GILLIAN WELCH - BOOTS NO....

GILLIAN WELCH - BOOTS NO. 1, THE OFFICIAL REVIVAL BOOTLEG

Gillian Welch (from the album Boots No.1, The Official Revival Bootleg)

The credit goes to the open road as much as to Gillian Welch (and Dave Rawlings) for her recent release, Boots No. 1, The Official Revival Bootleg. While driving from her day job at the Lyric Springs Country Inn back home to Nashville, Tennessee, Gillian Welch was listening to a tape of The Stanley Brothers. She began writi...

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GURF MORLIX - THE SOUL AN...

GURF MORLIX - THE SOUL AND THE HEAL

Gurf Morlix (from the album The Soul and the Heal)

Van Gogh lost an ear to raging emotions in his head though he caught the eyes of Gurf Morlix with the calm attention to detail in his brush strokes. Gurf draws a link between the work of Van Gogh and the songs on his recent release, The Soul and the Heal, recalling that ‘I once spent an entire afternoon at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam...

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FRED EAGLESMITH - STANDAR...

FRED EAGLESMITH - STANDARD

Fred Eaglesmith (from the album Standard)

Who likes math? Add one man, twenty-two studio albums, eleven tour buses, and forty-two years on the road and what do you get? Fred Eaglesmith. There are more figures and facts, like fifteen band members taking their place in five different backing groups and for the true ciphering fools, try and count the stories that Fred has collected. An easier way ...

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REBECCA REGO AND THE TRAI...

REBECCA REGO AND THE TRAINMEN - LAY THESE WEAPONS DOWN

Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen (from the album Lay These Weapons Down)

Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen departed from the Indie Folk territory of their debut to head in a sonic landscape that opened their Indie nature to a wider world for the second album release, Lay These Weapons Down. The four-piece (Rebecca Rego, Matt Yeates, Eric Fitts, Cory Ponton) enlisted players and production team to part...

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BRIGITTE DEMEYER AND WILL...

BRIGITTE DEMEYER AND WILL KIMBROUGH - MOCKINGBIRD SOUL

Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough (from the album Mockingbird Soul)

Patience proved to be a valuable tool in the creation of Mockingbird Soul, the recent co-billed album from Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough. The pair had been writing songs for several years as well as recording and touring together. Mockingbird Soul gracefully puts on display the results, the title track echoing Blues on ...

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DELBERT MCCLINTON AND THE...

DELBERT MCCLINTON AND THE SELF-MADE MEN - PRICK OF THE LITTER

Delbert McClinton and the Self-Made Men (from the album Prick of the Litter)

Rhythm and Blues has always found a kindred spirit in Delbert McClinton, and that relationship stays strong on the recent release from Delbert McClinton and the Self-Made Men, Prick of the Litter. Delbert’s sound features a musical maturity to his natural take on Americana on Prick of the Litter as the songs welc...

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JOHN MAYALL - TALK ABOUT ...

JOHN MAYALL - TALK ABOUT THAT

John Mayall (from the album Talk About That)

John Mayall has always managed to balance the Blues of his music and world view into his songs, as he does on Talk About That with the track “The Devil Must Be Laughing” as he takes a look at the current political climate with a world overview. The tune welcomes Joe Walsh in one guitar, with Joe plugging in for another album cut on &ldquo...

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ANNIE MOSCOW - PASSING TR...

ANNIE MOSCOW - PASSING TRAINS

Annie Moscow (from the album Passing Trains)

Annie Moscow catches the world in her eyes as she looks through the window of Passing Trains, her recent release. Using a Folk music backdrop of guitar and piano, Annie tells her tales on the album, snapping pictures of the humanity traveling by with snippet of phrases that flesh out her characters. An NYC artist is drawn by her words as Annie Moscow...

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NATALIE HEMBY - PUXICO

NATALIE HEMBY - PUXICO

Natalie Hemby (from the album Puxico)

The music of Puxico, the recent solo debut from Nashville songwriter, Natalie Hemby, occupies both a physical and spiritual realm. The address for the small town of Puxico can be found on a map of Missouri. For Natalie Hemby, it was a yearly visit to see family and attend a yearly music-filled homecoming event. Puxico is the home of Natalie’s grandfat...

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DEAD MAN WINTER - FURNACE

DEAD MAN WINTER - FURNACE

Dead Man Winter (from the album Furnace)

Rather than pushing pain away, Dave Simonett embraced and immersed himself in troubles with the songs of Furnace, his recent release as Dead Man Winter. The Trampled by Turtles frontman and songwriter found himself alone after a divorce and a separation from his children. Furnace is his first recording after losing his family life, and signals further de...

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DAVID LUNING - RESTLESS

DAVID LUNING - RESTLESS

David Luning (from the album Restless)

Right from the very beginning of track one “Driftin’”, I knew I was in for a treat when listing to Restless, the recent album release from David Luning. Clean, pure vocals, simple yet thoughtful, and effective lyrics with a great hook. “Almost Sounds Like Laughing” has an upbeat celebration of the good times to be had in a gre...

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WHITNEY ROSE - SOUTH TEXA...

WHITNEY ROSE - SOUTH TEXAS SUITE

Whitney Rose (from the album South Texas Suite)

Whitney Rose sends a sensually lush love letter to the Lone Star state with her recent E.P. release, South Texas Suite. Whitney Rose has her mail sent to Austin, Texas after leaving her Canadian home to travel south for a residency at Austin’s Continental Club. Her two-month stint gave Whitney more than a stage and she soon packed her boots ...

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RED PORCH KID - ROCKETSHI...

RED PORCH KID - ROCKETSHIP

Red Porch Kid (from the album Rocketship)

Ambient Americana blasts Rocketship open on lo-fi throbs in its first track “Intro” as Red Porch Kid enters the album on sonic waves that resonate across the album’s tracks. “Dream #31” sets reverbed guitar notes over a cloud of sound as Red Porch Kid looks for another soul to count on as “Lazurus” rises up to w...

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ROSE COUSINS - NATURAL CO...

ROSE COUSINS - NATURAL CONCLUSION

Rose Cousins (from the album Natural Conclusion)

A winter chill still claims the north in the Americas, and the darkness cast on the land from the skies above seeps into the mood and tone of Natural Conclusion, the recent release from Halifax, Nova Scotia citizen, Prince Edward Island-native Rose Cousins. The Joe Henry produced album hears Rose Cousins voice rise up with “Freedom” a...

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TIFT MERRITT - STITCH OF ...

TIFT MERRITT - STITCH OF THE WORLD

Tift Merritt (from the album Stich of the World on Yep Roc Records)

Dusky is the tone for the vocals of Tift Merritt on Stich of the World, her sixth studio album release, her voice leading the music while passing like a shadow across the album tracks. Tift Merritt touches the title track with a breathy whisper that paints pictures in descriptive phrases. coloring the distance between the mount...

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PATTY REESE - LET IN THE ...

PATTY REESE - LET IN THE  SUN

Patty Reese (from the album Let in the Sun)

Patty Reese has a near-perfect blend of twang and torch on the Country Blues of Let in the Sun, the latest release from the Washington, D.C.-based musician. Let in the Sun throws its doors open on first track “Is It Too Late for Me?” as the songs struts into the album asking to be set free. Patty Reese says of the release that ‘This ...

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ADRIAN + MEREDITH - MORE ...

ADRIAN + MEREDITH - MORE THAN A LITTLE

Adrian + Meredith (from the album More Than a Little)

Adrian + Meredith add their names together for More Than a Little, the latest release from the Nashville, Tennessee-based duo. The power of two is enlarged into a full band on More Than a Little with the words and music existing between the borders of Adrian + Meredith, whose boundaries extend from Punk Rock on one side, and old time fiddle ...

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THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTER...

THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS

The Infamous Stringdusters (from the album Laws of Gravity on Compass Records)

A decade into forming, The Infamous Stringdusters are comfortable with the Bluegrass at the heart of their music on their recent release, Laws of Gravity. The natural rebellion of youth urged The Infamous Stringdusters to push against the borders of the genre as the young band proudly stepped towards the future of Bl...

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PETER KARP - ALABAMA TOWN

PETER KARP - ALABAMA TOWN

Peter Karp (from the album Alabama Town)

A life in the Blues is the subject, and results, of Alabama Town, the recent release from Peter Karp. The album is dedicated to his late step-mom, Ruth Turner, who passed in 2016. Alabama Town looks into its crystal ball, turning back time to an earlier age in “The Prophet” as the song see a life in the Blues coming down the line. Peter Karp ...

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THE SHOW PONIES - HOW IT ...

THE SHOW PONIES - HOW IT ALL GOES DOWN

The Show Ponies (from the album How It All Goes Down)

The Show Ponies trot out a new album release, How It All Goes Down. The band deal out California Country with the same branding of nostalgia found on previous releases with the sepia-toned shuffle of “Kalamazoo” and determined admissions of “Folks Back Home”. How It All Goes Down presents The Show Ponies with confiden...

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