90s-ish. Country-ish. Americana.
Pony Bradshaw – Calico Jim
Songs and stories of a mature songwriter full of emotion, depth, and character.
Margo Price – Perfectly Imperfect At The Ryman
The excitement and respect she has for playing at The Ryman is palpable.
Benedicte Brænden – Can’t Feel My Heart
An Americana act from Norway on a German record label
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Reunions
Like listening to lost works of William Faulkner set to music.
Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band – On Tour Across America
Forty-two years ago they were designed to sound seventy-six years old.
Have Gun, Will Travel – Strange Chemistry
Death Cab for Country Fans
Eric Bolander – The Wind
The Whiskey Gentry – Dead Ringer
What country music is supposed to sound like
Ida Mae – Chasing Lights
Singer-songwriter folk filtered through the blues of the American South
Shovels & Rope – By Blood
I freaking love Shovels & Rope
Sammy Brue – I Am Nice
A Venn diagram where indie singer-songwriter music, country music, and Bob Dylan impressions overlap
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Follow The Lights
Country-flavored singer-songwriter music
The Stripminers – Movies
This is the type of album that can easily become one of your favorite obscure records that absolutely no one in your friend group will care about.
American Aquarium – Things Change
The sadness on this album is palpable
The Lone Bellow – Live At Grimey’s
This record drips with emotion and the sadness is real.
Kiefer Sutherland – Down In A Hole
There is a little bit of Tom Petty, a dash of Bryan Adams, and a pinch of Tom Waits all mixed into the Kieferness.
Sara Watkins – Sun Midnight Sun
It is folk music without being too folk-y; it is country without being too country-y; it is bluegrass without being too blue-y.
The Lone Bellow – Walk Into A Storm
It has flares of singer-songwriter simplicity and the lo-fi sound of indie rock packaged inside a full and highly polished production
Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane
Trinity Lane is like a thousand paper cuts leaving you in emotional agony.
Tennessee Jet – Reata
Reata is haunting. The music hangs heavy in the air and it allows you to breathe it in.
Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
Little Seeds ends on a low and sad note. This LP is an emotional trip.
The Roosevelts – The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn
If I had to place it in one specific section of a record store I think it would go in with the country albums……or maybe indie. Or maybe it would go in the music-your-sister-in-college-and-her-hot-friends-love section.
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – Live at Grimey’s
Folky Americana rock with soul