With a sound that's straight-up rock with nods to the alternative sound of Pearl Jam, Red Wanting Blue creates a sing-along anthem of American wanderlust on "Black Canyon."
Featuring the wailing vocals of Lizzie Clapper, an eerie denouement and searing, synthetic drone throughout, "Salt and the Spring" is San Francisco band Hidden in the Sun's most ambitious, collaborative and challenging track to date.
Take a step outside on a summer night with Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass and the fetching, piano-laced new folk-pop song "Firefly."
Raised in Argentina and now based in Los Angeles, Diego Davidenko charts an intimate journey into the past and out towards the future on "Where the Sky Is Infinite," a kind of folk-pop pilgrim's progress.
Austin, Texas-based group I Am the Albatross takes dark and driving flight on "Port City," a new track that echoes the sound of power trios like Cream and celebrates hitting the road as a touring rock 'n' roll band.
New Albany, Indiana band Houndmouth pour out a California desert-themed, neon-lit character sketch on the freewheeling rock 'n' roll track "Sedona."
Triggered by a single line during a visit to Santa Fe -- "My bad luck boots and my hard luck hand" -- the new song "Rio Grande" by Eilen Jewell captures a dreamlike sense of dislocation and angst, complete with mariachi horns and an urgent rhythmic drive.
Townes Van Zandt casts a long, intense shadow over Americana music. Many have covered the Texas legend, but few have channeled his honky-tonk existenstialism like Whitey Morgan & the 78s on one of Townes' early masterpieces, "Waiting 'Round to Die."
With a nod to early Mumford & Sons and folk pop in general, Scottish singer and songwriter James Mackenzie ponders the doubt and the letting go of contemporary life in the new song "Maybe."
Whether singing Dylan, Van Zandt, Morrison or an American Songbook standard, Jimmy LaFave is known as one of the great interpreters of our day. But he's also a formidable songwriter in his own right; the new track "Trying to Get Back to You" reminds listeners of his unique lyrical way with the blues.