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Native Harrow
Happier Now

Native Harrow is not, in fact, a native of Harrow. The one born Devin Tuel actually resides in Newburgh, a place about halfway between New York City and Albany. However, from the music of her third LP Happier Now you’d be forgiven for thinking that she actually spent her time on the other side of the U.S.A. in California - specifically in the folk hotbed that is the Laurel Canyon. Any of you who kick your heels waiting for new Joni Mitchell albums to come along should have your hunger sated by Happier Now.

Damien Jurado
In The Shape Of A Storm

Damien Jurado is pretty prolific recording more-or-less and album a year since 1997. He may have just hit on a formula to make them more quickly, however. His new album In The Shape Of A Storm took just two hours to complete. Stripped of the hefty production of recent albums and the atmospherics of his early work, this is just Jurado’s voice and guitar. Should be good, then! 

Willard Grant Conspiracy
Untethered

Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy was another musical hero gone too soon. He died in February 2017 leaving a legacy of great alt. country music behind. Untethered is the band’s final album. It was completed before Fisher’s death but has only recently been given to the world, with band member David Michael Curry overseeing things. LP and CD on Loose.

William The Conqueror
Bleeding On The Soundtrack

William The Conqueror is a project led by Scottish singer/songwriter Ruarri Joseph. Bleeding On The Soundtrack is the second of three albums they intend to make linked by a themes of childhood, fatherhood and motherhood. Joseph wrote the songs and based them on his own experiences. Produced by Ethan Johns. LP and CD on Loose.

Carson McHone
Carousel

Carson McHone is, obviously, an alt-country artist. Her new album Carousel is an eleven track set of good stuff, with a bit of modern (sixties) influences in there along with the honk and the tonk. If you are doing country, you’ve got to do it right, and Carson has the songwriting and the vocal chops to pull it off with style. Out on Loose.

Andrew Combs
Worried Man

First vinyl pressing of Andrew Combs' 2012 album Worried Man (those pressing plant waiting lists are getting ridiculous). Combs is a committed blues and folk troubadour who very likely lists a certain Bob Dylan at the top of his biggest influences. He's warms of voice and vivid of lyric, and knows exactly when to turn the instrumentation up to thrilling. 
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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.

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. 

Courtney Marie Andrews
May Your Kindness Remain


Arizona-based singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews is back with the follow-up to her critically lauded 2017 debut breakthrough ‘Honest’. Written while touring her first record, ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ explores Andrews’ relationships (some lasting, some fleeting) with people she meets on the road, her gospel-soaked folk perfectly mirroring the tenderness of her writing.

The Handsome Family
Through The Trees (20th Anniversary Edition)

Here is a 20th anniversary edition of this classic album by noir-ish Americana experts and at-each-others-throats odd couple the Handsome Family. This time round you'll get the original album on sky blue wax plus an exclusive 15 track bonus CD of of the era demos, outtakes, rarities and live tracks.   

Jim White
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus

This is his sixth studio album and is finely produced, journeying across the vast American continent. I’m not sure if that is a place I wish to visit these days, but Jim White makes it feel magical, heartwarming and limitless, helped in turns by his hometown (Athens) finest musicians, plus Dead Rock West and Holly Golightly. It’s a fine ensemble. The vinyl version is a double vinyl with MP3 download and includes ‘Memories Of Sochichiro’, exclusive to vinyl editions.

Gill Landry
Love Rides A Dark Horse

With his fourth album, Love Rides A Dark Horse, Ex-Old Crow Medicine Show guy Gill Landry treads a similar path that has been taken by greats such as Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits with a sparse, hushed approach to his sound. The songs are stories about people in dysfunctioning relationships, living in a supposed reality. Landry tackled this subject as he doesn’t know too many people who are happy with their lot in life. Heavyweight Blood Red vinyl and CD on Loose.

Courtney Marie Andrews
Sea Town / Near You

Sea Town / Near You are the first releases from Courtney Marie Andrews since her album Honest Life was released to critical acclaim. Sea Town is a driving, folk inspired ditty with some Gospel influences in its military drumming, whirling hammond organ and Andrews’s impassioned vocals. These two tracks are only available on this 7” so snap it up!

Ian Felice
In The Kingdom Of Dreams

This is the first solo album by Ian Felice, one part of folky favourites the Felice Brothers. His brother Simone plays on it too as does fellow Felice brother James. A family affair then, just like his main band. Expect lushly conceived folk opus's with that haunted deathly feel in evidence Surprised this is his first solo record. Very accomplished, 

Courtney Marie Andrews
On My Page

First time on vinyl for Courtney Marie Andrews 2013 album 'On My Page'. Once a session musician for the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Damien Jurado, Courtney decided to settle down and concentrate on her own songs which duly arrived on this album, the predecessor to her hugely successful 'Honest Life' opus. 

William The Conqueror
Proud Disturber Of The Peace

Indie-Americana informs the work of rootsy, bluesy three-piece William The Conqueror. Formed by folk favourite Ruarri Joseph, the band now also comprises Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes. The trio's recording sessions for Proud Disturber Of The Peace took them on a journey round the Isles of Britain from the peninsula of Cornwall up to the Isle of Lewis and back. May involve any of the following: brass, banjo, piano. Lovely. LP / CD on Loose Music.

The Americans
I'll Be Yours

Plucked from obscurity by Sir Jack White and pals to become the house band in forthcoming PBS documentary American Epic which details the recording processes in early American music, the aptly named Americans were initially influenced by pre-war music. They also reconfigure the sorts of blue collar music made by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Chuck Berry.  

Danny & The Champions Of The World
Brilliant Light

Those Roald Dahl and folk-rock fans Danny and the Champions of the World are back with a new and extra-large album named Brilliant Light, containing eighteen tracks over two discs. Oh and by the way, while stocks last you can get your hands on triple CD and triple LP editions that includes a whole extra album (Photogene) as a bonus! Ooooh. On Loose Music.

Andrew Combs
Canyons Of My Mind

Described as ‘a landscape where the personal & the pastoral converge’, Canyons Of My Mind is the latest release from Andrew Combs. A little bit sad and a little bit spiritual, this eleven-track album brings together country and folk, with soothing vocals dipped in alternative-rock. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Sturgill Simpson
High Top Mountain

Sturgill Simpson wanted this album to be “the purest, most uncompromising, hard country” possible, and he’s done a pretty good job: I mean, the first track is named “Life Ain’t Fair And The World Is Mean” after all. High Top Mountain is the debut solo recording by Sturgill, and he can be proud of his country credentials.

Joana Serrat
Cross The Verge

Joana Serrat plays an Americana-infused kind of grown-up pop music: the choruses sweep grandly in a radio-friendly manner, but the instrumental textures (provided by members of Slowdive, Cowboy Junkies, The Wooden Sky and more) feel like something more. Cross The Verge, Serrat’s third album, is out on Loose Music.

Treetop Flyers
Palomino

Second full-length album from indie-poppers Treetop Flyers. Palomino was produced and recorded in-house, at the group’s own Soup Studios. Death and lost love are strong themes throughout the record, but the production and the songwriting doesn’t get bogged down into excessive melancholy. CD or double LP on Loose Music.

Israel Nash
Israel Nash's Silver Season

Israel Nash plays heartfelt Americana with a slightly woozy aesthetic, like his band Silver Season have been sitting out in the sun a little too long. I almost feel bad mentioning it, as he must get it all the time, but his voice’s similarity to Neil Young is unavoidable. That’s a blessing in this genre though, and Nash makes good on the comparison with strong songcraft.
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The Felice Brothers
Celebration, Florida


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Blanche
Little Amber Bottles


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Blanche
What This Town Needs EP


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Roger Dean Young & The Tin Cup
Casa


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Summer Of Mars
Glaciers


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Charlemagne
Charlemagne


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The Arlenes
Stuck On Love


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Ashley Park
The American Scene


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