviator
(Entertainment One Music)

The Texas native-turned longtime Oklahoman resident has had a successful career to date running the roads for a long time as a perennial crowd favorite in the region. An Amazon fan writes, “This is true Texas Country music and if you want to hear honest country music, this CD is perfect for you! He has a down-home, raw emotion feeling in all of his songs that just make each one great. Country with a touch of rock and blues.”

morgan-whitey-live (200x200)WHITEY MORGAN & THE 78’S
Born, Raised & Live from Flint (Bloodshot)

With the Nashville establishment complacently riding a walmartized wave of bro-country like Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line , Whitey Morgan & 78s brand of tough and tight, loose and loud outlaw honky tonk is a breath of fresh motor oil, sweat and grease.  They are in a bare-knuckle brawl for the soul of a cherished music form every night their boots hit the boards. (from Bloodshot)

nelson-willie-bobby-1 (200x200)WILLIE & BOBBIE NELSON
December Day (Willie’s Stash, Vol. 1) (Sony Legacy)

From Willie’s earliest years in  Abbott, Texas, Bobbie, two years his senior, was a part of his musical upbringing; the duo learned to read music and play instruments at an early age under the tutelage of their grandparents. Bobbie has been a member of Willie’s Family Band since its inception, and their bond as siblings and musicians is palpable throughout this. December Day features new versions of gems from Willie’s extensive catalog and some eclectic covers.

Also new this week…

SHE & HIM – Classics (Columbia)

Coming out soon…CRACKER, The Lone Bellow, Ryan Bingham, The Decemberists, Robert Earl Keen, Jeff Austin, The Mavericks…

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 25th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 25th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

NELS CLINE & JULIAN LAGE
Room  (Mack Avenue)

Cline has gained his widest fame as a member of Wilco and he’s known for a certain cranked-up experimental mayhem. At just 26, Lage has taken the world of jazz guitar by storm. The New York Times hails him and describes his style as “roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music.” The sound together is pristine, alive with personality and contrast, improvisational daring and jaw-dropping precision.

leftover-salmon-highcLEFTOVER SALMON
High Country (LoS)

The new album is a Black Friday release and will be available exclusively at participating Record Store Day retailers until the first of the year. The album includes the newest member of Leftover Salmon and legendary Little Feat keyboardist, Bill Payne. High Country was produced by Steve Berlin.

Also new this week…

DEVON ALLMANRagged & Dirty (Ruf)
LITTLE FEAT – Live at Ultrasonic Studios Long Island April 10th, 1973  (Keyhole)

Coming out soon… ASHLEY RAINES, WILLIE & BOBBIE NELSON, SHE & HIM, CRACKER…

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 17th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 18th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

 

bloodshot-noone-watching (200x200)Various Artists
While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records  (Bloodshot)

The upstart label celebrates 20 years with this double album, a collection of 38 acts covering songs from their extensive & eclectic catalog.  Artists include Blitzen Trapper, Chris Shiflett & Dead Peasants, Andrew Bird, Chuck Prophet, Shinyribs, Mike Watt, Ben Kweller, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Shakey Graves and others.

 

thompson-family-1 (200x200)THOMPSON
Family (Fantasy)

Teddy Thompson, together with parents Richard and Linda, brother Jack, younger sister Kami, her husband James Walbourne, and nephew Zak Hobbs collectively dubbed Thompson have a great collaborative album of all new original songs.

 

wilco-alpha-1 (200x200)WILCO
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (Nonesuch)

Released in conjunction with the Chicago band’s 20th anniversary, this is a 4-CD/4-LP/DIGITAL-box-set of rare studio and live recordings collected from the band’s extensive audio archives. There is also a is a 2-CD compilation of tracks culled from the band’s previously released studio recordings posted below.

 

Also new this week…

DAVID NELSON – Once in a Blue Moon (DNB) (New Riders of The Purple Sage)
OLD 97’s – Hitchhike To Rhome
(Omnivore Recordings) (Reissue of their classic debut album, with 2nd disc of 12 rare and unreleased tracks)
Various Artists – The Art of McCartney (Kobalt)  ( with everyone from Dr. John, The Cure and Brian Wilson to Willie, B.B. and Dylan)
WILCO - What’s Your 20 (Nonesuch) (2-CD best of collection)

Coming out soon… SARAH LOU RICHARDS, ASHLEY RAINES, LEFTOVER SALMON, WILLIE & BOBBIE NELSON, SHE & HIM, CRACKER…

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 11th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 11th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

cd-cover-only-final-1.jpgmiguel-george-1GEORGE MIGUEL
California (self released)

George Miguel teams with producer and guitarist Pete Anderson on a collection of original Americana songs inspired by life in the Golden State. “These are tunes I’ve written over the last few years, living here in California,” he says  “Transitions and changes. New ideas and paths. When we don’t know where we’re going exactly, it isn’t always comfortable. It can also be very exhilarating. That’s what I tried to convey in these songs. The emotion of life in transformation.”

lost-in-river (200x200)Various Artists
Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes (Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest)

This unique album project, organized by producer T Bone Burnett, was written and recorded during a two week period in March of this year at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. The inspiration was recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the Basement Tapes. Together with Burnett, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford recorded dozens of songs, the first 20 are on this deluxe edition. Look for a documentary of the making of the album to be coming out soon.

Also new this week…

FRONTIER RUCKUS –  Sitcom Aftermath (Quite Scientific)
EMMA HILL – Denali  (Kuskakokwim Rocords)
DAMIEN RICE – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Warners)

Coming out soon… OLD 97’s, THOMPSON, SARAH LOU RICHARDS, WILCO, LEFTOVER SALMON, WILLIE & BOBBIE NELSON, SHE & HIM, CRACKER 

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 4th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 4th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

fauss-r-2 (200x200)RONNIE FAUSS
Built To Break (Normaltown/New West)

Fauss has earned his contract by crafting strong songs with a folk-tinged country-rock sound that owes as much to Whiskeytown and Old 97’s, his Dallas homeboys, as it does the Cali country of Laurel Canyon and the spirits of Townes and Gram. In fact, Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller even lends his voice to “Eighteen Wheels,” a honky-tonkin’ road song that would serve as a perfect companion on any trip. “We made a conscious decision to make this record a little more rock ’n’ roll and a little bit less country,” Fauss says of their work. “We wanted the loud songs to be really loud, and the quiet songs to be really quiet. And we wanted the one country song, ‘Never Gonna Last,’ to be really country.”

haught-w-2WAYNE HAUGHT
Fingers (Resist Not)

Love and death are the big themes on Wayne Haught’s new Peter Case-produced record along with horseshoe tattoos and chewing tobacco. Fingers includes Don Heffington (Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams) on drums, David Steele (John Prine, Steve Earle) on guitar and mandolin, and Case on piano, organ, and backing vocals. Together they help Wayne bring his lyrics alive in songs like “Mail Pouch Chew Tobacco,” a tune about people wanting to bite off more than they can chew.  As well as “You,” wherein the song’s narrator attempts to call a homeless friend back with love, and “Political Song For Waylon Jennings To Sing” which explains in a few taut verses how mama’s boys grow to be “tough old men.”

young-neil-storytone (200x200)NEIL YOUNG
Storytone (Reprise)

Neil’s first ever orchestral album. Storytone was recorded with a 92-piece orchestra and choir, fulfilling his life-long dream to record with an orchestra that performed in the same room with him as he sang. The album is very personal for Young in terms of its lyrical content, as well as the mood and setting of the songs and the way they were recorded with particularly pristine sound quality. Storytone is available as a single-disc orchestral album or as a deluxe double-disc version, which contains the original album plus solo renditions of the same songs.

Also new this week…

LAURA BENITEZ AND THE HEARTACHE – Heartless Woman (Copperhead)
ERIC BIBB – Blues People (Stony Plain Music)
ANI DIFRANCO – Allergic to Water (Righteous Babe)
BOB DYLAN & THE BAND – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (Sony Legacy)
ADAM HOOD – Welcome To The Big World (self released)
MEMPHIS DAWLS – Rooted in the Bone (Madjack)
NELL ROBINSON – Nell Robinson & Rose of No-Man’s Land (self released)

Coming out soon… EMMA HILL, DAMIEN RICE, MASON SUMMITT, LEFTOVER SALMON, WILLIE & BOBBIE NELSON, SHE & HIM, CRACKER 

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 28th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 28th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

hardworking-2HARD WORKING AMERICANS
The First Waltz  (Melvin)

This is both a live album and a live concert film/documentary, which will be sold together in a special two-disc package. Filmmaker Justin Kreutzmann put together the film part, which according to a press release “chronicles the band’s first collaboration, the making of their debut album and their sold-out, first-ever live performance in Boulder, CO. The band wanted to capture that first performance, as risky as that could be, and use it no matter what the outcome. Fortunately, the show was a major success”

hardin-burns-2 (200x200)HARDIN BURNS
Down The Deep Well  (Ithaca)

Guitarist Andrew Hardin and vocalist Jeannie Burns got together in Austin with co-producer Gabe Rhodes for their second collaboration Down The Deep Well.  They say it’s more stripped down and primal-sounding than its predecessor Lounge, released in 2012. Sonically, their press releases says Hardin Burns bring to mind such influences as The Civil Wars, Raising Sand, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon,  Al Green and the Rolling Stones.

Also new this week…

JERRY LEE LEWIS - Rock & Roll Time  (Vanguard)
DAVE RAY - Legecy   (Red House)  (3-CD set)
VIC RUGGIERO – This (Unison)
PEGI YOUNG & THE SURVIVORS – Lonely In A Crowded Room (New West)

Coming out soon… ERIC BIBB, RONNIE FAUSS, WAYNE HAUGHT,   MEMPHIS DAWLS, BOB DYLAN, NELL ROBINSON, NEIL YOUNG, LEFTOVER SALMON, WILLIE & BOBBIE NELSON, SHE & HIM, CRACKER 

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 21st

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 21st, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

pardakooper-milkKELLY PARDEKOOPER
Milk in Sunshine (self released)

Milk in Sunshine is a 24 track collection with eight new songs followed by 16 bonus cuts featured in many hit televisions shows like True Blood, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Blue Bloods, Cold Case and many more.. The core recording group was Kelly’s old Horse Buyer band-mates. Some other artists featured on the album include Pieta Brown, Bo Ramsey, Teddy Morgan and many more.

foehl-reed- lost-west (200x181)REED FOEHL
Lost in The West (NeverFoehl)

Lost in the West  features seven songs combining Reed’s powerful lyrics and vocal performance set against wide-open landscapes painted with Stratocaster and Wurlitzer.  These are songs to fill the long stretches of highway we seek on a sweltering Sunday with a foot easy on the gas and thoughts heavy on the mind, hoping to get lost in the West. (from Reed’s bio)

stray-birds-2014THE STRAY BIRDS
Best Medicine (Yep Roc)

Two years, and thousands of highway miles after their first album was released, the genre-melding acoustic trio make their Yep Roc debut. All three are classically trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood, (Maya de Vitry and Charlie Muench first met in middle school orchestra). However, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, and Jimi Hendrix.

Also new this week…

NQ ARBUCKLE – Future Happens Anyway (Six Shooter)
RORY BLOCK – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James  (Stony Plain)
ELIOT BRONSON – Eliot Bronson  (Saturn 5)
ELLIOT BROOD – Work and Love (Paper Bag)

Coming out soon… HARD WORKING AMERICANS, HARDIN BURNS, JERRY LEE LEWIS, DAVE RAY, ERIC BIBB, RONNIE FAUSS, MEMPHIS DAWLS, BOB DYLAN, NELL ROBINSON, NEIL YOUNG 

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 14th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 14th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

byrd-jona-radio (200x200)JONATHAN BYRD
You Can’t Outrun The Radio  (Waterbug)

You Can’t Outrun The Radio was born one night on the sidewalk outside a club in Montreal.  “That was the first time I sang with Alexa Dirks and Andrina Turenne, the ladies from the group Chic Gamine. I left the bar at 5am, with a handful of songs in my mind that I knew I’d record with them someday, states Byrd. “I just had to write the rest of the album.” It took two years to put the session together. Byrd tells stories well, from Rockabilly to classic country to hard core ‘Harry Smith’ Americana.

presley-a-amermiddleclass (200x200)ANGALEENA PRESLEY
American Middle Class (Slate Creek)

Angaleena Presley is modern day coal miner’s daughter…from Beauty, Kentucky, she’s a direct descendant of the original feuding McCoys, a one-time single mother, a former cashier at both Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie. Perhaps best known as a member of Pistol Annies (with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe), Presley says she “doesn’t know how to not tell the truth.” (from her bio)

taylor-chip-little prayers (200x200)CHIP TAYLOR
The Little Prayers Trilogy  (Trainwreck)

The New York Times says, “Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around these days.”Taylor returns with his largest and most unique collection of songs yet, the 3-album set, The Little Prayers Trilogy. These songs, written over several years, might have found themselves wandering and homeless but have found a place they belong as part of Little Prayers. The final disc, which gives the whole collection its name, Little Prayers, is an intimate recording destined for late night listening. Featuring mostly Taylor alone, with some help from co-producer Goran Grini, these songs pack a heavy punch and demand your attention.

americana-xmas-2014 (200x200)Various Artists
An Americana Christmas (New West)

This compilation compiles previously released holiday material from Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, The Band, John Prine, Dwight Yoakam with six brand new recordings from Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell, Nikki Lane and Luther Dickinson. Robert Ellis adds a moderm rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper” and Memphis songstress Valerie June puts her rollicking spin on the season staple, “Winter Wonderland.”

Also new this week…

MAGGIE BJORKLUND – Shaken (Bloodshot)
THE DIRTY RIVER BOYS – The Dirty River Boys  (DRB Music/Thirty Tigers)
FRAZEY FORD – Indian Ocean  (Nettwerk)
SALLIE FORD - Slap Back (Vanguard)
JENNIFER KNAPP – Set Me Free (Righteous Babe)
RAUL MALO – Around the World (UMe) 
NEW AMERICAN FARMERS – The Farmacology Sessions
 (Big Barncat)
WINTERPILLS – Echolalia (Signature Sounds)

Coming out soon… MATHEW RYAN, KELLY PARDEKOOPER, NQ ARBUCKLE, ELLIOT BROOD, THE STRAY BIRDS, RORY BLOCK, JERRY LEE LEWIS, NEIL YOUNG 

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Oct. 7th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of October 7th, 2014. 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

ketchum-hal-troubadour-1 (200x180)HAL KETCHUM
I’m the Troubadour (Music Road Records)

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis fifteen years ago, the symptoms were starting to catch up with Ketchum. “ I was in kind of a dark place,” he says. “I didn’t write, didn’t perform. I was just laying low, living in a cabin out in Wimberley, TX.” After focusing on his health for several years, Ketchum began to write again, jotting down song ideas in the notebook. “The key for me was getting up every morning and having something real to do.” “I wasn’t really planning on doing another album,” says Ketchum,  “The whole Nashville scene is extremely competitive. You’re as good as your last record.” But when Jimmy LaFave of Music Road Records heard his songs, they knew they had to convince him to write another album.”They said ‘Hal, you’ve made these great country records, but we really want to challenge you to reach outside of your comfort zone and write from your heart,” Ketchum recalls. “So that was my goal.” I’m The Troubadour finds Ketchum letting his songwriting expand into folk, blues, rock and soul.  (from Music Road’s Hal page)

seegers-doug-river (200x200)DOUG SEEGERS
Going Down To The River (Rounder)

“When I first heard Doug Seegers’ voice, so full of soul and raw emotion, I was stunned. This man has lived these songs, not in his imagination but every long day over many hard years. He stands before you now – ready to testify. Listen and believe.” – Emmylou Harris This project, produced by Will Kimbrough at Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium studios, features collaborations with Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris, both whom have championed the formerly down-and-out singer. This personal, introspective album includes ten Seeger originals and two covers, including a duet with Harris on the Gram Parsons original “She.”

shakey-graves-1 (200x200)SHAKEY GRAVES
And The War Came (Dualtone)

Alejandro Rose-Garcia is professionally known as Shakey Graves and he is an experienced actor who has appeared in several Robert Rodriguez films. While knocking around Los Angeles he saw a performance by one-man band that pointed his work in a new direction. Since returning to his native Austin, 2012’s Roll the Bones established the Shakey Graves sound of Rose-Garcia accompanying himself on guitar and a handmade kick drum built out of an old suitcase. To record And the War Came, co-producer Chris Boosahda brought all of his gear to Rose-Garcia’s house and came in with other instrumentalists and wildly different arrangements of the songs. Most notably, Rose-Garcia wrote and sang three songs with Esme Patterson. He sees And the War Came as a pivotal step in the evolution of Shakey Graves. “This is a doorframe album, which might include just guitar or the one-man band thing, but not pigeonholed to any one sound. I wanted to open some stuff up and get people ready for wherever it’s going.” (edited from Dualtone’s site)

 

Also new this week…

JACKSON BROWNE - Standing In The Breach  (Inside Recordings)
BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Rounder)
RICH HOPKINS & THE LUMINARIOS – Tombstone  (San Jacinto Records)
LOS STRAITJACKETS - Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits
(Yep Roc)
LOUISE MOSRIE – Lay It Down (Zoe Cat Music)

Coming out soon… JONATHAN BYRD, MAGGIE BJORKLUND,  FRAZEY FORD, NEW AMERICAN FARMERS, CHIP TAYLOR, MATHEW RYANKELLY PARDEKOOPER 

Bill Frater

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