The year is still taking a while to get cranked up but there were are a few notable records released today you should be checking out.
Ronnie Milsap – The Duets
We haven’t really heard from Ronnie Milsap lately, but this latest record with a load of really top notch friends is really worth your attention. With appearances from Leon Russell, George Strait, Billy Gibbens, Kacey Musgraves and many more, the song selections are contemporary and Ronnie is in fine voice. And, of course, Willie Nelson jumps in on “A Woman’s Love.”
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Five albums in Sharon Van Etten has really found her groove. The subtle flow of this record will have you entering a hazy fog that will really envelop you. This one will be on the best of the year lists for sure.
Maggie Rogers is an artist that seems to be on the precipice of a major breakthrough. The album has some really fine hooks along with a Pop sensibility that is subtle and captivating at the same time. On the strength of her single “Alaska” Maggie Rogers is in for a good ride.
Danny Burns – North Country
Originally from Ireland, Danny Burns has been living in the United States for twenty years. Obviously he has made a lot of cool friends in that time as Tift Merritt, Jerry Douglas, Holly Williams, Dan Tyminski, and Tim O’Brien all show up on this highly excellent debut record.
The Steel Woods – Old News
There is no sophomore slump with these guys, their second release, Old News, is top notch. Southern Rock fanciers to the bone, they pay tribute to many of their heroes on this one. From the Allman’s “Whipping Post” to Petty’s “Southern Accents” on to Mighty Merle’s classic “Are the Good Times Really Over” everything is laid out rare and spare for the listener to soak in.