Category Country/Folk/Bluegrass

Johanna Rose – can’t love you from the ground (Self-released) [LOCAL]

From promo: On their latest EP, treehouse-dwelling VT musician Johanna Rose “explores the heights and gullies of surviving a disparate late capitalist world, in arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth.  … Resonator guitar, upright bass, bowed fiddle, and pedal steel weave their way through…  while Rose lyrically encapsulates mountain life in a […]

Maple Run Band – Tears of a Fool (Back Pasture) [LOCAL]

Northern VT country rockers Maple Run Band have released the first single from their upcoming sophomore album, an uptempo honky-tonk shuffle number with heartbroken, regretful lyrics that sounds like it could have come out any time since the 1950s.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Charley Crockett, Ray Price, Buck Owens, Avett Brothers

Tyler Mast – String of Horses (Self-released) [LOCAL]

The latest single from BTV singer-songwriter Tyler Mast uses chiming piano and brushed drums to create an epic, wide-open country sound, befitting the lyrics about the depths and trials in the life and soul of an everyday person. Also play Tyler’s previous two singles, “Ayla” and “In the Lupines!”  FCC: Clean RIYL: Nathaniel Rateliff, John […]

Kim Ware and the Good Graces – Ready [Potluck]

From Promoter: “stepping out of the country/folk trappings and towards a more electric feel reminiscent of celebrated 90s acts like Belly and Juliana Hatfield” RockandRollGlobeFCC Dirty #5

Little Mazarn – Texas River Song [Dear Life]

From Promoter: “Little Mazarn at its core is Lindsey Verrill on vocals and banjo and Jeff Johnston, whose primary instrument in the band is the singing saw. They are both Dallas natives that settled in Austin and became a part of a music scene that included Bill Callahan, Dana Falconberry, Patty Griffin, Okkervil River, Thor Harris, Weird […]

Bow Thayer – Goldfish Bowl (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT folkstar Bow Thayer adopts a jazzy, early-20th-century Americana sound for his latest single, an existential number questioning the nature of reality and existence.  FCC: Clean  RIYL: The Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Session Americana

Tim Brick – Homegrown Remedy (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT singer-songwriter Tim Brick turns in a hearty collection of country tunes on his latest record. Earthy lyrics, twangy licks, wailing steel, and gutsy vocals come together on these songs.  Track Picks: 2, 5, 7, 8, 12  FCC: Clean  RIYL: The Avett Brothers, Chris Stapleton, Mallett Brothers, Saints and Liars

The Wormdogs – Sunny Side Up (Self-released) [LOCAL]

Local bluegrass fusion combo The Wormdogs bring the house down on their latest album. These songs span a wide range of emotional and musical flavors, from campfire singalongs to proggy instrumentals, and the lyrics project the feel and imagery of rural Vermont as well as anything. Brilliant stuff!  Track Picks: 1, 2, 8, 9, 11 […]

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