Americana Music Releases for the week of July 22nd

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 22nd, 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.

gorka-j-beforeJohn Gorka
Before Believing: The Unreleased I Know – Nashville, 1985
 (Red House Records)

Before Beginning features John’s first studio band sessions recorded in Nashville with producer Jim Rooney  back in 1985. Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky contribute guest vocals. These sessions were recorded at jack Clement’s famous “Cowboy Arms” studio and have never been available until now, with Gorka deciding to go in different direction musically for his debut, I Know.

Also new this week…

The High Bar Gang – Someday The Heart Will Trouble The Mind  (True North Records)
Lasers Lasers Birmingham – Royal Blue (independent)
Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers – Little Black Heart  (Catty Town Records)
Scott Low – The New Vintage  (10 Ft. Woody Records)

Coming out soon…  Lyal Strickland, Lori McKenna, National Park Radio, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone, O’Connor Band, The Price Sisters, The Devil Makes Three …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 15th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 15th, 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.

earlsoleister-2The Earls of Leicester
Rattle & Roar  (Rounder Records)

The Earls of Leicester have discovered a kind of magic that, when harnessed, allows moments once relegated to memories to roar back to life. Old sounds rattle loose chains of space and time that have kept us from forgotten joys and who we once were. Suddenly, as we listen to and watch the Earls pick, saw, and croon, instead of contemplating once upon a time, we are living it. With their second album, the Earls have conjured up a fresh batch of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs songs, delivered with their signature blend of homage, virtuosity, and perspective.

marleysghost-woodstockMarley’s Ghost
The Woodstock Sessions (Safe Arts Records)

“Marley’s Ghost is the capable inheritor of the archetypal Americana blueprint drawn up by The Band.” As the L.A. Weekly aptly put it, “This West Coast group deftly dashes across decades of American music to create a sound that’s steeped in tradition but never bogged down by traditionalism.” The band will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year with this release, helmed by producer Larry Campbell, who connected with the band after working as a sideman on its previous recording, Jubilee.

 

Also new this week…

Angie & The Deserters – Blood Like Wine (Topanga Canyon Records)
Elouise – Deep Water (self released)
Tom Rhodes – Who You Are (self released)
Chip Taylor –Little Brothers (Train Wreck Records)
The Way Down Wanderers – The Way Down Wanderers  (self released)

Coming out soon…  Scott Low,  John Gorka, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, Lyal Strickland, Lori McKenna, National Park Radio, The Way Down Wanderers, Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, Bill Kirchen & Austin DeLone, The Price Sisters …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 8th

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 8th, 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.

ickes-hensley-bluesRob Ickes & Trey Hensley
The Country Blues (Compass Records)

Their debut duo album, Before The Sun Goes Down, earned a Grammny nomination for the Best Bluegrass Album, and now the pair build on the first one’s strengths to take their unique musical conversation to an even higher level. Fun pervades the 11 tracks, even when the subject matter’s as mournful as Hank Williams’ “May You Never Be Alone,” or Sonny Boy Williamson blues shouter, “One Way Out.” They mix it up “Never Can Pray Enough,” imported from the Wood Brothers and the southern rock of Charlie Daniels on “Willie Jones?” Then there’s the jazzy tour de force instrumental, “Biscuits And Gravy,” written by Ickes as a kind of tribute to pedal steel master Buddy Emmons and even a nod to the Grateful Dead in “Friend Of The Devil.”

Also new this week…

Shane Alexander – Bliss (BuddhaLand Records)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Burden Bearer (Mountain Home Music Company)
Frankie Lee – American Dreamer  (Loose Music)
Sean McConnell – Sean McConnell (Rounder Records)
NewTown – Harlan Road (Mountain Home Music Company)
Walter Salas-Humara – Explodes and Disappears  (Sonic Pyramid)

Coming out soon… The Earls of Leicester, Scott Low, Tom Rhodes, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, The Way Down Wanderers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of July 1st

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of July 1st, 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.

waller-rr-fancyRobert Rex Waller Jr.
Fancy Free
(Western Seeds Records)

“For me, this album is about singing. I’m just the singer here and for the first time in a long time not one of the songwriters. I chose this approach for a few reasons. I needed a break from listening to myself singing my own songs. I just needed to sing from a new point of view, or more accurately, several new points of view. I also needed to “think outside the Hawks” for a little bit.” Waller, the lead singer in I See Hawks In L.A., continues, “I love being a Hawk and plan to keep on being one. But creatively it was time for me to do something outside that paradigm. Fancy Free includes songs by Ray Davies, Neil Young, Utah Phillips, Bob Dylan and more.

watkins-sara-thingsSara Watkins
Young In All The Wrong Ways
 (New West Records)

The new collection finds her embracing the role of frontwoman following the collaborations of Watkins Family Hour and Nickel Creek, the group she first formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile. Personal and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the 10 songs–a first for her. It was produced in Los Angeles by Gabe Witcher who arranged a band including two of his fellow Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul Kowert, and additional musicians Jon Brion and Jay Bellerose. The record is about Sara turning the page and taking the reins of her own life, in both a career and personal sense. “I looked around and realized that in many ways I wasn’t who or where I wanted to be,” Sara says. “It’s been a process of letting go and leaving behind patterns and relationships and in some cases how I’ve considered myself. What these songs are documenting is the turmoil you feel when you know something has to change and you’re grappling with what that means. It means you’re losing something and moving forward into the unknown.”

Coming out soon… The Earls of Leicester, Scott Low, Tom Rhodes, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, Frankie Lee, The Way Down Wanderers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 24th

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

bush-sam-storymanSam Bush
Storyman  (Sugar Hill Records)

Storyman is a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories several of them true and the legendary mandolin and fiddle player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others. ” I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band,” Bush says of the album. “But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, I hope you enjoy the stories. It s my singer-songwriter record.”

felice-bros-timesThe Felice Brothers
Life In The Dark
 (Yep Roc Records)

According to a press release, the album lyrically explores “modern life in a complicated and divided America, through a cynical and occasionally heartbroken lens.” The Irish Times says, “There is something that is delightfully disreputable and even faintly dissolute about the Felice Brothers. They turn up like a dodgy uncle with a bottle and a heap of gritty and vivid stories from the dark side of singer/writer Ian Felice’s imagination and experience and proceed to deliver them in quasi shambolic style, coloured by wheezing accordion, tearful fiddle and rusty, weathered voices.”

womack-tommy-namaste (2)Tommy Womack
Namaste
(independent)

Shall we start with themes of life and death? The album marks Tommy’s return to the full-on land of the living after two near-death experiences—a terrible auto accident and a near-fatal drug addiction. You’ll hear about these on the bluntly titled “I Almost Died” and in the hauntingly melodic “End of the Line.” But get ready to laugh just as hard: Tommy sings of male pattern baldness (“Combover Blues”), menopause (“Hot Flash Woman”), religion (“God, Part III”), those perpetually stuck in ‘70s classic rock mode (“Darling Let Your Freebird Fly”), and the airbrushed supermodel nature of Music Row next-big-things (“When Country Singers Were Ugly”). (from Cary “Conqueroo” Baker)

Also new this week…

Marisa Anderson – Into the Light  (independent)
The Avett Brothers –True Sadness (Republic Records)
Jerry Castle – Not So Soft Landing (My World Records)
Eggs Over Easy – Good ‘N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story 
(Yep Roc Records)
Libby Koch – Just Move On (Berkalin Records)
Erin McKeown – According To Us (TVP Records)
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore with Brigid & Lucy Moore – Daughters (Remington Road Records)
The Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel  (Ruf Records)
Neil Young with Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real – Earth (Reprise Records)

Coming out soon… The Earls of Leicester, Scott Low, Robert Rex Waller, Jr., Tom Rhodes, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham, Frankie Lee, The Way Down Wanderers …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 17th

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

cook-e-exodusElizabeth Cook
Exodus of Venus
(Agent Love Music)

For fans of Cook, a Grand Ole Opry regular, SiriusXM Outlaw Country hostess and David Letterman favorite, Exodus of Venus will be something of a shock. If she maintains the tang of her drawl, what emerges – beyond Cook’s always vibrant and vivid sense of detail – is a song cycle soaked in turpentine, musk and honey.  “There hasn’t been a lot to laugh about,” confesses Cook, “Things have been heavy and dark, and I feel really different. I aspire to be more than clever or dark or poignant, but to be honest. I want that to supersede everything.  “Emotionally, mentally, physically – it’s all been tested,” she continues, “and it set me up straight. It was hard, but it’s a good thing. Really hard lessons in resilience… All of it is in the record.”

 

jarosz-s-undercSarah Jarosz
Undercurrent
(Sugar Hill Records)

“I really like that word,” Jarosz says of the title of her fourth album.  “If you look up the definition, it’s ‘an underlying feeling or influence’ or ‘a flow of water moving below the surface.’  This is the first record I’ve made since being out on my own and experiencing a lot of changes, and I think that that’s reflected in the songs,” Jarosz explains.  “It’s also the first record I’ve ever made that feels to me like a complete thought, with a beginning, a middle and an ending.”

kristofferson-k-cedarKris Kristofferson
The Cedar Creek Sessions (KK Records)

In June 2014, legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson hosted a three-day impromptu jam session at Cedar Creek Recording in Austin, Texas. It had been a while since Kris had recorded and here was a chance to lay down some of his favorite compositions with a live band. With Shawn Camp on lead guitar, Kevin Smith on bass, Michael Ramos on keyboard, and Mike Meadows on drums, the group ran through twenty-five of Kristofferson’s best-loved songs. On the final day, Kris’s dear friend Sheryl Crow came in to sing a duet of “The Loving Gift,” a song made famous by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash that Kris had never recorded.

Also new this week…

Auburn – Love & Promises  (independent)
Luke Bell – Luke Bell
(Bill Hill Music)
Jake Bugg – On My One  (Island Records)
Dolly Shine – Walkabout (Vision Entertainment)
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – Rehab Reunion (Savoy Records)
Greg Humphreys Electric Trio – Lucky Guy (Phrex Records)
Michael McDermott – Willow Springs (Pauper Sky Records)
Scott Low – The New Vintage (10 Foot Woody Records)
Clint Morgan – Scofflaw (Lost Cause Records)
Chip Taylor – Little Brothers (Train Wreck Records)

Coming out soon… Jared Hard, Tommy Womack, Jerry Castle, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, The Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Scott Low, The Felice Brothers, Clint Morgan, The Avett Brothers. Royal Southern Brotherhood, Michael McDermott, Robert Rex Waller, Jr., Tom Rhodes, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, John Gorka, Marley’s Ghost, Elouise, Lasers Lasers Birmingham …

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 10th

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Americana Music Releases for the week of June 3rd

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Freight Train Boogie Best Music of 2015

isbell-j-freeAs always, it’s tough to narrow it down to only 10… my list could change day to day, especially as the more recent releases “settle in.”  The Jason has been there since the day it came out and I have a soft space in my heart for the Bottle Rockets, McMurtry and the Wheel.

 

  1.  Jason Isbell –  Something More Than Free
  2.  The Bottle Rockets –  South Broadway Athletic Club
  3.  James McMurtry –  Complicated Game
  4. mcmurtry-james-complicated Chris Stapleton –  Traveller
  5. Rhiannon Giddens  – Tomorrow Is My Turn
  6. John Moreland –  High on Tulsa Heat
  7. Sam Outlaw – Angeleno
  8. The Supersuckers –  Holdin’ The Bag
  9. Kacey Musgraves –  Pageant Material
  10. Asleep At The Wheel – Still The King: Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Plus 10 more great ones!

Andrew Combs  All These Dreams 
The Deslondes
–  The Deslondes
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Kevin Gordon- Long Gone Time
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind
The Honeycutters – Me Oh My
Lindi Ortega – Faded Gloryville
Joan Shelley Over and Even  (iTunes)
Willy Tea Taylor – The Very Best  Knuckleball Prime
The Turnpike Troubadours Turnpike Troubadours
Various Artists –  Cold & Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins  (iTunes)

Freight Train Boogie Best of 2015 podcast.

 

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Americana Music Releases for the week of Dec. 11th

 

Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of December 11th, 2015. Slim pickin’s until the first of the year! Click the artist or album links to find out more. The artist’s names link to their websites and the CD title links go either Amazon, CD Baby or the artist’s site for ordering or downloading.

The Bootleg Honeys – Paint it Red (self released)
Eva Cassidy –  Nightbird (Blix Street Records)
Neil Finn & Paul Kelly – Goin’ Your Way (Omnivore Recordings) 
Chris Hillman – Six Days On The Road  (All Access) (1975 live recording)

 

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