Artists

Soul music is a deep well, and the mercury-voiced Devin B. Thompson plumbs the form to its depths in Tales of the Soul, the Chicago-based singer-songwriter’s striking Severn Records bow, which arrives October 30, 2020.

John Henry tackles heavy social issues set to melodies that aren't afraid to be pretty on the most personal and passionate release of his career titled Out at Sea and available today on all streaming platforms. The project was inspired by the tragic and cataclysmic loss of a band member from suicide and Henry set out to raise awareness and funds to support mental health and challenges facing millions of Americans through his music.

On December 4th, GRAMMY winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will release ‘Dreamcatcher,’ his first studio album in five years. Weaving tapestries of instrumental guitar and conjuring eclectic moods, the 12 tracks of 'Dreamcatcher' rank amongst the most melodic and tinglingly beautiful in Ritenour’s catalogue. But there’s a power and purpose here, too, hinting at the darker circumstances that sparked this new record. “Our house and my studio in Malibu, California burnt down in 2018,” Ritenour recalls.

One can imagine that looking for reasons to write a protest song in an era defined by a ceaseless barrage of heartbreak and outrage could be a bit like drinking from a fire hose. On U.S.P.S.

Today Chattanooga band Strung Like A Horse have released their new song “F*ck What They Think” from their upcoming debut studio album WHOA! (out 10/30 via Transoceanic Records). American Songwriter said of the track, “Their signature brand of Americana is distilled from old-school storytelling, newgrass instrumentations, and alt-rock edge.”

Listen to “F*ck What They Think” here:

In true Sally & George fashion, the Nashville-based folk-rock duo had already set out on an international tour when the world shut down in March. Also known as upright bassist Shelby Means, a former member of GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass band Della Mae and guitarist Joel Timmons of Charleston, South Carolina’s roots-rock outfit Sol Driven Train, Sally & George spent a month quarantining at their last-for-now tour stop on St. Thomas in the U.S.

Produced by Grammy winner Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, Lucero), High Times in the Dark won ardent acclaim upon its April 3, 2020 release by Forty Below Records. The fifth release by the Chicago-based "garage cabaret" band, High Times in the Dark was named Album of the Week by L.A. Weekly, earned four stars and Editor's Choice on AllMusic.com and won rave reviews in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the UK, South America and Australia.

Launched in 2010 by brothers Kenny and Hayden Miles, Wayne Graham make articulate, wide-ranging Americana that nods to — and also reaches far beyond — the band's southern roots. Raised in Central Appalachia, the siblings grew up amongst the rugged hills and soon-to-be-shuttered coal mines of Whitesburg, Kentucky. It was an area caught halfway between old-school tradition and a new way of life.

My body always takes the brunt of my feelings. (The aftermath of a significant loss caused my right eye to twitch uncontrollably. In meetings I was convinced colleagues were distracted by my Quasimodo-ish appearance. I also experienced immense hearing sensitivity. The water hitting the shower pan or hum of the refrigerator drilled painfully into my head.) I often forget I suffer from this strange sensitivity, until countless visits to specialists determine I am not plagued by something terrible, rather it’s merely a stress reaction.

With a piercing, honest voice and a penchant for telling gorgeous, heartbreaking stories, Bella White is showing the world just how well a Canadian does “high and lonesome” on her debut album, Just Like Leaving, available everywhere as of Friday, Sept. 25.