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Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams is a perfect study in the mysterious, multifaceted power of music. Throughout his 50+ year career as a performer, songwriter, and producer he has seen how music can define the individual, how music is widely perceived, how it can alter a soul for better or worse, and now how it can simply be used to describe things you just don’t understand - the overriding theme of this release.

As the story goes: during the summer of 2010, Andre got together with his "Detroit boys" to record, as he called it, "the Andre Williams folk album." 'Hoods & Shades' is the result, nine songs created by music roadmen led by THE music roadman.

Making contributions are: renowned Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was on upright bass, Motown legend/Funk Brother Dennis Coffey on acoustic and electric guitars, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, Greasy Carlisi (Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding) and Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) on electric bass, and longtime producer Matthew Smith (Nathaniel Mayer, Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats). The album plays out like an afternoon hangout among music peers, speaking of experiences through their instruments, dynamic stylings, and overall touch…

Joel Paterson

Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles

    As a follow up to his well-revered holiday album Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, Joel Paterson will release a collection of vintage instrumental, guitar-centric covers of songs from the Beatles' catalog, entitled Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles.

    The album features the guitarist's signature blend of vintage jazz, exotica, blues, rockabilly, western swing and country, and uses classic Beatles songs as a sonic template for the mid-century musical journey.

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    Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

    The Yawpers

    Human Question

      The Yawpers are the sheep in wolf’s clothing. Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style--what Pitchfork described as - an expansive vision of rock n roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash. The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock.

      Americana UK - 10/10 - "Flawless third record from one of the most exciting bands around."

      Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

      The Way She Looked At You

        7" single featuring two brand new stone-cold Shook originals. Very limited numbers available for the UK. Fished from the creative well of the Years sessions, these previously unreleased Disarmers tunes continue the kissoff attitude and greasy chops of the band's most recent album. 

        Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers

        Bought To Rot

          14 tracks spanning Laura Jane Grace's fractured relationship with her adopted hometown of Chicago, true friendship, complicated romance, and reconciling everything in the end, Bought to Rot stands as the most musically diverse collection of songs Grace has written to date.

          Inspired in large part by Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever, the first album Grace ever owned, Bought to Rot finds her at the same age Petty was when he created his solo debut masterpiece. In light of his recent passing, Grace was motivated to pay homage to one of her lifelong heroes.

          Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers are Laura Jane Grace, Atom Willard, and Marc Jacob Hudson. Grace is a musician, author, and activist best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Willard, also of Against Me!, is a drummer who has played in iconic punk bands such as Rocket from the Crypt, Social Distortion, and The Offspring. Devouring Mothers bassist Hudson is a recordist and mixer at Rancho Recordo, a recording studio and creative space in the woods of Michigan, and the sound engineer for Against Me

          Bottle Rockets

          Bit Logic

            Formed nearly 30 years ago, the Bottle Rockets helped forge a now popular subgenre-small-town, middle-class, Midwest American roots rock-part right-to-the-gut poetry, part rock'n'roll, all truth. Bit Logic is a different sort of album for the St. Louis natives and shows them at their most self-aware, self-challenging, and socially alert.

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            Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

            Wild! Wild! Wild!

              Wild! Wild! Wild!, the new collaboration between Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks and rock-and-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, gleefully lives up to its title. It's Americana music that's as butt- shakin' as Beale Street, deep-rooted as the Grand Ole Opry, and hip as a trip to The Strip. Subversive as it is reverential, the album jumps the genre tracks of nitty-gritty rock-and-roll, country-and-western, rockabilly, jump swing, and gospel, landing in a strange slice of spacetime - call it 1954 - when all these were One (and Linda was seven). obbie Fulks, the record's producer, is "one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades" ( Rolling Stone). Ground-zero Louisiana- born rocker Linda Gail Lewis is the younger sister and frequent performing partner of Jerry Lee Lewis, whose piano innovations she carries forward.

              Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

              Soul Flowers Of Titan

                From a far out moon beyond the rings of Saturn to a dingy studio in Cincinnati, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages' new platter embraces a cosmic and groovy unification. It's a wild, electric phantasmagoria of blues, rock, garage, and soul; it blasts off into diverse orbits only to come back together into a singular Savage cosmology. BW&S shot out of Boston in the mid-'80s with the force of a rocket ship. Through their sweaty dance party shows and love of primal soul, they were to R&B what the Cramps were to rockabilly-a gateway musical drug for nascent underground roots mavens.

                Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

                Years

                  When Sidelong, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers' debut album, was released in early 2017, it quickly earned kudos for its blast of fresh, fierce honesty and sly wit. It was a welcome new voice in a genre too often mired in the staid and conventional. Years solidifies the point: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers have moved from getting people's attention to commanding it. Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams, Sarah sings with confidence, control, and a hint of menace. The Disarmers match her on every track.

                  Jon Langford

                  Four Lost Souls

                    Carted off to Muscle Shoals, Alabama under the cloud of dark politics, Welsh-born, Chicago-based punk-rocker-turned-Americana musical icon and revered visual artist Jon Langford and a band of alchemists and merry-makers filed into NuttHouse studio, a one-story former bank building in Sheffield, AL, the day after the 2016 election and four days later emerged with Four Lost Souls.

                    It's an album of pure Americana - not just because of where it was recorded, or that many of its players helped put Muscle Shoals on the musical map, but because it is beyond the news of the day. It goes to a place where the differences between country, soul, blues, and rock and roll are blown aside by the warm, languid breezes. The music has no time for such petty details because in the moment, in that place, was the sound of sweet agreement. 

                    Scheherazade is Freakwater’s eighth album and first in over 10 years.
                    Like the heroine of Scheherazade’s The Arabian Nights, their longevity sometimes depends on leaving their audience hanging. It is a release of familiarity as much as it is one of change, one that is distinctly different, but never loses sight of what it is that makes them Freakwater: It's new blood from a familiar vein.

                    Anchored around the fragile and compelling harmonies of Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin and the subdued, oracular bass playing of Dave Gay, their utterly unique sound is distilled from many sources. There’s the elemental ache and loss in the soil & limestone of Kentucky and the songs & struggles that passed over the Atlantic from the British Isles centuries ago. There’s the energy and freedom in the ratty punk clubs of Louisville and Chicago at a time when rules and formalities were meant to be ignored. At once bluegrass, blues, folk, and country, it is also none of them; Freakwater is not dealing in historical artifacts. Rather, it is a product of two voices intertwined with one another for over three decades, creating a sound that might be best summarized as Appalachian soul.

                    Includes guest appearances from Warren Ellis (Nick Cave) and Eleventh Dream Day's Jim Elkington.

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                    Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

                    Under The Savage Sky

                    "Barrence Whitfield is a treasure, with unbelievable pipes, an unimpeachable discography (with great taste in cover tunes) and undeniable appeal." – POPMATTERS "Showcases a wild musical abandon." - USA TODAY

                    When asked about the methods and the madness behind capturing the scorched earth soul of Under the Savage Sky, guitarist Peter Greenberg explained that the band was eager for something "harder and garagier" than their previous record, while still connecting with the energy and originality of the classics. Given that the previous release, Dig Thy Savage Soul (their 2013 Bloodshot debut and first U.S. release in a couple decades), was a 12-round sonic knockout, the R&B wallop of Under the Savage Sky may very well stand for ‘Roundhouse & Beatdown.’ There’s no harder hitter than frontman Barrence Whitfield of Boston, MA. When he hits the boards with the Savages, you’re either gonna ride the energy or be crushed by it. We’re talking Joe Louis, Howlin’ Wolf, Wilson Pickett, Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Barrence has what these greats all possessed, the one thing a trainer cannot teach a fighter: a lust for mayhem.

                    The wilder, louder, more insane the Savages bring it, the more BW is ready to attack the mic, to bring it high, to bring it low, to wear you down on the ropes, and eventually drop you. With the raw vocals, thick and nasty guitar tones, and preternaturally locked-in rhythm section, Under the Savage Sky might be the most soulful punk record - or perhaps the most punk soul record - you’ve ever heard. Compact, three minute-or-less blasts rocket back to the explosive heydays of The Dirtbombs and genre godfathers The Sonics. Under The Savage Sky rains soul and brimstone from the heavens. Keep your eyes to the sky... ain’t no umbrella gonna help you here.

                    With its raw vocals, thick and nasty guitar tones, and preternaturally locked-in rhythm section, Under the Savage Sky might be the most soulful punk record (or the most punk soul record) you’ve ever heard, raining soul and brimstone from the heavens.

                    Shindig Issue #49 - superb 4**** review "rocks like a broken gate in a hurricane, this recording is in your face and in your feet".

                    Ha Ha Tonka

                    Buckle In The Bible Belt

                    Mixing lonesome four-part harmonies and high energy rock, Ha Ha Tonka carves out a sound that conveys a sharp sense of place. Ha Ha Tonka's lyrics replicate the paradox that exists in the Midwestern Bible Belt that they know so well, where the realities of meth use, strip clubs, socio-economic hardship, and backwoods prejudices meet the literal interpretations of biblical story-tellers. This Ozark milieu creates some contradictory notions, but also some of the most poignant folk and gospel musical traditions in the nation's history.

                    Various Artists

                    Making Singles Drinking Doubles

                    To celebrate their 100th release, Bloodshot have culled tracks from many long out of print singles and EPs, as well as some totally unreleased dandies, and brought them together for this collection. Artists include Waco Brothers, Ryan Adams, Andre Williams, Neko Case and The Sadies. As well as original songs, there are also some surprising cover version of tracks from the likes of Jimmy Cliff, P-Funk, Loretta Lynn, Poison, Freddy Fender, Madonna, XTC, and Hank Williams.

                    Jon Rauhouse

                    Steel Guitar Air Show

                    Jon Rauhouse brings back the glory and artistry of the instrumental LP with this collection of pedal steel guitar and Haiwaiian guitar gems. You may know him from his recent collaborations. His playing has been a fundamental part of recent recordings by Neko Case, The Waco Bros and Calexico. The arrangements and the musicianship on this album will put to shame any and all dillettante rockers, and with the backing talents of Calexico, and for those who just need the sound of a human voice, guest vocalists Neko Case, Sally Timms and Kelly Hogan - what more could you need?

                    Sons Of The Pioneers

                    Symphonies Of The Sage

                    Bloodshot historical / roots imprint bring you 25 rare and unissued songs from the greatest cowboy groups of the old West. The Sons Of The Pioneers were in prime form in 1941, when they were artists-in-residence for the WLS radio powerhouse in Chicago. During their time in the Windy City, the Pioneers made a series of studio recordings from which "Symphonies Of The Sage" have been resusitated. They offer renditions of Pioneers classics, romanticised portrayals of the West, sagebrush humour and rollicking instrumentals showcasing the diversity and depth of the group's talents. So saddle up you little dawggies.

                    Robbie Fulks

                    Couples In Trouble

                    A collection of 12 songs, each of which, as the title suggests, documents a tale of two people in crisis. Mostly country / bluegrass songs but occasionally deliving into pop and rock. Very good!

                    Alejandro Escovedo

                    A Man Under The Influence

                    Wonderful new album from guitarist Alejandro Escovedo. Performed by his band who include members of Son Volt, Freakwater and Superchunk amongst others. Also includes contributions from ex Whiskeytown members Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary.


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