Don Williams – And So It Goes (2012)

Don Williams legions of fans across the globe have long been hoping, but likely not expecting to hear new recordings from him again. He has been pretty determined to spend most of his time on his Tennessee farm, quietly, with his family and for over four decades, country music s Gentle Giant has been known for doing what he wants to do. So it s both exciting and a very welcome surprise to announce the release of the brand new Don Williams album And So It Goes, on Sugar Hill Records on June 19th, his first since 2004. It is a release very much in the classic Williams mode mellow yet rhythmic, life-affirming yet thoughtful, serenely masculine, and loaded with singularly strong, memorable songs and consummate vocals.

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Charlie Parr – Barnswallow (2013)

chBarnswallow is country blues musician Charlie Parr’s eleventh full-length release. Parr shines again both as a performer and songwriter on eight originals which are sandwiched between traditional folk songs taught by local blues musicians Dave “Snaker” Ray and “Spider” John Koerner of Koerner, Ray & Glover. The Minnesota blues and folk scene permeates the album, informing the content, musicians (including Mikkel Beckmen on washboard and percussion; Dave Hundreiser on harmonica, and resonator mandolin; and wife Emily Parr on backing vocals), and studio as this was recorded live to tape at The Winona Arts Center.

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The Cates Gang – Wanted (1970)

catesThe Cate Bros’ historical debut album under The Cates Gang in 1972. Both of “Wanted” and “Come Back Home” received critical acclaim and these two albums are must for R&B and Swamp Rock fans.

Tracks:

01 We all got to help each other
02 God gave me a woman
03 Song man
04 Leavin’ this town
05 Leave me anywhere
06 When will we learn
07 I’ll take you back again
08 What’s the use in lovin’ you
09 I made up my mind
10 Help me work it out woman
11 If you got the time (i got this love)

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Lisa Mychols – Above (2013)

lisaSunshine-soaked California pop, with touches of The Beach Boys, Susanna Hoffs, Rooney, The Monkees and The Chantrellines.

Tracks:

  1,Hearts Beat in Stereo
2.Taken
3.Make Believe
4.Ferris Wheel
5.Summertime Dream
6.Dreamers Awake
7.Foolin’ The World
8.She Lied
9.Pass Me Some Hope
10.Stay Till Tomorrow
11.Another Side of Time
12.Better Than Nothing

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Harry Manx – Wise And Otherwise (2002)

haTo call Harry Manx a wizard of slide guitar is perfectly true, but not the whole story. Add banjo, harmonica, and the Indian veena to that, and you’re approaching the real story. On Wise and Otherwise he demonstrates the full range of his talents, which are firmly based in the blues, but extend far beyond — all the way to Indian music, with his own “Raga Nat Bhariav,” a short, but beautiful journey for the veena. As a writer he continues to improve by leaps and bounds, making songs like “Roses Given” fit well with his version of “Death Have Mercy” or his covers of “Crazy Love” and “Foxy Lady” (where his acoustic playing has all the intensity of an electric Hendrix). In some ways he mines similar territory to Kelly Joe Phelps, but by now Manx is assured enough in himself to have a remarkably distinctive sound that comes not from the Delta, but some mystic place beyond. “Coat of Mail,” for example, is hardly a traditional blues, but its feeling runs somewhere deep, from some primal river. Amazingly, he even manages to make B.B. King’s classic, “The Thrill Is Gone,” into his own — no mean feat. There are few performers like this around who can connect the dots between musical styles with such resonance and make themselves seem a part of them all.

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Grandaddy – Pretty Mess By This One Band (1996)

grThe album is at its weakest when the band seems to reproduce far too many American college-favored indie bands already out there. For instance, after a brief intro, the first full song — “Taster” — fails precisely because it never ascends out of its mound of discordant guitars and mumbling drawls. It’s not bad songwriting, but it comes across as so many countless other college bands, and it never turns any heads as a result. A song like “Kim, You Bore Me to Death,” however, is on a better footing: unlike most of the rest of the release, it seems less like Pavement’s postmodernism and more like Pixies’ squalls (lead singer Jason Lytle even lets his voice climax into effective Black Francis-like screeches). Continuing the trend, the album speeds past some more unexciting tracks to reach its closing “Egg Hit and Jack Too.” This closer has such an impressive mix of Yo La Tengo’s more melodious thrashes and Grandaddy’s own dusty restlessness that one has to wonder if the bandmembers have it in them to produce a truly great release sometime down the road. Until then, A Pretty Mess by This One Band remains a decent litmus test for the group’s own potential. Definitely not as pretty as the title might suggest, but still one of the better — although flawed — messes from America’s indie underground.

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VA – The History Of American Folk (2010)

histTracklist:

CD 1:
01. Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio
02. John Brown’s Body – Pete Seeger
03. Little Black Train – Woody Guthrie
04. Sail Away Ladies – Odetta
05. The Wreck Of The Old ’97 – Cisco Houston
06. Wildwood Flower – The Carter Family
07. The Boll Weevil – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
08. Frankie and Johnny – Pete Seeger
09. Black Snake Moan – Leadbelly
10. Greenback Dollar – Woody Guthrie
11. Strange Fruit – Josh White
12. On Springfield Mountain – Burl Ives
13. The Frozen Logger – The Weavers
14. The Old Chisholm Trail – Cisco Houston
15. Keep On The Sunny Side – The Carter Family
16. Live The Life – Josh White
17. Chilly Winds – Odetta
18. It’s Hard, Ain’t It Hard – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
19. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad – Pete Seeger
20. Easy Rider – Leadbelly
21. Everglades – The Kingston Trio
22. Timber (Jerry The Mule) – Josh White
23. Oh My Darlin’ Clementine – The Weavers
24. I Know Where I’m Going – Burl Ives
25. Scarlet Ribbons – Harry Belafonte

CD 2:
01. We Shall Not Be Moved – Pete Seeger
02. The Big Rock Candy Mountain – Burl Ives
03. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – The Weavers
04. Blue Tail Fly – Leadbelly
05. This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie
06. I Gave My Love A Cherry (The Riddle Song) – Josh White
07. So Long It’s Been Good To Know You – The Weavers
08. Where Did You Sleep Last Night? – Leadbelly
09. House Of The Rising Sun – Woody Guthrie
10. John Henry – Josh White
11. On Top Of Old Smokey – The Weavers
12. Frog Went A Courting – Pete Seeger
13. Cowboy’s Lament (Streets Of Laredo) – Burl Ives
14. Rock Island Line – Leadbelly
15. Wanderings – Josh White
16. Grand Coulee Dam – Woody Guthrie
17. If I Had A Hammer – The Weavers
18. Worried Man Blues – Burl Ives
19. The Fox – Pete Seeger
20. Santy Anno – Odetta
21. I Ride An Old Paint – The Almanac Singers
22. Along The Colorado Trail – The Weavers
23. Mule Skinner Blues – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
24. Darlin’ Cory – Burl Ives
25. Goodnight Irene – Leadbelly

CD 3:
01. Alabama Bound – Odetta
02. Billy Boy – Burl Ives
03. Bring A Little Water Sylvie – The Weavers
04. Brown Eyes – Woody Guthrie
05. Old Blue – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
06. The Ballad Of Rodger Young – Burl Ives
07. Jack O’Diamonds – Odetta
08. Sometime – Josh White with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
09. John Hardy – Leadbelly
10. Fare You Well Polly – Pete Seeger
11. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel – Cisco Houston
12. Pastures Of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
13. Lonesome Traveller – The Weavers
14. He Lies In The American Land – Pete Seeger
15. Old Dan Tucker – Burl Ives
16. Midnight Special – Leadbelly
17. Another Man Done Gone – Odetta
18. Like A Natural Man – Josh White
19. Pretty Boy Floyd – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
20. Ox Driver’s Song – Pete Seeger
21. Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow – Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston
22. Go Tell Aunt Rhody – Burl Ives
23. Erie Canal – Burl Ives
24. Glory, Glory – Odetta
25. Wasn’t That A Time? – The Weavers

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Alela Diane – About Farewell (2013)

alThe gorgeously intimate new Alela Diane album is difficult to classify. Her unadorned voice takes center stage to sparse acoustic instrumental arrangements. Is this country folk or torch song jazz, adult contemporary or art song? The answer doesn’t really matter as much as the fact that this is truly a marvelous creation. The record’s only failing is that it clocks in at a mere 33 minutes in length. It leaves one gasping for more.

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Bobby Whitlock – Where There’s a Will There’s a Way (2013)

boNew release containing digitally remastered editions of the first two early 1970’s solo albums by Memphis singer/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Bobby Whitlock. Presented here together on CD, Bobby Whitlock (1972) and Raw Velvet (also 1972) are star-studded (George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie), soulful albums from one of Rock music’s key unsung figures. Whitlock’s story is a remarkable one. Born to a hardscrabble existence, raised in abject poverty, abused by his preacher father and was sent out to pick cotton in the fields. Moving from one railroad town to another, Whitlock was quite literally from the wrong side of the tracks.

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The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers and Sisters [40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] (2013)

allThis 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition features Brothers and Sisters (Original Recording Remastered), a second disc of previously unreleased Jams, Rehearsals, and Outtakes, in addition to two extra discs that feature the entire live show from Winterland in San Francisco on September 26, 1973.

CD 1: The Original Album (originally released as Capricorn CP 0111, 1973)
CD 2: Rehearsals, Jams and Outtakes (all tracks previously unreleased)
CD 3: In Concert: Live at Winterland, 9/26/73
CD 4: In Concert, Continued

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Roy Roberts, Johnny Rawls & Barbara Carr – Three Pair (2012)

royThree longtime Soul Blues legends,team up for a one-of-a-kind collection titled, Three Pair. This album includes 13 tracks from 3 longtime Soul Blues legends.

Johnny Rawls – vocals, guitar, organ
Roy Roberts – vocals, guitar, piano, organ
Barbara Carr – vocals
Louis Kahl – strings, piano
Scott Adair – saxophone
Rusty Smith – trumpet
Dave Wright – trombone
Lewis Winfield, Chuck Cotton – drums

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The Mantles – Long Enough to Leave (2013)

maSan Francisco garage-pop band The Mantles announce their second full-length release, and first with new label Slumberland Records.Long Enough To Leave is both impressionistic and psychedelic – guitar melodies evoke lyrical themes in equal measure to the plaintive words of vocalist Michael Olivares, whose frank and poetic take on ordinary reality strips familiar themes of their clichés. The band plays with a musical synchronicity and clarity that enlivens tunes like album opener “Marbled Birds” and the rocking “Reason’s Run.”

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Doug MacLeod – Come To Find [Remastered] (2013)

doBill Stuve – upright bass
Jimi Bott – drums
Doug Macleod – guitar, vocals
Black Cherry – background vocals

Tracks:

01. Bring It on Home
02. Since I Left St. Louis
03. Mystery Woman
04. Come to Find
05. Old Virginia Stomp
06. Master’s Plan
07. Ain’t No Grave
08. Run With the Devil
09. Lost Something This Morning
10. Rollin’ and Tumblin’
11. Any Port in a Storm
12. When I Left Missouri

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The Legendary Pink Dots – The Gethsemane Option (2013)

lThe Legendary Pink Dots is an Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band formed in London in August 1980. Although far outside the mainstream (in terms of their music and career path), LPD have released more than 40 albums, have a devoted worldwide following, and tour frequently. The band s debut for Metropolis Records, entitled The Gethsemane Option, is a seven-song, hour-long exploration in textural ambience and rock experimentalism. Featuring Ka-Spel s distinctive vocals and lyrical imagery blended with hypnotic guitar & synth washes and spellbinding bass pulses, The Gethsamane Option is a musical laudanum-induced fever dream and an enthralling, captivating release.

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Sweet Talk – Pickup Lines (2013)

SW“Where did all the real rock n roll go? Where the people took time to craft a song, make it fun to listen to, and wanted it upbeat and catchy?” Sweet Talk answer these questions. Combining the best parts of Cheap Trick, early UK power pop and the dual guitar work of Thin Lizzy,Sweet Talk burn through eleven songs on their debut LP. This ain’t no lo-fi bedroom recording destined to choke dollar bins across the nation. No, this is real rock n roll. Pickup Lines is the antithesis of modern music: recorded in the highest of fidelity with loud guitars, vocal harmonies, solos and even containing the most elusive gem in the current age of music, catchy-as-hell-choruses.

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