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Now That Everything’s Been Said
Another lost album reissued by Light in the Attic Records, Now that Everything’s Been Said was the 1968 LP from Carole King’s lesser known folk rock band, The City. The City’s sound is deep and soulful, imperfect but passionate. And the songs, with King writing or co-writing all but one, are as exceptional as you’d expect and as widely covered as her factory work.
|The Positronic Cats
Love Is Impossible
A local folk duo from Greencastle, PA, The Positronic Cats are comprised of Waylon K. Smith and Jim Taylor. Smith describes their first release as “a love story.” “It’s more emotional than your traditional folk.” “It’s different,” says Taylor. “It’s unconventional. There’s a certain Old Worldness to it but then there’s modernized themes, too.”
The Muscle Shoals Recordings
The SteelDrivers’ innovative, soulful brand of bluegrass has made them one of the most successful bands on the contemporary bluegrass scene. The band, which has earned three Grammy nominations and garnered tremendous critical acclaim, released their fourth album for Rounder, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, this June.
Beautiful You is the seventh studio LP from Australian group, The Waifs. Beautiful You is a collection of songs that merges three separate songwriters into a glorious cohesive musical feast. Beautiful You boasts abundant choruses, intoxicating instrumental exchanges and joyful harmonies – the characteristics that have defined the band’s past hits.
The Four Winds Chronicles
Dallas Burrow’s debut album is a culmination of a four-EP project that is a diary of his life journey. Dallas delivers his songs with a humanity and vulnerability that is relatable and genuine. With thought provoking lyrics, heart-felt phrasing, and an imperfect polish, his music draws people in and makes them simply… feel.
This month, Keith Richards released his third solo album and his first in over 20 years. Described as a 5-star musical journey that takes in reggae, rock, country and the blues, the new album encompasses everything that makes Keith Richards one of the 20th century’s most celebrated talents.
This September, Don Henley released his fifth studio album, and first solo album in 15 years. A myriad of rock and country legends make guest appearances, such as Merle Haggard, Mick Jagger, Martina McBride, and Dolly Parton. When asked about making the album, Henley exclaimed, “I can truthfully say, I enjoyed making this record more than any record I’ve made in my career because of the people who participated.”
Rattle That Lock
Out this September, Rattle That Lock is the new solo album by former Pinky Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour. Co-written with his wife, Polly Samson, this is Gilmours’s fourth solo album, and the first since 2006’s album On An Island. Graham Nash and David Crosby also rejoin Gilmour as collaborators. Gilmour says the album’s title is “a rallying cry for optimism in a grim world.”
D.L. Duncan is a blues guitar-playing songwriter now releasing his 4th CD of original material. He has had over 25 songs recorded by other artists and has toured the U.S. for over 30 years playing his brand of great American music. “I am really very excited to release this new album,” says Duncan. “It was a joy to record & I am thrilled to have my friends come together to help me bring these songs to life. Its been a deeply satisfying musical experience.”
Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue
Van Morrison and the guests selected and recorded some of his songs from the catalog of 360 songs across his career. Deliberately steering away from his more well-known classics, Van enlisted some of the artists he most respects to perform these songs with him to re-craft and re-imagine them. Guest artists on the album include Bobby Womack, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, Michael Bublé, and Van’s daughter Shana Morrison.
A lifetime’s dedication to her art has made Annie Gallup an icon among people who take songwriting seriously. Unabashedly imaginative and sensual, her elaborate song-length works of fiction crackle with wordplay and pulse with insistent rhythm. Borrowing forms from ancient folk tales to modern poetry, Annie sings over her bluesy guitar figures as if sharing secrets. Ghost, Annie’s tenth solo recording, features Gabe Witcher on fiddle and David West on dobro and mandolin.
Next Year People
Next Year People is the latest solo album from Men at Work songwriter and frontman Colin Hay. The album is full of quizzical, curious, cynical yet open hearted songs with catchy melodic hooks that underscore deeply insightful lyrics. Some of the songs are based on Colin s personal experiences and the almost mystical experience he had growing up in a music shop in Scotland.
Carry That Ghost
Though only a little more than a year has passed since the 2014 release of Ledges, Carry The Ghost finds an older, more sophisticated Gundersen attempting the difficult work of unraveling our purpose here, searching for answers about the nature of man and the meaning of our relationships. Produced by Gundersen and mixed by Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Band Of Horses), Carry The Ghost explores issues of self-discovery and existentialism with an erudite sophistication across 13 tracks.
McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal. “The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,” McMurtry says. “It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.” The album delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again. However, the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach.
Reinventing Richard: The Songs Of Ricahrd Farina
A labor of love and remembrance from those who admire the work of songwriter, author, and counter-culture icon Richard Fariña (1933-1966), Plainsong’s Reinventing Richard takes this incredible writer’s material and weaves it in the harmonies and instrumentation of Matthews, Roberts and Griffiths. To make it more special, Reinventing Richard contains a performance with Clive Gregson (“Another Country”), as well as the first release of a previously unrecorded Fariña track, “Sombre Winds.”
|The Kitchen Cinq
When The Rainbow Disappears
Yet another anthology remastered by the folks at Light in the Attic Records. Formed as The Illusions (and briefly The Y’alls) in Amarillo, Texas, The Kitchen Cinq blended garage punk with killer harmonies and a slight sense of the absurd. Though the band never enjoyed significant success, its members spread off to other bands after the group split in 1968. The Kitchen Cinq was just a springboard for each of them, but listening to these overlooked works of beat-pop brilliance, you can’t help but wonder why it didn’t work out for the Texans at the time.
The Healing Blues
The Healing Blues Project is a collaborative effort to raise funds for the Interactive Resource Center, a nonprofit in Greensboro, NC. In this album, songwriters team with people experiencing homelessness, PTSD, abuse and other trauma to convey their individual stories in songs ranging from gritty blues to acoustic introspection, but all the while reminding us where the blues really comes from.
Austin-based indie band Wild Child’s third studio album, Fools will release on October 2. Fools is a culmination of the band’s unique and ever evolving sound, with all but one of the songs being penned by Alexander Beggins (ukulele/vocals) and Kelsey Wilson (violin/vocals). The duo has mastered the ability to articulate deep and sometimes painful emotions while wrapping them up in addictive, happy melodies. As said in the album’s press release, “songs are presented so joyously that you’re dancing and smiling before you realize the subject matter.”
|Madisen Ward and Mama Bear
A mother-and-son duo, Ruth and Madisen Ward been playing shows in Kansas City for years, and are now attracting national attention after appearances at the Americana Music Fest in Nashville and on televsion. “Silent Movies,” from their album released this May, serves as an excellent introduction to their sound.
“Hell Or High Water”
“Hell or High Water” is the title track from Actor David Duchony’s debut folk-rock album. “Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream — it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” Duchovny says. “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”
Starting his career in the early ‘60s in the duo Ian & Sylvia, Ian Tyson helped lead the folk revival and pioneered “country rock.” The opening song of his new album Carnero Vaquero, “Doney Gal,” is a traditional song that probably goes back to the earliest days of discovering the West.
|Florence and the Machine
“Ship To Wreck”
Released earlier this spring, “Ship to Wreck” is of Florence and the Machine’s latest album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. “I was thinking about my own self-destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down,” Welch said in a statement on the new song. “When you’re in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most.”
|My Morning Jacket
The bass-heavy, uptempo “Compound Fracure” is the second track off of the Louisville quintet’s seventh LP, Waterfall released this May.
“Not Over You”
“Not Over You” comes from New York singer-songwriter Rachel Brown’s latest EP The Band. “I wrote the song on tour and I knew exactly how I wanted every instrument to sound in the studio,” says Brown. “I love collaborating with the band on arrangements, but it was nice to come in with something fully formed. Everybody pours themselves all in on that song.”
“1998 (Feat. BANKS)”
Melbourne singer/producer Chet Faker has teamed up L.A. singer BANKS on a new version of “1998” from Faker’s Built On Glass LP. Similar to the original recording, BANKS provides silky vocals throughout the track’s woozy beat.
“Ex’s and Oh’s”
Released last year, “Ex’s & Oh’s” is the first single from Love Stuff, singer Elle King’s debut full-length effort, which released early this year. The single mixes elements of alternative rock, blues, and southern rock into a catchy narrative about past relationships.
“Sister Of Pearl”
Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio released his debut LP, The Names this September. Baio describes “Sister of Pearl” as “a Bowie and Ferry-referencing throwback pop song with a simple, straight-forward lyrical message: be who you want to be.”
“Written In The Water”
New Zealand singer Gin Wigmore’s latest single is the retro-soul number “Written In The Water” from her newly released album, Blood To Bone.
“Year Zero” was the first single from Nashville band Moon Taxi’s Daybreaker LP. “It’s a song about leaving the past behind to find a better tomorrow,” guitarist Spencer Thomson says of the jubilant, hook-laden track. “It’s about embracing independence and facing an uncertain future.”
“Another Side Of Home”
Renowned fiddle player and vocalist Andrea Zonn released her second LP, Rise this month. Written by Nashville’s Bill Lloyd and Thomm Jutz, “Another Side Of Home” is a study in how age changes our perceptions of the simple things. “There’s a peacefulness and a surrender” behind “Rise,” says Zonn. “I don’t have a need to show anything off. I don’t have anything to prove. I’m just there to serve the song and serve the moment and to listen to my bandmates and let this dialogue occur.”
“Make This Leap”
The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band made up of seven brothers and sisters who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. “Make This Leap,” a lilting piece of indie-folk built on layered harmonies, intricately textured acoustic instrumentation and lyrics that gracefully shift from melancholy to triumph. The single comes off of the groups latest album, Those Younger Days.