Laura Marling- "A Creature I Don't Know"
The follow up to "I Speak Because I Can", Laura Marling's latest solo effort "A Creature I Don't Know" seems to get better and better every time you listen to it. The former lead singer of Noah and the Whale, has stitched together a series of very tight acoustical revelations that sneak up on you. Great tracks include: Sophia, My Friends, The Muse , Salinas. For More about Laura Marling, Click HERE.
Wilco- "The Whole Love"
Wilco continues it's exploration of adventurous alt-rock and acoustic music with this their eighth album. Stalwart fans and even those finding the band for the first time (if there are any left) will not be disappointed. Great tracks include: Black Moon, I Might, Capital City, Rising Red Lung. For more about Wilco, Click HERE.
Zee Avi- "Ghostbird"
This is Zee Avi's follow up to her self-titled debut. It's not quite as intimate as the first but it definitely continues some of the charm. Zee Avi seems to be on a mission to make the music of Borneo the new pop music. Great tracks include: 31 Days, The Book of Morris Johnson, Stay in the Clouds, Milestone Moon.
For more about Zee Avi, click HERE.
Robert Earl Keen- "Ready for Confetti"
One of the most solid efforts by Robert Earl Keen. I love how he mixes in the Tex Mex style of guitar into his work. Truly an album to listen all the way through over and over. Great Tracks include: I Gotta Go, Waves on the Ocean, Paint the Town Beige, Top Down. For more about Robert Earl Keen, click HERE.
Catie Curtis- "Stretch Limousine on Fire"
It's been three years since Catie Curtis put out a CD of all new material (Sweet Life, August 2008). She's back with a lively cache songs that are loving, thoughtful and sometimes humorous. Catie was the 2010 headliner at the Acoustic Music Festival in Norfolk and will opening some dates in the fall for the Weepies. Great tracks include: Let it Last, Highway Del Sol, Stretch Limousine on Fire, I Do. For more about Catie Curtis, click HERE.
John Shannon & Wings of Sound- "Songs of the Desert River"
John Shannon is a modern folk guitarist, vocalist, and song crafter who believes in the power of music to enlighten the mind. His songs have been labeled American mystic music. "Songs of the Desert River" is an intense acoustic experience. Great tracks include: Wave to the River, Hurricane, Darkness, Desert River. For more about John Shannon & Wings of Sound, click HERE.
Asa- "Beautiful Imperfection"
One critic puts it very simply..."The Nigerian-born songwriter employs a sultry alto, neo-soul rhythms and super-sunny vibes on her brand new album." This is a very fun album..takes you to a brighter place. Great tracks include: Preacher man, Bempe', Why can't we, Maybe. For more about Asa, click HERE.
Ollabelle- "Neon Blue Bird"
Ollabelle is Amy Helm (the daughter of Levon Helm), Glenn Patscha, Byron Isaacs, Fiona McBain and Tony Leone. This follow up to 2009's "Before this Time" continues the band's impeccable exploration of America's traditional musical landscape. Great tracks include: One More Time, You're Gonna Miss Me, Record Needle, Lovin' in my Baby's Eyes. For more on Ollabelle, click HERE.
James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt-"All Wood and Doors"
There are cover albums and then there are great cover albums. This one is in the great category because James Lee Stanley (formerly of Va. Beach) and Cliff Eberhardt have managed to take timeless Doors songs and re-invent them in such a way that shows us why they were such great songs in the first place. Awesome follow up to "All Wood and Stones". Great tracks include: Crystal Ship, Soul Kitchen, Riders on the Storm, People are Strange, Break on Through. For more on "All Wood and Doors", click HERE.
John Hiatt-"Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns"
Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, the new album from acclaimed musician and songwriter John Hiatt, will be released August 2nd on New West Records. This is Hiatt's twentieth solo album and follows his acclaimed 2010 release, The Open Road. Great tracks include: Till I get My Lovin' Back, Don't Wanna Leave You Now, All the way Under. For more on John Hiatt, click HERE.
Matraca Berg-"The Dreaming Fields"
This is Martraca Berg's fifth album and first since 1999. In 2004 and 2005, Berg was nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, making her one of the youngest nominees in history. She continues to be a prolific and respected country songwriter. Great tracks include: Fall Again, Chasing the Angels, You and Tequila, Oh Cumberland. For more on Matraca Berg, click HERE.
Peter Bradley Adams-"Between Us"
This is the fourth album for Peter Bradley Adams since the year 2005 making him one of the most prolific singer-songwriters featured on Hunter At Sunrise. He must be trying to make up for only making one disc with EastMountainSouth. Great tracks include: Katy, Between Us, Full Moon Song, Be Still My Heart. For more about Peter Bradley Adams, click HERE.
J.D. Souther-"Natural History"
Souther is responsible for so many great songs recorded by the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and himself. This is the album that he always wanted to produce...stripped down versions of all of his hits. Great tracks include: New Kid in Town, Prisoner in Disguise, Faithless Love, You're Only Lonely. For more about J.D. Souther, click HERE.
Kasey Chambers- "Little Bird"
This album is just hitting the states and is her first since 2008's "Rattlin' Bones". It's dedicated to her husband, singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson. Great tracks include: Little Bird, Beautiful Mess, Bring Back My Heart, Invisible Girl. For more about Kasey Chambers, click HERE.
City and Colour- "Little Hell"
This is actually the third full length recording for Dallas Green, a.k.a. City and Colour. He has a long list of EPs as well. The disc features more instrumentation than his last project, "Bring Me Your Love". Great tracks include: Northern Wind, O'Sister, Grand Optimist, Little Hell. For more about City and Colour, click HERE.
Gillian Welch- "The Harrow and the Harvest"
This is the way we love to hear Gillian Welch, just her on the guitar with her husband Dave Rawlings providing supporting guitar and vocals. Truly a masterpiece. Great tracks include: The Way it Goes, Tennessee, Six White Horses, Hard Times. For more about Gillian Welch, click HERE.
The Wooden Birds- "Two Matchsticks"
This is the sophomore effort for this Austin based band. A great follow up to their debut, "Magnolia". Very rhythm based ensemble...lots of cool songs. Great tracks include: Cross My Heart, Two Matchsticks, Too Pretty to Say Please, Baby Jeans. For more about the Wooden Birds, click HERE.