On Friday, Nashville’s Brighton, England transplant, Adam Stockdale – under the banner of Albatross – released his latest album, Desperate Times Best Forgotten. Similar to Stockdale’s previous work, the album maintains a poppy folk thread throughout, yet he’s been influenced by his new surroundings and has layered in a Nashville sound.
“I think the interjection of bluegrass and country in my music has been the best thing to happen to it thus far,” he said. “The quality of Nashville players is beyond excellent. And they all have this unspoken repertoire of songs which are so fundamental to the roots of this great country’s musical culture.”
The son of a welder from rural New England, Rod Picott is a masterful songwriter and soulful singer who carries with him as fine a suitcase of songs as you’ll find anywhere. Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eagelsmith have recorded Rod Picott songs. A former construction worker who hung up his tools when he released his debut CD in 2000, Picott has carved a career for himself with a run of 6 beautifully crafted self released CDs over the last 13 years and a well earned reputation as a engaging, emotion fueled performer.
Rod Picott’s eighth studio album ‘Fortune’ takes a dramatic about-turn from his usual style, but it’s not as evident in the sonics of the 12-track record. Instead, changes in the lyrics and themes take precedence, as the singer/songwriter has become known in the Americana field for writing about other people, and now finds himself tackling his own experiences, joys and problems for an authentic look at one man’s journey through life.
Monk Parker’s How the Spark Loves the Tinder is fall music—languid, heart-wrenching, suggesting pangs of transition. Singing unhurried minor-key songs burnished with horns, weeping organs, and steel guitar, Parker traffics in a twilit Americana, drifting between Phosphorescent’s sun-drunk aphorisms and Castanets’ moonlit chill.
Brilliant new studio album titled, “Find A Way To Care”, produced by John and Eric at famed House of Blues Studios in Encino, California. John adds harmonica on two songs as well as a classic guitar track reminiscent of Hubert Sumlin or Muddy Waters on the latter’s legendary “Long Distance Call”. He is joined by his killer touring band, Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).
Over 50 years after its original 1952 vinyl release, this is still the best American roots music collection around! Musicologist Harry Smith assembled the anthology from 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. This 6-CD reissue was painstakingly researched, annotated and packaged to perfection. With 84 rare tracks, this one is a library all by itself! Includes Drunkard’s Special Coley Jones; Peg and Awl Carolina Tar Heels; Frankie Mississippi John Hurt; Engine 143 Carter Family; Indian War Whoop Hoyt Ming & His Pep-Steppers; Newport Blues Cincinnati Jug Band; John the Revelator Blind Willie Johnson; Fifty Miles of Elbow Room Rev. F.W. McGee; Sugar Baby Dock Boggs; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean Blind Lemon Jefferson; The Lone Star Trail Ken Maynard, and many more!
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