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Sunday, July 31, 2016

ROUTES & BRANCHES  
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
July 23, 2016
Scott Foley

Penning this post from way up above Jackson, Wyoming at a nearly empty ski resort.  Amazing where you'll end up with Expedia ...  Actually the picture this week is from the Oregon Coast.  Thanks to Andrea for covering my usual R'nB time this week.  For the unaware, KRFC (the station that airs my broadcasts) is presently raising funds to outfit their new state of the art studios and to cover move-in costs.  If you like your americana loud 'n clear, visit mykrfc.org and pledge what you can.

Because of 9 hours in the car facing me, I'm going to forgo a review this week.  Next Saturday, I'll be bringing you new stuff from Amanda Shires, Butch Walker, Reckless Kelly and much more.

For this Episode, I presented some of my favorite americana, alt.country and roots music songs for the first half of 2016.  Songs range from the first show of the year to just last week, from indie folk to covers and country.  In no particular order, it's what the first half of the year sounded like on Routes & Branches.

What's worked for you so far this year?

- Matt Woods, "American Way" How To Survive  (Woods, 16)
- Big Shoals, "You Ain't Nothing Like the Girls Back Home" Hard Lessons  (Big Shoals, 16)
- Mount Moriah, "Baby Blue" How To Dance  (Merge, 16)
- Felice Brothers, "Triumph 73"  Life In the Dark  (Yep Roc, 16)
- Hard Working Americans, "Opening Statement" Rest In Chaos  (Melvin, 16)
- Sturgill Simpson, "In Bloom" Sailor's Guide To Earth  (Atlantic, 16)
- Colvin & Earle, "Tell Moses" Colvin & Earle  (Fantasy, 16)
- Marlon Williams, "Hello Miss Lonesome" Marlon Williams  (Dead Oceans, 16)
- Bonnie Bishop, "Ain't Who I Was" Ain't Who I Was  (Plan BB, 16)
-  BJ Barham, "American Tobacco Co" Rockingham  (Barham, 16)
- Richmond Fontaine, "Wake Up Ray" You Can't Go Back ...  (Fluff & Gravy, 16)
- Left Arm Tan, "Blacktop Blues" Lorene  (LAT, 16)
- Trevor Sensor, "Texas Girls & Jesus Christ" Texas Girls & Jesus Christ  (Jagjaguwar, 16)
- Freakwater, "Velveteen Matador" Scheherazade  (Bloodshot, 16)
- Parker Millsap, "Morning Blues" Very Last Day  (Thirty Tigers, 16)
- Courtney Barnett, "New Speedway Boogie" Day of the Dead  (4ad, 16)
- Arliss Nancy, "Finches" Greater Divides  (Arliss Nancy, 16)  C
- John Doe, "My Darling Blue Skies" Westerner  (Cool Rock, 16)
- Harvest Thieves, "Bob Dylan's 78th Hangover" Rival  (Holy Mt  Sounds, 16)
- Matt Haeck, "Lucky Cigarette" Late Bloomer  (Blaster, 16)
- Whitney, "No Matter Where We Go" Light Upon the Lake  (Secretly Canadian, 16)
- Frankie Lee, "High and Dry" American Dreamer  (Loose, 16)
- Will Johnson, "Color of a Lonely Heart Is Blue" Desperate Times  (Jeff Neely, 16)
- Lucinda Williams, "Can't Close the Door On Love" Ghosts of Hwy 20  (Thirty Tigers, 16)
- Western Centuries, "Weight Of the World" Weight Of the World  (Free Dirt, 16)
- Austin Lucas, "Pray For Rain" Between the Moon and the Midwest  (Last Chance, 16)
- Jayhawks, "Quiet Corners & Empty Places" Calling Mr Proust  (Thirty Tigers, 16)
- Caleb Caudle, "Piedmont Sky" Carolina Ghost  (This is American Music, 16)
- Margo Price, "Hands of Time" Midwest Farmer's Daughter  (Third Man, 16)

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