Among up-and-coming old-time and Americana artists, Betse Ellis is surely one of the most versatile. A deft songwriter, accomplished fiddler and a moving singer, Ellis draws on influences ranging from John Hartford to the Clash. "Golden Road," from her 2013 album "High Moon Order," finds the Kansas City-based musician in a reflective, lush, pedal steel-dappled mood.
Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.
Austin-based Americana-pop band the Belle Sounds, led by founders Noëlle Hampton and André Moran, enlisted producer Neilson Hubbard for the finely textured sound of its new EP "Black Stone" and the seductive title track.
Rushing by on a slipstream of bowed bass and sometimes trembling, sometimes wailing vocal rounds, "Although You’re Gone" defines the "dark Americana" sound of Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.
Steve Dawson has received recognition and success in the Chicago music scene for almost two decades, but even with all his accomplishments he remains down-to-earth and his music true to his Idaho-based roots.
The gorgeous harmonies of "Good Luck Charm," the title track from the new album by the Mastersons, is just the most noticeable of many charms. With sparkling guitars, a pinpoint rhythm section and an undeniable hook on the chorus, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have created an Americana classic.
Going to see Those Darlins comes with one guarantee: Jessi Zazu will stare you down. Yes, she's playing with your mind; and yes, she's enjoying it.
A storyteller in the tradition of Woody Guthrie or Bruce Springsteen, Otis Gibbs has released the new album "Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth," a collection of raw and honest tales of the common man and his trials and tribulations. His stories are clear, and he sings with such weathered emotion that you'll surely stop and listen to what he has to say.