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July 14, 2011
Scott Foley

Most artists prefer to perform safe atop a bed of accompaniment: Drums, bass, keys, et al. For William Elliott Whitmore, there's typically just a banjo and a voice. On WEW's wonderful new Field Songs, he adds birds and crickets like you might hear ... well, out in a field. And the music never comes across as lacking. The singer-songwriter gives one song a booming bass drum, and he plugs in his electric guitar for the final one.

Certainly another of the year's best comes from Eilen Jewell, who delivers the album of her career (so far). Also on this Episode, a new direction for Amy LaVere, and Dead Man Winter features a member of Trampled By Turtles.

* Dex Romweber Duo, "Redemption" Is That You In the Blue (Bloodshot, 11)
* Patti Fiasco, "Wyoming Is For Lovers" Patti Fiasco (Self, 11)
* John Hiatt, "Adios To California" Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns (New West, 11)
* David Mayfield, "I Just Might Pray" Parade (9th Grade, 11)
* Eilen Jewell, "Santa Fe" Queen of the Minor Key (Signature Sounds, 11)
* Madeleine Peyroux, "I Threw It All Away" Standing On the Rooftop (Rounder, 11)
* Bottle Rockets, "Hard Times" Lean Forward (Bloodshot, 09)
* Jeff Bridges, "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" Jeff Bridges (Blue Note, 11)
* Hickman Dalton Gang, "Elizabeth" Hickman Dalton Gang Vol 2 (Self, 11)
* Jolie Holland, "Little Birds" Pint of Blood (Anti, 11)
* Hadden Sayers, "All I Want Is You" Hard Dollar (Blue Corn, 11)
* JD Malone & the Experts, "Just Like New" Avalon (It's About Music, 11)
^ William Elliott Whitmore, "Let's Do Something Impossible" Field Songs (Anti, 11)
* Patty Griffin, "Long Ride Home" 1000 Kisses (ATO, 02)
* Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, "Heart a Mine" Kings & Queens (File Under Music, 11)
* Paper Bird, "Sounds Like Rain" Carry On (Long Spoon, 11)
* Felice Brothers, "Best I Ever Had" Celebration Florida (Fat Possum, 11)
* Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Wronglers, "I'm Thinking Tonite of My Blue Eyes" Heirloom Music (Neanderthal, 11)
* Dead Man Winter, "Golden" Bright Lights (Banjodad, 11)
* Dylan LeBlanc, "If the Creek Don't Rise" Pauper's Field (Rough Trade, 10)
* Laura Cantrell, "Poison In Your Heart" Kitty Wells Dresses (Diesel Only, 11)
* Lucinda Williams, "Get Right With God" Essence (Lost Hwy, 01)
* Bonnie & the Beard, "Lonely Hills" Bonnie & the Beard (Self, 11)
* Amy LaVere, "Great Divide" Stranger Me (Archer, 11)
* Robert Ellis, "Comin' Home" Photographs (New West, 11)
* Pokey LaFarge, "So Long Honeybee Goodbye" Middle of Everywhere (Free Dirt, 11)
* Those Darlins, "Screws Get Loose" Screws Get Loose (Oh Wow Dang, 11)
* Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, "Born Again" Death Won't Send a Letter (RCA, 09)

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