Album - Yola - Stand for Myself

STAFF PICKSYola - Stand for Myself

By Hal Horowitz, July 26, 2021

Relish in one of contemporary music’s most dynamic voices at the peak of her songwriting powers and soul saturated vocal intensity.

Album Cover - Ava Earl - The Roses

STAFF PICKSAva Earl - The Roses

By Helen M Jerome, July 21, 2021

A breakthrough release for the 18-year-old prodigy, this is the kind of record that’s going to repay revisiting; a complete work to get lost in.

John R. Miller - Depreciated Album Cover

STAFF PICKSJohn R. Miller - Depreciated

By Helen M Jerome, July 16, 2021

He’s got the tunes, the twang and the delivery. Call it what you want – poetic country rock, singer-songwriter folk, or muscular Americana – this first solo collection from John R. Miller feels like a genuine leap into the big leagues.

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STAFF PICKSHiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It

By Hal Horowitz, June 21, 2021

This release feels like the beginning of a confident new phase for M.C. Taylor - and might herald that for the music world in general too.

Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange Album Cover

STAFF PICKSAmythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

By Hal Horowitz, June 15, 2021

For Staff Picks, we share with you our favourite new releases that you need to listen to. This week, it's Amythyst Kiah's Wary + Strange - a mesmerizing, frequently hypnotic and always challenging work.

Album - Shannon McNally - The Waylon Sessions

STAFF PICKSShannon McNally - The Waylon Sessions

By Hal Horowitz, May 26, 2021

It comes as little surprise that McNally has finally got around to honoring Jennings with a disc dedicated to highlights and a few obscurities from his catalog.

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STAFF PICKSLord Huron - Long Lost

By Hal Horowitz, May 19, 2021

Relish in this sumptuous look back into an Americana that may have never existed other than in the mind of Ben Schneider, an auteur who crafts this delightful, sometimes challenging conceptual piece without a hint of pretentiousness or affectation.

Artwork - The Marfa Tapes

STAFF PICKSJack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes

By Hal Horowitz, May 4, 2021

The Marfa Tapes is the rawest – and some might say most real - recording you’ll get from this trio - and it's all the better for it. Its unembellished sound and scruffy methodology is a quality we don’t have enough of in today’s often excessively tweaked and overly polished fare.

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STAFF PICKSEric Church - Heart & Soul

By Jof Owen, April 20, 2021

Heart & Soul is a tour de force of heartland rock and driving country soul that more than holds up under the weight of its own ambition and influences, as Church gloves up for three more rounds of fighting the good fight for country music.

Rhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home

STAFF PICKSRhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home

By Hal Horowitz, April 9, 2021

Rhiannon Giddens doesn’t need much time or supporting instrumentation to create fervently moving art. Even though the stripped-down qualities of They’re Calling Me Home are the result of the pandemic, they yield some of the most stirring music you’re likely to hear, this year or any other.

Artwork - Esther Rose - How Many Times

STAFF PICKSEsther Rose - How Many Times

By Jof Owen, March 26, 2021

The third album from Esther Rose - her first for Full Time Hobby - is a harmony drenched alt-country heartbreak record. While augmenting her lap steel and fiddle with glossy mountain-top folk-pop, she dives headfirst into her most introspective and deeply personal songs thus far.

Israel Nash - Topaz

STAFF PICKSIsrael Nash - Topaz

By Hal Horowitz, March 12, 2021

There aren’t many artists talented enough to pull off a concept this uniquely creative and idiosyncratic without a hint of pretension. But Israel Nash has honed this territory for a while. The result is an immaculately constructed, filmic album that’s both expansive yet personal.

Artwork - Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13

STAFF PICKSJimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13

By Hal Horowitz, March 5, 2021

The duo plainly love this music, but instead of just covering musty classics, have crafted new songs every bit as genuine.

Album - Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!

STAFF PICKSAaron Lee Tasjan - Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!

By Helen M Jerome, February 5, 2021

With his delightful fourth album, Aaron Lee Tasjan is pushing the boundaries of Americana again, and the results sound fabulous.

Album cover for Pearl Charles album Magic Mirror

STAFF PICKSPearl Charles - Magic Mirror

By Nathan McLaren Stewart, January 15, 2021

Filled with infectious, 70s-kissed sounds and lucid journeys of self-discovery, Pearl Charles' second full-length record is a 10-track trip through heartbreak and fragility - with an added dose of country disco.

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STAFF PICKSSteve Earle & The Dukes - J.T.

By Helen M Jerome, January 4, 2021

Whether or not this is cathartic for Steve, it’s apt for a record that’s astonishingly good, brutally honest, and simply heart-breaking.

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STAFF PICKSTaylor Swift - Evermore

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Whether Evermore is the end of the fourth wave or just its midpoint is a question it seems even Taylor herself doesn’t know the answer to. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t mind staying here a while longer still.

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STAFF PICKSSturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass - Vol.2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

By Helen M Jerome, December 18, 2020

Just knowing this is a Sturgill Simpson album is enough for most, but there's the added bonus that's he creatively let himself off the leash.