Sunday, November 27, 2022

STATE of the GENRE 2022

ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
November 27, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

Beneath all of this blog's clutter and noise lies the opinion that americana music only exists in relation to other stuff. There is no such thing as “pure” americana – by its nature, by definition it’s a hybrid of genres. Which, by our reckoning, is what makes it potentially fascinating, with countless possible variations.

We’ve put together this list over the past couple years, proposing records that are defining the americana genres. Artists who are adding to the basket, or who are taking the thing in new directions. These aren’t as a rule the genre’s bestsellers, thought they might be. Most are prominent enough to have risen to a certain level of attention. They’re also not on this list because they’re my own favorites – though that list is on its way. Not all of these artists are looking forward. Some are staking their claim solidly in trad territory. Which is forward-looking in some instances.

Finally, in the sludgy wake of the Grammys announcements, it must be said strongly how egregiously out of touch these mainstream recognitions have become (and I wouldn’t leave the Americana Honors out of this accusation). Beyond just the eye roll that these missteps merit, it’s disheartening the degree to which they fail to serve the future of all kinds of music (not just ours). Dear Grammy Committee: Is Willie Nelson REALLY the best thing you’ve heard this year? Is there REALLY nothing more worthwhile than this posthumous collection of Dr John tracks?!

If the answer is YES, let’s put the padlock on this thing and call it deceased. I’ll stop pretending that there’s life in these bones, and will happily go back to listening to other types of music that matter (because there’s a lot of good music out there). On the other hand, it’s my sense that the artists and albums listed below are continuing to keep the blood pumping into our kind of music. They make it worthwhile for us to check our IN-box on a regular basis, to keep one eye fixed restlessly on the months to come, eager to herald new artists and new sounds. 

STATE of the GENRE 2022
listed here in order of appearance

- Aoife O'Donovan, Age of Apathy  (Yep Roc, Jan 21)
- Brent Cobb, And Now Let's Turn To Page ...  (Buddy, Jan 28)
- Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You  (4AD, Feb 11)
- Hurray For the Riff Raff, Life on Earth  (Nonesuch, Feb 18)
- Hailey Whitters, Raised  (Pigasus, Mar 18)
- Ian Noe, River Fools & Mountain Saints  (Lock13, Mar 25)
- Paul Cauthen, Country Coming Down  (Velvet Rose, Apr 1)
- Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Crooked Tree  (Nonesuch, Apr 1)
- Orville Peck, Bronco  (Columbia, Apr 8)
- Lucius, Second Nature  (Mom + Popo, Apr 8)
- Joshua Hedley, Neon Blue  (New West, Apr 22)
- 49 Winchester, Fortune Favors the Bold  (New West, May 13)
- Zach Bryan, American Heartbreak  (Belting Bronco, May 20)
- SG Goodman, Teeth Marks  (Verve, Jun 3)
- Angel Olsen, Big Time  (Jagjaguwar, Jun 3)
- Caamp, Lavender Days  (Mom + Pop, Jun 24)
- Willi Carlile, Peculiar Missouri  (Free Dirt, Jul 15)
- John Moreland, Birds in the Ceiling  (Old Omens, Jul 22)
- Amanda Shires, Take It Like a Man  (ATO, Jul 29)
- Lee Bains + Glory Fires, Old-Time Folks  (Don Giovanni, Aug 5)
- Kelsey Waldon, No Regular Dog  (Oh Boy, Aug 12)
- Charley Crockett, Man From Waco  (Son of Davy, Sep 9)
- Nikki Lane, Denim & Diamonds  (New West, Sep 23)
- Tyler Childers, Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven  (Hickman Holler, Sep 30)
- Ashley McBryde, Presents Lindeville  (Warner, Sep 30)
- Courtney Marie Andrews, Loose Future  (Fat Possum, Oct 7)
- Plains, I Walked With You a Ways  (Anti, Oct 14)
- Gabe Lee, Hometown Kid  (Torrez, Oct 28)
- Melissa Carper, Ramblin' Soul  (Mae Music, Nov 18)
- Caitlin Rose, CAZIMI  (Pearl Tower, Nov 18)

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

ROUTES-cast NOVEMBER 20, 2022

ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
November 20, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

As of this writing, there are 42 days remaining in the year. We'll be putting them to good use, as previously announced:

November 27 - State of the Genre (we identify the artists and albums that are charting the course)
December 4 - Favorite Songs of 2022
December 11 - Favorite Albums of 2022
December 18 - R&B Holiday ROUTES-cast

And the machine that is A Routes & Branches Guide To Feeding Your Monster continues lurching towards Spring. A promising debut, Myron Elkins has announced his first full-length. Produced by Dave Cobb, Factories Farms & Amphetamines is set for a January 13 release (Low Country Sound). One of our favorite songwriters, HC McEntire's next record will be another solo affair. Every Acre will grace our turntables on January 27 (Merge). Bria Salmena and her band have been serving behind Orville Peck on his past record and subsequent tour. While we await their debut full-length, Bria have announced the second in their series of Cuntry Covers (Sub Pop, Feb 24). Doug Paisley is pairing with producer and singer-songwriter Alfie Jurvanen for Say What You Like. The record draws from a reported cache of 250 previously unrecorded tunes (Outside, Mar 17). 


- Bad Ends, "Thanksgiving 1915" Power and the Glory  (New West, Jan 20)
- Prescriptions, "Fire Moon" Time Apart  (Single Lock, 22)
- Myron Elkins, "Factories Farms & Amphetamines" Factories Farms & Amphetamines  (Low Country, Jan 13)  D
- Bria, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" Cuntry Covers Vol 2  (Sub Pop, Feb 24)  D
- Benjamin Dakota Rogers, "Greyhound" Paint Horse  (Good People, Feb 17)  D
- Zach Bryan, "Greatest Day of My Life" single  (Belting Bronco, 22)
- Melissa Carper, "1980 Dodge Van" Ramblin' Soul  (Mae Music, 22)
- Jack Schneider, "Josephine" Best Be On My Way  (Jeffers, 22)  D
^ Taylor Kingman, "Across the Line" Hollow Sound  (Mama Bird, 22)
- Gold Star, "Isolation Blues" Headlights USA  (Like LTD, 22)  D
- National Parks, "8th Wonder" 8th Wonder  (Nat'l Parks, Mar 3)  D
- Jenny O, "Natural World" Spectra  (Mama Bird, Feb 24)  D
- Fruit Bats, "Waking Up in Los Angeles" single  (Merge, 22)  D
- Lostines, "A Tear" Heart of Night EP  (Gar Hole, Dec 2)
- John Grant, "God's Gonna Cut You Down" single  (Bella Union, 22)  D
- Goose, "All I Need" Undecided EP  (No Coincidence, 22)  D
- Robert Ellis, "Souvenirs" single  (Next Waltz, 22)  D
- Pearla, "With" Oh Glistening Onion the Nighttime Is Coming  (Spacebomb, Feb 10)  D
- Gibson Brothers, "Dust" Darkest Hour  (Bull Run, Jan 27)  D
- Marty Stuart, "Country Star" single  (Snakefarm, 22)  D
- Billy Strings, "Stone Walls and Steel Bars" Me/And/Dad  (Rounder, 22)
- Brit Taylor, "Little Rich Girls" Kentucky Blue  (Cut A Shine, Feb 3)
- Sarah Lee Langford & Will Stewart, "All These Damn Things" Bad Luck & Love  (Cornelius Chapel, 22)
- Elizabeth Moen, "Headgear" Wherever You Aren't  (Moen, 22)
- Pony Bradshaw, "Kindly Turn the Bed Down Drusilla" North Georgia Rounder  (Soundly, Jan 27)
- Julia Sanders, "Three Leaf Clover" Morning Star  (Sanders, Dec 2)  D
- Meg Baird, "Star Hill Song" Furling  (Drag City, Jan 27)
- Caitlin Rose, "Blameless" CAZIMI  (Pearl Tower, 22)
- Doug Paisley, "Say What You Like" Say What You Like  (Outside, Mar 17)  D
- Lilly Hiatt, "Under the Milky Way" single  (New West, 22)  D


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Sunday, November 13, 2022

TOMMY ALEXANDER - FEELiNGS


ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
November 13, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

I'm looking at Spotify, as I often do. It's not the best tool for music discovery (that might be Bandcamp), but it provides some keen insight into how people encounter music. It's interesting, for instance, how the most previewed songs on an album will tend to be the first track or two. It's all downhill from there. It's rare that an artist showcases their strongest material at the end of a project. Nevertheless, I will often preview a record from the end backwards. Sometimes that's where an artist stretches out, where they might hide the piece that pulls the album together. 

Tommy Alexander brings his new collection to a close with "Naked To the World" - more about that soon. Feelings (Fluff & Gravy) is the Nashville songwriter's fourth record, and his first since he relocated from Portland. It follows on the heels of 2019's Baby You're Blue and 2020's Waves. Alexander was introduced to producer Andrija Tokic by Riley Downing of the Deslondes. From his Bomb Shelter studios, Tokic has produced a worthy roster of artists that include Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Margo Price and more, demonstrating a capacity to lead them beyond the typical parameters of roots music. 

Where Waves dwelt comfortably and capably in a country pocket, the aptly-named Feelings benefits from a broader embrace. The project plumbs the reaches of melancholy, regret and doubt, musing on the emotions which largely defined our experience of pandemic separation. It's hardly Something light / To lift the mood as prescribed in the Cash-esque "Something Light", the album's most country moment. At the bottom end of his vocal range, Alexander is accompanied by a steady plodding bass and jangling guitar: All I ever wanted was no pain in my heart / And an appropriate fear of the night. "If I Only Knew" adds countrypolitan strings and a dose of regret. Alexander's vocals are doubled throughout Feelings, an effect that contributes to the project's feeling of insularity: Time on the road is time in my mind / It's time I can live without

Tommy Alexander is joined in the studio by a altogether new and varied compliment of accompanists, including Chris Scruggs, Jo Schornikow and drummer Megan Coleman. The band's diversity of experience is reflected in their musical output. With its guitar-driven arrangement and repeated corazon corazon, "Silence" recalls Portlander Fernando Viciconte. "Backslide" is similarly built on thick electric guitar. Alexander's vulnerable delivery on the title cut might bring to mind Conor Oberst's more organic material. "Feelings" represents a less rootsy tendency of some of the new songs, generating a darker vibe that reveals a depth of emotion beyond what was demonstrated on Waves: It doesn't mean feelings are right / But I ain't feeling alright anymore

Feelings lodges its two strongest tracks at the record's far end. "Blues" floats on the melancholy fiddle of Billy Contreras, a soulful, low-key meditation on sorrow: Sometimes it seems lately I've been struggling not to drown. Then the collection closes with the aforementioned "Naked To the World", a crushing and heartfelt ode to the departed: Health is just an artificial silence. The track hits like something from Nathaniel Rateliff's And It's Still Alright, luring listeners with churchly organ and pedal steel. The acoustic folk number is both atmospheric and intimate, reaching out while peeling back layers of Tommy Alexander's feelings: I've been having trouble with my body / Feeling as though it belongs to someone else

I'm back at the beginning again, Alexander sings. The tracks of Feelings provide a reset of sorts for a promising career that has yet to receive its due credit. Tommy Alexander and Andrija Tokic offer these quirky, divulgent songs in just the right setting, while presenting Alexander as his own deeply-feeling artist, perched on the precipice of roots music and something more. 

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- Elizabeth Moen, "Synthetic Fabrics" Wherever You Aren't  (Moen, 22)
- Steve Earle, "Ain't No God In Mexico" Live Forever: Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver  (New West, 22)
- Morgan Wade, "The Night Part 2" single  (Ladylike, 22)  D
- Country Westerns, "Money On the Table" single  (Fat Possum, 22)  D
- Erin Rae, "Woman (Sensuous Woman)" OurVinyl Sessions EP (OurVinyl, 22)  D
- Prescriptions, "I Get Lost" Time Apart  (Single Lock, Nov 18)
- Larkin Poe, "Southern Comfort" Blood Harmony  (Tricki-Woo, 22)
- Jeb Loy Nichols, "Looking For Some Rain" United States of the Broken Hearted  (On-U Sound, 22)
- Breanna Barbara, "Weight of the World" Nothin' But Time  (Fuzz Club, 22)  D
- Arcs, "Heaven Is a Place" Electrophonic Chronic  (Easy Eye, Jan 27)
- Deer Tick, "Make Believe (Studio Demo)" Divine Providence (11th Anniversary Edition)  (Partisan, 22)
- Madi Diaz, SG Goodman, Joy Oladokun, "Be Careful" single  (Anti, 22)  D
- War & Treaty, "Blank Page" Blank Page EP  (Mercury, 22)  D
- White Buffalo, "Kingdom For a Fool" Year of the Dark Horse  (Snakefarm, 22)
- Tom VandenAvond, "Let the Train Whistle Blow" JR & RL: Double Tribute to Johnny Cash  (Hillgrass Bluebilly, 22)
- Bright Eyes, "Ship in a Bottle (Companion Version)" Digital Ash in a Digital Urn: Companion EP  (Dead Oceans, 22)
- Ryan Adams, "Free Yourself" Devolver  (PaxAm, 22)
- Angela Perley, "Ripple" single  (Perley, 22)  D
- Lucero, "Buy a Little Time" Should've Learned By Now  (Liberty & Lament, Feb 24)
- Gabe Lee, "Long Gone" Hometown Kid  (Torrez, 22)
- Tennessee Jet, "Garth Brooks" single  (TNJet, 22)  D
- Zach Bryan, "Fifth of May" single  (Belting Bronco, 22)  D
- Jarrod Dickenson, "Buckle Under Pressure" Big Talk  (Hooked, Feb 3)
- Margo Price, "Lydia" Strays  (Loma Vista, Jan 13)
- Shootouts, "Run For Cover" Stampede  (Shootouts, Feb 24)
- Micah P Hinson, "What Does It Matter Now" I Lie To You  (Ponderosa, Dec 2)
^ Tommy Alexander, "Naked to the World" Feelings  (Fluff & Gravy, 22)
- Tim Barry, "Carolina's RV" Carolina's RV EP  (Barry, 22)
- Phosphorescent, "Big Red Sun Blues" single  (Phosphorescent, 22)  D
- Fleet Foxes, "A Sky Like I've Never Seen" single  (Amazon, 22)  D

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Sunday, November 06, 2022

ROUTES-cast NOVEMBER 6, 2022


ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
November 6, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

Let's start this Episode by mapping out the rest of 2022, including favorites, holidays and Other Stuff:

November 27 - State of the Genre (we identify the artists and albums that are charting the course)
December 4 - Favorite Songs of 2022
December 11 - Favorite Albums of 2022
December 18 - R&B Holiday ROUTES-cast

Of course, dates are subject to change on a whim, so please add these to your calendar in pencil. 

Even as we begin to place our tacky bow atop the year, we're adding new stuff to A Routes & Branches Guide To Feeding Your Monster daily. Bad Ends brings together stalwarts from the Athens, Georgia music scene, including onetime REM drummer Bill Berry. New West will be issuing their debut collection, Power and the Glory on January 20. One of next year's frontrunners for Most Promising Record of the Year comes from Sunny War. Their New West debut, Anarchist Gospel features contributions from Allison Russell, the Deslondes, Jim James and more (February 3). Way back in 2020, we heaped some deserving praise atop Brit Taylor's Real Me. Produced by Sturgill Simpson, her follow-up, Kentucky Blue is due February 3 on Cut A Shine Records. Are we ready for a new Lucero project? Yes. Set your sights on February 24 and the release of Should've Learned By Now (Liberty & Lament). Finally, Dougie Poole's 2020 Freelancer's Blues drew some positive review attention. Expect New Things with his February 24 collection, Rainbow Wheel of Death (Wharf Cat). 

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- Ryan Adams, "Too Bored To Run" Devolver  (PaxAm, 22)  D
- Caitlin Rose, "Getting It Right (ft Courtney Marie Andrews)" CAZIMI  (Pearl Tower, Nov 18)
- First Aid Kit, "Palomino" Palomino  (Columbia 22)
- Honey Harper, "Boots Mine Gold" Honey Harper & the Infinite Sky  (ATO, 22)
- Ryan Bingham & Nikki Lane, "Ride Me Down Easy" Live Forever: Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver  (New West, Nov 11)
- Great Divide, "Wrong Is Overrated" Providence  (Great Divide, 22)
- Cassandra Lewis, "10,000 Reasons" Always All Ways  (Lewis, 22)
- Shootouts, "Better Things To Do (ft Marty Stuart)" Stampede  (Shootouts, Feb 24)  D
- Trampled by Turtles, "Central Hillside Blues" Alpenglow  (Banjodad, 22)
- Emily Nenni, "In the Mornin'" On the Ranch  (Normaltown, 22)
- Slaid Cleaves, "Through the Dark" single  (Candy House, 22)  D
- Pony Bradshaw, "Mosquitoes" North Georgia Rounder  (Pony, Jan 27)
- Angela Easterling, "California" Witness  (De L'Est, 22)
- Seth Avett, "Poet Game" Sings Greg Brown  (Ramseur, 22)
- Welcome Wagon, "Knocking On the Door of Love" Esther  (Asthmatic Kitty, 22)
- Gold Dust, "Catalpa Bloom" Late Great Gold Dust  (Centripetal Force, 22)
- Left Lane Cruiser, "Wreck of the Old 97s" JR & RL: Double Tribute to Johnny Cash  (Hillgrass Bluebilly, 22)
- Tommy Alexander, "Blues" Feelings  (Fluff & Gravy, 22)
- Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld, "Turning the Corner" Last Stars First Light  (Jealous Butcher, 22)
- Gabe Lee, "Buffalo Road" Hometown Kid  (Torrez, 22)
- Billy Strings, "John Deere Tractor" Me/and/Dad  (Rounder, Nov 18)  D
- John Doe, "Little Tiger" 3Sirens Session EP  (3Sirens, 22)  D
^ HC McEntire, "Dovetail" Every Acre  (Merge, Jan 27)  D
- Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, "Ghost of Love" O Glory  (Divine Industries, 22)
- Sarah Lee Langford & Will Stewart, "Staring At the Sun" Bad Luck & Love  (Cornelius Chapel, Nov 18)
- Jeffrey Martin, "I Know What I Know" OurVinyl Sessions EP  (OurVinyl, 22)  D
- Ashley McBryde, "Jesus Jenny (ft Aaron Ratiere)" Lindeville  (Warner, 22)
- Bill Callahan, "Everyday" YTILAER  (Drag City, 22)
- Brody Price, "I Don't Wanna Play Anymore" Win a Trip To Palm Springs  (Niles City, 22)
- Tenci, "Cold Dirty Water" A Swollen River A Well Overflowing  (Keeled Scales, 22)

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

JULiANNA RiOLiNO - ALL BLUE

ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
October 30, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

It certainly won't be easy to compile a playlist of our thirty favorite songs from 2022. there are nearly 170 candidates for this vaunted honor. As we trundle into the eleventh month, sounds like we have some listening to do. Going to need to put on more tea water. For the time being, we have the following review of our favorite ten songs from the month coming to a close. We call it: 

WHAT's SO GREAT ABOUT OCTOBER?!!
1. Delines, "Golden State" Lost Duets  (Jealous Butcher, Oct 6)
2. John Fullbright, "Stars" The Liar  (Blue Dirt, Sep 30)
3. Pony Bradshaw, "Safe In the Arms of the Vernacular" North Georgia Rounder  (Pony, Jan 27)
4. Lucero, "One Last FU" Should've Learned By Now  (Liberty & Lament, Feb 24)
5. Ashley McBryde, "Bonfire at Tina's" Lindeville  (Warner, Sep 30)
6. Bad Ends, "All Your Friends Are Dying" Power and the Glory  (New West, Jan 20)
7. Truth & Salvage Co, "Silver Lining" Atoms Form  (Blackbird, Oct 7)
8. Gold Dust, "Larks Swarm a Hawk" Late Great Gold Dust  (Centripetal Force, Nov 4)
9. Tommy Alexander, "Feelings" Feelings  (Fluff & Gravy, Oct 28)
10. HC McEntire, "Soft Crook" single  (Merge, Oct 4)

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There might not be a more eclectic and unpredictable artist in our kind of music than Daniel Romano. The Canadian artist is so capricious that even when aiming for straight country, his results have been well left of center (in all the best ways). A genuine collaborator, Romano has released at least a couple records per year lately, a restless output that wanders through psych, rock, country, prog and folk. Some of his best work has been alongside his Outfit, a true collective whose members have been known to share the mic here and there. Among the constants in the Outfit is singer-guitarist Julianna Riolino, who has just unleashed All Blue, her debut solo record on Daniel Romano's You've Changed label. 

While not as stylistically fidgety as her work with Romano, Riolino's solo material is by no means stodgy. All Blue trades in country, with shades of pop, folk and early rock, as often electric as acoustic, with Romano himself complimenting the sessions on guitar. All Blue is not merely a distraction from a sideperson, but the collection presents Julianna Riolino as a complete artist. 

Recorded largely live in studio with producer Aaron Goldstein, songs like "Why Do I Miss You" leap from the speakers, even as layered backing vocals and other post-production work ensure a more full sound. Stabs of "Bang a Gong"-style guitar give the piece an early rock edge, enforced by the spit and attitude of Riolino's vocal, rising to a shout before dismissing her unresponsive beau with a mumbled Get lost! These songs are well-rooted in guitar, though there is a significant charm added by Thomas Hammerton's keys and Anthony Ronaldi's skronky baritone sax. A steady organ sings below "If I Knew Now", a midtempo number that flares unexpectedly into a greasy guitar break: If I die before I wake /  I'll go out knowing that loving you was a mistake

Lyrically, Riolino's songs are more resentful than they are pining, targeting relationships that fail to satisfy, or paramours who are noncommittal. Everyone is fine until they're drowning in someone, she sings on the wonderful "You". A chugging shuffle worthy of Nikki Lane, the song adds girl-group backing vocals and the charming simplicity of pounding drums and a one-word chorus. With Goldstein's pedal steel, "Queen of Spades" commits 100% to the country side of All Blue's equation. May I call a spade a spade / May I tell it like it is, Riolino sings, her open-throated voice leaving no doubt that she'll step into that space without invitation. The bratty alt.country of "Lone Ranger" adds a chorus of call-and-response backing vocalists, contributing their own commentary to the verses: Stab me in the back, put a nail in my coffin

Like Nicole Atkins or Jenny Lewis, Julianna Riolino sidesteps convenient categorization, applying her brash vocals to the record's broad stylistic reach. The breezy "Isn't It a Pity" and the watery keys of "Memory of Blue" allow her to demonstrate that range. The album's closer, the atypically acoustic "Thistle and Thorned", features Riolino's most lovely and surprising delivery, as well as her most impressionistic lyric: Holy stemmed brethren spewing love between my thighs. Like her bandmate Daniel Romano, her work can be elusive at second glance, a lyrical riddle or unexpected vocal turn making All Blue much more than just another fun, country-leaning romp. 

- Honey Harper, "Reflections" Honey Harper & the Infinite Sky  (ATO, 22)
^ Julianna Riolino, "Thistle and Thorned" All Blue  (You've Changed, 22)
- Pony Bradshaw, "North Georgia Rounder" North Georgia Rounder  (Pony, Jan 27)
- Brit Taylor, "Kentucky Blue" Kentucky Blue  (Cut A Shine, Feb 3)  D
- Alabama Shakes, "Always Alright (Live at KCRW)" Boys & Girls (Deluxe Edition)  (ATO, Dec 9)  D
- Tommy Alexander, "If I Only Knew" Feelings  (Fluff & Gravy, 22)
- Flatland Cavalry, "Parallel (ft Ashley Monroe)" Songs To Keep You Warm EP  (Flatland, 22)  D
- Trampled by Turtles, "All the Good Times Are Gone" Alpenglow  (Banjodad, 22)
- Great Divide, "Until We Cross" Providence  (Great Divide, 22)
- Alex Williams, "Best Thing" Waging Peace  (Lightning Rod, 22)
- Angela Easterling, "Halfway Down" Witness  (Easterling, 22)  D
- Nick Shoulders, "Heart of Glass" Heart of Night EP  (Gar Hole, Dec 2)  D
- Hermanos Gutierrez, "Tres Hermanos (ft Dan Auerbach)" El Bueno y El Malo  (Easy Eye, 22)
- Drugdealer, "New Fascination" Hiding In Plain Sight  (Mexican Summer, 22)
- Gold Dust, "Mountain Laurel" Late Great Gold Dust  (Centripetal Force, Nov 4)
- Caroline Rose, "Love/Lover/Friend" single  (New West, 22)  D
- Andrew Bird, "I Felt a Funeral In My Brain (ft Phoebe Bridgers)" single  (Wegawam, 22)  D
- Fran, "So Long" Leaving  (Fire Talk, Jan 20)  D
- Scott Hirsch, "Le Grand K" Ghost of Windless Day  (Echo Magic, 22)  D
- Sunny War, "No Reason" Anarchist Gospel  (New West, Feb 3)  D
- Gabe Lee, "Lucky Stars" Hometown Kid  (Torrez, 22)
- JD Clayton, "American Millionaire" Long Way From Home  (Mulberry, Jan 27)
- Elizabeth Cook, "Everybody Wants To Rule the World" 3Sirens Presents: With Love Part 2 EP  (3Sirens, Dec 2)  D
- Brody Price, "Love I Hope You Stay" Win a Trip to Palm Springs  (Niles City, 22)
- Elizabeth Moen, "Wherever You Aren't" Wherever You Aren't  (Moen, Nov 11)  D
- Micah P Hinson, "Carelessly" I Lie To You  (Phony Graph, Dec 9)
- Emily Scott Robinson, "Men and Moons" Built On Bones EP  (Oh Boy, 22)
- Whitehorse, "If the Loneliness Don't Kill Me" I'm Not Crying You're Crying  (Six Shooter, Jan 13)
- Wilco, "One More Hour" Dig Me In: Dig Me Out Covers Album  (S-K, 22)
- Charlotte Cornfield, "Thought I'd See You Again" Eleventh Hour: Songs For Climate Justice  (Sub Pop, 22)  D

To enjoy our weekly Spotify ROUTES-cast, just open Spotify and search for "routesandbranches" to access this most recent playlist, as well as many others from past months.  Or click here for a preview:



Sunday, October 23, 2022

ROUTES-cast OCTOBER 23, 2022

ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
October 23, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

This morning I noticed that our Wordpress post-counter had clicked over to 800 - that's 800 posts since our inaugural whimper back on August 24, 2008. Much has changed over the past fourteen-plus years. Heck, everything has changed. And, while we haven't yet taken control of the world, hey we got your attention, didn't we?! I've got nothing momentous to declare in celebration of our 800th post, other than that music is still good, and that new music is still worth tracking down. It's still good to push at your musical comfort zone, and we're grateful for whatever eyes happen across these quiet pages now and then. 

Onward towards 801. 

- Charlie Parr, "Were You There" JR & RL: Double Tribute to Johnny Cash & RL Burnside  (Hillgrass Bluebilly, Nov 4)  
- Caleb Caudle, "Texas Tea" Forsythia  (Soundly, 22)
- Margo Price, "Ragged Old Truck (ft Joshua Heldey)" Live Forever: Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver  (New West, Nov 11)
- John Fullbright, "Unlocked Doors" The Liar  (Blue Dirt, 22)
- Emily Nenni, "Useless" On the Ranch  (Normaltown, Nov 4)  D
- Jarrod Dickenson, "Long Hard Look" Big Talk  (Hooked, Feb 3)  D
- Alex Williams, "Rock Bottom" Waging Peace  (Lightning Rod, 22)
- Black Lips, "Stolen Valor" Apocalypse Love  (Fire, 22)  D
- Taylor Kingman, "Towel At Her Feet" Hollow Sound  (Mama Bird, Nov 18)
- Julianna Riolino, "Why Do I Miss You" All Blue  (You've Changed, 22)
^ Shane Smith & the Saints, "Fire in the Ocean" single  (Geronimo West, 22)  D
- Great Divide, "I Can Breathe Again" Providence  (Great Divide, Oct 28)
- Joe Ely, "Riding In My Car (ft Jimmie Dale Gilmore)" Flatland Lullaby  (Rack 'Em, 22)
- Melissa Carper, "Hit or Miss" Ramblin' Soul  (Mae Music, Nov 18)
- JD Clayton, "Long Way From Home" Long Way From Home  (Mulberry, Jan 27)  D
- Prescriptions, "Long Past Tonight" Time Past  (Single Lock, Nov 18)
- Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, "Not What You Want" Dig Me In: Dig Me Out Covers Album  (S-K, 22)
- Tenci, "Sour Cherries" A Swollen River A Well Overflowing  (Keeled Scales, "Nov 4)
- Marcus King, "Crazy" Spotify Singles  (American, 22)  D
- Complete Mountain Almanac, "May" Complete Mountain Almanac  (Bella Union, Jan 27)  D
- Twain, "A Kiss" Noon  (Keeled Scales, 22)
- Jeb Loy Nichols, "I've Enjoyed As Much Of This Good Life" United States of the Broken Hearted  (On-U Sound, Nov 11)
- Bonny Light Horseman, "Comrade Sweetheart"  Rolling Golden Holy  (37d03d, 22)
- White Buffalo, "Winter Act 2" Year of the Dark Horse  (Snakefarm, Nov 11)
- Plains, "Line of Sight" I Walked With You a Ways  (Anti, 22)
- Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld, "A Year Later" Last Stars First Light  (Jealous Butcher, Nov 4)
- Milk Carton Kids, "Running On Sweet Smile" single  (Far Cry, 22)  D
- First Aid Kit, "Feeling That Never Came" Palomino  (Columbia, Nov 4)
- Hermanos Guitierrez, "Hermosa Drive" El Bueno y El Malo  (Easy Eye, Oct 28)  D
- Bill Callahan, "Partition" YTILAER  (Drag City, 22)

To enjoy our weekly Spotify ROUTES-cast, just open Spotify and search for "routesandbranches" to access this most recent playlist, as well as many others from past months.  Or click here for a preview:


Sunday, October 16, 2022

ROUTES-cast OCTOBER 16, 2022

ROUTES & BRANCHES
featuring the very best of americana, alt.country and roots music
October 16, 2022
Scott Foley, purveyor of dust

- Mightmare, "Sure Thing" Cruel Liars  (Kill Rock Stars, 22)
- Gasoline Lollipops, "Jesus Ain't Dead" Nightmare  (GasPops, 22)  D
- Bill Callahan, "Bowevil" YTILAER  (Drag City, 22)
- Drugdealer, "Pictures of You (ft Kate Bollinger)" Hiding in Plain Sight  (Mexican Summer, Oct 28)
- Micah P Hinson, "People" I Lie to You  (Ponderosa, Dec 2)  D
- Cory Branan, "One Happy New Year" When I Go I Ghost  (Blue Elan, 22)
- Zach Bryan, "Starved" single  (Belting Bronco, 22)  D
- Bella White, "Rhododendron" single  (Rounder, 22)  D
- Sarah Lee Langford & Will Stewart, "Gunpowder" Bad Luck & Love (Cornelius Chapel, Nov 18)
- Gabe Lee, "Wide Open" Hometown Kid  (Torrez, Oct 28)
- Ruen Brothers, "Don't Know What's Come Over You" single  (Yep Roc, 22)  D
- Lee Fields, "Two Jobs" Sentimental Fool  (Daptone, Oct 28)
- Wild Pink, "Simply Glyphs" ILYSM  (Royal Mt, 22)
- The A's, "Lonesome LA Cowboy" single  (Psychic Hotline, 22)  D
- Bad Ends, "All Your Friends Are Dying" Power and the Glory  (New West, Jan 20)  D
- Prescriptions, "April Blossoms" Time Apart  (Single Lock, Nov 18)
- Jenny O, "Natural World" single  (Mama Bird, 22)  D
- Welcome Wagon, "Matthew 7:7" Esther  (Asthmatic Kitty, Nov 4)
- Dougie Poole, "Rainbow Wheel of Death" Rainbow Wheel of Death  (Wharf Cat, Feb 24)  D
^ Julianna Riolino, "If I Knew Now" All Blue  (You've Changed, 22)
- Seth Avett, "Laughing River" Sings Greg Brown  (Ramseur, Nov 4) 
- Meg Baird, "Will You Follow Me Home" Furling  (Drag City, Jan 27)  D
- Brody Price, "Satellites & Dust" Win a Trip to Palm Springs  (Niles City, Oct 28)
- Miko Marks, "River" Feel Like Going Home  (Redtone, 22)
- M Lockwood Porter, "The Whim to Walk Upstairs" Sisyphus Happy  (Black Mesa, 22)
- Plains, "Summer Sun" I Walked With You a Ways  (Anti, 22)
- Mavis Staples, "If It Be Your Will" Here It Is: Tribute to Leonard Cohen  (Blue Note, 22)
- Alela Diane, "Dream a River" Looking Glass  (Soundly, 22)
- Tommy Alexander, "Feelings" Feelings  (Fluff & Gravy, Oct 28)
- Margo Price, "Turn It On" Dig Me In: a Dig Me Out Covers Album  (S-K, Oct 21)  D

To enjoy our weekly Spotify ROUTES-cast, just open Spotify and search for "routesandbranches" to access this most recent playlist, as well as many others from past months.  Or click here for a preview: