Category Country/Folk/Bluegrass

Sinikka Langeland–Wolf Rune

Kantele player/singer based on Norwegian songs/traditions–beautiful, eerie. Play!

JESSICA AMELIA (OBVIOUS TELLS) [SELF-RELEASED, LOCAL]

Burlington-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jessica Amelia’s new 11-track album is delightfully quirky and still punk af*. It’s heartfelt, somewhat atonal DIY with unusual toy instruments and, if I’m not mistaken, actual wood-working tools, along with Amelia’s own unmistakeable voice. The songs all largely deal with issues of queerness, harassment and spaces — some safe, […]

Northbound 51

Northbound 51 from Moose Factory, Ontario, Releases Debut Album  Band’s music, a mix of country and folk with rock influences,  tells the story of Cree identity past and present  (MOOSE FACTORY, Ontario, Oct. 28, 2021) — Northbound 51, a band hailing from Moose Factory, Ontario, has released “Northbound 51,” their self-titled debut album. “Northbound 51” refers […]

Kaley Rutledge – Tender Heart [Tone Tree]

After years under the artist name De Joie, Kaley Rutledge is stepping out into the music world as entirely herself. In this debut record she takes you on a journey that strikes a balance between softness and grit, speaking sincerely about topics ranging from rediscovering lifeʼs simple pleasures to the pain of losing someone you love. […]

Charley Crockett – Music City USA [Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers]

Charley’s back with his characteristic smoky voice and a variety of loungey honky tonk, rootsy rock, bluegrassy country, and foot stompin folk. FCC: Clean Play: 3, 6, 7, all RIYL: Margo Price, Willie Watson, J.P. Harris, Sturgill Simpson, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers

Andy Aquarius – Chapel [Hush Hush]

From promoter: “Hush Hush Records is honored to help present the new album ‘Chapel’ by Berlin-based harpist, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Andy Aquarius. A timeless record that captures a primordial beauty, ‘Chapel’ places Andy’s exquisite homespun harp arrangements alongside honest vocal melodies for a transcendental journey through the outer realms of ambient, classical, new age, and […]

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine

From promoter: “Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have paired up for a collaborative project that does just that. A Beginner’s Mind is their debut album that contains 14 songs (loosely) based on (mostly) popular films. The source material is highbrow, lowbrow, and everything in between. What began as a superficial conceit became a more serious investigation […]

The Franklin Electric – This Time I See It [Self-Released]

A fairly plain folk album that opens up in a really interesting way that feels Andrew Bird like with catchy melodies and neat instrumentation. RIYL City and Colour, Half Moon Run, Milk & Bone, Arkells, Joel Plaskett TRY #6, 7, 2, 1 | FCC Clean

This is the kit – off off oddities [rough trade]

*swoons* Oh, okay, an actual review? Fine. A subset of extras and alternate versions from last year’s “Off Off On”. Very classic This Is The Kit: Kate Stables’ lambent alto floats atop softly layered harmonies. Nothing is super-fast, or super-urgent; it’s all very easy and gentle. Like listening to a feather bed. The first song […]

Lissa Schneckenburger – Bedlam Blues [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Brattleboro-based singer, songwriter and fiddle player Lissa Schneckenburger’s latest single is a much more tender and somber affair than its title might suggest. A simple but gorgeous duet between Schneckenburger’s voice and Jefferson Hamer’s fingerpicked acoustic guitar, the song’s lyrics are inspired by her experience as a foster parent, and use imagery of birds to […]

Joe Taylor Sutkowski – Of Wisdom & Folly [Danger Collective]

Bon Iver-esque finger picking with a Jerry Paper-esque vocals. Dig.

Madi Diaz- History of Feeling [Anti]

Absolutely gorgeous folk music. Expressive voice that is superficially reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers. Chords choices are excellent FCC: 1,5,7,10

GINNY GI – SONGS TO DROWN SAILORS TO [SELF-RELEASED]

Remember when we all went temporarily batsh*t for exactly one sea shanty some dude made a Tik Tok about? Well, spoiler alert: some people have never gotten over their love for singing about the ocean. Also? Goth mermaids. So, you put that all together with a (me-)hearty dash of mythology and homicide, and you get […]

Sonny And The Sunsets – New Day With New Possibilities – [Rocks In Your Head]

Cute and folksy but has some edge to it. Gives me Weezer vibes (in a good way) w/ a pretty typical vocal sound. Enjoyable.

Giovanina Bucci – Storytellers (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Local singer-songwriter Giovanina Bucci’s latest release combines elements from Americana, blues and a hint of jazz into a bittersweet, warm blend. Upright bass and brushy drums provide the backdrop to Bucci’s sharp guitar (alongside local blues hero Bob Wagner), sweet vocals, and lyrics about the ups and downs of love. Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, […]

Balmorhea–The Wind

A mix of classical, New Age, and folk, for guitar and piano with other accompaniment.

Aneken River – Aneken River (Self-released) [LOCAL]

On their debut EP, folk singer-songwriter Aneken River displays a distinct blend of current and retro sounds. Rootsy instrumentals lay a backdrop for River’s inward-looking indie-folk songwriting and their achingly tender, gorgeous vocals. Features contributions from Eric George, Kat Wright and Meg Rice! Track Picks: 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Adrianne Lenker, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien […]

Dave Richardson – Palms to Pines (Branch and Thorn) [LOCAL]

Windsor, VT musician Dave Richardson’s latest album feels like a warm blanket. His gentle voice and slice-of-life lyrics set to catchy major-key melodies will put a smile on your face – though there are some darker or more wistful moments too. (One particular lyrical highlight is “Apology to Mouse,” which sounds like a sardonic murder […]

Liz Simmons – Poets (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Brattleboro-based musician Liz Simmons’ latest project is a warm collection of beautifully sung and played originals and covers. Elements of American and European folk traditions are blended with pop and jazz in a way that’s timeless but still fresh.  Track Picks: 1, 3, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: May Erlewine, Joni Mitchell, Rhiannon Giddens

Saints and Liars – These Times (Self-released) [LOCAL]

You can tell that these big-voiced “roadhouse roots” singers and players from southern Vermont have beards just from the music they make. Having toured all over New England for about eight years before cutting their debut album, they’ve honed their chops brilliantly. This is music, as they say, to “dance, stomp and sing along” to. […]

DAVID WALTERS – FREEDOM (FT. VINCENT SEGAL, BALLAKÉ SISSOKO, & ROGER RASPAIL) (SINGLE) [SIX DEGREES]

A melancholy chant with gorgeous guitar instrumentation and somber vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: B.Alone, Flavia Coelho, Voilaa

Peg Tassey – Winter Comes (Flower Fields) [LOCAL]

The first single from veteran Vermont singer-songwriter Peg Tassey in almost twenty years, “Winter Comes” (a collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons) takes the form of a traditional folk round, set to a haunting arrangement featuring the sounds of birds and crunching ice, with lyrics about isolation that resonate particularly strongly in this unusually […]

Nate Gusakov – Many Mountains (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Lincoln, VT banjoist and singer-songwriter Nate Gusakovs’ latest EP is an excellent collection of folk and blues. His deep voice (perfectly contrasted by Moira Smiley’s harmonies) is just the right vehicle for his lyrics, which sometimes stretch the boundaries of a typical meter in a way that only increases their emotional resonance.  Track Picks: 1, […]

RED RED – LONG BLACK TRAIN (SINGLE) [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

From their Spotify page: ” RED RED was marooned on Earth when their ship exploded after they tried to fuel it with used fritkot oil. They play psychedelic rock music beamed from the turntables of the Great Galactic Ape… RED RED is good for the pancreas, liver, and the easement of manly afflictions.” A Side […]

JIM WHITE – SUM OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN (SINGLE) [FLUFF & GRAVY]

A gorgeous and full Americana sound on this latest single from Jim White. The driving beat will have you imagining yourself taking a long car ride at sunset surrounded by waving fields of golden wheat. Sugary harmonies are the cherry on top. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Willard Grant Conspiracy, Richmond Fontaine, Giant Sand