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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Yearly Archives: 2005
Mary Gauthier’s star has been rising in Americana circles and her latest CD, "Mercy Now," shows why. The Louisiana-born, singer-songwriter is known for simple yet striking songs. On ‘Mercy Now,’ Gauthier reveals a deeper and more thoughtful side. Her songs … Continue reading
Susie Suh is a singer-songwriter whose debut on Epic is filled with moving and emotional songs about personal struggles and pent-up feelings. Suh, who is Korean-American, has a wonderfully rich, low voice that’s unusually expressive. Her self-titled debut was produced … Continue reading
David Berkeley’s "Live from Fez" is the first live recording by the winner of ASCAP’s 2004 Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award. The CD and companion DVD were recorded at the now-closed Fez, a beloved club on the singer-songwriter circuit. The recording … Continue reading
"Heavy" is vocalist Nicky Guiland and multi-instrumentalist Casey Benjamin. Their latest project is a fabulous fusion of pop, jazz and soul that’s as fun as it is musically accomplished. The duo first met in high school in New York City, … Continue reading
Keren DeBerg’s "Gone" is a striking collection of poignant pop-rock songs about hard endings and new beginnings. Keren’s pleasing voice cloaks real heartache with a mix of defiance and mystery as she closes one chapter and starts another. "Gone" showcases … Continue reading
"A scrap of age-old lullabye down some forgotten street" is how Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter starts to describe his craft in the "Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics." David Dodd does the rest in a book that reveals the meaning, … Continue reading
Eric Lewis is a pianist-composer who has already made a name for himself playing with some of the biggest names in jazz: Cassandra Wilson; Wynton Marsalis; Elvin Jones and Roy Hargorve. On his first solo release, "Hopscotch," he revives the … Continue reading
Singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn’s music shows just how small the world is. A lifelong singer and student of China and its culture, she started playing banjo and was soon blending Asian melodies with oldtime folk music. "Song of the Traveling Daughter," … Continue reading
Katrina Carlson didn’t expect to write and sing pop-rock songs. But her audience wouldn’t leave her alone and her latest CD reveals why. "Untucked" is filled with dramatic songs featuring Carlson’s rich, emotion-filled voice and lyrics that offer hope in … Continue reading
Can New Yorkers play country music? Yes, especially if you’re talking about Canadian-born singer-songwriter Mary Lamont and her musical partner Jim Marchese. On the self-produced "How Lucky," Mary Lamont presents a mix of songs inspired by the struggles and joys … Continue reading