Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon (2013)

emmylouThe 12-track duets Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell album is scheduled for a February 26, 2013 release date on Nonesuch Records, and has been simmering on the back burner of Harris’ mind for years.
“I first heard Rodney on a demo tape in 1974 and knew immediately from his voice and lyrics he had the right stuff,“ Harris says. “We met soon after, becoming band-mates in the Hot Band and starting a friendship that has continued and grown over the years. I always hoped we would someday do this record, and now I can finally cross it off my bucket list!”
Crowell penned four of the tracks, with the rest of the record being filled out by covers of Roger Miller and Hank Devito, among others. Vince Gill, Stuart Duncan and Billy Payne will be featured, as well as other members of the original Hot Band.
Crowell compares the records sound to the Southern California country rock of Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, and Harris and The Hot Band. The record also reunites Harris with producer Brian Ahern, whom she last worked with on 2008’s All I Intended to Be.

FLAC + Covers | 265 MB | UL | TB

Jordan Raycroft – Jordan Raycroft (2013)

joHis music is authentic. It’s powerful and honest; his voice is raw and passionate, his lyrics tell a story.Jordan’s songs tell stories of faith, love, and loss with the passion and expertise of a seasoned songwriter. At only 21, this young gun has been captivating audiences of all ages across Central and Eastern Canada with his story telling, foot stomping melodies, and intimate performances.

mp3 VBR~255 kbps | 82 MB | UL | CL

Ricky Nelson – The Ballads of Ricky Nelson (2013)

RThis collection containing 30 essential tracks, recorded between 1957-62, for the Verve and Imperial labels. An eclectic compilation of Ricky Nelson’s ballads, juxtaposing 16 well-known hits alongside lesser-known b-sides and LP tracks. Includes the million-selling ‘Poor Little Fool’, ‘Lonesome Town’, ‘A Teenager’s Romance’, ‘Never Be Anyone Else But You’, ‘Young World’ and ‘Teen Age Idol’. Also features b-sides like ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, as well as killer album tracks like ‘Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You)’, which was also a UK hit single, ‘Half Breed’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Restless Kid’. The lavish, 36-page booklet comprises in-depth liner notes, rare photos and a detailed discography. Bear Family .

mp3 320 kbps | 172 MB | UL | CL

The Backsliders – Throwin’ Rocks at the Moon (1997)

backThe full-length debut, produced by Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam), from this Raleigh, NC quintet. With a driving guitar sound that picks up where the New Riders of the Purple Sage left off in the ’70s and what Jason & the Scorchers started in the ’80s, the Backsliders will appeal to fans who like their country a little rough around the edges. The songwriting and musical attitude comes off as honest and sincere, and Anderson does a great job of toughening the band’s already muscular live-show attack, without messing with its charm. Adding a little Hammond B-3 on the soulful rockers, the country elements are in turn accentuated by occasional pedal steel and mandolin. Standout cuts include the heartfelt “Broken Wings,” the melodic honky-tonk of “Lonesome Teardrops” and the rambunctious album closer “Cowboy Boots.”

mp3 320 kbps | 104 MB | UL

Caroline Casey & the Stringslingers – This Broken Crown (2008)

CARAs Austin’s ‘Honky Tonk Queen’ (according to legendary record producer Kim Fowley), Caroline Casey has been hard at work on the roots music scene for close to ten years. First as half of the female rockabilly duo, The Casey Sisters, and then as a solo artist in her own right, her spirited stage shows, sassy sense of humor, and lyrical talents have been garnering increasing attention on the local radio as well as the international music festival scene. This Broken Crown’ dives deeply into country music of the late 1950s to the late 1960s, with a twelve tracks combining into an irresistible blend of mostly original high-steppers, barstool tear-stirrers, and classic Texas two-steppers. Caroline Casey’s music and lyrics embody the careworn, steel-spined resignation of Loretta Lynn or the ‘Devil Take Me’ attitude of early Johnny Paycheck or Don Gibson.

mp3 VBR~175 kbps | 42 MB | UL

The Two Man Gentlemen Band – Drip Dryin’ with the Two Man Gentlemen Band (2009)

twoHailing from New York City, The Two Man Gentlemen Band combines hot jazz, vintage rhythm & blues, old-time country, and tin pan alley to create a joyous two-man sound that is all their own. Performing with plectrum banjo, guitar, string bass, dueling kazoos, novelty percussion, and a cornet, The Gentlemen whip themselves into a frenzy that is unlike any acoustic duo on the road today. And they belt out original songs that manage to be at once familiar, bizarre, fun, and entirely new.

m4a 256 kbps | 26 MB | UL

David Bazan – Spring [EP] (2013)


01. April The 14th Part 1 (Gillian Welch)
02. Flirted With You All Oof My Life (Vic Chesnutt)
03. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Can (Radiohead)
04. The Man In Me (Bob Dylan)
05. Halleluja (Leonard Cohen)

mp3 320 kbps | 42 MB | UL | CL

Luke Winslow-King – Old/ New Baby (2009)

LULuke Winslow-King is both a music educator and a New Orleans street musician, which may help explain the sound of his second album, Old/New Baby. Winslow-King’s music is steeped in New Orleans tradition, and while these are original songs for which he has composed the music (and, for the most part, co-written the lyrics with his girlfriend, Ji Un Choi), they usually sound like they could have been written 100 years ago. With their Dixieland arrangements supporting Winslow-King’s acoustic guitar or banjo, they also sound like they could have been played on the streets of New Orleans (or maybe in a square, for the bigger ensembles) around the same time. That playing is infectiously attractive and characteristically New Orleans-sounding, notably on “Birthday Stomp,” an instrumental that would be recognizable to Buddy Bolden or Louis Armstrong. “Dragon Fly, Dragon Flower,” meanwhile, threatens to segue into “St. James Infirmary” at any second. The weak spot on the disc is actually Winslow-King’s singing. He has a sandpaper tenor sometimes reminiscent of Steve Forbert (but more delicate) that floats over the instruments, carrying lyrics that often have a childlike quality to them. But he is often overwhelmed by the music, particularly the horns. Still, this is engaging music in a traditional mode that will appeal to fans of Leon Redbone and Keb’ Mo’.

mp3 160 kbps | 41 MB | UL | CL