Category Country/Folk/Bluegrass

MYA Byrne – “Where the Lavender Grows” (single) [self-released]

Good news for fans of laid-back, sixties-style folk rock: new Mya Byrne single! A solid, mid-tempo swayer, featuring a touch of California surf guitar, and carried on the back of Byrne’s clear and reassuring vocals. Innocuous and a little soft, perfect for ending a set. We will indeed, meet Byrne where the lavender grows. Get […]

Jacob Shipley – Persimmon (Self-released)

Troy, NY’s Jacob Shipley turns out a lovely bit of piano, guitar, and synth-driven folk rock on his latest single.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Brett Dennen, Bruce Hornsby, Darlingside, Low Echo

Fern Maddie – Ghost Story (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Vermont folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fern Maddie’s debut album is a mix of arrangements of traditional ballads, original songs that fit in so well you can hardly tell the difference, and instrumentals that showcase unique instruments.  Track Picks: 3, 5, 7, 9 FCC: Clean  RIYL: Sandy Denny, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Rosalie Sorrels, Nate Gusakov

The Wormdogs – Robin May (Astrology Days) [LOCAL]

The latest single from VT “bluegrass rock ‘n roll” group The Wormdogs’ upcoming album “Sunny Side Up” is impossible to listen to without wanting to get up and dance, clap, maybe hoot and holler, with its rapid-fire, humorous lyrics and passionate pickin’.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Bad Livers, Jeffrey Frederick, Nate Gusakov

Cheryl Cawood – Bullet in the Cabin Wall

Cheryl shares the journey of her family history. Her great great grandfather was indigenous to the Cherokee. My favorite song on this album was ‘Running Out of Time’. Her music is very much story telling and rooted in deep emotion.

The Wolf In Our Own Backyard – …Sings The Hits! [Records DK]

The Wolf In Our Own Backyard has once again made an exceptional folk album featuring a diverse variety of tunes that flow along with wonderful cohesion. The album contains excellent instrumentation, including some fantastic guitar playing, solid drums, and some delightful horns, banjo, and pedal steel guitar on certain tracks. The LP is rounded out […]

Lavendula – Lavendula (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut release from Montpelier folk trio Lavendula sounds like it was performed and recorded by a group of friends sitting around a campfire – warm, welcoming and familiar. Now available on all streaming services! Track Picks: 1, 2 FCC: Clean RIYL: Gillian Welch, Low Lily, Adrianne Lenker, Rhiannon Giddens

Nate Gusakov – Running Clear (Self-released) [LOCAL]

A collection of gorgeous vocal and instrumental numbers by deep-voiced singer-songwriter and banjo wizard Nate Gusakov. Originally released 11 years ago, but it’s never too late to get some airplay! Also consider Nate’s excellent, harder-rocking EP “Many Mountains” released in 2021, reviewed here! Track Picks: 2, 5, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bruce Cockburn, Mark […]

Fern Maddie – Hares On the Mountain (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Self-described “old-time balladeer and multi-instrumentalist” Fern Maddie returns with a modern update of an old British folk song, recorded in collaboration with producer and fiddler Colin McCaffrey. FCC: Clean RIYL: Rosalie Sorrels, Rhiannon Giddens, Sandy Denny

Hope DeLuca – I’ll Wait / Roses and Regrets (Self-released) [LOCAL]

UVM singer-songwriter Hope DeLuca’s latest single shows beauty in simplicity. Her gorgeous guitar picking and vocals are the only things present on either side of the record, and those are the only things songs this strong need.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Frances Forever, Beabadoobee, Clairo

Dylan Fitzsimmons – Firefly (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The debut single from local musician and teacher Dylan Fitzsimmons is a warm, gentle love song with a homespun flavor, the kind of thing that should be sung by a campfire with a group of friends or family.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Dispatch, Brett Dennen, Jack Johnson

Gregg Hill – Born Liar

This is a fairly upbeat country like album that features a guitar, banjo, and vocals, however some songs especially later in the album are much less upbeat. My favorite songs in the album include, ‘Clinging to the Wind’ and ‘Anyway’. This music is very relaxing. Some songs like ‘Anyway’ feature sections of music that have […]

Taylor Rae – Mad Twenties

The artist Taylor Rae is originally from California but now lives in Texas. I would recommend the songs ‘Fixer Upper’ and ‘Home on the Road’, however all songs on this album are worth a listen. This album is relaxing but slightly upbeat. This album is an album using multiple styles that addresses the life struggles […]

The Wormdogs – My Baby [Astrology Days] (LOCAL)

The Wormdogs’ latest single is a sassy country-rock cover of a song originally by the duo Whippoorwill, with lead vocals belted by Danica Cunningham over fiddle, mandolin and twangy guitar. FCC: Clean RIYL: Big Thief, Shawn Colvin, Iris DeMent, Rhiannon Giddens

Tall Travis – To Be In a Place (Self-released) [LOCAL]

UVM-based combo Tall Travis (a band, not a person) have a pretty unique sound, dressing their catchy melodies in a rich tapestry of bluegrass strings and horns. Their clever, insightful and charming lyrics are impossible to ignore.  Track Picks: 4, 6, 9, 10, 12 FCC: 3, 7, 11 RIYL: The Magnetic Fields, Kimya Dawson, The […]

The Wormdogs – Sweeties [Astrology Days] (LOCAL)

The Wormdogs’ latest single, an ode to maple sugaring, is one of the most Vermont songs I’ve ever heard. It’s a true feel-good number to sing along with by the fireside with some friends. FCC: Clean RIYL: Michael Hurley, Jeffrey Frederick, The Wild Reeds, Nate Gusakov

Low Lily – Round of Blues [Self-released] (LOCAL)

Brattleboro folk trio Low Lily have just released the first single from their upcoming album, a gorgeous bluegrass-flavored cover of Shawn Colvin’s “Round of Blues.”  FCC: Clean RIYL: Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, May Erlewine

Grace Cummings – Storm Queen [ATO]

Really unique voice with some strongly emotive song that feel more theatrical than folk really. Sing-y talk-y in a sense. FCC: Clean RIYL: Ashley Shadow, Lily Konigsberg, Silverbacks

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 […]