It is pretty much a reboot week with Brooks and Dunn along with Mike + The Mechanics delivering some of their reimagined hits, and Country Queen Reba McEntire makes a glorious nuanced return. It’s a busy music week, so let’s get cracking.
Lee Fields – It Rains Love
Lee Fields delivers another master class of grit and Soul on this collection. More Wilson Picket or Bobby Blue Bland On this one than James Brown there is not one miss step or note that is not delivered directly from the gut.
Molly Tuttle – When You’re Ready
Comparisons to Alison Krause aside, Molly Tuttle is stepping out from her family band The Tuttles and is emerging as a star in her own right. Americana-Country kissed Pop of the highest order, Jason Isbell adds harmonies to “Million Miles,” a song originally started by Jewel and finished by Tuttle, and “Made My Mind Up” will bring to mind Kacy Musgraves.
Martha – Love Keeps Kicking
With more hooks than an episode of Greatest Catch, the band Martha explodes with intricate, melodic Indie Rock. Evoking the best of the 90’s bands, the songs on this set are all high energy guitar driven monsters.
Big Eyes – Streets of the Lost
Another on of those “Rock Is Not Dead” torch bearers that is not Greta Van Fleet. With the twin guitar attack of Kait Eldridge and Paul Ridenour you will be bathed in a the same vibe you w0uld have experienced if Joan Jett had fronted Thin Lizzy back in the day.
Sarah Bareilles – Amidst the Chaos
The T Bone Burnett production gives Sarah Bareilees’ new record a more subdued and subtle texture that we may be used to from her, but there is a certain beauty in the sparseness that helps to bring out the full measure of this strong set of songs.