Coming soon... THE FELICE BROTHERS, ANDERS PARKER, BALSAM RANGE, IAN McLAGAN & THE BUMP BAND, RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS, JONAH TOLCHIN, THE MASTERSONS, JIM LAUDERDALE ...more new releases. Also check out Americana Boogie with more detailed new CD releases & comments.
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If nothing else, curiosity brings people to hear NEIL YOUNG's new A Letter Home. It's all cover tunes recorded in JACK WHITE's Nashville music shop on an old Voice-O-Graph!
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Americana music is influenced by elements of rock, country, blues and folk. Many people come to this music after feeling disconnected from rock or country that's heard on commercial radio. Perhaps the best way to illustrate what Americana music is, is to list a hundred or so Essential Freight Train Boogie Artists.
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FTB Show #258 features the new album from The Howlin' Brothers called Trouble. Also new music from The Old 97's, Brigitte DeMeyer and The Wilhelms. Here's the iTunes link to subscribe to the FTB podcasts. Here's the direct link to listen now!
Over seven albums the prolific, honey-voiced Brooklyn, NY singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro has crafted an impressive canon of uplifting Americana, garnering comparisons to Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. Hills to Home, the new release from Ohio native Bucaro is about the songwriter's journey to the meaning of home.The new collection of eleven vibrant songs discuss the 33 year old's search and discovery.
Gauthier's songs rise from what she describes as an especially dark period. "I started the process in a lot of grief," she explains. "I'd lost a lot. So the first batch of songs was just too sad. It was like walking too close to the fire. I had to back off from it. I had to write through the darkness to get to the truth. Writing helped me back onto my feet again. This record is about getting to a new normal. It's a transformation record." "This album reflects a total human experience. Love, loss, and a life transformed." Gauthier sums up. "It's not a random collection of songs. This record is a story. It's about trust and faith and believing that there's a plan and a flow. And if I don't go deep enough into that, it's a problem. There's no such thing as going too deep."
Roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon his relocation the Big Easy, the North Carolina-native completed a trifecta for time spent living in hallowed southern music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene, and then to Nashville to absorb its rich songwriting history. Clearly, however, it is the influence of his current home in NOLA that inspired the gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn at the core of his latest album, Sky Still Blue. Abetted by producer Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers), Sky Still Blue is a masterful work conveyed through Walker's expressive, soul-burnished voice, agile guitar artistry and impeccable southern songwriting.
Coming out soon... THE FELICE BROTHERS, ANDERS PARKER, BALSAM RANGE, IAN McLAGAN & THE BUMP BAND, RONNIE EARL & THE BROADCASTERS, JONAH TOLCHIN, THE MASTERSONS, JIM LAUDERDALE, OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW, THE DUHKS, DON FLEMONS, LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III
It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the California brothers at the heart of The Blasters. "Phil died and was brought back to life over in Spain," Dave says of his brother's 2012 health scare. "That was a real wakeup call to me. We hadn't made a full album together since 1985, but as you get older, you realize you're not immortal and you've only got so much time." "We're brothers, we argue sometimes," Dave adds with a laugh, "but one thing we never argue about is Big Bill Broonzy. I remember the day Phil brought the record home, it was one of those childhood memories like you're graduating grammar school or stealing your first Playboy. For me, Big Bill is in that elite company of Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, people like that."
You will read in the album’s accompanying liner notes my suggestion that these are all, perhaps, “songs about marriage;” but I should hasten to add that that is a personal observance, and recognized much after the fact. The songs lean into and out of folk tradition as pieces of writing, perhaps, and evidence my earliest loyalties; yet while that offered all of us a tonal bedrock, and suggested the steely rumble of acoustic instrumentation to be an appropriate point of demarcation. Simply stated, it is my intention to be as bold and creative in taking the music out into the world as I tried to be in writing and recording it. (excerpted from Joe's personal blog notes)