Here  is the dilemma. We receive up to 250 new cd's per month. To write about all of the things we would want to would take more time and manpower than we have yet many of these cd's are worthy of exposure to fans of roots Americana music. Looking back at the days when you could walk into a record store and see a rack of New Releases, Staff Picks or Sale Items right at the front of the store gave us an idea. Why not reproduce a Sale/New Release rack digitally? We can put 20 albums up each week, attach a quick review of why these records are there and put a player in the article so fans can walk in, look over the New Releases, listen and click on a link to buy it if they are so inclined. So here it is. Each Saturday morning we will feature 20 NEW albums with short reviews, a player to listen to selected tracks and a link to purchase it. Artists who are featured would be smart to lower the price on Amazon or CD Baby for the week if they want to take advantage of the high traffic.



Shawn Taylor has mellowness to his voice that works well against the frenetic flash of finger-picking that is the foundation of his songs. Home is the third disc from Shawn Taylor. It is Americana stripped of its outer skin. The songs crackle with the guitar work, the intensity supporting the anger of lost dreams (“Blackwater”), the life questions about just how far we fall (“Where’s the Bottom?”) and hard times that course through the lives of family and friends (“The Bottom Line”). Shawn Taylor uses words as weapons on Home, showing that his pen beats the sword for cutting through the crap as it seeks the truth of contemporary life. Shawn brings in the band for a cover of Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”, giving the song lonesome pedal steel wails and a folk rock backing.  Spiritual chariots get sidelined in Shawn Taylor’s renamed cover, “Swing Low Sweet Liberty”, envisioning the song as flying over Washington, D.C. to get an overview of lives in free-fall.

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