Pony Hunt – Heart Creak

This album is all hazy, soulful roots music held together by Jessica Antonick’s stream of consciousness style songwriting that’s at once surreal yet firmly rooted in her lived experience, tactile endeavors (having spent time as a sail maker, carpenter, and obviously a musician) and observations. The combination of gritty Chicago-style R&B with hard edged Oakland-influenced…

Sarah Jarosz – House of Mercy

Prior to the proliferation of feminist performance art — begun half a century ago and continuing today — the presence of a naked female body in artistic media connoted a kind of shorthand. Naked women in paintings and movies were typically offered to convey a very limited range of concepts — innocence, corruption, vulnerability and…

Daniel Meade & The Flying Mules – Let Me off at the Bottom

As infectious as these songs are (and a good indication of how superb the band are live) The Mules have other strings to their bow. As evidenced on his last album Meade can turn his hand to old time country songs and waltzes (as on his duet with Diana Jones on Help Me Tonight) and…

Cody Jinks – I’m Not the Devil

In 2015 a great crop of fresh faces in country and Americana arose on many people’s radars. Hands down one of the best artists to emerge amongst this group was Cody Jinks. While it was his fourth album, Jinks’ 2015 album Adobe Sessions felt like the awaited breaking out of the next big star in…

Hard Working Americans – Rest in Chaos

In 2013, singer and songwriter Todd Snider formed Hard Working Americans, a roots rock/jam band supergroup featuring musicians who’d previously worked with Widespread Panic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Ryan Adams, Chris Robinson, Great American Taxi, and others. For their first album, Hard Working Americans recorded a batch of songs about work from other artists, but Rest…