Like most weeks, there’s more music than you can shake a stick at. Let’s see what we can find…
I saw both Sundance Head and Farewell Angelina at CMA Fest last year, so I’ll start with mentioning them. Sundance is best known for winning The Voice.
I included songs from Jordan Robert Kirk Pine Box and Joshua Ray Walker Canyon on my 2018 list. Like Sundance Head, they’re Texans, so the Lone Star State is strongly represented again this week. Triston Marez and George Dearborne have new EPs, too.
The Ponderosa Aces from California have a twangy, honky tonk sound: Come Around
Hadley Elizabeth released her album yesterday, so this is one of the few I’ve had a chance to listen to at all. Fairy Tale Family will get some spins on my 2019 list.
Lindi Ortega has a piano instrumental version of her last album.
Bluegrass fans will want to check out Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and Milan Miller.
EDIT: Milan Miller’s EP isn’t strictly bluegrass, even though much of his previous material is. Check out Eloise
From the UK, Clint Bradley has a new western album. I considered putting his video for Soul of the West on my playlist, but there’s about half a minute of dead time at the end of the video for the credits.
More albums that I’ve seen listed elsewhere that I don’t know much about: Lula Wiles, Travis Howard, If Nothing Else, Pony Bradshaw, Jeff Cramer, Bob Sumner, Amelia White, DBUK, Tango Cowboys , Seckond Chaynce, Jef & Clo, King Calaway, Jess Klein, and Terry Klein.
Long story short is that there’s such a barrage of new music every week that I need to change some songs out to make room. I’m glad for whatever few spins I can give to lots of artists who receive little coverage, but last year’s list was gigantic and unwieldy, and there are too many people putting out new music to include but a small fraction. What I keep at a given time might not necessarily be what is “best” as much as “best fit” (“blocks” of songs with similar themes, etc).