Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims – Impulse

The knockout vocals of Charly Lowry make Dark Water Rising’s soulful roots tunes worthy of attention; the tasteful arrangements and alluring harmonies increase the allure. Banjoist Hank Smith and fiddler Lindsey Tims teamed last October to release Impulse, a masterful collection of classical-Americana crossover and progressive bluegrass instrumentals. Georgia trio… Continue reading

Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart

Dwight Yoakam recalibrated his career with 2012’s 3 Pears, returning to his former home of Warner and reconnecting to the nerviness of his first albums. With Second Hand Heart, Yoakam continues this unfussy revival, sharpening his attack so the record breezes by at a crisp, crackling clip. Once again, he’s… Continue reading

Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

  Houndmouth have embraced the concept of “loosely tight,” delivering a rollicking fusion of boogie-fied retro-rock and folk-flavored Americana that’s been carefully crafted to sound casual even though this band clearly worked out these songs with meticulous care. The “loosely tight” vibe served Houndmouth well on their first album, 2013’s… Continue reading

The Plott Hounds

I would highly recommend ‘Living Free’ to anyone, regardless of the ‘box’ they put themselves into genre-wise, since we get a bit of everything on the album. Regardless of whether you enjoy the heavier rock sounds, the more ‘country’ style of songwriting, as seen on ‘Drinks With Ghosts’, or the… Continue reading

Kaia Kater

One of the youngest performers in the Canadian old-time and folk communities, this 20 year-old plays the banjo, sings and has her own unique take on Appalachian and Canadian traditional music.  Kaia is an eclectic traditionalist, having quickly gained the attention as one of the most promising young performers in… Continue reading

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Announce Live In No Particular Order: 2009-2014, Due Out October 9th. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will release their debut live album on October 9th via Community Music. The collection includes cuts taken from the band’s shows, festivals, and studio sessions. The band… Continue reading