Americana Music Releases for the week of April 7th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of April 7th, 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.

Cory Branan
(Bloodshot Records)

Adios is Cory Branan’s death record. Not the cheeriest of openings, but like all of Branan’s mercurial work, it’s probably not what you think. As funny and defiant as it is touching and sad, this self-dubbed “loser’s survival kit” doesn’t spare its subjects or the listener. Not even Branan’s deceased father is let off the hook. In the tender homage “The Vow” he drolly cites his father’s favorite banality “that’s what you get for thinking” as “probably not the best lesson for kids.” For most songwriters that would be the punchline but Branan pushes through words and, in his father’s actions, finds a kind of “genius in the effortless way he just ‘did’.”

Malcolm Holcombe
Pretty Little Troubles
 (Gypsy Eyes Music)

Pretty Little Troubles, was album produced with homespun grace by Darrell Scott. The pairing proves a fruitful one; Scott seems to understand what kind of sonic geometries showcase Holcombe’s shades-of-grey songs best. Scott also organically fuses his own multi-instrumental skills with those of the other accomplished musicians behind Holcombe’s own acoustic guitar and scratchy rubber-on-the-road vocals. Aptly for our times, Holcombe dedicates the album “to the dreams, sweat, and tears of all refugees and immigrants.” Many of the songs focus on the displaced, the dispossessed, the distressed. It opens with the bluesy, startlingly understated “Crippled Point O’ View,” inviting us to dive into the bottom of the barrel without delay. In other songs the lyrics flap under and over the flow of meaning, at moments bordering on the nonsensical to match the looseness of Holcombe’s singing. (edited from BlogCritics review)

Also new this week…

Andrew Combs – Canyons Of My Mind  (New West Records)
Front Country – Other Love Songs  (Organic Records)
Joshua James – My Spirit Sister  (self released) 

Imelda May – Life Love Flesh Blood  (Verve Int’l)
Mipso – Coming Down The Mountain  (self released) 
Jeb Loy Nichols – Country Hustle  (Inkind Music)
Darden Smith – Everything  (Compass Records)
Leeroy Staggers – Love Versus  (True North Records)
Various Artists – Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings  (Sony Legacy Records)
The Whiskey Gentry – Dead Ringer  (Pitch-A-Tent Records)
The Wild Reeds –  
The World We Built  (Dualtone Music)
Zoe & Cloyd – Eyes Brand New  (Z&C Records)

Coming out soon…  Jason Eady, Ray Davies, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Suitcase Junket, Todd Adelman & The Country Mile, John Moreland, Lillie Mae, Gwyneth Moreland, Old Crow Medicine Show, Chris Shiflitt, Joan Shelley, Joseph Huber, Willie Nelson, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, Colter Wall, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Robison, The Steel Wheels, Pokey LaFarge, Jared Tyler, Christopher Paul Stelling …

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Bill Frater

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This blog, Americana Boogie is mostly about new music releases in the Americana music genre. Bill Frater is passionate about Americana and roots music and writes about it on the Freight Train Boogie website, (, and does a weekly podcast show on
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