The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 2), by James Rooney

If you missed out on part one of James Rooney’s piece on Tony Rice, click here to check it out. David Grisman was not a Bluegrass player. Sure, he honed his chops in some old-timey string bands, but by 1965, Grisman was a key player in Boston’s weirdo psych scene. A bona fide member ofContinue reading “The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 2), by James Rooney”

Rosali – No Medium

With the aid of the David Nance Group backing her up, Rosali harnessed the power of deep, raw introspection to create a record of pure catharsis. No Medium is as bare, sharp and real as it gets. Rosali, a singer-songwriter known for her work in bands like Long Hots and Monocot and as a soloContinue reading “Rosali – No Medium”

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nathan Salsburg, Max Porter – Three Feral Pieces

If you talk to any songwriter, they’d be sure to tell you that it’s always harder to write tunes to prewritten words. Yet, Nathan Salsburg and Bonnie “Prince” Billy adapted the stream of consciousness-like writing of Max Porter into songs so perfectly, you’d swear that the lyrics and the music were born from just aContinue reading “Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Nathan Salsburg, Max Porter – Three Feral Pieces”

Jeffrey Silverstein – Torri Gates

Jeffrey Silverstein is back to center your mind and relax your soul with the mellow psychedelicized country of Torri Gates. With the release of last year’s excellent You Became The Mountain, Silverstein proved to be a powerful force within the worlds of rural psych and ambient music. Following this album wasn’t going to be easy,Continue reading “Jeffrey Silverstein – Torri Gates”

Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground

Wes Buckley’s The Towering Ground is a showcase of the North Adams, MA artist’s brilliant song craft and versatility. Released last week on Half a Million Records, the label branch of the famed Belltower Records store, this album finds Buckley inhabiting dusty folk stylings and playing catchy rural melodies on acoustic guitar. The songs, whichContinue reading “Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground”

Ryley Walker – Course In Fable

Ryley Walker has always had his finger on the pulse of new and enterprising musical directions, but on Course in Fable, he’s blazing a bold and entirely unique trail. Available today from his own mini-label, Husky Pants Records, on vinyl and CD, this album finds Walker fusing all sorts of disparate things together, like jazzyContinue reading “Ryley Walker – Course In Fable”

John Andrews & The Yawns – “New California Blue”

Woodsist Records announced today the upcoming release of John Andrews & The Yawns’ third album, Cookbook. Coming out on May 14th, this record is a collection of laidback melodies that are as tranquil and charming as a sunny spring day. Boasting sweet harmonies, Rhodes and acoustic and nylon stringed guitars sashaying over brushed drums, it’sContinue reading “John Andrews & The Yawns – “New California Blue””

Nico Hedley and Field Guides – “Worldly”/”The City is a Painting”

Despite both artists being Brooklynites, Nico Hedley & Field Guides (real name Benedict Kupstas) each turned in some of the year’s best melancholic country songs with their new split single, “Wordly”/ “The City is a Painting.” Released as a colored seven-inch (with a few cover variations) by Whatever’s Clever, this single finds the two musiciansContinue reading “Nico Hedley and Field Guides – “Worldly”/”The City is a Painting””

Carl Berkhout – s/t

As most die-hard vinyl collectors could tell you, the prospect of a rare private pressed record is tantalizing enough, but an album that never saw any kind of release at all is something truly special. Former singer-songwriter Carl Berkhout’s undistributed recordings from 1969-1974 hint at what magic could be lurking on old tapes hidden inContinue reading “Carl Berkhout – s/t”

Al Riggs and Lauren Francis – Bile and Bone

For a particularly introspective dose of smooth ear candy, look no further than Al Riggs and Lauren Francis’ Bile and Bone. Recorded over the course of two years, this record finds Riggs and Francis blending together elements of confessional folk rock, baroque pop and ambient atmospheres. This unique stew of sounds and styles breathes lifeContinue reading “Al Riggs and Lauren Francis – Bile and Bone”