Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 12th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for January 12th, 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.


Anderson East
(Low Country Sound/Elektra Records)

There’s something vaguely performative about Anderson East titling his new album Encore. It’s the gesture of a hard-working crowd-pleaser, looking to give listeners what they want. East doubles down on his now-familiar brand of simmering, swaggering Southern soul—a sound borrowed from Van Morrison’s strutting, full-band R&B as much as it is from the raving, gritty musical style of Sam & Dave, Solomon Burke, and even Joe Cocker. As a singer, East always sounds, in the best possible sense, like he’s working his ass off. Producer Dave Cobb—well known for his spare and austere work with East, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton—supplies his most expansive sonic palette yet, the songs here shimmering with layers of organ, guitar, and a punchy horn section that effortlessly matches East’s brassy energy. The effect is a sound that’s full and muscular but never needlessly busy. (excerpted from Slant Magazine review)

Also new this week…

Brooks Dixon – White Roses (independent)
Mickey Lamanta – Every Bad Habit  (independent)
Bob Livingston – Up the Flatland Stairs  (Howlin’ Dog Records)


Coming out soon… Tommy Emmanuel, First Aid Kit, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Ben Miller Band, Calexico, Mark Erelli, Simon Linsteadt, David Myles, John Gorka, Sam Lewis, Mary Gauthier, H.C. McEntire, Brandi Carlile, Dusty Rust, Caleb Caudle, Lisa Morales, Calexico, Chris Fullerton, J.D. Wilkes, Craig Gerdes, Lynn Taylor & the Barflies, Darling West, I’m With Her, Brew Davis, Grant-Lee Phillips, Ruby Boots, Jim White, Janiva Magness 

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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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