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On Lamentations, Americana band American Aquarium address these hard times, the sins of the South, and those that want the band to just shut up and sing.
Every track on Lilly Hiatt's Walking Proof shines with imaginative playing, spirited vocals, and sensitive, literate lyrics. It's truly a kick ass record.
The new solo album by the Deslondes' Sam Doores is a beguiling brew of old rock 'n' roll and New Orleans R&B, with a hint of Berlin experimentalism.
Deslondes member Sam Doores goes solo during down time from the band. His new album upsets expectations about the nature of Americana music in 2020 and yet maintains strong ties to Doores' roots.
There are a lot of good elements on Out of the Blue. Kentucky rockers Dan Luke and the Raid might make some great music in the future, but they aren't quite there yet.
Ahead of her new album Walking Proof, Americana's Lilly Hiatt shares "P-Town", where jangle and twang intermingle with loud, flesh-raising rock 'n' roll and lyrical forthrightness.
Folk duo Kacy & Clayton explore the power of geographic connection and the awareness they develop when separated from their roots on Carrying On, their Jeff Tweedy-produced sixth studio album.
'Big Band of Brothers: A Jazz Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band' Is Essential Listening (album stream) (premiere)
Big Band of Brothers is a truly remarkable and imaginative take on the music of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, rendered with affection and imagination, it asks us to appreciate the true genius of Macon, Georgia's finest.
Quarter Century Classix finds Ben Lee tackling songs from the 1990s, including pieces from Pavement, the Breeders, Sonic Youth, and Guided By Voices. "What's funny about this generation of music... is that because that was my formative music, it was also something I had to push against at a certain point."
Dan Luke and the Raid's "Black Cat Heavy Metal" and "Last Goodbyes" Show Off Their Infectious Indie Rock (premiere + interview)
Lo-fi, garage rock, and '60s pop influences abound on Dan Luke and the Raid's debut album, Out of the Blue. Hear "Black Cat Heavy Metal" and "Last Goodbyes" ahead of the 11 October release.
"High Holiday" is the new song culled from Kacy & Clayton's upcoming Jeff Tweedy-produced LP on New West. Clayton Linthicum chats about the writing and recording process and life on his country's Great Plains.
Americana's Aaron Lee Tasjan has created a re-recorded version of 2018's Karma For Cheap to which he's added a new song. The accomplished artist discusses songwriting, performing, influences, and his latest work in this wide-ranging interview.
Ahead of his Cover Your Tracks EP, Americana's Corb Lund teams up with Hayes Carll for a rousing rendition of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show's "Cover of the Rolling Stone".
A sprawling and deeply conceptual work, Los Coast's Samsara touches on personal, social, and philosophical dilemmas while never losing sight of its basic purpose, to move the heart and the feet.
Justin Townes Earle's songs on The Saint of Lost Causes all have a feel that is timeless and reverential of the past, while still moving forward along the twisted turns of America.
Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon Put Down Roots As a Collective Enterprise on 'Solstice'
Luther Dickinson and a remarkable group of roots music vocalists explore their own pasts on the vibrant new Americana collaboration, Solstice.
Luther Dickinson and Sisters of the Strawberry Moon Declare "Hallelujah (I'm a Dreamer)" (premiere + interview)
Luther Dickinson's new single "Hallelujah (I'm a Dreamer)" features the talents of bassist/vocalist Amy LaVere on an album that shines light on her, the Como Mamas, Amy Helm, Birds of Chicago, and Sharde Thomas.
Robert Ellis is a changed man on Texas Piano Man. Ellis has always composed sharp introspective lyrics about himself and the world. That hasn't altered, albeit his music has become more outwardly sophisticated.
Ron Gallo has discovered the secret to happiness even though he struggles to behave accordingly. It's simple: just be in the present moment.
The new album from Richard Thompson is a raw, unfiltered affair from a veteran artist who shows no signs of slowing down.
Folk rocker Aaron Lee Tasjan goes all-out, straight-ahead '70s rock on his new album Karma for Cheap.
One of the most talented voices in Americana today, Jason Isbell's debut solo album Sirens of the Ditch receives a proper reissue.
Already one of the most exciting Americana bands in the business, the Devil Makes Three adds a drummer to Chains Are Broken to provide just that extra little pop.
Buxton's latest carefully textures a dreamy post-rock soundscape that is carried even further by its new music video.
An unexpected collaboration between Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck produces a great summer record of noisy, dark garage-pop.
North Carolina's the Nude Party prove there is still lots of life left in good old rock 'n' roll on their debut album releasing this Friday.
The Nude Party's songwriting is very good and they vary their '60s touchstones just enough to make their debut album lively and fun.
BJ Barham assembled a new line-up for American Aquarium's seventh album Things Change to reflect and share thoughts on changes in his personal life and the American landscape.
In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.