It’s been a really good month for the genre.
Doug Seegers – A Story I got to Tell
Genre: Your Dad’s Country
Commentary: Perfectly traditional, and really good.
Ian Noe – Between the Country
Genre: Interstitial Appalachian folk
Commentary: Modern Appalachian country. Not self-mocking, and not too serious either. Always sad.
Justin Townes Earl- The Saint of Lost Causes
Genre: Saving the family legacy
Commentary: His strongest work ever. The usual chug a chug a chug style of ‘on the road again’ playing, but with humor and very solid songwriting
Charlie Marie – Charlie Marie
Genre: Channeling the spirits of forebears
Commentary: A solid but not cliched take on old forms. Checks all the boxes.
Askew Sisters – Enclosure
Commentary: The musicality here is just incredible. “The Wounded Hussar” is the standout.
Caroline Spence – Mint Condition
Genre: Sad songs sung well
Commentary: One of the best middle of the road country albums this year.
Rob Melancon – Pinkville
Genre: Cigarettes and Alcohol
Commentary: Hiqh quality Tom Waits impression.