Durand Jones & Indications – American Love Call (Dead Oceans, 2019)
A new chapter starts with an American Love Call from Bloomington, Indiana. Durand Jones & The Indications has been one of my favourite soul bands for a couple of years. Durand Jones and Aaron Frazer are quite a dream team.
Michaela Anne – Desert Dove (Yep Roc, 2019)
Back to Nashville, Tennessee for Michaela Anne’s beautiful new americana record Desert Dove. She also played one of my favorite concerts of the year at STHLM Americana Festival.
Hallelujah the Hills – I’m You (Discrete Pancreaty Records, 2019)
Albeit this list is loaded with country and americana, this rock thing ain’t so bad either. Especially if it’s done by one of the finest American rock bands, Hallelujah the Hills from Boston, Massachusetts. Such a great record.
Esther Rose – You Made it This Far (Father/Daughter Records, 2019)
Next stop New Orleans and again one of those favorite new finds for me. I was immediately hooked when I heard Esther Rose’s song Don’t Blame It on the Moon and the album that followed met the sky high expectations.
Daniel Norgren – Wooh Dang (Superpuma Records, 2019)
My favorite Swedish album of the year is this timeless rootsy beauty from Daniel Norgren. Why don’t we just let love run the game.
Zachary Lucky – Midwestern (Wroxton Recordings, 2019)
Back on the Canadian soil in Saskatoon for the new album from country/folk singer-songwriter Zachary Lucky. Midwestern might well be his finest album to date.
Jeremy Squires – Poem (independent, 2019)
Taking this year in review over to New Bern, North Carolina. A long time favourite songwriter Jeremy Squires released a remarkable album called Poem.
Tyler Childers – Country Squire (RCA / Hickman Holler Records, 2019)
Next stop in Kentucky. This one doesn’t need even a short introduction. New Tyler Childers album is again a damn great one.
Austin James Craig – Ghosts of Ohio (independent, 2019)
This was one of the best surprises of the year. I really loved Austin James Craig’s earlier EP and had been eagerly waiting for more of his songs for several years. Then they finally arrived out of the blue in a form of a new album called Ghosts of Ohio. And yeah, he is still a magnificent songwriter.
Matt Harlan – Best Beasts (Eight 30 Records, 2019)
Going to Houston, Texas for a kindhearted and moving album Best Beasts from singer-songwriter Matt Harlan.
Little Wings – People (2019)
Carrying on in So Cal with the wonderful new album from Kyle Field aka Little Wings. A beautiful addition to his impressive music vault.
Small Houses – I Don’t Know What’s Safe (2019)
Back to those long time favourites and the latest one from Michigan songwriter Jeremy Quentin aka Small Houses. Last time I heard he was in Austin, Texas. Not sure what’s the location right this minute, but one this is sure, his records are still moving and beautiful.
Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Kill Joy (Spacebomb Records, 2019)
Next the mesmerizing and quietly engaging new Bedouine album.
Jordan Moser – Long Night (Keeled Scales, 2019)
A first dive into the Keeled Scales vaults on this year review. Jordan Moser is a folk-country songwriter from Austin, Texas and Long Night is an exceptional record.
Beth Bombara – Evergreen (Lemp Electric, 2019)
Wrapping the part four of this 2019 story in St. Louis with the gorgeous double music video from the new Beth Bombara album Evergreen. A mighty good americana record with more than a bit of rock’n’roll too.