Congotronics International, a supergroup of Konono Nº1 and Kasai Allstars members and guests, make their recorded debut with Where’s the One? It’s phenomenal.
Sweet Forgiveness (1977) was Bonnie Raitt’s first breakthrough album, laying the groundwork for ‘Nick of Time’ and beyond. There can be no second act without a great first one.
Mark Knopfler forsook Dire Straits’ arena rock to become a troubadour in his solo life. The Studio Albums 1996-2007 shows just how well that glove fits.
Ry Cooder’s contributions to Americana are apparent in all of his albums. That’s particularly true of Into the Purple Valley, now celebrating its 50th anniversary.
John Mellencamp’s Strictly a One-Eyed Jack is cohesively designed and features beautifully articulated performances and arrangements. His tough swagger always belied a pained vulnerability.
North Mississippi Allstars have a new album on tap in Set Sail, and they team with Stax legend William Bell for their latest single, “Never Want to Be Kissed”.
On their new album The Future, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats expand their musical territory without abandoning their soulful rock.
On Faster, Samantha Fish ventures into new territory from country rock to hard rock, to pop and R&B to hip-hop, without sacrificing her essential toughness.
The Steel Wheels tell a fan’s genuine “anti-love-at-first-sight” story through the grooving Americana of “Time Is All I Need”.