Here’s all the best Americana and roots-type music releases for the week of September 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.
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt
The Complete Trio Collection (Rhino Records)
The first time Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt sang together, they knew they had something special that needed to be captured on record. But with three of the hottest solo careers going in the Seventies, various record label tangles to work through, and a desire to devote the time such a project would require, it would be more than a decade after they first recorded together that all the details would finally be ironed out so that a proper album was released. It was another 12 years before the sequel, the less-than-imaginatively-titled but still musically thrilling Trio II, was released.
The Time Jumpers
Kid Sister (Rounder/Concord Records)
Tragically they one their key members, vocalist Dawn Sears, to lung cancer in 2014. In many ways, Kid Sister is a tribute to the memory of Dawn, with various songs, including the title track, written and sung by Vince Gill, in her honor. However, Kid Sister isn’t just The Time Jumpers fond farewell to a fallen musical comrade. The album stands as a testament to the camaraderie and stellar talent that the Time Jumpers exude with every note they play. With ten members, multiple writers, 7 lead singers, and an unending supply of virtuosity, the band is the very definition of versatility, while always maintaining their signature Western Swing style.
Schmilko (dBpm Records)
Tenth studio album finds the Chicago-based sextet in a mostly acoustic mood, musing on happiness, loneliness, isolation and loss. Not exactly arena rock anthem material. The songs are still melodic, although sometimes dissonant and in minor chords, perfectly matching with the biting lyrics longtime Wilco followers have come to appreciate from Tweedy. He’s described the record as “joyously negative,” and it is. Schmilco will make a lot of music fans happy, and you can blame Tweedy and company for that. (from Washington Post review)
Also new this week…
Common Jack – Strange New State (independent)
Johnny Dowd – Execute American Folklore (independent)
Tim Easton – American Fork (Last Chance Records)
Riley Etheridge Jr. – Secrets, Hope & Waiting (Rock Ridge Music)
Aoife O’Donovan – Man in The Neon Coat: Live in Cambridge (Yep Roc Records)
Okkervil River – Away (ATO Records)
(Sons Of Thunder Records)
Parsonsfield – Blooming Through The Black (Signature Sounds Records)
Dex Romweber – Carrboro ( Bloodshot Records)
Richard Shindell – Careless (Amalgamated Balladry)
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise (independent)
Jen Tucker – Occidental Journey (Jackalope Records)
Whiskey Myers – Mud (Wiggy Thump Records)
Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016 (Third Man Records/Columbia)
Chely Wright – I Am The Rain (MRI Records)
Coming out soon… Amanda Shires, The Devil Makes Three, The Handsome Family, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Stalcup & the Grange, Whiskey Myers, Drive-By Truckers, John Prine, The Walcotts, Willie Nelson, Reckless Kelly, Adam Steffey, Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Wilco, Dwight Yoakam, The Youngers, The Coal Porters, Greensky Bluegrass, Jesse Dayton, Southern Culture On The Skids, Van Morrison, John McEuen, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Bob Weir, Josh Farrow, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, Norah Jones, Todd Snider, The Vandoliers, Mandolin Orange …
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