Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 10th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of February 10th, 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.

Sallie Ford
Soul Sick
(Vanguard/Concord Records)

Soul Sick keeps with Ford’s signature retro garage rock sound and her wild, untamed vocals, but it also may be her most punk rock record yet. With The Sound Outside, Ford was often coined a rockabilly artist, but beginning with 2014’s Slap Back and now Soul Sick, her sound has evolved naturally. She has an effortlessly sultry singing voice, but she’s more interested in shouting out than she is in slinky oozing, and we’re luckier for it. (from No Depression)

 

The Sadies
Northern Passages  (Yep Roc Records)

Everyone’s favorite Canadian country/garage/surf/folk/psychedelic/garage pop-rockers are back after an almost four years absense. The band’s tenth album since 1998’s debut, tries to corral the group’s wildly diverse influences into a cohesive statement. There doesn’t seem to be much post-production or overdubs to these amiable, often rocking, always committed performances. Despite their instrumental virtuosity in a variety of genres, the Sadies continue to be hampered by somewhat bland lead vocals that aren’t distinctive enough to elevate some of these solid but not particularly stellar tunes to the next level.  (edited from American Songwriter review)

 

Also new this week…

Darin and Brooke Aldridge – Faster And Farther  (Mountain Home Music Company)
Old Crow Medicine Show – Best Of Old Crow Medicine Show  (Nettwerk Records)
Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins  (Yep Roc Records)
Romantica – Shadowlands  (Last Chance Records)

Coming out soon…The Gibson Brothers, Scott H. Biram, Ryan Adams, Chip Taylor, The Old 97’s, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Danny Barnes, Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Krauss, Son Volt, Shinyribs, K Phillips, Romantica, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bob Dylan, Curtis McMcMurty, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 3rd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of February 3rd, 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.

Travis Linville
Up Ahead
 (self released)

The “Oklahoma Gazette” rightly called him a “godfather of modern Oklahoma folk” and noted that his success opened doors for a state teeming with talent: a mentor and contemporary for other Oklahoma acts like John Fullbright, Parker Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours and John Moreland. A gifted instrumentalist, Linville is also known for his work as a sideman with Texas songwriter Hayes Carll, who calls him “criminally underrated.”  “Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it’s supposed to be done,” Carll says. “With depth, heart and soul. One of my all-time favorite musicians.”

 

Gurf Morlix
The Soul & The Heal
 (Rootball Records)

Recording in his home Rootball Studio (also the name of his self-released label) allows Morlix not only to take his time, but to overdub himself on guitars, bass and keyboards for songs that are sparse but not skeletal. Morlix talk-sing-growls with world weary passion and an inner strength that effectively overrides his limited vocal abilities. Similar leisurely tempos create a mood seldom broken on this 10-song set that burrows into its swampy groove and mostly stays there. It’s clearly a place where, like his studio, he feels at home. That creates a comfortable if tenacious envelope for his laconic explorations into the human heart and its myriad emotions. (from American Songwriter)

Also new this week…

 

Kyle Alden – Down in the West, Vol. 2  (independent)
Sarah Beatty – Bandit Queen  
(King of the Road Records)
Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusion  
(Old Farm Pony Records)
Great American Taxi – Dr. Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show
 (Lo Hi Records)
David Luning – Restless (Blue Rose Music)
Beth Hart – Fire On The Floor  (Provogue Music)
The Traveling Ones – Meet Me There   (independent)

 

Coming out soon… The Sadies, The Gibson Brothers, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Scott H. Biram, Ryan Adams, The Old 97’s, Rhiannon Giddens, Chuck Prophet, Sallie Ford, David Luning, Alison Krauss, Son Volt, Shinyribs,K Phillips, Romantica, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Curtis McMcMurty, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 27th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of January 27th, 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 Craigie
No Rain, No Rose
 (Zabriskie Point Records)

“I really wanted to write a response to Portland after living here for a couple of years. All the songs that had been written in my time here. When it came time to hire musicians I thought about getting mostly Portland musicians to add to that vibe. People who were in that same boat. It had always been my dream to do a living room album, mostly live, with all my friends. I figured now was the time.” — John Craigie (from The Bluegrass Situation)

 

Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough
Mockingbird Soul  (independent)

“Unsurprisingly, given their long history of collaboration, Mockingbird Soul comes together sounding nothing like a debut album. Kimbrough and DeMeyer’s voices are perfectly blended and the single acoustic guitar gives the entire album the feel of a living room guitar pull, if your house guests happened to be some of the most talented musicians in Nashville. It’s a shame it took them this long to make their musical partnership official because, if Mockingbird Soul is an example, the years between their first collaboration and this album left the Americana community missing out.” —AXS

 

Tift Merritt
Stitch of the World
 (Yep Roc Records)

Merritt’s sixth studio album was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa,Texas, at Merritt’s California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt workshopped the songs on Stitch of the World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport.

 

Also new this week…

Almond&Olive – Standing at the Precipice (independent)
Lisa Bastoni – The Wishing Well (independent)
Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly (independent)
Dead Man Winter – Furnace (Gndwire Records)
Fred Eaglesmith – Standard (independent)
Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men – Prick of the Litter (Hot Shot Records)
Mouths of Babes – Brighter In The Dark (independent)
Carla Olson – Rubies & Diamonds  (Sunset Blvd Records)
Surrender Hill – Right Here Right Now  (Blue Betty Records)
Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite  (Six Shooter Records)

Coming out soon… Rose Cousins, Ryan Adams, Great American Taxi, The Sadies, The Gibson Brothers, Scott H. Biram, The Old 97’s, Gurf Morlix, Rhiannon Giddens, Chuck Prophet, Scott Nolan, Sallie Ford, David Luning, Alison Krauss, Son Volt, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Curtis McMcMurty, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 20th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of January 20th, 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.

 

Mac Wiseman
I Sang The Song (Life Of The Voice With A Heart)  (Mountain Fever Records)

After singing with Flatt & Scruggs, Wiseman landed a job with Bill Monroe, who called Wiseman the best lead singer he ever had. Wiseman wasn’t the typical high-and-lonesome bluegrass vocalist. He prided himself on being a polished communicator with relaxed, articulate phrasing. Now, at the age of 91, he is releasing a new album with the help of his co-writers and producers Tomm Jutz and Peter Cooper. The trio spent 9 Sundays meeting together to write the songs inspired by Wiseman’s long life of memories. The songs are done by several of his friends and admirers, including Jim Lauderdale, John Prine and Sierra Hull. The record’s closing track is a new version of “’Tis Sweet to Be Remembered”—the song that launched Wiseman’s solo career in 1951—which he sweetly sings with Alison Krauss.

Also new this week…

Jude Jonestone – A Woman’s Work (Bojak Records)
The Show Ponies – How It All Goes Down  (Free Man Records)
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau  (Nonesuch Records)
Randy Thompson – War Peace Love Fear  (Jackpot Records)

Coming out soon… John Craigie, Kasey Chambers, Dead Man Winter, Rose Cousins, Surrender Hill, Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt, Delbert McClinton, Ryan Adams, Great American Taxi, The Sadies, The Gibson Brothers, Mouths of Babes, Scott H. Biram, The Old 97’s, Gurf Morlix, Rhiannon Giddens, Chuck Prophet, Shinyribs, Sallie Ford, David Luning, Alison Krauss, Son Volt, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Curtis McMcMurty, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Jan. 13th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of January 13th, 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.

Otis Gibbs
Mount Renraw
 (Wanamaker Recording Company)

As singer-songwriter Otis Gibbs’ 50th birthday approached last February, his friends told him to do something special to mark the occasion. “Their idea of commemorating it would be for me to throw a party so I could sit up all night listening to them talk while they’re drunk,” Gibbs said. “That sounded like a terrible idea to me.” So he made an album instead.He called producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, and they – along with fiddler Justin Moses – cut the entire record in Gibbs’ living room on his birthday. The sparse-sounding record is full of richly detailed songs inspired by topics that interest Gibbs: lesser-known historical figures or events, roadside oddities (he’s seen the world’s largest ball of twine three times), and professional wrestlers from decades past.(from The Tennessean)

Dale Watson & Ray Benson
Dale & Ray (Mailboat Records)

Dale and Ray are, in their own words, the hottest young, or maybe the youngest hot, duo in country music. Never mind that gray hair; they swear that they re youthful twins out of Bedsore, a suburb of Snook, Texas. Sure, one of them towers over the other, but Dale explains, That s because Mama loved him more. Channeling from the likes of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens and Don Rich, Dale and Ray will be showcasing their own NEW original songs. Get ready to see and hear Country s NEWEST DUO from Texas!
“Texas troubadour, Ameripolitan pioneer and consummate honky-tonker Watson, best known for songs like “Country My Ass,” and Benson, the Western-swinging Asleep at the Wheel frontman, tackle both originals and classic covers in a collection steeped heavily in both humor and tradition with plenty of two-stepping along the way.” –Rolling Stone

The Wood Brothers
Live at the Barn (Honey Jar Records/Thirty Tigers)

The Wood Brothers hold a special place in their hearts for their performances at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Ramble. As repeat special guests at Helm’s famed Woodstock barn, the trio developed a friendship with the late icon that transcended simple musical collaboration and left an indelible mark on their songs and their lives. That shared history made it all the more emotional when The Wood Brothers returned to the barn on August 19, 2016, for their first Ramble since Helm’s passing. “We’re huge fans of Levon’s and count him as a big influence,” says Oliver, who named his son for Helm. “Since we actually got to know him, his influence was more than musical—it was personal. He was one of those unique and powerful personalities, and I’ll always remember how gracious he was.”

Also new this week…

The Band Of Heathens – Duende (BOH Records)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings – Kings and Kings (independent)
Ray Cardwell – Tennessee Moon  (Pinecastle Records)
Natalie Hemby – Puxico  (independent)
The Infamous Stringdusters – Laws of Gravity (Compass Records)

Cary Morin – Cradle to the Grave (self released)
Saints Eleven – Coming Back Around (self released)

Coming out soon… John Craigie, Kasey Chambers, The Show Ponies, Dead Man Winter, Mac Wiseman, Rose Cousins, Surrender Hill, Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt, Delbert McClinton, Ryan Adams, Great American Taxi, The Sadies, Mouths of Babes, Scott H. Biram, The Old 97’s, Gurf Morlix, Rhiannon Giddens, Chuck Prophet, Sallie Ford, David Luning, Alison Krauss, Son Volt, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Nikki Lane, Curtis McMcMurty, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Boogie Best CD’s of 2016

Here’s my Top Ten CD releases for 2016, plus a few more…

  1. Parker Millsap The Very Last Day
  2. Margo Price –  Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  3. Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  4. The Stray Birds Magic Fire
  5. John Prine For Better, Or Worse
  6. The Cactus Blossoms You’re Dreaming
  7. Various Artists –   Southern Family
  8. Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle  Colvin & Earle
  9. Brent Cobb –   Shine On Rainy Day
  10. The Honeycutters On The Ropes

Amanda Shires My Piece Of Land
Austin Lucas –  Between the Moon & the Midwest
Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20
Robbie FulksUpland Stories
Paul Simon –   Stranger To Stranger
Dori Freeman –  Dori Freeman
Courtney Granger – Beneath Still Waters
The Devil Makes Three – Redemption and Ruin
YarnThis is the Year
Darrell ScottThe Couchville Sessions

 

 

Due in early 2017… The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers, John Craigie, Kasey Chambers, The Show Ponies, Dead Man Winter, Mac Wiseman, Rose Cousins, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Natalie Hemby, Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt, Ryan Adams, The Sadies, Scott H. Biram, The Old 97’s, Rhiannon Giddens, Chuck Prophet, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff  …

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Bill Frater

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 25th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 25th, 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.

pardekooper-nightKelly Pardekooper
City at Night ( Leisure Time Records)

Having cemented his TV troubadour status with placements in True Blood, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Longmire and many more, this new album continues his sonic stew of roots, rock, blues, and country gumbo. Kelly keeps song-plugging away and tries to treat people well. “Not sure where the time goes as I release my eighth album City At Night. Seems like yesterday I was piddling around in my Iowa basement trying to figure out how to make decent home recordings. Twenty years on..here we are. I don’t really tour anymore. I know that’s how most musicians make their real income..that’s just not my deal these days.” says Kelly.

welch-g-revivalGillian Welch
Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg (Acony Records)

To commemorate the anniversary of the original Revival 20 years ago, this two-disc set features eight previously unreleased songs, and 21 outtakes, alternate versions and demos from the making of the album. Says Welch, “I’m happy that the songs hold up. That’s probably the thing I’m most proud of. There is that interesting moment in any writer’s first batch of songs or any writer’s first novel or anything that always seems to have something that is different from what comes after. Maybe it’s lack of ego. You know, there really was no me. You know, the artist Gillian Welch didn’t really exist. And then after that, I did.”

Also new this week…

Bap Kennedy – Reckless Heart (independent)

Coming out soon…  Paul Thorn …

Due in early 2017… The Infamous Stringdusters, Natalie Hemby, Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough, Tift Merritt…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 18th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 18th, 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.

keen-re-reunionRobert Earl Keen
Live Dinner Reunion (Dualtone Music)

Few live albums have done as great a job of capturing the full essence of an artist, his crowd, and the excitement of a burgeoning scene than Keen’s No. 2 Live Dinner, recorded at the historic Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, Texas, and released 20 years ago. Equal parts funny, folksy, and moving, with hot solos and extended stories. Say Keen, “Mark McKinney, the owner out there at Floore’s called me and said, “maybe we should do a 20 year reunion?” I said “great,” and he called the Reckless Kelly guys, Cody Canada … they were all on board.  And then about a week before I thought, what am I gonna do? Don’t want to just play the same old songs, right? So I just started calling some friends. I called Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Cory Morrow, Bruce Robison, and my old bandmates Bryan Duckworth and Mark Patterson, all that. And they all came!  It was sort of off-the-cuff, and what was so rejuvenating and life-affirming was that we were all there and everybody just had a great time. You know, almost everything in the music business nowadays feels manufactured, but this wasn’t manufactured.

Also new this week…

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem – Wintersong (Signature Sounds)
Ryan Bingham – Ryan Bingham Live
(Axster Bingham Records)
Rory Block – Keepin’ Outta Trouble: A Tribute To Bukka White
(Stony Plain Records)
Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms (TeleSoul Records)

Coming out soon…  Kelly Pardekooper, Gillian Welch, Paul Thorn …

Due in early 2017… The Infamous Stringdusters,  Brigitte Demeyer & Will Kimbrough,

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 11th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 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.

 

harris-emmy-tributeVarious Artists
The Life & Songs Of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration (Rounder Records)

“If you’re a songwriter, you always wanted her to record one of your songs,” said Steve Earle of his friend, Emmylou Harris at a star-studded tribute concert honoring her. Earle joined several of those lucky writers, along with a long list of collaborators,friends and disciples at the event, held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., the show boasted a set-list spanning four decades of Harris’ catalog. Performers include Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson,Lee Ann Womack, Martina McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling, Trampled by Turtles, Holly Williams and Emmylou Harris herself, who joined friends on several tunes. The 2nd disc is a DVD that was filmed at the show in January of this year. (edited from Rolling Stone Country)

Also new this week…

Balsam Range – Mountain Voodoo (Mountain Home Records)
Shooter Jennings – Black Ribbons: Ultimate Edition (Black Country Rock)
NRBQ – High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (Omnivore Recordings)
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage – All the Rage, In Concert Vol. One (Upper Management Music)
Wicklow Atwater – The Fallen Flame String Band LP (independent)

 

Coming out soon… Rory Block, Kelly Pardekooper, Robert Earl Keen, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Gillian Welch Blue Rodeo  …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Nov. 4th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of November 4th, 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.

rut-joe-stolenJoe Rut
Stolen Tools & Stereos
(independent)

On his 6th album release,Oakland songwriter Joe Rut’s quirky sense of humor underpins a heartfelt, richly lyrical and subtly hallucinatory Americana/Alt-country tapestry. Special guests including mandolin great David Grisman, pedal steel master Bobby Black,and Scott Amendola.  While Stolen Tools & Stereos finds Joe leaning more heavily on his country/folk roots, his fans have compared him to influences as disparate as Todd Snider, Jason Isbell, and Josh Ritter (on the folky end of the spectrum), and They Might Be Giants, Frank Zappa, and the Meat Puppets (on the other end).

Also new this week…

Adrian & Meredith – More Than a Little (independent)
Driftwood – City Lights ( Yellow Bike Records)
The Kentucky Headhunters – Safari (Plowboy Records)

Coming out soon… Balsam Range, Kelly Pardekooper, Robert Earl Keen, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Blue Rodeo  …

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