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Joan Shelley

Monday, August 31, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I’m delighted to suggest a home-state songstress this week for your listening pleasure. Kentucky folk singer Joan Shelley’s voice is both sweet and wise, and paints itself into hills and valleys with warm guitar and the thrust of timeless music tradition. Joan’s album, Over and Even, is out September 4, 2015, but you can have a quick listen to the exquisite title track now:

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Diamond Rugs

Monday, July 20, 2015 | by Dennis Brandt

Diamond Rugs’ second release is a “must listen” and an “inevitably own.” The band is sort of an anti-super group, with John McCauley and Robbie Crowell on guitar and keyboard respectively (each members of Rhode Island’s Deer Tick). The band also consists of Ian Saint Pé of the Black Lips, along with Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite.  The band plays a trashy but accessible style of alt country and blues.  The sophomore album starts with “Voodoo Doll” – a great bluesy guitar introduction accompanied with Berlin’s saxophone before going into a story of a woman stalking the protagonist of the song (John McCauley).  This album is perfect for fans of Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Deer Tick. I also highly recommend Diamond Rugs self-titled first release as well.

Key Tracks: “Live and Shout it,” “Killin’ Time,” “Ain’t Religion,” and “Blame.”

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Jamestown Revival

Monday, June 8, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Sadly, I am a lil’ behind on this week’s band, the LA-based folk/rock duo Jamestown Revival. The track below, “California (Cast Iron Soul)” was released on the group’s 2013 EP California as well as their 2014 album UTAH, but only just found its way into my ears last week. But despite my delay, it quickly won me over with its definitive ol’ country-rock blended sound. Fitting nicely into my playlist with tracks from The Head and The Heart, Band of Horses, and the like, the song basically makes me want to start a road trip to California immediately.

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Delta Rae

Monday, May 11, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

After hearing a live performance of “Chasing Twisters” on the World Café, I’ve had its chorus loitering in the back of my mind for weeks. A track included on both a 2013 EP and Delta Rae’s sophomore album, After it All, released just last month, “Chasing Twisters” was inspired by the band’s experience touring through the American west and, having fallen in love with the region while traveling myself, I think that’s part of what captured my attention so handily. A folk rock band from North Carolina, there’s ample and evident country/roots influence in Delta Rae’s sound, and that flavor goes particularly well with the lyrical references to dusty canyons and The Badlands.

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Old Crow Medicine Show

Monday, June 23, 2014 | by Caitie Tieman

Releasing on July 1st, I fully expect Old Crow Medicine Show’s new album, Remedy, to contribute the soundtrack to most every cookout/barbeque/picnic I attend for the rest of the summer. Known mostly for their song “Wagon Wheel” (which first began as a lyrical sketch by Bob Dylan and has spent the last 10 years being beloved by jukebox patrons in bars around the world, as well as having been covered numerous times by a lengthy list of artists), Old Crow Medicine Show makes warm, lively, foot-tappin’ Americana music that frequently charms even the staunchest of country music naysayers. Everything I’ve heard about Remedy suggests such a reputation is likely to continue. Have a listen of the album’s first single, Sweet Amarillo, below.

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