Archive for August, 2012

New record from Iris Dement – “Sings the Delta” (10/02/12)

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

This news of a new record from Iris Dement is a “holy shit!” kind of moment for me. The last time I wrote about Iris was back in 2004 when she released the gospel record Lifeline. Now 8 years later her new record is scheduled to come out on October 2. It’s titled Sing The Delta and on the songs I’ve heard that is exactly what she does. But it was another gospel number “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms” that was the standout track for me. There are very few living singers who can impart such emotion in a gospel tinged song. This is what God was thinking when he created Iris Dement’s voice

Pre-order the new record now here.

Sumner Brothers – Streaming new album “I’ll Be There Tomorrow” (Sept 15)

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The Sumner Brothers from Canada have been flying under the radar for too long. This is only their second official release but they have been touring and releasing music since 2007. They really are one of the preeminent americana acts in the country. They have the added ability of being able to easily switch gears between raucus punk songs (“Toughest Man In Prison”) to something soft and tender (like the cover of Townes’ “Colorado Girl”). The new record is called I’ll Be There Tomorrow and comes out September 15th. You can pre-order it here now.

Hopefully today’s posts by HearYa, Slowcoustic, Ninebullets, Herohill and You Crazy Dreamers will get them the attention they deserve.

Stream the new record here:

Jess Morgan – “Aye Me”

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Aye Me is a gem of a folk record. Jess Morgan believes in closely miked vocals, contemplative lyrics, and soaring traditional English vocals. Her voice ranges from a breathy whisper to a high pitched falsetto. You can buy Aye Me here. Check out the song “The Thompson Family Singers” below.

The Thompson Family Singers and I

Johnsonville City Lights – “Shit Ain’t So Bad” (Ryan Adams meets Jazz Butcher)

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Here’s an English band that apes the sound of American groups like the Avett’s and Felice Brothers but with a distictinctive English sensibility (a little Jazz Butcher meets Oasis). The band has just released its debut cd Death and Weirdness. More info about Johnsonville City Nights at their Facebook or Bandcamp pages.

Shit Ain’t So Bad