Category Country/Folk/Bluegrass

The Larkspurs – Live at East Montpelier Meeting House [Self-released] (LOCAL)

The first release from local roots revival quartet The Larkspurs features a mix of originals, covers and adapted standards played with freshness, vigor and passion. Track Picks: 1, 3, 6FCC: Clean RIYL: The Wild Reeds, Oh Hellos, The Head and the Heart

Honey and Soul – Separate Her Heart [Tank Recording] (LOCAL)

The new single from Burlington folk trio Honey & Soul is a particularly gorgeous acoustic piece, with soaring strings and gentle guitars topped with passionate three-part harmonies. FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, The Wild Reeds

Zephyr Quartet–Epilogue

Australian string quartet with compositions by its members, classical/folk/blugrass. Excellent!

Frank and Allie Lee: Treat a Stranger Right {self released}

This is the sophomore release of this old timey, bluegrass duo from North Carolina. It features traditional and bluegrass songs. Great instrumentation with banjos, guitar, harmonica. Great harmonies. A message for the political reality of life in America in the title cut! Play: 1,4, 5,6 FCC: clean Similar to: Freight Hoppers,

Eliza Meyer: Hello Stranger {self released}

Eliza Meyer is a junior in high school and a native of Raleigh North Carolina and she nails it in her debut album. She is country, bluegrass and old time music. Great vocals, and song selection. Play: 1,3, 7, 11 Similar to: The Carter Family, Hazel Dickens FCC: clean

The Regular- Did Not know {self released}

New single from this indie folk band from Denver, Colorado. Catchy melody, nice harmonies. Play! FCC: clean Similar to: Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers

The Jayplayers- I still Love you [The Jayplayers]

Great single from Pennsylvania folk rock band the Jayplayers. Features Keeley McCue lead vocals and Chris Weidensaul on back up vocals. A fixture in Philadelphia Folk scene. Play! FCC: clean

Bart Budwig: Another Burn on the AstroTurf [Fluff and Gravy]

Songwriter with country, jazz rock, and folk influences. Check out 1,3,4,6 FCC:clean similar to: An American Forest, John Craigie, Smooth Hound Smith

Francois Couture – My Little Book-Tome 2 [BOGHEI Records]

New instrumental album from Quebec musicians Francois Couture (guitar), Daniel Marcoux-base, Sylvian Neault- violin, and Steve Normandin- piano accordion with a definite French flavor. Some cuts folk influenced, some jazzy. A quartet to give a listen to. Play: all FCC: clean Similar to: Lord Bubba’s Nu Jazz Project, Greta Panettieri, Mister Dumont

Drive by Truckers- The Unraveling- [ATO records] Feb 3, 2020

This is DBT 12th album and it takes the listener on a musical socially conscious tour through all the maladies you read about in the news and are dealing with in your life. Recorded in Memphis this is genre defying: a bit country, a bit folk, a bit rock. Check it out! Play 1,3,5,6 FCC: […]

Miriam Bernardo – Songs from the Well (Flower Fields Records) [LOCAL]

Vermont music veteran Miriam Bernardo turns in a wonderful, lush collection of folk and folk-rock on her first solo album. Featuring contributions from many Vermont musicians and songwriters, including Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell (“I Got A Well”). FCC: Clean Track Picks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 RIYL: Anaïs Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Iron and Wine, Shana […]

Jason Baker – Common Man Blues (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Local ex-punk-turned-folkie Jason Baker describes his music as “sociopolitical Americana.” All acoustic, mostly solo, with plain-spoken lyrics about social and environmental issues sung in a deep, world-weary voice. FCC: 2 (clean version available)  Track Picks: 4, 5, 11 RIYL: Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke, Gordon Lightfoot

Daniel Martin Moore – Never Look Away [SofaBurn]

From Billboard: “There’s a strong sense of loss running through Daniel Martin Moore’s new album Never Look Away, but in its title track the Kentucky singer-songwriter tries to convince himself that all hop is not lost.” Label: SofaBurn Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron & Wine, Bon Iver, Ray LaMontagne

Kacy & Clayton – Carrying On [New West]

From promoter: “Carrying On follows the international acclaim for their previous records Strange Country (which Q Magazine called “A beautiful album that nudges a classic past into a brave future”) and 2017’s The Siren’s Song (described by Uncut? as “Ageless and beguiling. A classic record for this or any other time.”).” Label: New West Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7, […]

The Lumineers – III [Dualtone Music Group]

From promoter: “A glorious explosion that reminds fans what folk rock is really about.” Label: Dualtone Music Group Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 10 FCC: 5 RIYL: Mumford & Sons, The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy

Kyle Lionhart – Too Young [Ivy League]

From promoter: “After releasing two critically acclaimed EP’s, Australian folk/soul singer songwriter, Kyle Lionhart, presents the excellent and beachy debut album.” Label: Ivy League Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 FCC: 1 RIYL: Nick Cunningham, Corey Harper, The Dreggs

Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender [Merge]

Terms of Surrender is Hiss Golden Messenger’s 11th album which was written in depression but finds notes of hope. It is a folk-rock album with a conscience. Label: Merge Start w/ 1, 5, 6 FCC: 2, 7 RIYL: Phosphorescent, Wilco, Rayland Baxter

Esther Rose – You Made It This Far [Father/Daughter]

Pitchfork: “On her sophomore album, the country singer name-checks Minor Threat and Against Me! while drawing inspiration from classic Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.” Label: Father/Daughter Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Margo Price, Patsy Cline, Nikki Lane

Sarah Rogo – Smoke and Water [Funzalo Records]

From promoter: “Sarah Rogo offers a slight twang to her eclectic and varied songwriting, and fans of Brandi Carlile or Courtney Marie Andrews won’t want to miss it.” Label: Funzalo Records Start w/ 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Courtney Marie Andrews, Angel Olsen

THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS – Live at the Ramblin’ Man Fair // Alligator Records

The Tennessee Headhunters open up this live album with a bang, heavy guitar and strong vocals. Country twang and tight harmonies bring a softer side to the album as it progresses. Classic rock and country element blend together leaving fans of both happy. Legendary pianist Johnnie Johnson joins the band for the last 3 tracks, […]

Tanbark – Tanbark [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Indie folk duo Tanbark evokes waves of poignant nostalgia and reflection…a charming, mellow, and heartwarming sundtrack to a story built on fantasy and faraway connection.” Label: Self-released Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Julian Baker, Caroline King

Damn Tall Buildings – Don’t Look Down [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Primary vocalist and lyricist Max Capistran’s singing recalls old blues and The Band-style roots-rock, whereas Sasha Dubyk’s time studying musical theater is evident in her rich vocal tone and soulful flair.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 4, 5, 7, 11 FCC: 3 RIYL: The Ballroom Thieves, Milk Carton Kids, These Wild Plains

ORVILLE PECK – Pony // Sub Pop

Psych-country crooner Orville Peck hides behind a fringed mask and sings tales of love and loss from the American Frontier. “Pony” follows the journey of a young cowboy’s nosedive into love and subsequent heartbreak all through a great bellowing voice that recalls past greats like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Strady rhythm beats, twangy guitars, […]

ANDREW BIRD – My Finest Work Yet // Wegawam Music Co

This Andrew Bird album is a must play if you like folk rock. This release is amongst the many since Birds start in 1992. This album breaks new grounds. The starter Sisyphus sets a beautiful tone for the rest of the album. I would hands down recommend every song. Bloodless ends with an unexpected violin […]

SHANA CLEVELAND – Night of the Worm Moon // Hardly Art

Shana Cleveland, front woman of La Luz, puts out a great first solo album. A beautiful album of vocal and instrumental tracks that reminds you of star gazing on a summer night. The soft vocals and mostly acoustic beats by Shana give the album a haunting, mystical vibe and sound. The tracks flow into one […]