Americana’s Todd Snider delivers his story songs with gusto and tells his shaggy dog tales with mischievous glee on Live: Return of the Storyteller.
Whether the songs concern racism, family matters, or dancing, one feels the music as well as hears it in Brandi and the Alexanders’ REFLECTION.
Kenny Roby has learned the more obvious facts of life are as byzantine as observing the world without filters. He sings these modest verities like he means them.
Country music’s Kelsey Waldon may be from the sticks, but she shows how rural life is far more sophisticated than it seems in No Regular Dog.
T Bone Burnett, keyboardist Keefus Ciancia, and drummer Jay Bellerose create a dystopian vision of the future as the present on The Invisible Light: Spells.
Oh Me, Oh My reveals that Americana artist Forrest McCurren has a talent for writing catchy yet subtle songs about the human condition through the eyes of various narrators.
Young Blood showcases Marcus King’s masterful ability to wring all the emotion out of a note and hit listeners between the ears with a double-headed weapon.
Gretchen Peters’ songs offer complex lessons in simple language that can catch one unaware. The Show: Live From the UK reveals the depth and breadth of her talents.
Americana’s Jim Lauderdale goes back to the 1960s with Game Changer, which he purposely created in the style of those twangy albums from the past.
The two CD The Girl From Chickasaw County: Highlights From the Capitol Masters has come out and should satisfy all but the most rabid Bobbie Gentry fans.
She & Him reveal the love and respect they have for the original material on Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson. These songs gently rock and soothe.