Americana Music Releases for the week of June 2nd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 2nd, 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.

Amy Black 
Memphis (Reuben Records)

Amy Black has always been drawn to soul singers. But it wasn’t until she began exploring her own southern roots for her last album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she found her musical sweet spot — and knew her next stop had to be the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived). The album was recorded old-school analog style at producer/engineer Scott Bomar’s  studio. The session musicians include Hi Records rhythm section drummer Howard Grimes, and his brother, Leroy “Flick” Hodges (bass), along with Stax guitarist Bobby Manuel, on many of these 10 tracks. “I love the music of Memphis; everything that came out of there in the ’50s, the ’60s, the ’70s … I love the grit and the guts and the soul and the groove,” Black says. “And getting to record with some of the guys who made that music was amazing.”

North Mississippi Allstars
Prayer for Peace  (SMG Records)

Brothers Luther (guitar/vocals) and Cody (percussion, piano, etc.) Dickinson are the stripped down members of this aggressive, uncompromising group whose dedication to the raw, rural blues of R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred McDowell (both of whose songs they cover here), along with the backwoods fife music of Otha Turner, has informed eight previous albums and helped make Luther a sort of go-to guitarist for bands, like the Black Crowes, looking for some rootsy credibility. Even though the Allstars have occasionally mixed rugged hip-hop and psychedelic rock into this dusky stew, they have never abandoned the gutsy soul at their core and the duo’s credentials remain impeccable. (edited from American Songwriter)

Also new this week…

Rachel Baiman – Shame  (Free Dirt Records)
Cordovas – Cordovas  (1stMan Music)
Cowbell – Haunted Heart  (Damaged Goods Records)
Pierce Edens – Stripped Down Gussied Up  (independent)
Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers – Shanti’s Shadow  (Phoebe Hunt Music)
Hugh Masterson – Lost + Found  (Rock Ridge Music)
Grant Maloy Smith – Dust Bowl  (Suburban Cowboy Records)
Molly Tuttle – Rise (Molly Tuttle Music)
Jared Tyler – 
Dirt on Your Hands  (Blue Alleluia Music)
Various Artists – Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There: An All-Star Concert Celebration  (Blackbird Production Partners)
Various Artists – Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard  (Storm Weathered Records)


Coming out soon… The Secret Sisters, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, The Parson Red Heads, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, The Deslondes, Alastair Moock, Joe Holt, Slaid Cleaves, Sam Baker, VA –Red Hot a Memphis Celebration of Sun Records, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nile, Pierce Edens, Mr. Byrd…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 26th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 26th, 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.

Bobby Bare
Things Change
 (Hypermedia)

Bare’s no spring chicken anymore, but he sounds extremely good throughout this classic-sounding country effort. His singing voice may not be a thing of country beauty the way, say, George Jones and Merle Haggard are, but nobody can bring out sincere vocal sadness better than Bare. “Ain’t No Sure Thing” is saturated with hopelessness. And while songwriter Mary Gauthier smartly got inside the head of an alcoholic with “I Drink,” This may not be his lot in life, but if you didn’t know him better, you’d believe this was his own sad tale. Bare brings out this same hopelessness with “The Trouble with Angels.” Its chorus ends with the sad truth, “They all fly away.” Bare somehow inhabits the part bodily. Bare, the consummate storyteller, shows off his sense of humor on “Trophy Girl.” With Things Change, Bobby Bare has created one of his best albums. Be glad that making great music isn’t one of those things that have changed in Bare’s life.  (edited from Country Standard Time review)

Justin Townes Earle
Kids In The Street  (New West Records)

Working with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, She and Him) in Omaha, Earle’s freshened his roots music.Vital, bright, ebullient, much has been made of the jouncing, wide-eyed pop of “Champagne Corolla,” Kids’ first single. With just enough innocent to invoke Chuck Berry’s girls’n’cars turf, horns kick in after the first chorus and the drums roll and beat down a groove that’s pure confection as Earle’s bottomy tenor extols the virtues of a practical girl. That practicality reflects Earle’s life now. Married, 35, with a child on the way, the rambling blues “Short Hair Woman” swings as it celebrates low maintenance females. Kids’ high point is the Jackson Browne-esque title track. It considers gentrifications’ wake, who he was in 1993, playing ball in a rundown neighborhood and embracing “low rent living, back when life was cheap.” Sketching a certain time and place, streets named, humidity felt and a market on the corner drawn, the bittersweet holds what was in a special reverence. What it becomes is anyone’s guess, but for the moment, Justin Townes Earle delivers an update on roots music that fairly glows.  (edited from Paste magazine review)

 

Also new this week…

Chuck McDermott – Gin & Rosewater 
(independent)
Tom Russell – Play One More – The Songs of Ian and Sylvia  (True North Records)
Vandoliers – The Native
(State Fair Records)
Various Artists – Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams  (Slate Creek Records)

Coming out soon… Jared Tyler, The Secret Sisters, Cowbell, Amy Black, Rachel Baiman, Slaid Cleaves, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Hunt, The Deslondes, Alastair Moock, Joe Holt, Pierce Edens, VA – Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard, Mr. Byrd…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 19th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 19th, 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.

Pokey LaFarge
Manic Revelations  (Rounder Records)

Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics, always in search of the purest truth within the 10 forlorn, haunting melodies on Manic Revelations. A musician, a storyteller, a narrator of the messy, unkempt American experience…Pokey LaFarge sits, he watches, he writes. Everything that’s worth happening happens in his songs. From the broad social narrative of ‘Riot In The Streets’ to the internal tension of ‘Must Be A Reason’ and ‘Bad Dreams’ to the profound alienation of ‘Silent Movie,’ these Manic Revelations are questions, they are answers, they are an epoch for Pokey LaFarge.

 

The Mastersons
Transient Lullaby  (Red House Records)

Don’t bother asking The Mastersons where they’re from. Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Terlingua; they’ve called each home in just the last few years alone. If you really want to get to know this husband-and-wife duo, the better question to ask is where they’re going. For the last seven years, The Mastersons have kept up a supremely inexorable touring schedule, performing as both the openers for Steve Earle and as members of his band, The Dukes, in addition to playing their own relentless slate of headline shows and festivals. Written in a slew of different cities around the world, the band’s new album, Transient Lullaby is a late-night collection of subtle, evocative performances that showcase the itinerant couple at their absolute finest. Musically, the album is rich with intoxicating harmonies that float above Eleanor Whitmore’s stirring string arrangements and Chris Masterson’s adroit guitar work, but it’s the deeply personal songwriting that always manages to steal the show.

 

Also new this week…

Hannah Aldridge – Gold Rush  (Rotsy Rocords)
Emily Barker – Sweet Kind of Blue (Everyone Sang/Kartel)
Chastity Brown – Silhouette of Sirens (Red House Records)
Ed Dupas – Tennessee Nights  (independent)
Jeffrey Halford and the Healers – Lo-Fi Dreams  (Shoeless Records)
Hardened and Tempered – The Trailer Sessions  (independent)
Will Payne Harrison – East Nashville Blues  (independent)
Jade Jackson – Gilded (-Anti/Epitath Records)
Lesley Kernochan – A Calm Sun  (Maple Syrup Music)
Paul Nipper – Kamikaze Heart  (independent)
Sara Petite – Road Less Traveled  (independent)
Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure (New West Records)
The Steel Woods – Straw in the Wind  (Woods Music)
The Two Tracks – Postcard Town  (self released)
Thomas Wynn and the Believers – Wade Waist Deep (Mascot Records)

Coming out soon… Tom Russell, Jared Tyler, Bobby Bare, Various Artists – Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, The Secret Sisters, Eric Tollefson, Justin Townes Earle, Rachel Baiman, Slaid Cleaves, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Hunt, The Deslondes, Joe Holt, Pierce Edens, VA – Treasure of the Broken Land: The Songs of Mark Heard…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 12th

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

Colter Wall
Colter Wall  (Young Mary’s Record Co.)

Wall’s debut album was produced by Dave Cobb who puts the Saskatchewan, Canada native in the spotlight in North America and beyond after first making waves with his 2015 EP, Imaginary Appalachia. Like a crusty old bard who pulls his pack mule up to the front of a frontier saloon, or a trapper who parks a sleigh packed with pelts and trinkets to trade in front of a warm inn, walking in the door to earn a meal and respite by sewing tales and entertaining locals for the coins they throw, Colter Wall bends to the task of timeless storytelling, squinting his eyes as he sings like the exit of the stories is so heartfelt it’s painful, and hopes enough will listen to justify the effort. His music is much older than his age, and whether it’s a tender love story, or a torrid murder tale, each story is delivered with care. The most remarkable takeaway from Colter Wall is his deep, billowy voice, marking the centerpiece of his music.  (from Saving Country Music)

Also new this week…

Jim Avett and Family – For His Children and Ours (Ramseur Records)
Aaron Burdett – Refuge  (Organic Records)
Jake La Botz – Sunnyside  (Hi-Style Records)
Robyn Ludwick – This Tall To Ride (Late Show Records)
Larissa Tandy – Grip (independent)

Coming out soon… Ed Dupas, Pokey LaFarge, Jared Tyler, The Two Tracks, Daniel Romano, The Mastersons, Hardened and Tempered, Bobby Bare, Will Payne Harrison, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Eric Tollefson, Justin Townes Earle, Rachel Baiman, Jade Jackson, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Hunt…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of April 28th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of April 28th, 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.

Willie Nelson 
God’s Problem Child (Sony Legacy)

Coming out just Nelson turns 84.The title cut, co-written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White, includes vocals by both writers as well as Leon Russell, marking one of the musician’s final recordings before his death last November. Closing track “He Won’t Ever Be Gone” is a tribute to his friend Merle Haggard. The album features several collaborations with his longtime producer Buddy Cannon. The opening track “Little House on the Hill” was written by Cannon’s 92-year-old mother Lyndel Rhodes.The politically motivated “Delete and Fast Forward,” quoting a portion of the song’s chorus during a conversation with Rolling Stone: “Delete and fast-forward, my friend/ The elections are over and nobody wins/ But don’t worry too much, you’ll go crazy again/ Delete and fast forward, my friend.” He also jokes that the idea for a tune called “Still Not Dead” came from the fact that he is still not dead. “I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I’d passed away,” he says. “So I just wanted to let ’em know that’s a lot of horseshit.”

Bruce Robison
Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band  (Motel Time Music)

The nine tracks are a mix of self-penned, co-writes, and cover songs, including a version of the Who’s “Squeeze Box” as a country romp that begins with a swinging fiddle lick before Bruce indelicately joins in on vocals and the band adds their syncopated riffs. The opening track “Honky Tonk Ramblin’ Man” rocks out a non-apologetic tale about a man who cannot stop partying despite the good advice from his friends, family, doctor and lawyer “Technology makes it easier and easier to be mediocre,” says Robison about his commitment to use analog gear to record music in just one or two takes, the way his music heroes did back in the day. “Now, when I help somebody with an overdub and they do a hundred takes of my vocal on a digital track, they take all of that digital information and fashion it into one song. It just seems crazy to me.” (excerpts from Pop Matters)

Also new this week…

Beth // James – All in Life (self released)
Dalton Domino – Corners 
(Lightning Rod Records)
Kenny George Band – Borrowed Trouble  (self released)
Terry Klein – Great Northern (self released)
John Mellencamp – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies (Republic Records)
Old Crow Medicine Show – 
50 Years of Blonde on Blonde  (Sony Music Nashville)
Amilia K Spicer – Wow and Flutter  (Free Range Records)

 

Coming out soon… John Moreland, Joan Shelley, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Colter Wall, Allison Pierce, Justin Townes Earle, Chris Stapleton, Peter Rowan, Christopher Paul Stelling, Greg Hudik, The Steel Wheels, The Gage Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz, Jared Tyler, The Mastersons, Bobby Bare, Will Payne Harrison, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Eric Tollefson, Jade Jackson, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of May 5th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of May 5th, 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.

John Moreland
Big Bad Luv
 (4AD Records)

Big Bad Luv is unmistakably a rock ‘n’ roll record. If, that is, one understands the term to include Ray Wylie Hubbard, John Hiatt, and Lucero. Or The Band, maybe. Insistent songs, coming from a voice as elegant as unfinished barn wood, songs which insist upon their words being heard. Big Bad Luv is, at least by comparison…maybe…a happier record? “I don’t think I’m writing songs that are that much different,” Moreland says. “It’s always been a positive thing at heart, even if a song isn’t sunshine and rainbows. At the very least my songs have been a way to exorcise negative feelings so that I can move on. And hopefully they provide that same experience to listeners. So that’s what I’m still doing. I think it’s a positive thing. I think this record, there’s definitely a change in attitude, but it’s the same point of view.”  (from Moreland’s website)

Joan Shelley
Joan Shelley  (No Quarter Records)

In December 2016, after more than a year of touring the world, Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg headed to Chicago, where they joined Jeff Tweedy in Wilco’s Loft studio for five days. Spencer Tweedy, home from college, joined on drums, while James Elkington (a collaborator to both Tweedy and Salsburg) shifted between piano and resonator guitar. Jeff added electric accents and some bass, but mostly, he helped the band stay out of its own way. “He was protecting the songs. He was stopping us before we went too far.” Shelley says. The Loft proved essential for that approach, as it was wired to capture every musical moment, so no take was lost. If, for instance, some magic happened while Spencer added drums to a tune he’d never heard, or while Elkington tinkered behind a piano, the tape was rolling. Indeed, half of these songs are first takes. “The first time is always the best. That’s when everyone’s on the edge of their seats, listening to not mess it up,” Shelley says. “They’re depending on each other to get through it.” These are Shelley’s most assured and complete thoughts to date, with lyrics as subtle and sensitive as her peerless voice and a band that offers support through restraint and nuance. In eleven songs, this is the sound of Joan Shelley emerging as one of music’s most expressive emotional syndicates. (from Amazon)

Chris Stapleton
From A Room: Volume 1  (Mercury Nashville Records)

He may appear to be a thick-bearded Seventies outlaw-country throwback, but make no mistake: Chris Stapleton is a soul singer, with a preternaturally creaky voice that can turn wizened or brawny, full of pained howls and distended vowels. Thankfully, the follow-up to Traveller is a taut, nine-song LP geared mainly toward spotlighting those remarkable pipes, with scant pandering to mainstream country radio. The first of two volumes (the second is due later this year), From a Room was recorded in Nashville with super-producer Dave Cobb at RCA Studio A. Songs smolder rather than blaze, amble instead of bolt, and generally keep the volume reined in.Aside from a cover of the Willie Nelson fave “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” the songs are Stapleton co-writes, plain-spoken sometimes to a fault. But that voice ensures that even generic bits come off as anything but. Here’s looking forward to Volume 2. (from Rolling Stone)

 

Also new this week…

Lauren Barth – Forager  (Horton Records)
The Gage Brothers –  The Gage Brothers  (self released)
Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo (Concord Records)
Allison Pierce –  Year of the Rabbit  (Allie Cat Music)
Peter Rowan – My Aloha!  (Omnivore Recordings)
Rev. Sekou – In Times Like These  (Zent Records)
The Steel Wheels – Wild as We Came Here   (Big Ring Records)
Christopher Paul Stelling – Itinerant Arias
 (Anti/Epitaph Records)
Bruce Sudano – 21st Century World  (Purple Heart Recording Company)
Various Artists – Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story  (SMG)

Coming out soon… Colter Wall, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz, Jared Tyler, Daniel Romano, The Mastersons, Bobby Bare, Will Payne Harrison, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Eric Tollefson, Justin Townes Earle, Jade Jackson, Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle, North Mississippi Allstars, Jason Isbell …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of April 21st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of April 21st, 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.

Jason Eady
Jason Eady
 (Old Guitar Records)

Jason Eady will not be the next Stapleton, Isbell, or Simpson. He’s too good, and too country for all of that. Instead he’ll be the guy that remains so pure of expression—like Guy and Townes—that he’ll never get spoiled by superfame, while his legacy will still be something of such weight and import, nobody will concern themselves with how many seats in an arena he could sell during the height of his career.  Eady is not one to sweep you off your feet if you aren’t already predisposed to finding the appeal in his music. (from Saving Country Music review)

Angaleena Presley
Wrangled
(Mining Light Music)

“Wrangled is an explicitly forthright journey through my experience in the business of Country Music. I tried to tackle uncomfortable realities like the discrimination against female artists at the height of Bro-Country, the high school mentality of Music Row and the pain that’s just beneath the surface of the road to stardom.” Presley continues, “Covered in elbow grease and sacrifice, I set out to shed the skin of my ‘dream’ Nashville by painting a musical picture of loss, surrender, resurrection, redemption, and connection with real people who make and support honest music.”

Also new this week…

Peter Bradley Adams – A Face Like Mine  (Tone Tree Music)
Jason Tyler Burton – Lost Behind the Ranges
 (independent)
Sheryl Crow – Be Myself (Wylie Songs/Warner Bros.)
Ray Davies – Americana
(Sony Legacy)
Scott Fab – Leave My Friends  (Scott Fab Music)
The Harmed Brothers – The Harmed Brothers  (Fluff and Gravy Records)
The Hooten Hallers – The Hooten Hallers (Big Muddy Records)
Joseph Huber – The Suffering Stage (self released)
I Draw Slow – Turn Your Face to the Sun  (Compass Records)
Gwyneth Moreland – Cider (Blue Rose Music)
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band – Baby Lets Take The Long Way Home  (Whippoorwill Arts)
Erik Stucky – Stray Clouds  (Binasaur Records)
The Suitcase Junket – Pile Driver (Signature Sounds Recordings)

Coming out soon… Dalton Domino, Amilia K Spicer, John Moreland, Old Crow Medicine Show, Joan Shelley, Willie Nelson, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Colter Wall, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Robison, Peter Rowan, Kenny George Band, Greg Hudik, Chris Stapleton, The Steel Wheels,  Modern Mal, Chastity Brown, The Gage Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Jared Tyler, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas, Sara Petite, Jared Tyler, Shannon McNally, Steve Earle, Ron Melancon …

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Bill Frater

 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of April 14th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of April 14th, 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.

 

Lillie Mae
Forever and Then Some  (Third Man Records)

Anyone who caught one of Jack White’s latest shows most likely has taken notice of one of the members of his band, singer-fiddler Lillie Mae Rische. The experience playing in White’s band and interacting with his wide-ranging circle of musician friends has been an eye opener for Rische, who grew up playing chiefly with her siblings and parents as their family moved from trailer park to trailer park around the South.“I come from a bluegrass-country background,” Rische said, “Where else would I have met any of these people, some of whom have a hip-hop background, some are from rock ‘n’ roll — all different kinds of people. I never would have.” The album “is very different” than the two tracks she recorded with White. “When I did that with Jack, he brought in musicians I’d never played with before. That would be quite a bit different than playing with the usual people I’m with. My family also played on the album I did.”

Sam Outlaw
Tenderheart  (Six Shooter Records)

“There’s a tender heart beating for you…” Cynicism comes easy, but having a soft heart takes real guts. On his 2 full album Outlaw has refined his artistic identity. Sonically, the album further elaborates Outlaw’s “SoCal Country” sound: a sun-bleached, Baja-influenced twang that deftly points to country’s neo-traditionalists and LA’s legendary singer-songwriters. Thematically Tenderheart is a thesis on self-discovery and the power of love – a course set with the opening chords of “Everyone’s Looking For Home.” The opening track is a cinematic, mariachi-laced meditation on Outlaw’s own conflicted quest for peace amongst the chaos of his chosen path. Along the way he also takes a look around, and Tenderheart’s revelations are most potent when filtered through Outlaw’s distinctive Los Angeles vantage point. “Bottomless Mimosas” is emotionally hollowing in its portrayal of west coast existentialism while “Bougainvillea, I Think” and “Dry In The Sun” round out this trio of ‘Los Angeles songs’ that explore the city’s faded beauty and define “SoCal Country” beyond instrumentation. (from his bio)

Chris Shiflitt
West Coast Town  (SideOneDummy Records)

When asked about his rowdy brand of left coast country, Shiflett – lead guitarist for Foo Fighters and host of the country-Americana podcast Walking the Floor ­– offers an answer as much about geography as about genre. “I’ve heard it described by various people that country music in the South came out of the church, and country music on the West Coast came out of the honky-tonks,” Shiflett continues “It’s a louder, twangier, more aggressive version of country that came out of the environment of playing shows for rowdy fans looking to cut loose after a hard day of working in the oil fields and out on the farms. I think it was Buck Owens who said they were as loud as they were because they had to get the music over the constant din of the barrooms.” (edited from Rolling Stone story)

Also new this week…

Todd Adelman & The Country Mile – Time Will Tell  (Porch Lantern Music)
Blackfoot Gypsies – To The Top  (Plowboy Records)
The String Cheese Incident – Believe  (Sci Fidelity Records)

Coming out soon… Jason Eady, Ray Davies, The Suitcase Junket, John Moreland, Gwyneth Moreland, The Harmed Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, 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, Kenny George Band, Greg Hudik, The Steel Wheels, Pokey LaFarge, Jared Tyler, The Secret Sisters, Ed Dupas,  …

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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
Adios
(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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Americana Music Releases for the week of Mar. 31st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of March 31st, 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.

Rodney Crowell
Close Ties
(New West Records)

Close Ties is at once Crowell’s most intimate record and his most accessible, the product of years of understanding the ways songs can enter—and be entered by—life. “It’s a loose concept album, you could say,” he says. “And the concept is related to how you tell stories about yourself. Having a few years ago written a memoir, my sensibilities toward narrative—especially trying to find a common thread in different pieces of writing—had become a part of my songwriting process.” Close Ties is a roots record, in the sense that Crowell himself has deep roots that stretch back into the alternative country scene of the early seventies. The rise of Americana music has struck a nerve with Crowell. “I have declared my loyalty to Americana. It’s a hard category for people to get their heads around, or at least the terminology is. But all the people who represent it—Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and more recent stars like John Paul White and Jason Isbell—share a common thread, and that thread is poetry. Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me.” There is also a powerful undercurrent of the blues running through the record. “Recently, I think—I hope—that my study of the blues is starting to show up in my music. Those artists, whether it’s Lightnin’ Hopkins or John Lee Hooker or the acoustic Delta players, connected to something fundamental. With that in mind, I’m trying to move forward but also get back there.”

Tim O’Brien
Where The River Meets The Road  (Howdy Skies Records)

Tim’s 14th album celebrates the music of his native state of West Virginia. The collection mixes Bluegrass, Country, Old-Time and Americana with songs from O’Brien, Bill Withers, Hazel Dickens, and Billy Edd Wheeler, among others. Guests on the recording include Chris Stapleton and Kathy Mattea, as well musicians Stuart Duncan and Noam Pikelny. The title track tells the story of Tim’s great grandfather, who in 1851 emigrated from Ireland to Wheeling WV. Back then, the new National Road had just connected Baltimore and the east coast to the Ohio River. Hence, Wheeling was Where the River Meets the Road. The cover image is an engraving from that time, showing what young Thomas O’Brien would have seen as he completed his journey.

 

Also new this week…

Timothy Seth Avett as Darling – IV  (Ramseur Records)
Bob Dylan – Triplicate
 (Columbia Records)
Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World  (Paradise of Bachelors)
Lawson & Williams – Chapter 3 (Mountain Home Recording Company)
Aimee Mann – Mental Illness  (Super Ego Records)
The Mavericks – Brand New Day  (Mono Mundo Recordings)
David Olney – Don’t Try To Fight It  (Red Parlor Records)
James Talley – Tryin’ Like The Devil – 1976 – 2016  (Cimarron Records)
Matt Urmy – Out of the Ashes  (Tritone Media/Dualtone Records)

Coming out soon… Andrew Combs, Malcolm Holcombe, Jason Eady, The Wild Reeds, Darden Smith, Cory Brannan, Various Artists – “Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings”, Jeb Loy Nichols, Mipso, Ray Davies, Blackfoot Gypsies, Front Country, The Suitcase Junket, John Moreland, Leslie Mendelson, The String Cheese Incident, Lillie Mae, Angaleena Presley, Gwyneth Moreland, Chris Shiflitt, Garland Jeffreys, Joan Shelley, Willie Nelson, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Colter Wall, Justin Townes Earle, Pokey LaFarge, Ed Dupas …

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Bill Frater

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