Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave Hansen
Psycho Santa

Who doesn’t love a novelty Christmas record? Written by Thirsty Dave Hansen in the back of an NYC cab in 1995, ahead of an impromptu performance with Beat Rodeo, and performed by The Western Caravan, ‘Psycho Santa’ is a riff on the Leon Payne-penned ballad ‘Psycho’, and a crowd-pleasing slice of rollicking festive rock.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
HQ

This 1975 album is one of Harper’s best loved, not least because it closes with the devastating When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease. Featuring a colliery band behind a lyric using the titular sport as a metaphor for mortality and nostalgia, it became an epitaph for John Peel. Other highlights include Hallucinating Light and the 13-minute The Game (parts 1-5), and David Gilmour, Bill Bruford and John Paul Jones make appearances. Long overdue reissue on 180g vinyl with updated artwork and new sleevenotes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
Bullinamingvase

Harper’s 1977 follow-up to HQ is another strong set. It’s dominated and bookended by the lengthy One Of Those Days In England, a lyrically complex epic that mixes historical allusion with personal reminiscences. Another highlight is the jaunty skiffle-like live favourite Watford Gap, which critiques the quality of cuisine available from roadside services. 180g gatefold reissue with new liner notes.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Crazy Heart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Crazy Heart was the 2010 smash-hit Jeff Bridges film about a washed-up country singer, and of course such a movie comes with a high-grade soundtrack to match. This reissue of the soundtrack, marking the first occasion it has been made available on vinyl, features both country classics and Jeff Bridges’ own recordings of songs, some also featuring Colin Farrell. Double LP on New West.
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Leonard Cohen
Ten New Songs

Cohen returned in 2001 with this album after almost a decade of silence and several years in retreat with his zen master. He shares the cover photo and vocals with Sharon Robinson, who co-wrote and co-arranged the material. Compared to the slick contemporary productions of I’m Your Man and The Future, the album has a more minimal, home-recorded style, digital but warm (not least due to Robinson’s singing) and occasionally bordering on R'n'B. A fine record that marked the start of a fertile late period.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

O.D. Davey
Some Waking Woman

O.D. Davey is a British singer/songwriter and film maker who, to these ears at least, sounds like Richard Hawley singing Sparklehorse songs. There’s a lo-fi tinge to the shimmering songs on his second album, Some Walking Woman with close, intimate vocals akin to those of the late, great Mark Linkous. Vinyl LP on Tomlab.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Shirley Collins
An Introduction To

With her long-awaited return to the stage and to recorded music still fresh in the mind, what better time to get An Introduction To the English folk legend Shirley Collins into circulation? Shirley’s career has been long and varied, so it is extremely helpful to have these fifteen tracks plucked from her discography to serve as an entry point for the new listener.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Son Volt
Ballymena

Ballymena is a new 10” EP by Son Volt. The EP features b-sides of singles from Son Volt’s most recent album Notes Of Blue and the band’s 2009 album American Central Dust. The band are lead by Jay Farrar who, along with Jeff Tweedy, formed alt. country originators Uncle Tupelo. On Transmit Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chris Thile
Thanks For Listening

Chris Thile is the host of radio show A Prairie Home Companion, wherein he writes and performs a Song of the Week, within the week, each week, with a house band and whatever guest was on the show helping out. Thanks For Listening presents ten of the best, freshly re-recorded for this release. Guests include Gaby Moreno and Sarah Jarosz. Out via Nonesuch.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jason Molina
The Black Sabbath Covers

Black Sabbath’s influence runs far and deep, emerging in some unexpected places… Such as in the recorded catalogue of Magnolia Electric Co. singer-songwriter Jason Molina. These intriguing covers of ‘Solitude’ and ‘Snowblind’ were recorded at home in the 90’s, and have only just surfaced. The B-side of this 7” contains a Will Schaff etching.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Moonface
City Wrecker

Spencer Krug was one-half of the songwriting force for Wolf Parade, a cosmic indie rock band who pulled 'Apologies to the Queen Mary' out of the bag. He played synth and keys back then, and his solo project as Moonface has been an experiment in making pop music with electronics and random one-off instruments. Last year, he released 'Julia With Blue Jeans On', a collection of maudlin compositions for piano and nothing else. 'City Wrecker' is that record's follow-up EP, and based on "City Wrecker", also has its fair share of piano. It documents the time Krug spent moving out of Finland.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dan Michaelson
First Light

Dan Michaelson is without his band The Coastguards but with the use of a full orchestra on his new album First Light. However, the lush instrumentation, arranged by Arnulf Lindner, doesn’t hide the stripped back nature of his earlier work and also takes influences that set him on his musical journey such as Townes Van Zandt, Lee Hazlewood, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. Gatefold LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mariee Sioux
Faces In The Rocks

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Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home is neatly split between a ‘rock’ electric side and a ‘folk’ acoustic side, and includes essentials like ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘Mr Tambourine Man’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin'

The Times They Are A-Changin’ is Bob Dylan’s third album, and his first to only contain original songs. And what songs! As well as the stone-cold classic title track, you’ve got ‘With God On Our Side’, ‘The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll’, ‘Ballad Of Hollis Brown’... And all sung and played by Dylan solo. Historically and musically essential vinyl reissue on Legacy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Doomed Bird of Providence
Burrowed Into The Soft Sky

The Doomed Bird of Providence is a project devoted to highlighting the darkness of Australian colonial history, and third album Burrowed into the Soft Sky is no exception. It does however break away from the previous two albums by leaving lyrics and vocals by the wayside in favour of two side-long instrumentals, each heavy with the weight of past atrocity. On Front & Follow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lutine
White Flowers

'White Flowers' is the debut record from Lutine, the sparsest of folk duos comprising of artists Heather Minor and Emma Morton. Their understated, decidedly meek recordings concentrate on vocal harmonies, guitar strums and enveloping flourishes of piano. Rather than modernising the genre, Lutine take from various folk traditions, including neo-classical and baroque. 

Cory Hanson
The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo

This is the first solo record from Cory Hanson, of the psych-rock band Wand. It turns out that, without the band back-up, Hanson is a rather sensitive folk voice, almost recalling some of the more interesting artists of the '70s. The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo is available via LP, CD and cassette editions, on Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Iron and Wine
The Shepherd's Dog

Always nice to see a dog on the sleeve and Iron and Wine doesn't disappoint on this, his third album originally released in 2007 which saw Sam Beam revert somewhat to his early folky style after the bigger production values of the Creek Drank the Cradle. As always his voice is a hushed and intimate thing blending perfectly with his folk-influenced fingerpicked guitar melodies. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Wanda Junes
Hi Fi Record Album

Wanda Junes are a group who are, quite firmly, from rural America. They take the relatively traditional forms of US folk / country, and marry them with touch of lo-fi indie thinking. The sardonically-titled Hi Fi Record Album is sometimes quiet and thoughtful, sometimes hollerin’ and hootin’, but always worth hearing. On Emotional Response.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

PicaPica
Spring & Shade

I wonder if the surge of CD's will ever become a retro collectors item like vinyls are? If so, this CD EP will more than likely become a collectors item a) for the quality of music on it, and b) for the stunning album art. Spring & Shade is the latest release from PicaPica and is available on CD from Rough Trade. 

Jim James
Tribute To

When George Harrison died in 2001, Jim James of My Morning Jacket reacted by playing a bunch of Harrison’s songs on an acoustic guitar into an 8 track recorder. The results are sparse and emotional and made into an album called Tribute To which was originally released in 2009. Now it is being reissued by ATO on LP and CD. The reissue will include the track, If Not For You, which didn’t make it onto the original release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jim James
Tribute To 2

Jim James the artist whose name is one letter away from being a pet name for pyjamas (and My Morning Jacket guy) releases 'Tribute to 2'  - an album of hope where he covers some of his favourite songs just for fun or to make himself feel better. Not to be confused with 'Tribute To' ...his previous album of George Harrison covers.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rainer & Das Combo
The Texas Tapes

Recorded in 1993, its a very fine album of post-blues music from slide-guitar supremo Rainer Ptacek and his Das Combo bandmates. The Texas Tapes feel intimate and fragile, as if some songs are on the point of vanishing into dust. This vinyl reissue with download code includes a number of demo versions and mixes by Billy Gibbons (he of ZZ TOP fame). On Fire.

Rainer Ptacek
Worried Spirits

Rainer Ptacek (a member of Giant Sand) was a talented slide-guitarist working in a blues / post-blues mould, weaving powerful and intimate performances with his desert voice and knife-edge steel-stringed guitar. Worried Spirits is a 1992 collection of rare recordings, now reissued in commemoration of his 1997 passing. Vinyl reissue from Fire.

Leonard Cohen
The Future

A classic piece of songcraft from the one, the only, the Leonard Cohen. The Future was originally released in the past, 1992 specifically, and it features a number of later-period Cohen classics, from the title track to ‘Democracy’ to the beautifully cracked ‘Anthem’. The Future is hereby reissued by Columbia on vinyl, with a download code.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
Something Special

Welcome to a series of Light In The Attic reissues of the selected works of Lee Hazlewood. Something Special, his third album for MGM, is somewhat stripped back compared to the rest of the trilogy: more like a late-night bar than an epic orchestral studio. Fully remastered from the original tapes with a bonus track thrown in too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Malvina Reynolds
Little Boxes and Magic Pennies: An Anthology Of Children's Songs (1960-1977)

One for the junior vinyl collectors out there, those who were juniors when Malvina Reynolds was active herself or, indeed, simply anyone with an interest in her ingenious songwriting. Reynolds wrote not only for children but about them, capturing in songs such as ‘Little Boxes’ the effect of modern institutional structures on the development of young minds and bodies. Deeply poignant, charming and provocative works, some of which having only now been released by Reynolds’ estate for the first time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucio Battisti
Amore E Non Amore

Amore E Non Amore is probably Lucio Battisti’s finest achievement, a concept record that combined his popular appeal with rock crunch some bold proggish instrumentals. Battisti really goes for it in the vocal department too! 1971 album remastered and reissued on 180g vinyl by Light In The Attic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucinda Williams
Just A Little More Faith & Grace

Lucinda Williams is that pretty great country rawk musician who releases monolithic double albums every so often with plenty of good songs to boot. She recently released 'Ghosts of Highway 20' and this RSD 12" is a lil' missive from the same time, including an eighteen minute(!) version of "Faith & Grace", because the longer a thing is the more you'll be like "wow, that's really long". 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Delta Bell
Hold Fast The Fire

The Delta Bell hail from Brighton and describe themselves as post-country. Hold Fast The Fire is lush and confident record. It’s warm and anthemic with whisky-soaked laments, gothic country and plenty of heartbreak. This all highlights the songwriting prowess of vocalist Kate Gerrard and restrained musicianship of the band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Andrew Bird
Echolocations: River

Echolocations: River is the second installment of a series of recordings by Andrew Bird that were recorded at a specific location. This time, under the Hyperion Bridge in Atwater Village, Los Angeles was the chosen site, which was though to have interesting acoustic properties. The album contains eight instrumental pieces inspired by the recording location. As with its predecessor, Echolocations: Canyon, Echolocations: River has a companion film made by Tyler Manson. LP and CD on Wegawam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Harry Stafford
Guitar Shaped Hammers

Harry Stafford might be known to you from his time fronting the band Inca Babies, where he sung and played guitar. But look! No guitars on this record here. Instead, Harry has transferred his talents to piano (the ‘Guitar Shaped Hammers’ of the title), playing punky piano blues with some dubby touches in the production. Fair play Harry, the instrument transfer worked. On Black Lagoon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lost Harbours
Towers of Silence

Hauntingly beautiful folk from the ever shifting line-up that makes Lost Harbours. Led by Richard Thompson and Emma Reed, they bring in some extra vocalists, and paint a drone inspired picture of alt-folk. With influences coming from Current 93, Six Organs Of Admittance, Coil and Wolf Eyes. LP on Liminal Noise Tapes.

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now doing whatever he damn feels like. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven has been released on vinyl as three separate LP releases, but is also available here as a double CD set, featuring all thirty-five of Alan’s latest guitar missives. A booklet of lyrics and artwork too. Released by Abduction.

Wilco
Being There (Deluxe Edition)

Being There was the second album to be released by Wilco. 1996 was a fruitful time for Jeff Tweedy and Co. as they had enough high quality songs to fill a double album. The rich, creative period is borne out by this reissue which is spread over 5 CDs or 4 LPs and includes previously unreleased tracks, live stuff and alternate versions of Wilco classics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Wilco
A.M. (Deluxe Edition)

Following on from his days in Alt. Country trailblazers Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco. A.M. was their first album, originally released in 1995. It  mixed frazzled alt. Country with a Rolling Stones rock swagger. Now it has been reissued as a Deluxe Edition with eight additional bonus tracks, including the last recording made by the aforementioned Uncle Tupelo. CD and LP on Rhino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
The Visitor

For many years now, Neil’s M.O. has been to rush into the studio and unburden himself of whatever his latest preoccupation might be. Unsurprisingly, this time it involves the current occupant of the White House. Young’s always had a habit of proclaiming his US patriotism, but here at least, the title undercuts the irony of his status as a Canuck blow-in. Judging by the preview tracks, his intent is to combat the crassness and divisiveness in American politics with rousing affirmations of positivity and defiance. The dense clutter of Already Great and the orchestral bombast of Children of Destiny don’t give much indication as to what the album as whole will be like, but it’s reasonable to expect a couple of gems in there. and that Promise of the Real will lend the songs their mixture of comparatively youthful energy and rootsy swagger.

Hans Chew
Open Sea

Open Sea is the fourth album by pianist, songwriter and Uncut Magazine favourite, Hans Chew. During the recording of his previous albums, Chew has been moving from city to city, bringing up themes of longing and not having found what he’s looking for. Now firmly based in New York, Open Sea finds him looking more inwardly, pondering his being, life and work.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

Simples. Does what it says on the tin. Released in 1967 (so you are only going to get the early hits here) ten of Bob Dylan's most well known tracks for anyone who just wants a light skim over his greatest years. Mr Tambourine Man, Blowing in the Wind, Like A Rolling Stone etc etc are all present, correct and sung in a style reminiscent of the starter motor in a petrol lawnmower.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan

Another Side of Bob Dylan is the great man’s fourth album, put out in 1964 while the world was really waking up to him. Another Side is solo Dylan, nice and direct, with his unique voice standing alone apart from guitar and harmonica. The tracklisting includes classics like ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’. Vinyl reissue from Columbia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Miles Cooper Seaton
Phases In Exile

Miles Cooper Seaton will be known to some of you from his time in Akron/Family and Michael Gira’s Angels of Light. His new album, Phases In Exile is the kind of music you can immerse yourself in, wherever you may be. Whether it be losing yourself on public transport, watching the sun rise or feeling a cool breeze on warm night.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Saulius Petreikis & Domas Strupinskas
Lietava

Saulius Petreiki and Domas Strupinskas’s album Lietava presents an array of sixteen traditional folk instruments from their native Lithuania, all of which have fallen out of regular public use and some of which have scarcely even been recorded before. This album succeeds as a set of compositions and as a work of cultural archaeology. Released by Thestate51 Conspiracy.

Sun Kil Moon
Universal Themes

New album from Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon project. Universal Themes contains the familiar Kozelek sound and approach (forward-strolling rock and lyrics on whatever is on Kozelek’s mind that day), but this time with help from Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. On Rough Trade with a desolate phone-box image on the sleeve.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Songs: Ohia
Magnolia Electric Co. (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Magnolia Electric Co was the final album Jason Molina released under the name Songs: Ohia. Whilst touring the album, he decided to change the name of the band to Magnolia Electric Co (who never released an album called Songs: Ohia). You can hear something had changed - this Steve Albini-produced record has a harder edge than previous releases. Sadly, Molina died in March 2013 of alcohol-related organ failure. Double vinyl album, 10 year anniversary edition. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lankum
Between The Earth And The Sky

Lankum are an Irish band who perform with the full weight of their country’s phenomenal folk tradition upon their shoulders. The four members all sing (in wonderful harmony), and also man a collection of old instruments, from the fiddle to the accordion to the uilleann pipes. Traditional songs are reborn with new approaches in Lankum’s hands. Between The Earth And The Sky is released by Rough Trade.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Frank Turner
Songbook

Frank Turner has been making records for ten years now so it’s about time for a career retrospective. Songbook features Turner’s best loved songs along with a second disc of reworked classics. It also features a previously unreleased track, There She Is. Available as 2CD or 3LP sets on Polydor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Monoganon
Killmens

Malmo / Glasgow songwriter John B. McKenna IS Monoganon, and Killmens (good idea) is his new album, written in opposition to the toxic end of masculinity. As well as a vinyl pressing of John’s art-poppy songs, this release of Killmens also comes with a little magazine! Released by the Lost Map label.
  • Vinyl LP (LAT 009)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Martin Carr
The Breaks

Martin Carr you may remember was the main songsmith in The Boo Radleys.  Responsible for some good early shoegazy work.....and then they did 'Wake up, Boo' didn't they? He then went on to do Brave Captain and is now solo. Why doesn't the other man do music? Y'know the one with the Terry Nutkins hair (before it sensibly got shaved off). Probably because Carr wrote all the songs. Anyway here he is doing some kinda fey chirpy indie pop with lots of electronics and synths barging into the mix. Harmonious stuff which will appeal to later era Boo Radleys.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Lilac Time
No Sad Songs

Available on either 12” vinyl or CD from Tapete. Stephen Duffy has had quite the journey being a founding member of Duran Duran and then moving on to creating Simon and Garfunkel esque melancholic folk pop with The Lilac Time, and becoming obvious influences on Belle and Sebastian and The Kings of Convenience.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Blood Money

Blood Money was Tom Waits 2002 album which featured songs written for the play Woyzeck. It was originally released simultaneously with the album Alice, another album with songs written for a play. Blood Money contains some of Waits best melodies but as always they come from the dark underbelly of existence. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Alice

Alice, Tom Waits fourteenth album was initially released in tandem with Blood Money  - the two albums contained songs Waits had written for plays and musicals. Alice had already been circulating as a bootleg for years but the finished released album showcased one of his more exquisite works with ruminations on death and loneliness set to his offbeat jazz-influenced structures and with of course that ragged barroom growl on top. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Leonard Cohen
Recent Songs

Recent Songs by Leonard Cohen saw the Canadian singer/songwriter reverting to his acoustic and folk roots, albeit with a number of other influences he’d picked up along the way. It was originally released in 1979 and was the follow-up to Death Of A Ladies man, an album made under difficult circumstances - mainly the fact that the producer was Phil Spector and he caused chaos in the studio. This chaos brought about Cohen’s decision to rein in the experimentation and keep things relatively simple here. Reissue LP on 140g black vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Leonard Cohen
Various Positions

Various Positions was the seventh album released by Leonard Cohen. It was originally released in 1984. American singer and lifelong friend of Cohen, Jennifer Warnes features on every track. This is the album that includes the original version of Hallelujah, the song covered by John Cale, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright to name a few. This reissue is pressed on 140g black vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Leonard Cohen
Death Of A Ladies' Man

Reissue of Leonard Cohen’s 1977 fifth studio album Death Of A Ladies’ Man. Phil Spector’s orchestral ‘Wall of Sound’ was imposed upon his usually-sparse vocals, making for mixed reviews and debate around the 8-song release. An interesting piece in the Cohen canon. LP reissued on Columbia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Daniel O'Sullivan
VELD

Daniel O’Sullivan, of Grumbling Fur, Ulver and Aethenor (and that’s not all!), is in solo mode on VELD, but that doesn’t mean he has limited himself to a single approach. VELD is an album of pop songs, but electroacoustic abstractions keep lapping at the edges of the song structures. Released on O Genesis.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pete Astor
Water Tower

Pete Astor was in both The Loft and The Weather Prophets, two bands who were signed to classic indie label Creation back in the day. On his new single, Water Tower, he is joined by and indie supergroup featuring James Hoare of Veronica Falls/Ultimate Painting/Proper Ornaments fame, Franic Rozycki and Jonny Helm from The Wave Pictures and Pam Berry from Withered Hand and Black Tambourine. Astor is releasing the single via his new label Tapete. Initial releases on the label have been rather interesting.

F.S. Blumm
Welcome

F.M. Blumm’s many years of music-making, both acoustic and electronic, solo and in collaboration (with David Grubbs, Nils Frahm etc.), has led him to the point of Welcome, this eclectic-sounding album of songwriting. These productions sound grand, but on an intimate scale, if that makes any sense (it doesn’t, but hey). Released by Karaoke Kalk.

Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding

John Wesley Harding, released in 1967, is a key album for Bob Dylan, as it finds him taking a left-hand turn from his beat-poet electric music into the territory of folk, country, and God. But as this is only the first step in that direction, it makes a good introduction into that period of the great man’s catalogue. Reissued on vinyl by We Are Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
Forty

Compared to the intimate reflections of his own country compositions, Lee Hazlewood turned his enigmatic presence to the songwriting of others on Forty. The late 60s album has been lovingly reissued here by Light In The Attic with extra tracks from the recording sessions with legendary producer and arranger Shel Talmy. Just check the stunning big band version of “It Was A Very Good Year” and the twanging country funk of “The Bed”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Yusuf / Cat Stevens
I Love My Dog / Matthew & Son

It's been fifty years since Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) released his debut LP Matthew & Son, and he’s celebrating with a 7” release of new versions of two tracks. As well as the LP’s title track, we also have the lovely canine ode I Love My Dog to enjoy. Yusuf recorded these new takes at Jack White’s Third Man label headquarters as part of their Blue Room Sessions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Margo Price
Midwest Farmer's Daughter

This is the debut album of Margo Price, a new country artist who seemingly has the whole history of Nashville and Memphis running through her veins. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter has the kind of poetic narratives the best country relies on, as well as a classic bar-band sound and Margo’s expressive vocals. Out on Jack White’s Third Man Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Daniel Gadd
As If In A Dream I Drifted At Sea

Debut from British-South African singer/songwriter Daniel Gadd. Sensitive and skillful guitar playing, with eight storytelling/poetic songs which nod to his influences, Bob Dylan and early Leonard Cohen. Gadd has worked on composing for film and television as well as solo songwriting. The songs feel warm and welcoming, as well as introspective. CD on 107 Recordings.
  • CD (GADD001CD)
  • £10.99 £6.59 (saving: £4.40)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ed Askew
A Child In The Sun: Radio Sessions 1969-1970

After recording the acid folk classic Ask The Unicorn LP in 1968, Ed Askew ostensibly stopped making music. It was only in the early 2000s when a second album was discovered that more research was done. It was this snooping that unearthed a whole load of treasures, including the tracks that make up A Child In The Sun: Radio Sessions 1969-70. Some of these cuts give the originals a run for their money too. LP on Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
SpiderBeetleBee

2015 saw the release of Land of Plenty, a collaboration between Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker and 2017 sees them joining together again with SpiderBeetleBee. The guitar duo continue with their impromptu style but this time with Celtic instrumentation and themes coming to the fore. It’s a stunning combination that truly blossoms upon listening. Available on vinyl LP, CD or Cassette Tape on Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Gun Outfit
Out of Range

The cover of Gun Outfit’s fifth long-player, Out Of Range, instantly gives you the feel of this album. Think guitars, think dust, think Steve Gunn, think Lee Ranaldo and perhaps even Lee Hazlewood and you’ll be getting pretty close. The guitars fiddle and intertwine while the vocals brood. CD and 140g Vinyl on Paradise Of Bachelors.

Alex Lipinski
Alex

With The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe (also the label runner of ‘a’ Recordings, who are putting this album out) at his side as producer, Alex Lipinski has crafted a snappy record of sixties-style pop-psych rock. Alex was recorded in six hours apparently, and feels suitably energetic. Rock’n’roll!

Peter Oren
Anthropocene

Peter Oren identifies one of his major influences as Bill Callahan, which is a good way to get interested attention round here. Oren does have a whole lot of baritone character in his voice, and he uses it to sketch out songs about our present era, the Anthropocene. Also on board are a crack group of Nashville session musicians. Released by Western Vinyl.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Angel Olsen
Phases

American Indie/folk singer-songwriter Angel Olsen presents Phases, a fitting title for this collection of demos, B-sides, as well as some rare tracks that haven’t been released before. A collection that explores her wide range and documents her creative process. Suitable for fans new and attuned. LP and CD on Jagjaguwar.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Mcrae
Ah, The World! Oh, The World!

Tom McRae’s eighth studio album Ah, The World! Oh, The World! Finds the English singer-songwriter, perhaps understandably, in rather a melancholic mood. The album title is a phrase taken from McRae’s favourite novel, Moby Dick, but it gets across perfectly McRae’s state of perplexity and dissatisfaction following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. He’s poured his feelings out on this album.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sumie
Lost In Light

Bella Union issuing a wonderful gem of a record from Sumie, a Swedish born singer-songwriter with a magical knack for intimate storytelling and dream weaving. With her voice a core of immense clarity and richness, Sumie is joined by a number of guests to bring further nuances and shades to the overall beautiful and involving sound.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
Unearthed

Unearthed by Johnny Cash finally gets a vinyl release - a spectacular vinyl release at that. 9 LPs presented in a cloth-bound book along with another cloth-bound book containing all-encompassing liner notes by music journalist Sylvie Symons. The remaining music left over from Johnny Cash’s sessions with Rick Rubin was originally released in 2003. The set is a must for any fan, containing duets with Carl Perkins, Tom Petty, Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, Glen Campbell and Fiona Apple.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Bell
Johnny Bell and The Visitors

Johnny Bell has created a new musical landscape for his Johnny Bell and The Visitors 7”. A mix of traditional banjo and experimental sounds and time signatures makes for a dusty musical interpretation of the U.S. South-West’s vast and empty deserts. Limited to 200 copies housed in a custom letterpress sleeve.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sephine Llo
I, Your Moon

I, Your Moon is the debut release (unless you're counting her previous EP) from Sephine Llo. From roots in classical music both from pure enjoyment and via academia, this record is a breath of fresh air. Not only that, the entirety of the release if dedicated to her husband who passed away weeks after discovering they were expecting a baby. As you can imagine, the record is full of genuine passion. Available on vinyl LP and CD, and released on Tape Club. 

Bob Dylan
Hard Rain

Recorded in Texas and Colorado during the second leg his Rolling Thunder tour and originally released on Columbia in 1976. Hard Rain boasts nine live tracks including Maggie’s Farm, Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, Oh, Sister, Shelter From the Storm and more. Reissued LP on We Are Vinyl.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Robert Forster
Songs To Play

Robert Forster has been a busy man in the seven years since his last solo outing, The Evangelist (2008). He has worked as a producer and a writer and overseen the compilation of G Stands For Go Between, the box set that reprises the work of his band, the legendary antipodean tunesmiths The Go Betweens. Songs To Play finds Forster in a fun and adventurous mood. It is a mix of the melodic pop and singer/songwriter tunes you’d expect with the odd experimental twist.

Leonard Cohen
New Skin For The Old Ceremony

Cohen’s fourth album sees him adopting a richer sound palette than the more spartan and downbeat trio of records that preceded it. Chelsea Hotel #2 is the one everyone knows, but the 1974 disc is full of fan favourites such as Who By Fire, Field Commander Cohen and Lover Lover Lover. The lyrical content ranges from the intimately personal to the broadly existential, leavened with plenty of deadpan humour. This vinyl reissue includes a download code.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Richard Neale
EVES

Purveyor of gentle electronica and lover of hexagons Richard Neale presents his new album EVES via the charmingly-named Rain Bear Records. Piano leads layers of weightless vocals and ambient sections throughout these somnolent, folk-tinged numbers. Mastered by the excellent James Plotkin, the CD comes housed in swell die-cut hexagonal packaging.

Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Bay Head

Steve Gunn and John Truscinski loaded up their guitars, drums and synths once more for their third collaboration as a duo. The pair feel their way through mountains and canyons of electric melody, rumbling rhythms, and gnarlier abstractions, with a great loose organic feel throughout. Bay Head is out on Three Lobed Recordings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
The Cowboy & The Lady

There’s no shortage of gold dust Americana for Light In The Attic to mine from the long and winding catalogue of Lee Hazlewood, but one of the easiest picks must have been this perfect pairing with Ann-Margaret Olsson. Released in 1969, this full-bodied, red-blooded record veers from fiery acid rock to soulful strut and of course a healthy dose of forlorn country, with the chemistry between Lee and Ann-Margaret to wash the whole thing down.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol.13 / 1979-1981

Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series keeps on rolling on, delivering fresh stacks of archive treats to those hardcore heavy Dylan fans. Volume 13 covers the period 1979 to 1981, with a thrilling mixture of live cuts and unreleased rarities. The tracklisting varies depending on whether you are after the 2CD edition, the 2 CDs and 4 LPs edition, or the 8 CDs and a DVD edition, but it's all good stuff. On Columbia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
New Morning

1970’s New Morning had the dubious pleasure of following up on Self Portrait, one of the least well-regarded albums in Bob Dylan’s entire catalogue. It made Dylan fans much happier, as it featured the familiar nasal-style Dylan voice back in full effect. Now New Morning is back on vinyl, thanks to the We Are Vinyl label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Adrian Crowley
Dark Eyed Messenger

Sad songwriter Adrian Crowley's fourth album for Chemikal Underground (though he did plenty before this association) finds him disassociating himself with the instrument that has been a constant companion throughout his career. The humble guitar. Instead 'Dark Eyed Messenger' sits Crowley's chocolate brown voice above a combination of pianos, mellotron and strings. Stark.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Julien Baker
Turn Out The Lights

Sophomore full length from Memphis, TN based singer/songwriter Julien Baker. Two years after making her debut on 6131 she has been snapped up by Matador, and Turn Out The Light develops her delicate, intimate and vulnerable songwriting further. Life, down on record, through gorgeous Buckley esque guitar, piano and vocals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Laura Baird
I Wish I Were A Sparrow

Laura Baird is one half of The Baird Sisters, and she carries that authoritative interpretation of Appalachian folk music over into her own solo music. Half of the songs on I Wish I Were A Sparrow are original Baird numbers and the other half are old folk songs, with a smattering of field recordings folded in here and there. On Ba Da Bing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucinda Williams
This Sweet Old World

Sweet Old World is Lucinda Williams’ classic 1992 album, and it is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. Lucinda has chosen to mark this occasion not with a reissue, but with a re-version: she has re-recorded new performances of each of the original album’s tracks, drawing out new resonances through here matured voice. This Sweet Old World is released by Highway 20 and Thirty Tigers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jake Bugg
Hearts That Strain

Recorded in Nashville with some of the best players in the history of recorded music, lord knows what these veterans of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick sessions felt about this nasal voiced Nottingham upstart. Still, Bugg is nothing if not ambitious and this latest soul influenced opus contains collaborations with Black Keys Dan Auerbach amongst others. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Matt Berry
Night Terrors

Night Terrors by actor, comedian and voice, Matt Berry, features remixes of tracks, along with outtakes from his 2016 album The Small Hours. Among the remixers are Clark and St. Etienne, whilst Berry tries his hand at some Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa classics. He also collaborates with songwriter Thomas Walsh of Pugwash. Indies only LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chris Gantry
At The House Of Cash

Chris Gantry was a songwriter to the stars and  performer in his own right. He’d been offered lodgings at Johnny Cash’s Nashville home in the early ‘70s after some police/weed trouble. He also convinced Cash to let him record in his studio. At The House of Cash was the result and is one of Nashville’s more leftfield albums. Too weird even for the ‘drug people’ according to Cash. Because it’s different nature, it’s only seeing the light of day now. Think some sort of more cosmic version of Tim Buckley jamming with The Incredible String Band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mumbles
Hinterpest: a story of wildflowers, buttonweeds and cattle skulls

A curious creation from Sweden’s Mumbles here. Hinterpest: a story of wildflowers, buttonweeds and cattle skulls is a little story, telling a year in the life of some 1800s settlers. It is partly scripted, partly performed on instruments like violins, and feels like a wonderful experimental radio play, especially when handmade sound effects are deployed. Limited edition cassette on Leafdog.
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