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Brother Roy- “Last Man Standing” (Self-Released)

Classic style from a little known name. Piano and horn are my favorite parts of this one. Rock-leaning. ****RIYL LOW CUT CONNIE*** FCC: Clean Play: 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 Also RIYL: Bob Dylan, Dan Auerbach Advertisements

Yusuf- “The Laughing Apple” [Cat-O-Log]

Most of this is made up of stuff that was released in demo form back in the classic Cat Stevens days, or has been reworked since them. Just as great as everything else he’s put out. (Acoustic guitar, soft vocals.) FCC: Clean Play: 2, 5, 6, 11 (start with these but play all!)    

Bette Smith- “Jetlagger” [Big Legal Mess]

TL;DR: folk-rock, heavier on the rock. great guitar. super unique voice. This one from Bette Smith is pretty different from anything I have heard before. It’s her debut album, but already has a lot of really solid work. The most distinctive part is definitely Smith’s unique voice, but I was also a big fan of […]

Joshua Davis- “The Way Back Home” [Soundly]

What can I say? We get so many great lyric-driven singer-songwriters here and this is another one. If you don’t think folk is your thing this is a great one to check out, it trends more toward the soft-rock acoustic side of the genre and away from the bluegrass that you might associate with the […]

Langhorne Slim- “Lost at Last vol. 1” [Dualtone]

If you don’t know Langhorne Slim what are you doing?! Another great and not well enough known folk-rock artist– lots of acoustic guitar, raw vocals, killer lyrics. RIYL: Shakey Graves, The Suitcase Junket, Deer Tick FCC: Clean Play: 1, 2, 10, 13

Ordinary Elephant- “Before I Go” [Self-Released]

IF YOU LIKE FOLK- PLAY PLAY PLAY!! Husband-wife duo, great songwriting, great vocals, great banjo instrumentals– if that’s your thing (and even if it isn’t- give it a shot!) these guys have it all. Music you and your ‘folks’ (the parental ones!) can both get behind. RIYL: The Civil Wars, The Stray Birds, Bonnie Raitt […]

Sean McConnell- “Undone” [Rounder]

I happen to know Sean McConnell is a Massachusetts native, because his father played at open mic nights at a local coffee shop I frequented in high school. Now moved on to bigger things, McConnell’s latest release from Nashville label Rounder is a gem if you’re into acoustic singer songwriter tunes with poignant story telling […]

The Wild Reeds- “The World We Built” [Dualtone]

The Wild Reeds are a folk-rock group that has flown largely under my radar until recently. They fit well into the established indie americana ish genre that has been emerging, characterized by intense choral vocals and heavy instruments. Their new release is another solid album from the group, with a few standout radio tracks in […]

The Suitcase Junket- “Pile Driver”

Matt Lorenz is the incredible one-man force behind The Suitcase Junket. This is best described as a folk-rock album with everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink: Lorenz’s claim to fame is his use of everyday objects as elements in his music, including a “suitcase drum, cookpot, circular sawblade, and that nasty old guitar.” The bluesy, raw […]