ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
January 14, 2018
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust
If you've spent some time with our ROUTES-cast below (*), you know I'm fond of A Routes & Branches Guide To Feeding Your Monster. That's our release calendar to which you can connect via the link to the right. I'll always say that it'll assure you'll never miss another obscure roots music release. Heh. Anyway, Routes & Branches is driven by novelty, focused on the frontiers of our kind of music. And this time of year we begin to get a good sense of what our Spring might sound like. So for this week's posting I thought we'd focus on what's forthcoming, some of the stuff I'm looking forward to most. There's a real good chance I'll devote a full review to most if not all of these, once I have access to the complete CD. Until then, some thoughts on what we've heard to date.
What we've heard: "A Lamb A Dove", "Quartz in the Valley"
What we've heard: "Beaches of Biloxi", "Road Crew"
What we've heard: "Horace Hopper", "Dream of the City and the City Itself"
What we've heard: "Empty Arms", "Love That's Wild"
What we've heard: "Come to Me"
What we've heard: nada
... and so very many more! Calexico, Fruition, Ruby Boots, JD Wilkes, Erika Wennerstrom, American Aquarium, Austin Lucas (2 albums!) ...
- Ron Pope, "Southern Cross" Ron Pope & the Nighthawks (Brooklyn Basement, 16)
- Ron Pope, "Figure it Out" Worktapes (Brooklyn Basement, 18) D
^- Caleb Caudle, "Love That's Wild" Crushed Coins (Cornelius Chapel, 18)
- Anderson East, "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces" Encore (Elektra, 18)
^ Sue Foley w/Charlie Sexton, "Come to Me" Ice Queen (Stony Plain, 18)
- Danny & the Champions of the World, "Gotta Get Things Right in My Life" Brilliant Light (Loose, 17)
- Fruition, "Northern Town" Watching it All Fall Apart (LoHi, 18)
- Wood Brothers, "Happiness Jones" One Drop of Truth (Honey Jar, 18)
- Townes Van Zandt, "St John the Gambler" Our Mother the Mountain (Fat Possum, 69)
- Nathaninel Rateliff & Night Sweats, "You Worry Me" Tearing at the Seams (Concord, 18) D
- Samantha Fish, "American Dream" Belle of the West (RufRecords, 17) D
- Marie/Lepanto, "Famished Raven" Tenkiller (Big Legal Mess, 18)
- Low Anthem, "Ghost Woman Blues" Smart Flesh (Nonesuch, 10)
-^ 6 String Drag, "Bottle of Blues" High Hat (Schoolkids, 97/18) D
- Erika Wennerstrom, "Extraordinary Love" Sweet Unknown (Partisan, 18) D
- Jason Boland & the Stragglers, "Proud Souls" Pearl Snaps (Proud Souls, 99)
^ Richmond Fontaine, "Dream of the City and the City Itself" Don't Skip Out On Me (Fluff & Gravy, 18)
- Kim Richey w/Chuck Prophet, "Whistle on Occasion" Edgeland (Yep Roc, 18) D
^ Mike & the Moonpies, "Road Crew" Steak Night at the Prairie Rose (Moonpies, 18)
- Jeff Hyde, "Henry Ford" Norman Rockwell World (Hyde, 18) D
- Drag the River, "Waste of Time Valentine" Drag the River (Xtra Mile, 13)
- Ryan Bingham, "How Shall a Sparrow Fly" Hostiles (Sndtk) (Axster Bingham, 18) D
- First Aid Kit, "Ruins" Ruins (Columbia, 18)
- Angel Olsen, "Tougher Than the Rest" Phases (Jagjaguwar, 18)
^ HC McEntire, "Quartz in the Valley" Lionheart (Merge, 18)
- Richard Buckner, "Born Into Giving It Up" Impasse (Merge, 02)
- Courtney Marie Andrews, "May Your Kindness Remain" May Your Kindness Remain (Mama Bird, 18) D
- Alela Diane, "Ether & Wood" Cusp (Alela, 18)
- Chris Knight, "Hard Edges" Trailer Tapes (Drifter's Church, 07)
- Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes, "November Down" Don't Go Baby (Cornelius Chapel, 17)