Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 11th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for August 11th, 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.

 

David Rawlings
Poor David’s Almanack  (Acony Records)

This third Rawlings LP (two are credited to Dave Rawlings Machine) is the eighth joint outing with partner Gillian Welch. The maths and attribution matter, not least because Welch loyalists crave the follow-up to her 2011 album The Harrow & the Harvest, a hungry gap now filled by two Rawlings sets. While you can still hear distant fingers drumming, it would be disrespectful to complain beyond this paragraph – especially since Rawlings is an enlightened soul, happily playing second fiddle to Welch for two decades, and because Poor David’s Almanack is by far the most Welch-like of Rawlings’s releases. It is, ultimately, unfair to parse a Rawlings album looking for traces of Welch. It’s wisest to thrill to an Americana record you can howl along to in the car until your heart feels replenished, to guitar work that stands among the finest. (edited from The Guardian review)

Jason Wilber
Reaction Time  
(WilberTone Records)

Jason’s  new record plays like a solitary tour bus rolling steadfastly through the countryside under mysterious skies. It’s the sound of long, hushed hours spent scribbling in notebooks, dreaming up gorgeously mournful melodies and cascading harmonies set against jangling guitars, the searching songs underpinned by a persistent longing. Which all makes perfect sense. Wilber has spent the better part of the last 20 years gazing out at the world through the windows of planes, busses, cars and trains while on tour with country/folk icon John Prine.  “Making records, for me, is a process of discovery,” Wilber says. “Often, the song you thought was gonna be great turns out to be ok, and the one you thought was just ok turns into something amazing. And that’s because of all the collaboration—with the producer, with all the other musicians—and also the unknown, the mystery of what’s gonna unfold when you start working on a song. You can never predict what’s gonna happen. So as you go through the process, you have to keep your ears open for the things that are magic.”

Also new this week…

Steve Azar & the King’s Men – Down at the Liquor Store  (Ride Records)
Tim Bennett – 
The View from Here  (Sandy Beach Records)
A.J. Croce – Just Like Medicine
(Compass Records)
Will Hoge – Anchors
(Edlo Records)
Lara Hope and the Ark Tones – Love You To Life  (self released)
Hymn River Suite – Hundred Proof  ((self released)
Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine (Cooking Vinyl Records)
Lee Roy Parnell – Midnight Believer (BFD Records)
Jeremy Pinnell – Ties Of Blood And Affection
 (Sofaburn Records)
Emily Saliers – Murmuration Nation  (Emily Saliers Music)
Ben Sollee – Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native  (Soundly Music)
Luke Sital – Singh –Time is a Riddle  (House Arrest Records)
Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics II  (Beeswing Records)
Eric Westbury – Atomic Wilderness  (Barreltown Records)
Alex Williams – Better Than Myself  (Big Machine Records)

 

Coming out soon… Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Chelsea Williams, Ben Sollee, Wild Ponies, Hymn River Suite, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Ann Bradley, EmiSunshine, Beth Noble, Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, Eliot Bronson, Karen & the Sorrows, My Politic, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Radney Foster, Eilen Jewell 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Aug. 4th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for August 4, 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.

Tyler Childers
Purgatory
 (Hickman Holler Records)

Growing up in East Kentucky, Childers spent his youth and young adulthood learning the blue collar trades. He de-nailed boards for hardwood flooring; he worked odd landscaping jobs; he tried college, though it didn’t stick. But music – shaped from a childhood spent listening to both Drive-By Truckers and Southern gospel – held the strongest gravitational pull. Childers built a solid fan base in his home state for his songs that melded a forlorn, Appalachian howl with more modern folk diarists, driven by the stories that surrounded him. It was enough to lure Sturgill Simpson into producing his new album, Purgatory. Childers says, “It’s that bluegrass sound, but with a little bit more edge to it. It’s something I’d want to listen to, sound-wise, growing up in this area. The Appalachian culture and the way the people in this region talk, the sayings they have, it all lends itself to good songs. Everything they say is a song line.”  (from Rolling Stone)

Hard Working Americans
We’re All In This Together  (Melvin Records)

“For the kind of band we are, I think this is a definitive statement for us. It captures a collective spirit, a collective muse being shared by a thousand-plus people, says lead singer Todd Snider Four of the songs on the record appeared on the band’s eponymous debut, while five are from Rest In Chaos. Two of the tracks are reworked versions of songs from Snider’s solo album, Peace Queer, which the band perform regularly, and there also a Chuck Berry cover.The album includes one brand new number, the title track, which grew out of one of Snider’s spoken word bits on which he transforms into some sort of rock & roll evangelist while the band vamps behind him. “We’re trying to convey that message, and I think the album artwork — the cover of the festival crowd — and the chanting of ‘we’re all in this together,’ it’s vital. It’s a message that needs to be heard and remembered.” from bassist Dave Schools.

Also new this week…

Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae – Tell Me True  (Refuge Foundation for the Arts)
Moses Guest – Light
  (Aufheben Records)
Randy Newman – Dark Matter ( Nonesuch Records)
Elijah Ocean – Elijah Ocean (New Wheel Music)
Old Salt Union – Old Salt Union  (Compass Records)
India Ramey – Snake Handler (Little River Records)
George Thorogood – Party Of One  (Rounder Records)

Coming out soon… Emily Saliers, Eric Westbury, Will Hoge, Alex Williams, Jeremy Pinnell, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Ben Sollee, Chelsea Williams., Richard Thompson, Wild Ponies, Jason Wilber, Hymn River Suite, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Ann Bradley, EmiSunshine, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, A.J. Croce. Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, My Politic, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell, Steve Martin with The Steep Canyon Rangers 

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 28th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for July 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.

Jillette Johnson
All I Ever See In You Is Me  (New Rounder Records)

Produced by Dave Cobb, Johnson’s sophomore album offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that’s irresistibly powerful whether she’s belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A, All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability.  (from press release)

Also new this week…

Ben Hunter, Phil Wiggins, Joe Seamons – A Black & Tan Ball  (independent)
Margo Price – Weakness (Third Man Records)
Juanita Stein – America (Handwritten Records)

Coming out soon… Flagship Romance, Moses Guest, Tyler Childers, India Ramey, Eric Westbury, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, Hard Working Americans, Elijah Ocean, A.J. Croce. Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell, Sweetback Sisters…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 21st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for July 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.

 

Amber Cross
Savage on the Downhill  
(independent)

“Every once in a while music comes along that you just know instantly that you are going to like. Amber’s melodies are more than complimented by thoughtful, interesting and honest lyrics, along with fine, understated musicianship that proves the old adage that “less is more”. The result is a set of superbly crafted, well-rounded, addictive songs that stay with you long after the last notes have ended, and make you hungry for more.”  (Duncan Warwick, Country Music People Magazine, UK)
What can I say about Amber Cross but that she will knock you over! Amber takes no prisoners!”  (Ray Bonneville, Producer)

Moot Davis
Hierarchy of Crows
(independent)

Hierarchy of Crows, Davis’ fifth studio album, was recorded entirely in Hollywood, California starting back in 2014 during brief breaks from the road. There is a distinct, harder edge to the songs while still retaining his honky-tonk & Americana roots. Moot moves into heavy riff-driven rock and roll while creating a lush sonic landscape of danger, loss, rebellion and wounds that will never heal. (from his website)

Also new this week…

Nicole Atkins – Goodnight Rhonda Lee  (Single Lock Records)
Sherman Holmes – The Sherman Holmes Project: The Richmond Sessions  (M.C. Records)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot in the Head  (Silver Arrow Records)
Whiskey Shivers – Some Part Of Something  (Clean Bill Music)
Mike Younger – Little Folks Like You and Me  (independent)

Coming out soon… Moses Guest, Tyler Childers, Eric Westbury, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, Hard Working Americans, Elijah Ocean, A.J. Croce. Eli Cook, Chris Hillman, The Jerry Douglas Band, Tom Russell…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 14th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for July 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.

 

Korby Lenker
Thousand Springs
 (Soundly Music)

“For me, the two most important qualities of good art are originality and meaning. By original, I mean you’ve got to tell your own story and no one else’s,” says Lenker, “one thing that was good for me when I moved to Nashville was that it forced me to really dig in and figure out what I did that was different than what everyone else was doing.” Korby hatched an ambitious plan for his 7th album. After raising $20K in a crowdfunding campaign, he purchased some recording gear and drove out to his native Idaho to see what would happen. He recorded the heart of each song — the guitar and vocal — in different places important to him personally. He recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. The rest was recorded in 7 states and features almost 30 different artists from the young folk scene, including Nora Jane Struthers, Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Elkin, Kai Welch and many more. Finally, in full-circle flourish, Lenker brought the album back to the present, finishing up the recordings at his home in East Nashville.

Also new this week…

Applewood Road – Applewood Road  (Gearbox Records)
Railroad Earth – Captain Nowhere (Black Bear Records)
Twisted Pine – Twisted Pine  (Signature Sounds Recordings)
Various Artists – Strange Freedom: Songs of Love and Protest  (Cafe Rooster Records)

Coming out soon… Moses Guest, Mike Younger, Amber Cross, Tyler Childers, Sherman Holmes, Moot Davis, Eric Westbury, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, Hard Working Americans, Elijah Ocean, Chris Hillman, The Jerry Douglas Band…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 30th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for June 30th, 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.

 

Jim Lauderdale
London Southern
 (Sky Crunch Records)

The album was mostly recorded with Nick Lowe’s band at Goldtop Studio in London, is a beautifully polished collection of songs that reflects Jim Lauderdale’s mastery of styles from upbeat honky-tonking to velvety crooning.This is Lauderdale’s 29th album and it shows why he has been described as a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’. The association with Nick Lowe goes back to 1994 and 1995 when Lauderdale was Lowe’s support act. After a few listens to a new album I find a favourite emerges quite soon. London Southern has been round several times and I still haven’t picked out a winner. That’s not because there isn’t one but purely because of the record’s exceptionally high quality content, musicianship and production. It’s end to end and to fully appreciate Lauderdale’s versatility, that’s how you should listen to London Southern. (edited from Americana Music Show review)


Catherine MacLellan
If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan  (True North Records)

For two decades, Gene MacLellan quietly commanded the ears of the world from his Prince Edward Island home as artists including Anne Murray, Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn, Chet Atkins, Joan Baez and Ocean turned MacLellan compositions like ‘Snowbird,’ ‘Put Your Hand in the Hand’ and ‘The Call’ into worldwide chart-toppers and repertoire standards.Catherine MacLellan has long explored her father’s catalogue in tangential ways while establishing herself as a peerless musician all her own. (from artist’s website)

Also new this week…

James Elkington – Wintres Woma  (Paradise of Bachelors Records)
Sonny Landreth – 
Recorded Live in Lafayette  (Provogue Records)

Coming out soon… Twisted Pine, Moses Guest, Mike Younger,Tyler Childers, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings, Hard Working Americans…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 23rd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 23rd, 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.

 

Sam Baker
Land Of Doubt  (self released)

Baker’s musical storytelling in Land of Doubt gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal. Some songs seem to come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.  Perhaps Baker describes the record best, “I wanted a cinematic feel, a mixture of sparsity and tension… And beauty…I always come back to beauty on my records. That’s shorthand for something that’s bigger than me.” The link is to Sam’s Kickstarter page.

 

Jeff Tweedy
Together At Last  (Anti/Epitaph Records)

This is the first in a series of solo efforts from the singer, with songs from across Tweedy’s expansive back catalog and strips them down to their bare acoustic bones. With no one to turn or pass the spotlight to, he settles in for some quality time with his own songs, including some originally recorded with side projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog. Never has Tweedy been this introspective on record, letting his words and feelings hang wide out in the open. Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on which side of the singer appeals to you: the experimental wunderkind or the moody troubadour.

Also new this week…

Banditos – Visionland  (Bloodshot Records)
Slaid Cleaves –  Ghost on the Car Radio
(Candy House Media)
The Deslondes – Hurry Home (New West Records)
Lonesome River Band – Mayhayley’s House  (Mountain Home Music Company)
Willie Nile – Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan
 (River House Records)
Steelism – ism (Intoxicating Sounds)
Yonder Mountain String Band – Love. Ain’t Love  (Frog Pad Records)

 

Coming out soon… Joe Holt, Mr. Byrd, Twisted Pine, Moses Guest, Catherine MacLellan, Mike Younger, Jim Lauderdale, Tyler Childers, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Wild Ponies, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 16th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 16th, 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.

Steve Earle & The Dukes
So You Wannabe an Outlaw  (Warner Bros. Records)

So You Wannabe an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. “I was out to unapologetically ‘channel’ Waylon as best as I could.” Earle says. “This record was all about me playing’ on the back pick-up of a ’66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don’t sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs,” Earle recalls. “There’s nothing ‘retro’ about this record,” he says. “I’m just acknowledging where I’m coming from.” So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, TX. Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade. “Look, I’m always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do,” he says. “And I’m always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It’s who I am.” The album was produced by Richard Bennett and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Nashville Sound   (Southeastern Records)

Jason Isbell, one of the finest singer-songwriters working at the intersection of folk, country and rock today, has proven himself to be adept at the exacting art of mapping out the territory between those poles. His songs have an exquisite, rawboned realism and deeply embedded class-consciousness, partly because he’s dedicated himself to cultivating his literary gift and partly because it’s often been the contours of his own life, begun in the hardscrabble setting of rural, northern Alabama, and the lives of people he understands, that he’s tracing. In an interview for an upcoming NPR story, Isbell was self-deprecating about expanding his repertoire: “Finally you get all of those things [in your life] dealt with. What are you gonna talk about now? You can’t moan, and you can’t sing the blues anymore. So you have to figure out how to empathize, better than you’ve ever done.” Isbell named the album for a lush, sweetened approach to record-making that was meant to help country music compete in the popular landscape of the early rock ‘n’ roll era, a production style famously associated with RCA Studio A. His take on the Nashville Sound proceeds from more or less the opposite philosophy; he couldn’t be less concerned with making his music go down easy. With eyes clear and nerves jangled, he’s wrestling with unpleasant social and political realities. (edited for a review by Jewly Hight for npr.org)

Also new this week…

Sammy Brue – I Am Nice  (New West Records)
Roxi Copland – Bad Decision  (independent)
The Dustbowl Revival – The Dustbowl Revival  (Signature Sounds Recordings)
Greta Gaines – Tumbleweed  (Big Air Records)
Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes – Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes  (Community Music)
Andy Hall and Roosevelt Collier – Let The Steel Play (Dustypicks Music)
Ron Melancon – 
Southern Gothic  (Blue Élan Records)
Dan Mills –  Something Good (independent)
Palehound – A Place I’ll Always Go  (Polyvinyl Records)
Sarah Jane Scouten – When the Bloom Falls From the Rose  (Light Organ Records)
Various Artists – Red Hot a Memphis Celebration of Sun Records (Americana Music Society Records)
Whetherman – This Land (independent)

Coming out soon… Banditos, Jeff Tweedy, The Deslondes, Joe Holt, Slaid Cleaves, Sam Baker, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nile, Pierce Edens, Shakey Graves, Mr. Byrd, Twisted Pine, Moses Guest, Catherine MacLellan, Mike Younger, Jim Lauderdale, Tyler Childers, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Beth Noble, Dave Rawlings…

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 9th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of June 9th, 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.

Glen Campbell
Adiós
  (Universal Music Entertainment)

Glen Campbell’s final studio album was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Glen’s ‘Goodbye Tour.’ Produced by Glen’s longtime banjo player and friend Carl Jackson, the album features Glen singing four Jimmy Webb songs that Glen never recorded but always loved, including the title track. Adios features songs written by Roger Miller, Bob Dylan, Dickey Lee, Jerry Reed, Fred Neil, and includes a duet with Willie Nelson, “Funny How Time Slips Away”, and special guest Vince Gill on harmony vocals in “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)”. The album is a true family affair as Glen’s daughter Ashley and sons Cal and Shannon, all perform on the record.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
(Organic Records)

“We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s new album. “We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.” Lyrically driven, the songs on their new album blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

Various Artists
Music from The American Epic Sessions  (Columbia Records)

This is part of the PBS TV documentary, American Epic, the story of early American recorded music when the musical strands of a nation first combined to spark a cultural renaissance that forever transformed the future of music and the world. For the film, the American Epic team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty current artists. These artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era. The soundtrack features many additional performances not seen in the film. Featuring: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Stephen Stills, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Pokey LaFarge,Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Also new this week…

Chuck Berry – Chuck   (Dualtone Music Group)
Big State – Sure Thing 
(Big Beard Records)
Big Thief – Capacity  (Saddle Creek Records)
The Deadmen – The Deadmen  (8 Gang Switch Records)
Ani DiFranco – Binary  (Righteous Babe Records)
Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go  (Fantasy Records)
Shannon McNally – Black Irish
 (Compass Records)
Alastair Moock – Alastair Moock (Moockshake Music)
Zephaniah OHora and The 18 Wheelers – This Highway (self released)
The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore  (New West Records)

Coming out soon… Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, Ron Melancon, The Dustbowl Revival, Jeff Tweedy, The Deslondes, Joe Holt, Slaid Cleaves, Sam Baker, Yonder Mountain String Band, Willie Nile, Pierce Edens, Shakey Graves, Mr. Byrd, Twisted Pine, Dan Mills, Moses Guest, Mike Younger…

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Bill Frater

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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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Bill Frater

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