Since departing the Felice Brothers, Simone Felice has explored funk, blues, pop and folk, both atmospheric and spare. The new track "Molly O!" finds the introspective songwriter reaching out in a catchy plea to the fellowship found along the road.
From the flood of fingerpicking guitar and the authoritative voice that opens "Every Little Bit Hurts" you know you're in the presence of a folk master. Barton Carroll has woven another witty and wise tale of hard times when they come and good times where you find them.
When backed by her band the Howlin' Moons, Ohio native Angela Perley is most likely to unleash a torrent of roots-soaked rock 'n' roll. But on the ballad "Brooklyn Girls" she shows just how far her vulnerable, phrase-sensitive voice can take a song.
Named after a small Missouri town, Salisbury is the project of St. Louis-based singer and songwriter Eric Lysaght, well-known as leader of rock band Neptune Crush. But Salisbury, and its new album "Life Is a Heartbreak," evokes the folk and country of the heartland. With gospel harmonies and a dreamy sense of nostalgia and narrative detail, the track "Down at the Fair" is a microcosm of the Salisbury world.
The Wood Brothers have titled their latest album "The Muse," and juding by "Honey Jar," the muse in question is Sun rockabilly, Chess blues and all manner of honeydripping funk.
Cave States is a new band of old friends. Anchored in the songwriting of Chris Grabau (Magnolia Summer) and Danny Kathriner (Half Knots and Colonel Ford), and including Todd Schnitzer (Nadine and Half Knots), John Horton (Bottle Rockets and Colonel Ford) and John Higgins (too many bands to name), all hailing from St. Louis, the group has collaborated on a new collection of Americana and folk-swept songs, including this lilting, lyrical prayer for a daughter, "Before My Eyes."
The Devil Makes Three have released that album which all bands strive to release: one that captures their sound and attitude, in vitro. And they pulled it off again in this live session.
As opening lines go, "He sets a table for two/Playing Bacharach, saying I love you," is about as romantic and deceptive as it gets. "If Only He Were You" by Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Bradanini) fulfills both promises.
Adrian Krygowski may not be a household name, let alone pronounceable at first go, but his gifts as a songwriter and a crafter of gruff yet lyrical Americana are hard to deny. One listen to new track "Roam" is all the proof you need.