Forty years into his career, Robert Cray has been steadily building one of the most consistent catalogs of pure soul and smooth blues with the help of his stinging Stratocaster and a voice that somehow gets even better with age.
Americana husband/wife duo, the Rails gather together their collective influences and skills on the bright, enjoyable new album, Cancel the Sun.
Austin folkies Penny and Sparrow explore low key R&B textures and add a bit of soulful punch to their lovely sound on Finch.
John Smith's Hummingbird is poised to introduce an artist John Renbourn once called "the future of folk music" to a worldwide audience.
The Wood Brothers found their musical potential together after years of separation, joining their subtly distinct experiences and passions to make the kind of fusion they dreamed of.
Back Being Blue is an album of swift country music that mixes Kelly Willis' pop-rockabilly sense with earnest cover tunes.
Philadelphia's Dr. Dog have a new label and a handful of winning songs, but all too often, the results are lackluster.
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.