by: Wanda Espy
Boo Ray - Sea of Lights - (self)
Southern rock vibe in the vein of Shooter Jennings, Waylon, and Drive By Truckers. Recorded in downtown LA with just enough hipster cred to be annoying, but it's so damn good you can't hate.
Angie and the Deserters- Blood Like Wine - (self)
I'd play every song on this ep if she didn't say "fuck" on 3 of the 6 songs. Still, I added it because she has an amazing voice. If you have a late night show, play this cd!
Hackensaw Boys - Charismo - (free dirt)
I'll admit I've been driving around with this one stuck in my car cd player on permanent repeat. I love it! Vocals remind me of John Prine, the music is all old-timey. RIYL: Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Danny Barnes and banjo / fiddle.
California Feetwarmers - Silver Seas - (self)
Local (LA) band with a definite 1920's vibe. Banjo, tuba, accordion, clarinet, and banjo, just to name a few. A big band with a big sound you don't hear much anymore. Silver Seas was nominated for a Grammy and deserved it! Some songs instrumental, some vocals - give this one a spin!
National Park Radio - The Great Divide - (Edgewater Music Group)
A band that sounds simultaneously old timey and right now. If you love Mumford & Sons, Trampled by Turtles, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, or the Mowglis, you will love this.
C.W. Stoneking - Gon' Boogaloo - (King Hokum)
I am completely obsessed with this album. How does a young white man from Australia sound like an old black blues singer? How are all the songs originals and yet they sound like instant classics? How does he mix boogaloo, hokum, blues, and doo wop? This cd is amazing. You will either love it or hate it but you should try it once.