Category Country/Folk/Bluegrass

Maple Run Band – Maple Run Band [Back Pasture] (LOCAL)

Local Americana quartet Maple Run Band’s debut album feels totally timeless – despite being brand new (apart from one Roger Miller cover), these songs feel like they’ve always been around. Real campfire sing-along material, with gorgeous guitar licks and harmonies as well.  Track Picks: 2, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Avett Brothers, Gram Parsons, […]

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

Maple Run Band – Hangin’ ‘Round (Self-released) [LOCAL]

One of Vermont’s premier Americana acts, Maple Run Band’s latest single gives a country spin to an old Lou Reed song. With their lead and backing vocals and clean electric guitars sounding as great as on their recently released debut album, this track will fit neatly into any playlist with a bit of twang. FCC: […]

Rachel Angel – Highway Songs [Public Works]

Country folk music that is reminiscent of Esther Rose. Recommended!

THE HARMED BROTHERS – ACROSS THE WAVES [FLUFF & GRAVY]

The Harmed Brothers bring listeners beautiful folk rock for a summer day with more than a hint of Americana and twang. Lyrics reminisce on the time band members have spent growing together throughout their careers and gorgeous melodies abound. Play for sure! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 2, 8 RIYL: Tom VandenAvond, Willy Tea Taylor, Ugly […]

BEN HARPER – BLACK EYED DOG (FEAT. RHIANNON GIDDENS) (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

Ben Harper and Rhiannon Giddens cover Nick Drake in this stunning new single. Featuring strings and harmonious vocals, a haunting treat for the willing ear. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Donavon Frankenreiter, Brett Dennen, Citizen Cope, Amos Lee

THIN LEAR – WOODEN CAVE [EGGHUNT]

Thin Lear’s newest is a lullaby-like, quietly luminous stroll through the night sky. Sweeping, soft vocals are backed by romantic piano and gentle strings, with some more uptempo tunes featuring driving drums and surprising brass solos. The lyrics are perfectly melancholy as they tell their story. Worth a listen from beginning to end- play! FCC: […]

MARCH TO MAY – HYLAS (SINGLE) [NORTHBOUND]

March to May’s single is reminiscent of a melancholy tango layered with a folk filter. The band features mesmerizing harmonies blended with harp, acoustic guitar, piano, violin, and cello. The haunting track is contemplative, and rich with sound. FCC: Clean RIYL: David Steinlage, Funkiller, Aspe, Tadpole Fad

CASS MCCOMBS & STEVE GUNN – SWEET LUCY B/W WILD MOUNTAIN THYME (7-INCH) [ANTI-]

A delightful 7″ from Cass McCombs and Steve Gunn featuring the sweetest lyrics, vocals, and acoustic guitar. Sweet Lucy (originally by Michael Hurley) and Wild Mountain Thyme (a traditional Scottish song) are both worth a thoughtful listen. A gift to the ears. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent, Damien Jurado

RADNOR & LEE – GOLDEN STATE [FLOWER MOON]

Folksy, fun, and overall incredibly sweet, Golden State is full of acoustic softness and lyrical poetry. The first song, Simple Harmony, is exactly as advertised, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Be ready to perhaps shed a tear while listening to the truths of adult life juxtaposed against gentle childhood sounds. […]

Pinegrove – Marigold [Rough Trade Records]

Montclair, New Jersey natives, Pinegrove, find themselves partnered up with Rough Trade Records for their fourth release, Marigold. Unlike their previous recordings, Marigold is quite positive with less adolescent angst and more early adult content. The Country/Americana influences that garnered them attention at conception takes a front row seat as indicated by the simpler harmonic […]

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