June 3, 2014
Dave and Phil Alvin -
Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin, who formed The Blasters in 1979, are joining forces for a 12-song Bill Bronzy tribute disc. They decided to record the music after a near fatal illness for Phil in 2012. They collaborated last year on "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," the southern gothic supernatural musicalby Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. The Alvins also sang a duet on "What's Up With Your Brother" for Dave's last Yep Roc release "Eleven/Eleven."
May 20, 2014
Chatham County Line -
Chatham Country Line, the bluegrass quartet from Raleigh, N.C., releases its sixth album. The band consists of Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo) and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano).
April 22, 2014
Black Prairie -
Black Prairie, which includes several members of The Decemberists, is back with its third release.
April 15, 2014
Rodney Crowell -
Rodney Crowell self-produces his debut for his new label. The new music comes on the heels of his work with Emmylou Harris, "Old Yellow Moon."
April 8, 2014
Carlene Carter -
Carlene Carter makes her debut for Rounder. The disc spans the Carter Family generations, including Carter Family songs like "Gold Watch And Chain" and others written and performed by the descendants of the original Carter trio, including Carlene herself. The disc is her first since 2008's "Stronger" and was produced by Don Was.
Martina McBride -
Martina McBride goes her own way after spending her entire career on RCA. This is a covers album with songs including "Suspicious Minds" and "To Know Him Is to Love Him."
Emmylou Harris -
Wrecking Ball (reissue)
Emmylou Harris' well received 1996 disc, "Wrecking Ball," gets reissued as a three-CD set including the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material and a DVD of the documentary "Building the Wrecking Ball."
April 1, 2014
Carrie Newcomer -
A Permanent Life
Carrie Newcomer returns with her first new studio album in three years.
The Infamous Stringdusters -
Let It Go
The Infamous Stringdusters - Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) - return with its fifth studio disc. The band is self-releasing the disc.
Dan + Shay -
New duo Dan + Shay release their debut disc. The first single is the hit "19 You + Me." Dan Smyers co-produced with Scott Hendricks. Shay is Shay Mooney of Natural Dam, Ark. The pair met one year ago at a party.
March 25, 2014
Jerrod Niemann -
Johnny Cash -
Out Among the Stars
Johnny Cash is long gone, but somehow unreleased music keeps being discovered. This consists of 12 recently discovered Cash recordings.
March 18, 2014
Dex Romweber Duo -
Dex Romweber Duo consists of brother and sister Dex and Sara Romweber. The disc contains a dozen songs and covers country, blues and rootsy sounds. Dex Romweber was once upon a time in the psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets.
March 11, 2014
Don Williams -
The Gentle Giant, aka Don Williams, co-produced his latest with Garth Fundis. The disc contains songs written by Jesse Winchester, Merle Haggard and Townes Van Zant. The first single is "I'll Be Here in the Morning."
Sara Evans -
Slow Me Down
(Sony Music Nashville)
March 4, 2014
Eli Young Band -
Eli Young Band releases its second disc for the label with the hit "Drunk Last Night" leading the way. The disc contains 11 songs and was produced by Justin Niebank, Frank Liddell and the band.
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs -
All Her Fault
East Sussex, U.K.-born Holly Golightly and Texas-born Lawyer Dave (he is The Brokeoffs) have lived in rural Georgia, putting a folksy spin on their punk-rock, blues, r&b, country, skiffle and Texas rock 'n' roll roots. The pair recorded the dozen songs at their home studio. Golightly has recorded music since 1994.
Drive-By Truckers -
Two decades on, Drive-By Truckers carry on their brand of rock, roots and heavy honky tonk.
David Nail -
I'm a Fire
Missouri native David Nail releases his third album.
February 28, 2014
Home Free -
Home Free is a five-piece vocal group from Minnesota that won The Sing Off. The disc features original music and songs the group performed on the show including, "Ring Of Fire" (Johnny Cash) and a Hunter Hayes medley featuring "I Want Crazy" from the show's finale. Adam Rupp is a vocal percussionist, Austin Brown and Rob Lundquist are tenors, Chris Rupp is a baritone, and Tim Foust provides the bass.
February 25, 2014
Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania
The new disc from Marah can be traced to "Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania," a book published nearly a century ago as a collection of song lyrics gathered in the mountains of Pennsylvania by Henry Shoemaker, a folklorist. Marah members David Bielanko and Christine Smith got wind of the book with some lyrics and song fragments after leaving Brooklyn to rural central Pennsylvania. Bielanko and Smith wrote new music and reworked lyrics, putting together an analog studio in an old church in Millheim, Pa. and recruting a band to tackle the recordings.
Dierks Bentley -
Dierks Bentley releases his seventh disc with a dozen songs. The lead single "Bourbon in Kentucky," includes Kacey Musgraves on backing vocals, but only went to 45 on Billboard. The second single, "I Hold On," was penned by Bentley and Brett James.
February 18, 2014
Cole Swindell -
Cole Swindell releases his debut CD, which includes the hit "Chillin' It." The Georgia native wrote several songs for Bryan's "Spring Break" EPs as well as cuts for Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Craig Campbell.
Ralph Stanley and Ralph Stanley II -
Side By Side
Ralph Stanley II was a long-time member of his father's band, but now the two are joining forces for their own set of music together. Co-produced by tRalph II and John Rigsby, a former member of the elder Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys band, the CD contains 14 new and traditional songs, including those of A. P. Carter, Charlie Monroe, Albert Brumley and Ernest Tubb and two Ralph Stanley originals-as well as samples of Stanley's a cappella and clawhammer banjo stylings. Two of the musicians who back the Stanleys - fiddler and mandolinist Rigsby and banjoist Steve Sparkman - are from the 2002 Grammy-winning edition of the Clinch Mountain Boys.
Will Kimbrough -
Americana artist Will Kimbrough releases a dozen songs on his latest. This is his first disc since 2009's "Wings."
Lydia Loveless -
Ohio native Lydia Loveless releases her third disc for Bloodshot, including an EP out last year.
February 11, 2014
Rod Picott -
Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail
Picott, a former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, has self-released six albums overall. 'Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail', produced by RS Field [Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle, Hayes Carll], was recorded at Middletree Studios in East Nashville.
Irene Kelley -
Irene Kelley, who has gained success as a songwriter, goes the bluegrass route on her latest. Mark Fain produced the dozen songs with hep from heavyweights like Bryan Sutton, Stuart Duncan and Adam Steffey.
Frankie Ballard -
Sunshine and Whiskey
Frankie Ballard releases his second disc, which includes his current hit "Helluva Life."
Eric Church -
Eric Church releases his fourth studio album and extends the boundaries yet again musically. He rocks out hard in the title track opener and also throws in country U2 and Stones sounds. Jay Joyce produced the dozen songs, all of which Church had a hand in writing.
Jamestown Revival -
Jamestown Revival is the do of Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance,w ho grew up together in Magnolia, Texas. they occupy a rootsy sound in line with Mumford & Sons.
February 4, 2014
Eric Paslay -
Newcomer Eric Paslay (Pass-lay) releases his debut disc. Friday Night" which he co-wrote with Rose Falcon and Rob Crosby. The set includes the single Friday Night, which has been featured in weekly ESPN College Football Friday Primetime Broadcasts this fall. The Texas native has co-penned number one singles including Even If It Breaks Your Heart (Eli Young Band), Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Jake Owen) and Angel Eyes (Love & Theft), and helped write the title track of Lady Antebellum's album "Golden."
Girls Guns and Glory -
Traditional Massachusetts country band Girls Guns and Glory releases its fifth album. The group consists of Ward Hayden on vocals/guitar, Paul Dilley on electric and upright bass/piano, Josh Kiggans on drums/percussion, and Chris Hersch on lead guitar/banjo.
Tony Trischka -
Great Big World
Banjo master is "all over the place" on his new CD, he says, including, of course, bluegrass. Among those helping out on the 13 songs are Mike Compton on mandolin, Steve Martin Andy Statman, Noam Pikelny, Andy Statman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Abigail Washburn and Oteil Burbridge of the Allmans.
Suzy Bogguss -
Suzy Bogguss named her 1989 debut disc "Somewhere Between" after a song by Merle Haggard. Now she gives The Hag the full tribute treatment on this dozen song set. This is Bogguss' fifth self-released disc, which she funded through a Kickstarter campaign.
January 28, 2014
Jason Eady -
Daylight & Dark
Texas artist Jason Eady releases his sixth disc and the follow-up to "AM Heaven," which went top 40. Once again, Kevin Welch is at the controls of the album recorded in Nashville. Eady maintains a traditional country vibe.
Amy Ray -
Amy Ray is one-half of The Indigo Girls, and she goes country with her latest solo effort. Ray recorded live to analog tape last spring at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, N.C. The sessions included fiddle, banjo, Dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, bass and drums gathered round a few microphones. Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Heather McEntire (Mt. Moriah, Merge Records), Kelly Hogan and Susan Tedeschi help out.
Laura Cantrell -
No Way There From Here
New York-based, Tennessee-born Laura Cantrell releases a dixc of a dozen songs. She co-produced the music with Mark Nevers.
Rhonda Vincent -
Rhonda Vincent releases a two-CD set of country and bluegrass music. Each disc - one is strictly bluegrass and the other country - contain six songs apiece with different musicians used on each. Willie Nelson and Daryle Singletary both sing on the bluegrass disc.
The Farewell Drifters -
Nashville-based band The Farewell Drifters are out with its third release and first for Compass. The ban occupy some of the same turf as Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.
January 21, 2014
Ray Benson -
A Little Piece
Ray Benson, lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, returns with his first solo disc in nine years. Willie Nelson is duet partner on one track. Members of Austin newgrass band Milkdrive and Latino rockers Del Castillo have cameo roles. Benson co-produced the disc himself, helped by his son Sam Lightning Seifert and Lloyd Maines.
Eric Brace and Karl Straub -
Eric Brace and Karl Straub tell a tale of the California Gold Rush featuring performances by Kelly Willis, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Jason Ringenberg, Andrea Zonn, and John Wesley Harding (Wesley Stace). In the story, two young lovers, Betsy and Ike, leave their Missouri home for California during the Gold Rush. The piece is based on the song "Sweet Betsy from Pike," which Brace heard in his youth growing up in California. This record has been in the works for almost a decade, often on the back burner as Brace had his band Last Train Home and his duo Eric Brace & Peter Cooper.. Straub was active in Washington D.C. with his bands The Graverobbers and The Karl Straub Combo, and getting degrees in composition and music education from Howard University. But every few months they'd go on a writing spree and add another chapter to the lives of Betsy and Ike.
The Sacred Shakers -
The Sacred Shakers recorded this live set at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. on Jan. 24, 2013. The disc contains 14 songs. Eilen Jewell, Daniel Fram, Greg Glassman, Eric Royer and Jason Beek take lead vocals for the band, which also includes Jerry Miller on electric guitar, Daniel Kellar on violin and Johnny Sciascia on upright bass.
Blue Highway -
Bluegrass band Blue Highway celebrates its 20th year with this disc. The original personnel from the band (which formed in 1994) remains intact - Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Jason Burleson and Wayne Taylor. The band produced the 12 songs.
January 14, 2014
Mary Chapin Carpenter -
Songs From the Movie
Mary Chapin Carpenter revisits 10 previously recorded songs, although none of them were hits. Instead, she employs a full scale orchestra to give a different feel than most of her previous efforts.
Jennifer Nettles -
Jennifer Nettles goes out on her own from her Sugarland duo for her first solo disc. Rick Rubin produced the 11 songs at the Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, Cal. Nettles co-wrote every song except the closer, Bob Seger's Against the Wind.
Rosanne Cash -
The River & The Thread
Rosanne Cash returns with her first disc since 2009's very fine "The List." Once again, husband John Leventhal, who also contributes on guitar, produced the 14 songs.
Jon Pardi -
Write You a Song
Jon Pardi releases his debut disc. The first two singles, which both were top 25 on Billboard were Missin' You Crazy and Up All Night. Pardi, 28, is a California native.
December 13, 2013
The Palominos -
Come On In
The Palominos are a San Diego-based band playing honky tonk music. The quartet released a seven-song EP. The band consists of Lance Hawkins on vocals, Thomas Zurek on guitar, James Zurek on bass and Craig Packham on drums.
December 11, 2013
Wylie and the Wild West -
Wylie Gustafson goes tongue in cheek on the title of his 19th disc but the long-running musician dishes out his usual assortment of country. He includes his take on "Indian Love Call."