Pi Jacobs – A Little Blue (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Pi Jacobs
Album: A Little Blue
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 276 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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On tour in late 2016, in the tiny town of Floyd, VA. Pi met the head of Mountain Fever Records, the premiere US bluegrass label. Mark Hodges, the president of Mountain Fever, immediately signed Pi to his new Americana label, Travianna Records. In between European and US touring last year, Pi went out to Floyd to work with Producer and multi-instrumentalist, Aaron Ramsey. The result is a true collaboration of Pi’s Americana bluesy rock thing, and Aaron’s Deep Bluegrass Roots. A truly unique album, A Little Blue, will be released in March of 2017, it is Pi’s Seventh commercial release.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Jake Xerxes Fussell - What in the Natural World (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Jake Xerxes Fussell
Album: What in the Natural World
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 239 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Entrancing guitarist and singer Jake Xerxes Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut (produced by William Tyler) with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. Featuring art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans – Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats) – as well as Joan Shelley and Casey Toll (Mt. Moriah). RIYL: Michael Hurley, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, Jim Dickinson, Raccoon Records, Joan Shelley, Nathan Bowles, Nathan Salsburg, William Tyler, Daniel Bachman, Wilco. “The professor you always wished you had, the human jukebox, the guitar player and singer who makes any band that he’s in better. He’s a southern scholar and gentleman in the tradition of Jim Dickinson, George Mitchell, & Les Blank. He’s a Dave Van Ronk for SEC country.” – William Tyler “A singular combination of pedigree, experience, education, and talent.” – The Oxford American “Beautifully loose arrangements of playful, resilient songs.” – Uncut “Music that takes us to a deep place in the American spirit.” – Art Rosenbaum

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Cindy Lee Berryhill – The Adventurist (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Cindy Lee Berryhill
Album: The Adventurist
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 270 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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“Cindy Lee Berryhill is an unparalleled electric folksinger. She traveled a long distance to write the songs on The Adventurist. You can hear it in the beauty, sadness and unhinged moments that have become signature elements of all of her work.” —John Doe (X, The Knitters) Berryhill emerged on the music scene in the late 1980s with Who’s Gonna Save The World, followed by the Lenny Kaye produced Naked Movie Star. 1994’s Garage Orchestra continued the trend, receiving four stars from Rolling Stone. Sadly, her husband, Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams sustained a traumatic brain injury in 1995, and while she continued to write and perform, she focused on caring for him until his passing in 2013. Determined to retain and honor the beauty and joy of the relationship they shared, Berryhill set out to write and record an album full of visionary songs. With the help of her musical friends including DJ Bonebrake (X, The Knitters), Probyn Gregory and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson), Syd Straw, Michael Jerome Moore (The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Richard Thompson, John Cale) and more, they all understood that a grand musical adventure was in store. The result? The Adventurist. With co-production from Grammy winner Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper, Peter Case, Rickie Lee Jones), David Schwartz (television composer for Northern Exposure, Arrested Development, Deadwood), and others, The Adventurist showcases orchestral arrangements, chunky rock guitar, and as Berryhill friend and fan Dave Alvin puts it—“raw nerve lyrics.” The Adventurist is an album full of songs that are a tribute to the love shared with her late husband, but will definitely resonate with everyone who takes this journey.

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Balto – Strangers (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Balto
Album: Strangers
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 223 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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After releasing a pair of singles from the effort — “CA LUV” and “Born Astray” — Balto is finally ready to announce their latest full-length album. Entitled Strangers, the 10-track offering is set for release on February 24th via Total Reality Meltdown.

Recording of Strangers took place in a farmhouse studio situated on a bucolic agricultural island in Oregon. The peaceful seclusion allowed the alt-country four-piece to write their most collaborative music to date, comparing the writing process to “the legendary sessions of yesteryear.” The result is an album that seeks out the good times even in the most troubling of times, and reminding us that the journey is part of the beauty.

Which is why “Lost on the Young” makes for such a perfect opening track and new single. It alternates from relaxed rambles to invigorating guitar and organ notes that seem to praise the very concept about which frontman Daniel Sheron sings: If we try and keep our hearts open, we can find the joy in the seeming rubble of life around us. Or, as he puts it on the bridge, “But are we going to see/ We’re drifting in the fog of the American dream/ For a life so true/ It don’t scream, it don’t kick like the television said it should do.”

“We wanted to open the record with a song that could set the tone for the whole thing,” explains Sheron, “charge hard into the groove and then take a breath, mellow out, sit back into the pocket, and then smash again. Lyrically, I think it introduces a subject matter that we unpack throughout the album.”

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Various Artists – The Hired Hands: A Tribute to Bruce Langhorne (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Various Artists
Album: The Hired Hands: A Tribute to Bruce Langhorne
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 546 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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2017 collection. Compiled by Dylan Golden Aycock, Loren Connors, and Suzanne Langille, The Hired Hands is an homage to one of the greatest and most infamous guitarists alive, Bruce Langhorne. His music has influenced and touched a lot of lives over the years, either through his soundtrack work with Peter Fonda or his studio work in the 1960s as the go-to hired hand for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Odetta, and many others. Browsing his wikipedia page, one is informed of the volume of work he accomplished throughout the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Scissor Tail Editions was lucky enough to release Langhorne’s score to Peter Fonda’s 1971 anti-western The Hired Hand on vinyl in 2012. Artists were asked to cover or reinterpret a song of their choice from the soundtrack. No rules were made on whether the music should be derivative of a certain song – if the soundtrack inspired a mood, then the artist could use their intuition. Langhorne has come on hard times in recent years, having suffered a stroke that prevents him from playing the guitar. A large percentage of the profits for this tribute go to Langhorne and his family.

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Samantha Crain – You Had Me at Goodbye (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Samantha Crain
Album: You Had Me at Goodbye
Genre: Folk
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 181 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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With John Vanderslice on board as producer for a third straight time, Samantha Crain’s fifth album, You Had Me at Goodbye, takes a fairly bold step away from her more rustic earlier releases toward a brighter if still earthy indie pop. Electronic keys, synths, and Brill Building-type strings, as opposed to fiddle, step in to reinforce guitars, piano, and drums. Crain has said that the record is dedicated to and inspired by strong women, and it opens with the retro sounds of early girl groups on “Antiseptic Greeting.” Glistening strings, mallet percussion, bass, and drum kit set an atmospheric groove as the singer feels the need to apologize for not being bubbly while running into people she doesn’t want to see. (“I know it’s an antiseptic greeting/Man, you think I could do better, but I don’t think I can.”) The off-kilter “Windmill Crusader” is a quasi-new wave tune with ’80s-style synths and like-minded vocal delivery. It slides into a more relaxed piano-and-bass interlude as she imagines a lover at the oceanside before returning to a more anxiety-ridden state, pleading for understanding. Also off-kilter but in an entirely different setting, the bluesy “When the Roses Bloom Again” employs piano, organ, and dissonant woodwinds. All of it still sounds like Crain, whose gritty vocal delivery and atypical songwriting style ultimately outbalance any changes in instrumentation. She includes a few mainly acoustic tracks, too, such as the sparse pedal steel-and-chimes closer and the acoustic guitar lament “Red Sky, Blue Mountain,” a reworking of a traditional Choctaw song (Crain is a tribe member). Elsewhere, standout “Betty’s Eulogy” is an earnest electric-guitar ballad that’s ornamented with strings and synths without relying on them, while on the other end of the temperature spectrum, “Smile When” embraces distorted electronics and sci-fi sound effects. Time will tell if the overall poppier disposition is a determined shift or a diversion, but, alongside the album’s dark humor and utter lack of stagnation, it’s one she handles with skill.

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