Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jim James
Uniform Distortion

My Morning Jacket’s angel-voiced frontman Jim James is getting angry about the way our news is delivered. His third solo album, Blanket Distortion explores ways in which we can escape the fuzziness that’s dividing the world and get back to appreciating the simpler things in life. Clear vinyl LP and CD on ATO Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Current 93
The Stars On Their Horsies

Current 93 continue their near-40 year experimental musical journey by scoring a pair of group founder and only constant member, David Tibet’s recent nightmares. Their umpteenth album, The Stars On Their Horsies is one long song clocking in at precisely 39 minutes and 39 seconds. CD on The Spheres.

John Renbourn
Live In Kyoto 1978

John Renbourn passed away a couple of years ago, but his contribution to the folk revival of the 60s and 70s means his memory should live on a fair while. LPs like Live In Kyoto 1978 will help, too. This intimate recording is a fine example of Renbourn’s talent as both a guitarist and vocalist. His quicksilver playing and fine tenor are reminiscent of his contemporaries John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Out via Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kerry Devine
Away From Mountains

Now for some nice music from newcomer Kerry Devine. Away From Mountains is the singer-songwriter’s debut LP and it takes a great deal of inspiration from the atmospheres of the English Fens. Sometimes this makes for spare, beautiful folk music in the vein of Beth Orton and early John Martyn. At other points - the track ‘Work You’, for instance - it’s in more of a sort of Wuthering Heights/‘Wuthering Heights’ way.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marisa Anderson
Cloud Corner

Portland’s Marisa Anderson is a masterful exponent of what was once described as American Primitive guitar. Her music is steeped in blues, country and bluegrass traditions, and delivered with an understated confidence. This is her first for Thrill Jockey, and sees her utilising acoustic guitar alongside her customary electric, as well as electric piano. Essential for roots nerds or anyone into the John Fahey / Jack Rose / Glenn Jones continuum.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project
The Journey Is Long


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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kacey Johansing
The Hiding

Feels too important a detail to leave out that Kacey Johansing was born in a place called Kalamazoo. Beyond that her third album The Hiding is an incredibly warm collection of dreamy indie pop tunes about finding herself after a couple of seismic changes in her life, one of which was the break up of her previous band Yesway. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Karl Blau
Introducing Karl Blau

Karl Blau chooses to introduce himself with a carefully-selected array of country covers, each taken from a fertile period in Nashville’s history. Townes Van Zandt, Tom T. Hall and The Bee Gees are all interpreted in new directions, with help from Steve Moore and Tucker Martine. Thoughtful modern country. Introducing Karl Blau is released on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Savaging Spires
National Supper Session


  • Vinyl LP (.CRITTERLP25)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aisha Burns
Argonauta

Aisha Burns is a talented violinist and singer. She has had stints in Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band and instrumental band Balmorhea. She released her debut album, Life In The Midwater, in 2013 to great acclaim. With her new album, Argonauta, she found a cathartic outlet in her ethereal and delicate songs as she grieved the death of her mother, but it was also tempered with hope as she found herself in a burgeoning relationship.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roo Panes
Quiet Man

‘I'm not the man they think I am at home/Oh no no no I'm a quiet man/Quiet man burning out his fuse up here alone’ is not how any of the choruses on the third LP from Roo Panes go. Mostly they sound like stuff that he’s swept up from Bon Iver’s cutting-room floor while Justin Vernon nipped out for a quick game of backgammon with Kanye. His earnestly intense quiver of a voice is accompanied by some earnestly intense instrumentation on Quiet Man - mostly guitar, drums, piano and those little chemtrails of reverb that Olafur Arnalds puts on everything. Bear Grylls probably loves this album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

American Aquarium
Things Change

Following yet another personnel reshuffle, BJ Barnham and his latest American Aquarium bandmates have a new album Things Change. Once again, Barnham successfully got the record funded by fans through Pledge Music, which is nice. Set your phasers on Springsteencore, because “Tough times don’t last / Tough folks do”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Twain
Rare Feeling

Debut album from hard working American indie-folk artist Mt. (Mat) Davidson. He's previously played with big names like The Low Anthem, and slightly smaller names like The Deslondes. On 'Rare Feeling' he's performing under the name Twain, and delivers nine songs of gentle, sun-kissed Americana. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Brawlers

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of goodies. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Brawlers is of course the fightiest set of the three, being full of blues and bar songs delivered with a lusty eye and the smoke of whisky. Reissued by Anti.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Bawlers

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of goodies. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Bawlers is immersed in Celtic folk and American country, exploring stracks of territory within these areas. On Anti.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Bastards

In 2006 the living legend that is Tom Waits released a 56 song triple album named Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards, featuring all manner of new and rare materials. Now, for the first time, the three albums are being released as separate units! Bastards is the most experimental of the three sets, with Waits weaving plenty of strange stories in his inimitable style. CD and double vinyl reissues from Anti.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Simone Felice
The Projector

You might know him as being one part of competent American folksters The Felice Brothers. Or maybe you recognise his name from the liner notes of some of the 2010s most competent indie-pop (Bat For Lashes, Peace, The Lumineers). Either way, Simone Felice has come through with an LP that might well make him a household name in 2018. Four Tet and the aforementioned Ms. Lashes guest on The Projector, which is a record of competent singer-songwritery with a faintly electronic edge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Father John Misty
God’s Favorite Customer

Oh hold on, so what happened to that wife he spent hours and hours droning on about? Because the press release here says 'God’s Favorite Customer 'reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom'. Is it because he sounds like Elton John? Anyway ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ was produced by Tillmann....blah blah...... features Jonathan Wilson blah blah.*Fingers in ears* *not listening. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Crayola Lectern
Happy Endings

Brit maverick Crayola Lectern is back with a rollicking new album, complete with complex arrangements, a trademark sense of adventure and inspired imagination. Expect soulful wisdom, ruminations on mortality and the deep, transcendent, otherworldly psychedelia you've come to expect from this musical visionary.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dave Evans
The Words Inbetween

Another superlative piece of English guitar folk from the fertile ground that was the early 70’s. Dave Evans’ The Words In Between was home-taped  and showcases the man’s astounding fingerpicking and gorgeous sense for melody. Less heard than many of its contemporaries, now's the time to hear The Words In Between.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Stanley Brinks
Peanuts

Sometimes you just run out of ideas and names and you call your album Peanuts. I'm okay with it though Stanley Brinks certainly doesn't need my approval. The songwriter's been having a blast recently, making folksy good-time records with the Wave Pictures; this solo record offers an all alone iteration of his quixotic anti-folk troubadorings. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Small Change

Small Change was a significant leap forward in Waits’ career, a varied batch of songs that  balance humour and pathos and are full of character. It opens with the mournful classic Tom Traubert's Blues. Then there’s the burlesque romps Pasties and a G-String and Step Right Up, the painfully hilarious The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) and the Runyonesque noir of the title track.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ben Howard
Noonday Dream

England’s Bon Iver returns with his third LP. On Noonday Dream the comparison between Ben Howard and Justin Vernon extends beyond Howard aping the quivering croon of tracks like ‘Skinny Love’. In his own way, Howard has done a 22, A Million here. His experiments aren’t as out-there as Vernon’s, but tracks like ‘A Boat To An Island On A Wall’ often subjugate Howard’s songwriting for tape-loops and post-rock atmospherics ala Explosions In The Sky. Don’t worry, there are some nicey-nicey numbers too - opener ‘Nica Libres At Dusk’, for instance.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Neko Case
Hell-On

Ace songwriter, musician, producer and member of The New Pornographers, Neko Case has enlisted the help of Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John to co-produce her new album, Hell-On. She’s called in a few favours for guest appearances by the looks of things too - Joey Burns (Calexico), Beth Ditto, AC Newman, KD Lang and Laura Veirs are just some of the people adding their talents to the record. 180g black vinyl 2LP and CD on Anti.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Good Shepherd
Her Darke Aspects

Good Shepherd is the solo project of Cambridgeshire-based musician Duncan Poyser, who keeps things folky and acoustic, apart from when he allows electronics to disrupt him. Her Darke Aspects, his second release for the Rusted Rail label, fills a 3” CD with 6 songs, and is packaged in a hand-stamped cardboard sleeve.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Driftwood Manor
Dominican Black Abbey EP


  • CD single (RR28)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Juliana Daugherty
Light

Singer-songwriter Juliana Daugherty is back with this limited-edition, milky-clear LP, out on Western Vinyl, a dreamy record that traverses mental illness, political outrage and societal ills, all laced with Daugherty's crooning, lilting vocals. Expect motorik pulses, vaporous strumming and heartbreaking choruses. Killer.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Daniel Blumberg
Minus

Daniel Blumberg. Not a name we now well but he's already played in the likes of Yuck, Oupra and Hebronix. Further selling points are that Blumberg had a hospitalization just before recording the record and also broke up with his long term partner weeks before so expect some pretty raw emotional songwriting on this debut. 

Paul Messis
Songs of Our Times

Paul Messis regards himself as a 'garage punk unknown' but has been throwing out pysch-rock nuggets for the best part of a decade as a solo artist, with his band The Suburban Homes, as bass player with The Higher State and through his collaboration with The Sufis - The Market Squares. His new solo LP, Songs Of Our Times mixes the jangle of ‘60s garage with folk rock and folk punk delivering a record that displays what he is all about.
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Richard Edwards
Verdugo

Indiana's Richard Edwards loves his fans, which is why he's releasing new record 'Verdugo', out on Joyful Noise, on coloured AND black vinyl. It's an uplifting listen, the story of a man stitching himself back together after personal trauma. Here his vocals swing between tender falsetto and deep melancholy, backed with soaring guitars and storming drums. Killer.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Natalie Evans
Better At Night

Diving into the Small Pond this evening is fingerpicking guitarist and harpist Natalie Evans. For her debut Better At Night she’s honed a technique of setting tweely-sung indie pop lyrics to much more elaborate guitar and harp playing. The entertaining contrast comes out something like a Kate Nash and Joanna Newsom collaboration.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Annelies Monsere
Debris

On Debris, Annelies Monsere shows that there is no reason you can’t put a love for traditional, folk-inspired songwriting and a love of dark drone sounds into the same record. Shunning most of the many illustrious collaborators she has worked with in the past, Monsere skillfully blends her voice with sparse-but-full droning instrumentation with pretty compelling results. LP on Morc.
  • Vinyl LP (morc 72)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Perth County Conspiracy
The Perth County Conspiracy

The Perth County Conspiracy were a psychedelic folk group from the 1970s whose records now fetch big bucks. If you don’t have big bucks, then the people at Flashback have conveniently reissued their eponymous 1970 LP at an affordable price. Despite coming only a few weeks after their Columbia debut, the band agreed to do this album exclusively for Canadian Radio. They penned original material as well as arranging covers of Bob Dylan, Donovan and Smokey Robinson for the broadcast. It’s all wrapped up in a neat little package for this release.

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
BooCheeMish

The famed choir Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices here present their first studio recordings in two decades, together with Lisa Gerrard, a vocalist who took much influence from the choir in her formative years. BooCheeMish is an epic suite of that gorgeously stark traditional Bulgarian vocal style, and is available in CD, LP, 2CD, Super Audio CD and ultra-mega boxset editions.

Us and Them
On Shipless Ocean

On Shipless Ocean is the second record from pysch-rock band Us and Them. What makes this record even more special is that it is available on a limited pressing blue vinyl. Available only as an LP and released on Mega Dodo. Apparently, when you listen to this you feel like you're in a warm 'liquid bubble'. Interesting. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ryley Walker
Deafman Glance

New from Ryley Walker  - a musician always willing to step outside himself to find new sounds and the one snippet we heard sounds like he's been heavily pounding the Jim O'Rourke/Gastr Del Sol axis.  Sweet bucolic folk with flutes galore and some unexpected harshness. Looking forward to this one.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Delaney Davidson
Shining Day

Glass Records Redux (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized) has picked up the ninth studio LP from New Zealand artist Delaney Davidson. Coming a couple of years after Lucky Guy, Shining Day is another record of slightly garage-y singer-songwriter fare from Davidson. The likes of ‘What Am I Doing Wrong’ could have been plucked from the songbook of Mark Oliver Everett.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Julie Doiron
Désormais / Heart and Crime

Exciting reissue klaxon! This double re-release of Julie Doiron's stunning 2001 album ‘Désormais’ and 2002's 'Heart And Crime', previously out of print on vinyl, is testament to the Canadian's disarmingly warm songwriting. Weaving together gentle fingerpicking, ethereal vocals and twinkling piano, this record showcases Doiron's wistful nature and innate lyricism. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles

The legendary Francoise Hardy is pretty much the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles is one of her essential French-language albums from the period. Sleek, beautiful and bright recordings, each of which has been carefully remastered. 180g vinyl reissue from Light In The Attic and Future Days Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark McDowell and Friends
Dark Weave

Mark McDowell and Friends are a bunch of psychedelic folkers. Dark Weave combines ‘60s psych folk, drone and haunting ballads played on acoustic guitars, analogue synths and sitars. The globetrotting troupe recorded their fifth album in San Francisco, Bristol and Wales. Limited edition green vinyl LP on Friend Of The Fish.
  • Vinyl LP (Friends of the fish24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Jess Williamson
Cosmic Wink

Dreaming the cosmic dream, dancing the cosmic dance, winking the Cosmic Wink. That’s what Jess Williamson is up to on her latest LP. Her third record - and first for Mexican Summer - is rooted in Americana and Byrds-y songcraft, but lyrically it finds Williamson gazing up at the stars. She ponders love, death, Jung and more on this wistful, pretty record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Melanie de Biasio
No Deal

Originally from Charleroi and currently based in Brussels, De Biasio is a classically trained flautist and the possessor of an extraordinary voice - she has been called the Belgian Billie Holiday. The minimalist, semi-improvised 'No Deal' should appeal to fans of late-period Talk Talk: Mark Hollis is a huge figure for De Biasio. She also cites Frank Zappa and Pink Floyd as formative influences, plus Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln, two icons of the civic rights fight and spokeswomen of an aggressive jazz stripped of any affectation. 'No Deal' comes in at 33 and a third minutes and contains just seven songs, through which De Biasio’s voice drifts gracefully, at times disappearing altogether. With Pascal Paulus on keyboards, Pascal Mohy on piano, and Dre Pallemaerts on drums, De Biasio has streamlined everything to give more space to her extraordinary vocals. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jennifer Castle
Angels of Death

Deathly and mythic, Jennifer Castle continues to do her thing (this time formally under her own name) with a record in ode to the Muses. It's calledo Angels of Death and it offers sparse, low-key country music to get devoured by ghosts to. As always, Castle's missives from the world of phenomena are not to be passed up. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Agnes Obel
Citizen Of Glass

Agnes Obel is quite talent: she’s got classical piano chops, a powerful voice, and a skill for folk-inflected songwriting. Of course, the important thing is that she brings it all together into a satisfying whole. Citizen Of Glass uses lots of strings and harpsichord, and occasionally performs the old Fever Ray trick of splitting and shifting Obel’s vocals so that she sounds both male and female. Out on Play It Again Sam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord Taylor Deupree helming the remaster.

Courtney Marie Andrews
No One's Slate Is Clean

Following the success of her breakthrough third album, Honest Life, Fat Possum/House Arrest are reissuing the 2011 album by Courtney Marie Andrews, No One’s Slate Is Clean. Now singing with an assured country lilt, which has won over the likes of 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, Andrews started her career singing back-up vocals for fellow Arizona band Jimmy Eat World.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Caroline Says
There's No Fool Like An Old Fool

Apparently Austin musician Caroline Sallee AKA Caroline Says worked three jobs when writing songs for this her second LP. So if you count writing music as a job then that's four. Who says musicians have it easy? Anyway this is an album influenced by moving to a new town, living in awful places shot through with the on the road melancholy of Bruce Springteen's 'Nebraska'.    

Sarah Louise
Deeper Woods

Spiritual Jazz, drone, minimalist musician, House And Land member and Pitchfork favourite, Sarah Louise uses her Thrill Jockey debut as the platform to showcase her vocal talents for the first time, accompanying her 12-string acoustic guitar to create a haunting folk record. Deeper Woods features guest performances from bandmate Sally Anne Morgan, who has also worked with Steve Gunn, drummer Thomas Nguyen and Jason Meagher. Limited edition coloured vinyl LP, standard black vinyl LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tiny Ruins
Some Were Meant For Sea

Tiny Ruins is the alias used by New Zealander Hollie Fulbrook who released her debut album Some Were Meant For Sea on the tiny Spunk label in 2011. Luckily Bella Union stepped in to give it a vinyl re-issue and bring her warm textured nature-inspired songwriting a bigger audience. More stripped-back than her later work, this slow burning record should not be underestimated.  
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA690V)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

June Tabor
Ashore


  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Damien Rice
O

Esteemed heartbroken man Damien Rice used to make extremely loud and haughty folk songs with the help of the wonderful musician Lisa Hannigan. You may well remember "Cannonball" and "Delicate", or maybe the more trad, groan-alongisms of "Cheers Darlin'". Whatever the case, this dude was immensely popular once and this reissue of O stretches to sixteen tracks with four bonus recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Prine
The Tree of Forgiveness

Very sweet and earnest folk from long time player John Prine. His first collection of new songs since he one a Grammy in 2005. This man has a wonderful sense of humour, listening to him lay into The Men Who Stare at Goats will never not get a smile out of me. You might say he's still in the Prine of his life. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek

Eighty eight further minutes of your life you won't get back again with this latest album from Mark Kozelek's favourite singer.  Recorded partly in hotels, I'm looking forward to hearing what particular accommodation gripes he has this time. If this is not enough for you then there's also a new Sun Kil Moon album due later in the year. Rejoice! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Horse Feathers
Appreciation

Who knew horses had feathers? How wonderful. Horse Feathers have been going about their quiet business for twelve years or so now and this fifth LP sees the band head towards a new dynamic with a bit of a Northern Soul feel. Justin Ringle's warm, bearded tenor sings of work, love and life. Welcome to the club. 

Jessica Risker
I See You Among The Stars

Missouri-born, Chicago-dwelling Jessica Risker has signed to the fab Western Vinyl label for the latest chapter in her lo-fi, psych-folk, DIY crusade. I See You Among The Stars is a beautiful record that takes in the influences of Nick Drake, Sibylle Baier and Broadcast at their most gentle. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

Frank Turner
Be More Kind

Frank Turner is one man. A man who has a guitar. A man who has, damn it all, a voice. Together they are used to make music. Sometimes the music they make becomes very popular indeed. Maybe this latest LP will be another one of those popular ones. Maybe it will teach us the error of our ways. Maybe we will learn to love each other again. Maybe we will change. Maybe we will be better. Maybe we will Be More Kind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Damien Jurado
The Horizon Just Laughed

Damien Jurado’s thirteenth LP - and the first one he’s produced all by himself - doesn’t see the Seattle-based artist messing with the formula too much. The Horizon Just Laughed is a record of lovely singer-songwriter stuff from a man with a tale or two to tell. Fans of his previous work, as well as the likes of - what the heck - Bob Dylan, will enjoy this.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Locks
Skeletal Blues

Twilit spectre songs for fans of being hypnotised into a good night's sleep, Locks strike magic in all the low keys on their Zen Ten release. Skeletal Blues is a fitting name for the record and despite its layer of mist, this record should speak for itself -- if not, it'll murmur, and there's nothing wrong with that.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Neil Young
Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live

Roxy - Tonight’s The Night Live was recorded on the opening night of the famous club on L.A.’s Sunset Strip in September 1973. Neil Young, with his backing band, The Santa Monica Flyers - Ben Keith, Nils Lofgren, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina took to the stage to play a set of new material that would eventually make up the 1975 album Tonight’s The Night. Neil Young was reeling from the drug-related deaths of two friends, musician Danny Whitten and roadie, Bruce Berry, consequently there’s a cathartic energy to the live recording.

Micah P. Hinson
Micah P. Hinson at The British Broadcasting Corporation

This record, which comes presented within a pleasingly vintage-style Ghost Box-esque sleeve design, documents various performances given by Micah P. Hinson for Marc Riley at the BBC, over the course of fifteen years. These eleven recordings, presented chronologically, allow the listener to track Micah’s development and enjoy alternate versions of favourite songs. On Full Time Hobby.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Human Elephant
White Thunder


Laura Veirs
The Lookout

When she’s not teaching kids to play the guitar, Laura Veirs is a singer/songwriter. A good one too. The Lookout is her tenth album and first since her collaboration with like-minds Neko Case and K.D. Lang. The Lookout is inspired by wanting to take care, be aware and look after each other. This need was fired in Veirs, like so many things these days, by the aftermath of Donald Trump becoming president. The velvet voices of Jim James and Sufjan Stevens feature. Gold coloured vinyl LP and CD on Bella Union.

Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden

Haley Heynderickx - not sure if that’s a nom de plume or not - drops her debut LP via Mama Bird (Courtney Marie Andrews, Vikesh Kapoor). The press release seemed quite keen for this blurb writer to not compare her to Angel Olsen, but when someone sounds like Angel Olsen then I guess someone just sounds like Angel Olsen. That is, of course, no bad thing, and tracks like ‘No Face’ have sincerity and beauty to match Olsen’s best work.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Handsome Family
Unseen

The Handsome Family are an alt. country/Americana duo made up of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks. They have been plying their trade since the early ‘90s to a committed fanbase. Unseen is their tenth album and is the first new material since the band had massive, and it has to be said, unexpected success (35 million streams on Spotify!!) with their song Far From Any Road which was used as the theme song for cult  2014 TV show True Detective.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

A Winter Light
A Winter Light

For his solo exhibition of the same name in a Sligo gallery, Mark Garry invited some chums to write and record music on location, in direct response to the pieces on display. These include Karl Burke, Nina Hynes and Claudia Schwab as well as actor Cillian Murphy and his brother Paidrig Murphy. Sax, strings, guitar, piano and percussion are what accompany the various singers in what is really quite a sweet collection of quiet alt-folk songs.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Marlon Williams
Make Way For Love

Make Way For Love sees a developing Marlon Williams moving away from his country typecast. The New Zealand native songwriter experiments with a more expansive sound, introducing strings, reverb and more dynamic guitar work along with the odd piano-led tune. It was partly recorded in his hometown of Lyttelton, New Zealand with fellow singer/songwriter Ben Edwards before moving the whole shebang to California where Noah Georgeson took the helm and recorded the lion’s share. Limited ‘indies only’ white vinyl LP (be quick if you want one of those!), standard black vinyl LP and CD on Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Magic Castles
Starflower

Magic Castles are a Minneapolis group well-versed in the ways of blissfully floating psychedelically-inclined folk-rock. Gentle harmonies float above winding streams of twanging guitar and organ clouds. Starflower, their third album, is released by ‘a’ Recordings as a CD or as a lilac-coloured vinyl LP.

Lord Huron
Vide Noir

I hope Lord Huron are okay. Their new album Vide Noir, meaning 'empty black', is an indie folk communion with the void. Assuming the seasons continue their endless deferral it might be the ideal album to listen to this supposed 'spring'. Haunting but warm, Lord Huron are the ideal companion to face the darkness. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Courtney Marie Andrews
Honest Life

After a few years out the spotlight to live an honest life in Washington state, Courtney Marie Andrews returns with … Honest Life. A record in the finest heartland rock tradition, her kiss-off tales of love and loneliness take flight in a voice that hits a sweet spot between Joni Mitchell, Angel Olsen and Bonnie Tyler. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jeffrey Lewis
Works By Tuli Kupferberg (1923​-​2010)

What is he up to now? Well, Jeffrey Lewis has been putting on a tribute concert for Tuli Kupferberg (Fugs) every year since the latter's death in 2010. He keeps meaning to get round to recording an album of Kupferberg songs and at last he's done it including some unreleased poems he's set to music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joshua Hedley
Broken Man

Joshua Hedley was only the second country artist to sign to Third Man Records following Margo Price. This tells you that he’s a country artist with some credibility. Broken Man 7” came about due to Hedley’s insistence that 10 song albums are the best. When making his debut album, Mr. Jukebox, he recorded 12 songs - two too many. So here we have the remaining two tracks. Originally released on coloured vinyl for RSD in 2018, this is a new black vinyl version.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Wolf of the Cosmos

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has always been of particular interest to me - not because of his music - but because of his name. Why exactly does he need to claim to the 'Prince' status? Is he actually a prince? Or is he actually an unnecessary ego? Who knows. Either (or neither) way, Wolf of the Cosmos is available on vinyl LP and CD on Domino. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Elliott Smith
Division Day

Division Day by Elliott Smith was a non-album single, originally released in 1996 in between his self-titled second album and his masterpiece, Either/Or. Division Day is Elliott’s first foray into more upbeat pop following two acoustic albums. Now repressed on tri-colour vinyl and limited to 1000 copies. An absolute must-buy for Elliott Smith fans who missed out first time round.

Syd Barrett
Barrett

‘Barrett’ was the eponymous Pink Floyd frontman's second and last solo record, produced by his fellow bandmembers Rick Wright and David Gilmour. It's a collection of blues jams and psych rock that recalls artists such as the Byrds. The record has been reissued courtesy of Rhino Records.    Tracks: Baby Lemonade Love Song Dominoes It Is Obvious Rats Maisie Gigolo Aunt Waving My Arms in the Air I Never Lied to You Wined and Dined Wolfpack Effervescing Elephant
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Forest Bathing

American folk duo A Hawk and A Hacksaw are back with a typically earnest and cerebral approach to music-making, with their latest album, 'Forest Bathing' riffing on the Japanese tradition of healing oneself by hanging out in the woods. This 10-track record weaves together ancient instruments, woodwind melodies and magical storytelling to soothing effect. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jack White
Sixteen Saltines

What does it say on that there cover? ‘If you talk too much this man may die!’. Yikes. And who’s the bloke in question … why, it’s none other than Jack White. How did rock’s Willy Wonka manage to get himself in such a predicament? Well, it’s probably something to do with the fact that he keeps doing silly things - things like releasing his Seussian single ‘Sixteen Saltines’ as ‘a playable etching’. And if that wasn’t silly enough he’s only gone and covered U2 on the B-side. Jack, what were you thinking?! Now you’ve gone and got yourself in a right mess. Best we’d better shut up if we want to keep you alive… … Or maybe ... ... la la la la la la la la la la la ... ... oops ...

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Seedlings All

Seedlings All is the most personal album yet by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The British folk duo’s previous pair of long-players mixed traditional songs, covers and originals, but here for the first time, all tracks are self-penned. The duo are going from strength to strength and this album comes after tour support slot with Richard Thompson. LP and CD on Rough Trade. If you’re quick there’s a limited edition ‘indies only’ LP with a bonus 3-track CD.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Field Report
Summertime Songs

With lovely, gauzy album art that'd be perfect for a crossover of Stranger Things and Chromatics, you'd be forgiven for entirely misunderstanding the Field Report mission statement. An indie rock band who namecheck Bon Iver about six hundred times in their press release, their gorgeous music twangs and lilts, impressing enough for Jeff Tweedy opening slots. Lovely.  

East of the Valley Blues
EOTVB

East Of The Valley Blues buck the trend of the Death Is Not The End release catalogue to date, by being produced in the 21st century by someone not long dead! Yes, this acoustic guitar duo are a contemporary outfit, though grounded in the rich and dusty sounds of American Primitive guitar. Cassette and vinyl LP releases.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
Fully Qualified Survivor

If anyone could be described as a Fully Qualified Survivor it's Michael Chapman. He can't have known that though when he recorded this album in 1970. This one showcases Chapman's acoustic troubadour side with a series of British folk rock that is up there with the best of the genre. Also features an early appearance from Mick Ronson before he was nabbed by Sir David Bowie.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Isaac Gracie
Isaac Gracie

Hot new British soft rock prospect Isaac Gracie's self-titled debut album comes out on the tail of a series of well received singles.  On it the young Londoner gets to grips with himself and his anxieties. Virgin EMI have very kindly given us some indies only yellow vinyl copies of this limited to 500 copies.

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Paradox

If you weren’t excited enough about the fact that you can soon Netflix & chill with the ‘Godfather of Grunge’, he’s got a new album out too. Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real have soundtracked Paradox - the aforementioned Netflix film in which Young stars - and the LP features Neil Young doing plenty of Neil Young-type stuff.

Michael Raven & Joan Mills
Death And The Lady

Death And The Lady by Michael Raven and Joan Mills is a much sought after and rare folk album. It has never, until now, been reissued on vinyl, and upon its original release in 1974, only 250 were made. For Record Store Day, another 500 are being pressed. Fans on Fairport Convention will no doubt love this as it possesses guitar virtuosity and a great female voice.

The Dead Brothers
Angst

Some camp, ghoulish folksiness from Swiss duo The Dead Brothers here. Angst is a sort of cabaret flip of Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits via Cab Calloway, Kurt Weill (not Vile) and the Tiger Lillies. It’s good clean fun and would have nailed them down a slot at Secret Garden Party if that festival were still going.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

A niche but nice one - covers album and companion to the Night Vale Presents podcast I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats, curated by podcast evangelist Joseph Fink and Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle. Featuring covers from the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine and Andrew Bird. Out on Merge, on opaque pink and blue vinyl.
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Son Volt
The Search

The Search was the sixth album by Jay Farrar’s post-Uncle Tupelo band Son Volt. It was originally released in 2007, the second album by the new line up that featured Mark Spencer of fellow country rockers Blood Oranges. Eleven years later and it’s getting some luxurious reissue treatment. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve, pressed on sea foam green vinyl or deluxe CD versions are available to sate your alt. country appetite.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

This is Bob Dylan’s second album, but its really the start of Dylan as we know it, as it contains mostly original compositions, including certified bangers like ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’! The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was first released in 1963, but you can buy a brand new vinyl copy right here, thanks to Columbia!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Cath & Phil Tyler
The Ox and the Ax

Cath and Phil Tyler are a pair of lovely folkies from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (though Cath originally hails from Massachusetts where she played in Cordelia's Dad). This is their third album and their first in eight years. Here they further explore their love of traditional songcraft, mountain banjo and Sacred harp singing. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Trembling Bells
Dungeness

I just can't get over the sleeve. Just look at it. Kind of suits the music Trembling Bells make though. It's shot through with the folk influence of bands who also wore 17th century garb and claimed a kinship with days of yore. I'm thinking Fairport Convention. But Trembling Bells are also very psychedelic. You'd have to be to wear jerkins like that.   
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The No Sorrows
The No Sorrows

Take a lazy afternoon journey filled with rich harmonies, soaring playful violins and wistful charm. London’s noisiest Folk-Rock band The No Sorrows make music that takes you back to 1972 when the sun was always shining with Fairport Convention in tow, but with a bit more balls. The summer of love with a bit more scrumpy.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins' finds Harris either performing spectral ballads, fashioned after her ambient leanings, or thrumming on the piano like it's just another part of the natural environment. It's arguably her sparsest record yet -- right down to the incidental recordings of rain and animals chirping -- and the closest the listener will get to hearing Harris' voice upfront.

Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuiness
What News

Classic Scottish folk singer (he hates that term that's why I put it there) Alasdair Roberts lurches out of his comfort zone on this his twelfth solo album by casting away his guitar and collaborating with Concerto Caledonia director David McGuinness. McGuinness was charged with arranging Roberts songs and he brought in sonologist Amble Skuse to add electronic treatments.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sol Invictus
Necropolis

Sol Invictus are celebrating 30 years of neofolk! Well maybe that tone is inappropriate for band who've spent a decent amount of time longer than I've been alive channeling decline. This time its the decline of London (the titular Necropolis), as the weirdly band regret that it's not longer the seat of Empire. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter