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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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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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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Americana Music Releases for the week of Mar. 24th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of March 24th, 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.

Jessi Colter
The Psalms
 (Sony Legacy Recordings)

The new album by Jessi Colter features 12 original, spontaneous recordings, with lyrics drawn from the most timeless and sacred poems, the Psalms. Recorded with producer/guitarist/author, Lenny Kaye with whom Jessi became dear friends while he worked on her late husband Waylon Jennings autobiography The Psalms encapsulates the universal yet simple joyous mysteries of this spiritual text resulting in an altogether unique and transfixing album.

Peter Mulvey
Are You Listening? (Righteous Babe Records)

This record is a labor of love. Producer An DiFranco was truly amazing: she opened her home to me, brought her wonderful touring band to bear, and coaxed the best performances out of us we could give. And now I’m launching this little paper boat of whatever wit and beauty and tenderness I could muster on the waters of 2017. In true indie spirit, my deal with Righteous Babe is a licensing deal: they provide distribution and a megaphone to the world, and I front all the costs of recording, manufacture, and publicity.

Also new this week…

Sera Cahoone – From Where I Started  (Lady Muleskinner Records)
Samantha Crain – You Had Me at Goodbye  (Ramseur Records)
Johnny Flynn – Sillion  (Transgressive Records)
Ruthie Foster – Joy Comes Back (Blue Corn Music)
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Souvenir  (Magnolia Music)
Bridget Kearney – Won’t Let You Down  (Signature Sounds)
Rich Minus – This Son Is a Stranger to You  (Saustex Records)
Lindi Ortega – Til the Goin’ Gets Gone  (Soundly Music)

Coming out soon… Bob Dylan, Matt Urmy, Rodney Crowell, James Talley,Tim O’Brien, The Wild Reeds, Andrew Combs, Lawson & Williams, Malcolm Holcombe, The Mavericks, David Olney, Jason Eady, Darden Smith, Various Artists – “Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings”, Jeb Loy Nichols, Mipso, Ray Davies, Blackfoot Gypsies, Front Country, The Suitcase Junket, John Moreland, Lillie Mae, Gwyneth Moreland, Chris Shiflitt, Joan Shelley, Willie Nelson, Various Artists – “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story”, Colter Wall, Justin Townes Earle …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Mar. 17th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of March 17th, 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.

Quiles & Cloud
Shake Me Now
(Compass Records)

When Maria Quiles (vocals and guitar) and Rory Cloud (vocals and guitar) met in 2011, both were adrift. Maria had quit her job and moved in with her uncle in order to pursue music full-time. Rory had left behind a stable schedule of gigs and music lessons in Southern California to seek a new music community in San Francisco, where he first heard Maria at an open mic.  “As a lead guitar player, I could immediately hear myself in her songs.” Rory remembers. They started playing together shortly thereafter, and it was an instant fit. Shake Me Now is stripped-down, yet dense. There are musical and lyrical traces of the blues, bluegrass, folk, rock, soul, and classical music. Quiles & Cloud have already traveled far. As they see it, though, this is only the beginning of a lifelong journey—one of exploring connection, deepening their partnership, and examining the threads that tie us all together. (from Compass Records)

Also new this week…

Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever (Ruf Records)
Rich Minus – This Son Is a Stranger to You  (Saustex Records)
Lindi Ortega – Til the Goin’ Gets Gone  (Soundly Music)
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live From The Fox Oakland  (Fantasy Records)

Coming out soon..Peter Mulvey, Sera Cahoone, Bob Dylan, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Samantha Crain, Matt Urmy, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Ruthie Foster, Tim O’Brien, The Wild Reeds, Andrew Combs, Lawson & Williams, The Mavericks, David Olney, Darden Smith, Mipso, Malcolm Holcombe, Ray Davies, Blackfoot Gypsies, The Suitcase Junket, John Moreland, Lillie Mae, Chris Shiflett,…

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Mar. 10th

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

Valerie June
The Order Of Time  (Concord Records)

On the back of her rustic acoustic guitar playing and her immediately recognizable, sometimes-childlike-sometimesantiquated vocals, Valerie June mixes rural blues, Southern soul, back porch country, old-time gospel and Appalachian folk into a sonic stew she cheekily calls “organic moonshine roots music.” “Being from Memphis, I truly love all of the different genres of music that were born and married there,” she tells Rolling Stone. “Blues, gospel, rockabilly, country, I love all of it.”

Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives
Way Out West (Superlatone Records)

The album  was conceived as a love letter to the lonely but magical American West, specifically the promised land of California. “If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you’re still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I’d be greatly surprised,” says Stuart. “It is that spirit world of the West that enchants me.” Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and featuring Marty’s longtime band, the Fabulous Superlatives. Way Out West is a cinematic tour-de-force. Listeners can feel the warmth of those desert winds over the album’s 15 tracks, a collection of newly written originals, instrumentals and rare covers.

Sunny Sweeney
Trophy  (Aunt Daddy Records)

Trophy, the fourth album by Houston songwriter Sunny Sweeney, is a ten-song ode to old-school country charms. And while Sweeney is deeply entrenched in tradition (“I feel like Hank Williams tonight,” goes the chorus to one of the album’s most memorable songs — and she’s damn sure proud of it), Sweeney puts in the work to make these songs sound fresh and distinctive. Throughout the album, it’s Sweeney’s particular perspective that elevates these songs from pitch-perfect tributes to potential standards in her own songbook.(from American Songwriter)

Also new this week…

Pieta Brown – Postcards  (independent)
Amelia Curran – Watershed  (Six Shooter Records)
Greg Graffin – Millport
(Anti- Records)
Ha Ha Tonka – 
Heart-Shaped Mountain  (Bloodshot Records)
Hurray for the Riff Raff – 
The Navigator  (ATO Records)
K Phillips –  Dirty Wonder  (Rock Ridge Music)
Bill Scorzari – Through These Waves  (independent)
Snyder Family Band – The Life We Know (Mountain Home Music Company)
Taarka – Fading Mystery  (independent)

Coming out soon.. Bob Dylan, Quiles & Cloud, Curtis McMcMurtry, Amelia Curran, Samantha Crain, Jessi Colter, Caroline Spence, Sera Cahoone, Rodney Crowell, Ruthie Foster, Lawson & Williams, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Mavericks …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Mar. 3rd

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

 

Noam Pikelny
Universal Favorite
 (Rounder Records)

There are solo albums in name and then there are solo albums in execution; the ones where the artist plays every instrument on all tracks. That’s what banjo/guitarist veteran Noam Pikelny delivers on his third release. In addition, the Punch Brother co-founder even sings for the first time on album and recorded these selections live in the studio. This follow-up to Pikelny’s 2016 one-man tour is not surprisingly a mostly instrumental folksy/country/bluegrassy affair. And even though there are a few times when Pikelny gets a chance to let loose and shred, the majority of the performances are far less frantic, if just as much an indication of his capacities. (edited from American Songwriter)

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Front Porch Sessions  (Family Owned Records)

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. The Front Porch Sessions maintains a potent level of intensity throughout, from the upbeat optimism of the album-opener “We Deserve a Happy Ending” to the blunt slice-of-life rural reality of “One More Thing” to the rollicking, playful swagger of “Shakey Shirley.”

Also new this week…

Bombadil – Fences (Ramseur Records)
Guy Clark – The Best of the Dualtone Years  (Dualtone Records)
Colin Hay – Fierce Mercy  (Compass Records)
Ashley Riley – Can’t Let You Go  (Riled Up Records)
The Kernal – Light Country (Single Lock Records)
Lost Lakes – Lost Lakes (independent)
The Waifs – Ironbark (Compass Records)

 

Coming out soon… K Phillips, Wesley Stace, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Bob Dylan, Pieta Brown, Quiles & Cloud, Ha Ha Tonka, Curtis McMcMurty, Samantha Fish, Amelia Curran, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Ruthie Foster, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Mavericks, Lawson & Williams …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Feb. 24th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of February 24th, 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.

Rhiannon Giddens 
Freedom Highway  (Nonesuch Records)

The record includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn’s 2015 release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name. “Know thy history. Let it horrify you; let it inspire you. Let it show you how the future can look, for nothing in this world has not come around before. These songs are based on slave narratives from the 1800s, African American experiences of the last century, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and headlines from streets of Ferguson and Baltimore today. Voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history; we just try to open the door and let them through.” —Rhiannon Giddens

The Old 97’s
Graveyard Whistling  (ATO Records)

This, the eleventh studio album from the Old 97’s was recorded at Village Productions in Tornillo, Texas, where they did 1996’s Too Far to Care, which has remained a touchstone for the band. “The trick the Old 97’s have held on to is to take a song that may have a darker theme and present it as something to be screamed along to in a club,” says singer/songwriter Rhett Miller. There aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy. “We’re just very lucky to be able to do this for a living. It’s insane and beautiful and we never, ever take it for granted,” concludes Rhett.

Also new this week…

Scott H. Biram – The Bad Testament (Bloodshot Records)
Charlie and The Regrets – Rivers in the Street  (independent)
Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage – Mount Royal  (Free Dirt Records)
Ry Cooder – Live at the Bottom Line ’74  (Rox Vox Records)
Frontier Ruckus –Enter the Kingdom  (independent)
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks – Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin’ (Surfdog Records)
Shinyribs – I Got Your Medicine  (Mustard Lid Records)
Southern Avenue – Southern Avenue (Stax Records)
Wesley Stace – Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding (Yep Roc Records)
Ralph Stanley – The Bottom Line Archive  (The Bottom Line Record Company)
Jaime Wyatt – Felony Blues  (Forty Below Records)

Coming out soon… K Phillips, Valerie June, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bob Dylan, Pieta Brown, Curtis McMcMurty, Amelia Curran, Caroline Spence, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, Ruthie Foster, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Mavericks …

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Bill Frater

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