New Music Adds: Week of 6/28

Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture of You
Master songwriter Guy Clark is back with his first studio recording in four years. The album (especially its title track) is a loving tribute to Clark’s wife Susanna who passed away last year. The titular picture is displayed on the album’s cover, and long time Clark collaborators like Shawn Camp, Verlon Thompson, and Brynn Davies help give the tribute the weight it deserves.

Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Speaking of legendary performers, Mavis Staples is also back with a new collection of gospel flavored tunes. As she did on 2010’s You Are Not Alone, Staples has once again turned to Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy as producer/sideman. The album holds an odd mix of Tweedy originals, traditional gospel numbers, and covers of artists such as Nick Lowe and Funkadelic. Staples shines with all.

Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away” (single)
When we last left The Civil Wars late in 2012, they were abruptly canceling a tour and announcing an indefinite hiatus due to, “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” Since then they’ve released a soundtrack with T Bone Burnett and announced the release of a new album in August. So far, this is the only track that has been released, and the band has made no mention of touring or a reunion.

Beppe Gambetta – The American Album
Beppe Gambetta is a world renowned guitarist who has dabbled in many styles over the years. His newest project has him mining the vast world of roots music for a truly American set from the Italian artist. Material pulled from the catalogues of Jimmie Davis, Norman Blake, and Earl Scruggs is presented in a way that respects the traditions of Americana while also placing a unique stamp on old favorites.

The Deadly Gentlemen – Roll Me, Tumble Me
The Deadly Gentlemen are a Punch Brothers-like collection centered around the songwriting and banjo picking of former Crooked Still member Greg Liszt. Liszt is joined by Sam Wyslouch on guitar and lead vocals, Mike Bennett on fiddle, Dominick Leslie on mandolin, and Sam Grisman (yep… Dawg’s son) on double bass. The vocal gymnastics displayed on the album’s title track make it one of the most fun recordings I’ve heard this year.

New Music Adds 6/15

Delbert & Glen – Blind, Crippled, & Crazy

Delbert McClinton & Glen Clark first recorded together over 40 years ago when they released two albums in the early 70′s under the “Delbert & Glen” name.  This release falls in line with most of Delbert’s catalogue as a sort of country/blues/honky-tonk hybrid.

Statesboro Revue – Ramble on Privilege Creek

The southern swagger of Statesboro Revue is fueled by brothers Stuart (lead vocals) and Garrett (lead guitar).  The fact that band has a brotherly backbone only deepens the already obvious comparisons to Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes.  This is solid southern flavored country-rock.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Dark & Dirty Mile

Jason Boland has become synonymous with the Red Dirt music scene over the last decade.  As such, they’ve always been a little “too Texas” for my tastes… even though the band formed in Oklahoma.  This new release, however, owes more to Merle and Waylon than anything coming out of Texas today.  The album was produced by Shooter Jennings.

Mando Saenz – Studebaker

This is Mando’s first record since 2008′s Bucket and the first album the Texas raised songwriter has recorded in Nashville.  Being in Nashville gave him access to guest performers such as Kenny Vaughan, Bobby Bare Jr., and Kim Richey. Richey provides backing vocals throughout the set.  I could see this one ending up on my yearly Top 10 list.  Mando is scheduled for The Blue Plate Special August 13 with Mandolin Orange.

Carper Family – Old Fashioned Gal

The trio from Austin has made quite an impression in their short time together, with their previous record being named Country Album of the Year at the 2012 Independent Music Awards.  Their new album is appropriately named Old Fashioned Gal. It seems to fit the band and the sound.  The Carper Family is on the Blue Plate Special this Thursday, 6/20.

Bonnie Whitmore – There I Go Again

When Bonnie visited the station last week for Tennessee Shines, she told me her new record drew inspiration from sources as diverse as The Dixie Chicks and early Shelby Lynne.  The album heavily features Bonnie’s sister and brother in law Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson of The Mastersons (Chris produced the record), and contains many of the same hooks that made their 2012 album so memorable.