As it was a pretty slow week for new releases it took a bit more research to come up with the cream of the crop. Here are five of our favorites.
Tom Russell – October in the Railroad Earth
Tom Russell is at his best when he is not sticking to a specific theme but rather lets each song stand on its own as he does here. Russell is at his storytelling best here with many high lights including “T-Bone Steak and Spanish Wine,” a song that is an early contender for song of the year, and “Highway 46” name checking Spade Cooley and Merle Haggard.
Lauren Jenkins – No Saint
Combining Pop, Country, and Americana No Saint is about as impressive a debut record as we have heard all year firmly placing Lauren Jenkins on the “Ones to Watch” list for 2019.
The Picturebooks – Hands of Time
A Blues Rock band in the mold of The Black Keys. “You Can’t Let Go” is a standout here with a stellar assist courtesy of The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde.yfd
Tesla – Shock
If your record is produced by Phil Colleen you are going to pretty much sound like Def Leppard, and that is never a bad thing.
Renée Wahl – Cut To The Bone
With a spaghetti western Quentin Tarantino vibe courtesy of her Cracker Jack band The Sworn Secrets, this one sounds like a cross between Melissa Etheridge and Nicki Bluhm.