Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 13th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of January 13th, 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

earle-jt-absentJustin Townes Earle
Absent Fathers (Vagrant)

Absent Fathers was recorded alongside Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. The album was recorded live with his four-piece touring band with only days of rehearsal leading up to recording to keep the ideas fresh. No overdubs, no other singers, no additional players – just a real, heartfelt performance capturing the moment.

ickes-hensley-1 (200x182)Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley
Before the Sun Goes Down
(Compass)

The album pairs Rob Ickes, 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of Year, with rising singer/guitarist Trey Hensley whom Ickes recently discovered while recording in East Tennessee. Hensley’s voice is something of a miracle, a throwback to the great country singer icons of the genre’s first golden era. hensley is also a very hot guitarist!

va-inside-ldavis-concertVarious Artists
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis (Nonesuch)

A one-night-only concert was held at New York City’s Town Hall last fall, to celebrate the music of the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. As producer T Bone Burnett explains, the movie was filled with live performances of some of the folk songs that had survived the McCarthy hearings. Some of the songs were a hundred years old; some had just been written but sounded a hundred years old. The steller all-star lineup includes The Avett Brothers, Colin Meloy, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Jack White, Punch Brothers and more.

Also new this week…

Cody Canada & The Departed – Hippielovepunk (Underground Sound)
Ry Cooder – Acoustic Performance Radio Ranch, 12-2-1972 (Echoes)
Great Spirit – Front Porch To Frontier (self released)

Coming out soon… The Lone Bellow, Ryan Bingham, The Decemberists, The Brothers Landreth, Robert Earl Keen, Jeff Austin, The Mavericks, James McMurtry, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle…

Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 6th

Here’s all of the Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of January 5th, 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 AmazonCD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

brokedownbakersfield-liveBROKEDOWN IN BAKERSFIELD
Live! (Little Sur)

Brokedown in Bakersfield is a collective of acclaimed West Coast musicians joining forces in a spirited tribute to the Bakersfield sound: California country music made raw and rocking, spiked with twang and sweetened with heartfelt harmonies.The group features Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz of ALO on pedal steel, Scott Law on Telecaster, singer Nicki Bluhm of Gramblers fame, Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips on vocals and acoustic guitar. Drawing from the powerful songbooks of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons and more.

krummbacher-v-troubleVICTOR KRUMMENACHER
Hard To See Trouble Coming  (self released)   

The San Francisco-based, Camper Van Beethoven co-founder explores a darker, “cosmic country” rock flavor with this, his ninth solo album. The collection of ten original songs highlights his love of the blues, country rock and folk traditions. Co-Produced by Victor and renowned pedal steel player/long-time collaborator Bruce Kaplan of American Music Club.

Also new this week…

KRISTA BARONI – The Alabaster Girl  (self released)

Coming out soon… 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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Freight Train Boogie Best Music of 2014

cash-r-7As 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.”  Rosanne’s album has held firm for the whole year. I’ve always been a fan but husband John Leventhal’s guitar and songwriting contributions make this a masterpiece, in my humble opinion. I love Sturgill Simpson’s work and I applaud his success and Grammy nod but I wasn’t knocked out by his psychedelic experiments, so he’s in the bottom 5.

  1. Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread
  2. gibbs-o-youthParker Millsap – Parker Millsap
  3. Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs Of A Misspent Youth
  4. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  5. Doug Seegers – Going Down To The River
  6. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin
  7. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  8. Jesse Winchester – Reasonable Amount of Trouble
  9. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
  10. seegers-doug-river (200x200)JP Harris & The Tough Choices – Home Is Where The Hurt Is

Honorable mentions…

Cory Branan The No-Hit Wonder

The Earls Of Leicester -The Earls of Leicester

frontcountry-1Front Country - Sake Of The Sound

Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness of Dancers

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer The Flower of Muscle Shoals

Doug Paisley – Strong Feelings

Freight Train Boogie Show #281 (Best of 2014) podcast

Happy holidays!

Bill Frater
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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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