Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 9th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for February 9th, 2018. 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.


Various Artists
Hillbillies in Hell, Vol. 5
   (Iron Mountain Analog)

Obscure Hell-fired Hillbilly laments, forgotten plaintive Gospel pleas, demonic alien visitations, grisly hayseed homicides and crazed inebriates. Originally waxed on microscopic labels and distributed in minuscule amounts, these troubled troubadours sing of infernal monsters and windswept deserts of vice, damnations and tortured final fallen moments. Years in the making, Hillbillies In Hell, Volume Five presents 18 timeless testaments of sinners, winners, troubles, tribulations, shallow graves and hot flames. An abandoned catacomb of subterranean 45’s, some of these sides are impossibly rare and are reissued here for the very first time. All for your primal listening pleasure.  (from press release)

Doc Watson
Live at Club 47  (Yep Roc Records)

Recorded live February 10, 1963 at Club 47 in Cambridge, MA, today known as Club Passim, this never-before-heard album features four previously unreleased songs from Doc’s early repertoire, in addition to performances of Doc’s favorite songs of the Carter Family, Frank Hutchison, Charlie Poole, and Merle Travis. Doc is accompanied by John Herald and Ralph Rinzler of The Greenbrier Boys on five of the album’s tracks. “This recording documents a pivotal moment in virtuoso Doc Watson’s early solo career,” notes Steven Weiss, director of the Southern Folklife Collection. “This is Doc, paying his dues and playing his heart out, performing two sets of classic, old-time country songs he learned as a child from his family and from old 78 RPM records.” Following the success of the Club 47 show, Doc was booked at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival and released his debut solo album on Vanguard Records in 1964


Also new this week…

Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It  (Bloodshot Records)
Wade Bowen – Solid Ground  (Bowen Sounds)
Caroline Cotter – Dreaming As I Do   (self-released)
Paul Luc – Bad Seed 
The Maggie Valley Band – The Hardest Part (self-released)

John McCutcheon – Ghost Light 
Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik – 
Settling Scores, Vol. II  (Gatorbone Records)
Lynn Taylor & the Barflies – Staggered (independent)

Coming out soon… Brandi Carlile, Sherman Ewing, Caleb Caudle, J.D. Wilkes, Craig Gerdes, Richmond Fontaine, Erica Binn, Szlachetka, Harvey McLaughlin, Ed Romanoff, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Jamie McLean Band, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Jim White, Janiva Magness, Ned Hill, Caroline Rose, Mary Chapin Carpenter, GB Roots, Chris Smither, Great Peacock, Field Report, Courtney Marie Andrews, Patterson Barrett, Red Shahan, Rod Picott, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite 

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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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