If you're in the market for fresh music in a roots vein, here are seven new releases your ears are just begging for you to check out. There are some familiar artists, some definitely less so, touching on just about every aspect of American music -- and beyond.
"I'm just a weird guy trying to make everybody happy," Ryan Adams proclaimed halfway through his set on Sunday night. A crowd had gathered near the front of the Peabody Opera House stage, and those trying to see the show from their seats seemed visibly (and in one case, physically) disgruntled. After some pushes and grumbles from the crowd, Adams stepped in.
Strictly speaking, Carolina Chocolate Drops aren’t simply an Americana band. They’re a bona fide history lesson.
Like a polished update of the ever-elusive sound of the Band, Hiss Golden Messenger's "Saturday's Song" rollicks and rolls with sweet mandolin, piano, country-funk guitar and a rhythm meant for skipping all the way from front to back porch, and never spilling a drop of whiskey along the way.
London-raised, New York-based singer and songwriter Cariad Harmon comes into her own on the sparkling and soulful ballad "Like You," a love song meant for clapping and humming along to, if ever there was one.
A stop at the "Bluegrass Shack" with a mention of the name John Prine elicited a distinctive response from Earl, who sat behind the counter: “He's a legend.” With that thought in mind, Prine fans, including plenty of St. Louis singer-songwriters and KDHX DJs, filled the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Friday night.
Tailor made for indian summer, "September Fields" stretches out with an easy-going soul groove -- dig the horns, dig the B3, dig the responsive harmonies -- and Frazey Ford's expressive, trilling voice. Like a warm fall day, you wish it would last forever.