Category Country/Folk/Bluegrass

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 […]

RY X – Unfurl // Infectious Music

Unfurl is a lovely album that whispers to your soul and feels like a warm blanket wrapping you in a cold night. Very well produced, pleasant, meditative, an even vulnerable. Label: Infectious Music Start with: 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 RIYL: Bon Iver, Haux, Novo Amor, Harrison Storm, Billie Marten FCC: clean

BILLY JOSEPH AND THE ARMY OF LOVE – You Know Which Way To Go

really nice chord progressions and variety in sounds between songs. their songs on the album work together really nicely, but they didn’t sound too similar. good vocals and lyrics as well. Label : self released Start with: 5,8 RIYL: vetiver, karen dalton, josephine foster, jackson c frank FCC: clean  

Robbie Lee and Mary Halvorson–Seed Triangular

Avant-garde/folk with 1800’s era instruments (guitar, banjo, baroque flutes, clarinet)–wild!

Aquene-Grandmother Puddingstone

This is an Algonquin woman singing with acoustic guitar accompaniment.  Aquene means peace in Algonquin and these tracks are intertribal and familiar and played at social gatherings and Pow Wow’s.  Play all of these “cover” folk songs in Native American genre as well.

The Beast and The Garden- Annie Humphrey

Writing songs that express love, past, present and future of life and and all living, Annie Humphrey gifts us these songs from an indigenous women encouraging us all to stand up with each other from stopline3 movement to honoring the Earth you will hear her music.  An old classic Geromino’s Cadillac is done so beautifully […]

The Hands Free

Wild mix of classical/avant-garde and bluegrass–banjo, accordion, strings.

Tom Beaulieu – Rogue Corgi

Tom Beaulieu’s latest album Rogue Corgi has a mix of folk and slow rock with hints of psychedelics that acts as easy background tunes. Beaulieu incorporates musical styles from musicians such as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, and John Lennon. Rogue Corgi incorporates multiple genres into one packed album. One song will hold a folk theme […]

Rounder Songs

Emily Pinkerton and Patrick Burke team to compose pieces that combine folk/Americana storytelling with chamber ensemble. Play!

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

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 […]

When Santa Was A Pagan- Georgie Jessup

True to form with great back-up Georgie Jessup gifts us with a truly “tongue in cheek” tales of the season.  Looking out from inside the jailhouse is the Xmas Time In Jessup first track story.  We recommend When Santa Was A Pagan with a wonderful country beat to bring smiles.  http://www.georgiejessup.com for more about Georgie […]

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 […]

Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts

Offa Rex are a new band featuring members of The Decemberists plus vocalist Olivia Chaney. The music of pays homage to psychedelic folk rock of the 60s, fusing traditional English/Celtic folk music with some rock influence as well. Traditional songs as well as a few covers of more recent work. Some standouts are “Blackleg Miner”, […]

Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues–Different Voices

Mix of folk, Asian or Indian elements, harmonica and string quartet. Fun! Play!