Recommended Albums by Release Date (reverse chronological)
Apologies for the dearth of new recommendations posted recently by our tastemaker-in-chief (lazy SOB). We promise many more are coming soon, along with a roundup of our favorite albums of 2019. Stay tuned, baby…
Things We Like
Artist- Title (Label)
The Revelers - "At The End Of The River" (self) *** Let the good times roll with this tasty stew of swamp pop, cajun country & zydeco from Lafayette, LA.
At The End Of The River
Daniel Meade - "Rust" (Button Up) **** Glaswegian's warm familiar-sounding songs are of the sort you might sing along to in a rowdy piano bar with a wee dram.
Alexa Rose - "Medicine for Living" (Big Legal Mess) *** Clifton Forge, Virginia native displays an impressive mastery of her craft on this debut album of country/folk tunes.
Medicine for Living
Big Legal Mess
Dori Freeman - "Every Single Star" (Blue Hens Music) *** On her third album, with Teddy Thompson still producing, the southwest Virginia native continues to craft country gems with a pop sensibility (or vice versa).
Every Single Star
Blue Hens Music
Jack Klatt – “It Ain’t The Same” (Yep Roc) **** Extraordinary collection, recorded at Alex Hall’s Reliable Recorders in Chicago, updates & mixes the styles of Marty Robbins, Eddie Cochran & Hank Williams; Cactus Blossoms fans take note.
It Ain't The Same
The Replacements - "Dead Man's Pop" (Rhino/Warner) ***** Matt Wallace mix of 'Don't Tell A Soul' is ESSENTIAL rock 'n roll. Add the Bearsville sessions, Tom Waits sessions & complete Inconcerated Live for a righteous box set!
Dead Man's Pop
Darrin Bradbury - "Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs" (Anti/Epitaph) *** Bradbury wastes no time captivating the listener on this whimsical collection of vignettes with a grace, humor & humility that recalls John Prine.
Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs
Charley Crockett - "The Valley" (Son of Davy) **** Crockett is on a roll, cranking out first-rate songs blending a variety of American roots styles with an ease & self-assuredness that comes from his years as a busker.
Son of Davy
The Figgs - "Shady Grove" (Stomper) *** 6-sides of wax consisting of the group's latest groove-heavy, harmony-laden rock 'n roll/pop numbers will satisfy longtime fans and make new ones.
Neal Francis - "Changes" (Karma Chief) *** Proudly displaying his influences, Francis emulates the funky New Orleans sounds of Dr. John, Allen Toussaint & The Meters on a strong collection of songs.
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