If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.
Third Man Records release the long-lost tapes from what Bonnie Raitt calls "the blues Woodstock".
"Platinum's" crisp, punchy guitars and soaring, wide-ranging vocals bring to mind familiar Wanderwild touchstone bands like Interpol and the Strokes and act as an insistent and catchy calling card for their upcoming release.
The Pollies' brand of forward-thinking Southern indie rock takes a leap forward on Transmissions.
This new Rough Guide compilation shines a light on early practitioners of an immensely influential style of blues.
Escondido's Warning Bells represents a successful step forward for a band who had their basic sound figured out from the start.
Athens, Georgia pop scene veteran Drew Beskin continues exploring his appealing brand of catchy indie pop on "Midnight Avenue Edge".
In Catherynne M. Valente's Space Opera, the Meaning of Life has a beat and, depending on your alien physiology, you might be able to dance to it.
The first Squirrel Nut Zippers Zippers album in 18 years picks up right where the band left off.
Second single from Athens, Georgia's Palace Doctor further introduces band's brand of indie rock.
J.D. Wilkes' songs can come across as equal parts sermon and campfire story, where the modern world's rules are underpinned by something much older and more ghostly.
"Black Heart" bursts through the door with heavily processed vocals and an aggressive, percussion-led arrangement that culminates in a solo that sounds like the circuits on the P-Funk Mothership are overloading.