Kevin Morby brings us fine folk-infused songs since 2014. The former Bass player of indie folk band Woods and frontman of The Babies, really makes his mark as a solo musician. With influences like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Nina Simone you find yourself listening to a blend of Folk, Americana and Roots songs. My favorite song: “Moonshiner”
He grew up on his family farm in Iowa, respecting the land on a philosophy of caring for crops, and to never take more than is needed and, ultimately, to try to leave things better than how they were found. With that approach, William Elliott Whitmore is recording beautiful albums since 2003 in the Folk and Roots genre.
The bluesy sound in “Habbie Doobie” and “Pain” reminds you of two of the three kings in blues. Albert King and Freddie King would probably like these tracks as the show groove, funk, and soul in a blended mix of Southern Rock. We’re talking about The Texas Gentlemen who released their debut Studio album TX Jelly this September via New West Records.
‘A band Slowly Coming Together’
The band describes this record nicely “Sometimes, authenticity can sneak up on you. The first sounds you hear on The Texas Gentlemen’s debut studio album, TX Jelly, is that of a band slowly coming together.”
“Habbie Doobie” Blues and Funk inspiration
“Habbie Doobie” is remarkable for its grooving guitar riff, which reminds you of Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign”. Also, the Honky Tonk Piano additions in this track make you very happy. On their website you’ll read that it is “a low-slung piece of vintage country-funk that slams out of the speakers and announces the Texas Gentlemen as a force to be reckoned with”, I couldn’t agree more!
Hailin’ from New Orleans The Deslondes are remarkable for their inventive take on New Orleans Country and Rhythm and Blues. From Bluegrass to Folk and further, it is amazing how this band adopts all genres in the American Roots tradition in their repertoire. This September the band released their sophomore album Hurry Home via New West Records.
New Orleans based The Deslondes
The Deslondes released their second album which includes my personal favorites “Muddy Water” and “Hurricane Shakedown”. Hurry Home contains 13 songs in a variety of blues, roots, and country.
Luke Wislow King: I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always
Packed with a guitar and a whole lot of roots instruments Luke Winslow-King brings a mixture of vintage folk, blues and roots on his latest album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, his fifth album and third for Bloodshot Record.
Musical Roadtrip throug American roots
His music is like a roadtrip and Luke Winslow-King travels through the states to pick the finest roots of American music for his songs. “Act Like You Love Me”, the first stop in this journey will remind you of the Chicago Blues through its rhythm and the incredible slide guitar which reminds of the late Elmore James. “Esther Please”, contains the southern blues close to Hill Country Louisiana and New Orleans. A different song musically but like most of his song recognizable in the vocal part.
The songs on this album are all nicely arranged. Luke Winslow King has a very approachable voice which fits all the different genres of his music. Because if one thing is shure Winslow is a all-round musician.
New Orleans to Memphis and Chicago to Michigan
On his website Luke tells just like you hear it about his musical travel: “It pulses through LWK’s geographical stomping grounds, starting with the pre-war jive of New Orleans, travelling the bloodlines that flow along the Mississippi River toward the Delta bottleneck-slide, and the funky meter of Memphis R&B. Further north, it takes a right for an infusion of greasy Chicago blues, and arrives at the headwaters of his birthplace in rural Michigan for some tell-‘em-like-it-is confessionals”.
I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always is written and recorded while Luke and his band toured in Italy in 2015. After the tour they finished it in New Orleans’s Parlor Studio.
In Luke Winslow Kings music you will hear the influence of a lot musicians in the blues, roots and folk genre. think of artist like Ry Cooder, Bonnie Riatt, but also Elmore James and R.L. Burnside. now and then you will hear influences of Emmylou Harris or Waylon Jennings.
Luke Winslow King – No More Crying Today
Photo credit: Press kit Luke Winslow King – Bloodshot Records
Old American Ragtime by the G Burns Jug Band’s
The G Burns Jug Band brings you back to old America of 20s and 30s, to the string bands, the heavy fiddle music and blues songs from women like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Expect happy up-tempo traditional songs with bluegrass, roots and folk influences of this group.
“Music with an intensity and authenticity rarely heard today: urban Blues, mountain fiddle, and popular music of the nineteen-twenties and thirties.”
This music is very enjoyable and unique for the multiple instruments. The mixed vocals make the band able to perform a whole lot of song in a different style and with different soul. This is vintage American modern music at his best if you ask me.