American bluegrass artist Del McCoury has been performing music for over five decades and his band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary together next year. Their latest release features a dozen songs written by the late-great Woody Guthrie, with a bluegrass spin added to the music. The new album titled "Del And Woody" was released last month through McCoury Music/RED label. Beginning with "The New York Trains," Del's vocals are the perfect fit for Woody Guthrie's magical lyrics as the band provides the ideal setting on this opening track. The banjo gets a workout on the up-tempo swing of "Ain't A Gonna Do," before the nostalgic appeal of "Left In This World Alone" takes over. The harmonies of "The Government Road"give the song a classic, western feel, while "Dirty Overhalls" is pure fun, played at a quick-pace. The album finishes with the lyrical fun of "Hoecake Fritters," which sound delicious in this classic bluegrass sound. To find out more about "Del And Woody," please visit delmccouryband.com/del-and-woody.
From Ontario, Canada comes the new self-titled debut album from The
Redhill Valleys. This trio create some exciting new music for country
fans to absorb with this new twelve-song release. Beginning with the
acoustic strumming of "Falling For You," The Redhill Valleys slowly
introduce you to their great harmonies and modern country flair. They
pick-up the tempo with the southern rock backdrop of "Can't Be Alone"
before return to the gentle acoustics of "Wrong Way Turns Out Right,"
which is one of the band's earliest songs, while "When
You're Gone" is about lost love. They pick the energy back up with the
country blues/rock groove of "Ragged And Run Down" and "Mean Old Sally,"
before closing with the country-boogie guitar driven rocker "Burn It
Down." To find out more about The Redhill Valleys and their latest
self-titled release, please visit theredhillvalleys.com.
Later this summer, we will see the debut album from California country
band Dear County. The new release titled "Low Country" is the brainchild
of singer/guitarists Mark W. Lynn and Arrica Rose. The two met while
finding themselves performing live on the same night as a long distance relationship
developed. Fast forward to this year and we get the new nine-song
release from Dear County. The album builds with the slow
country sway of "On And On" and the quiet soulful delivery of "Oh My
Darlin." They pick up the tempo with the country-blues rocker "Spun" and follow with
their swinging cover of Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere."
The album wraps up with the gentle country/folk of "Ellenae." To find
out more about Dear County and their latest release "Low Country,"
please visit dearcounty.com.
Next, from Seattle comes the debut album from Western Centuries titled "Weight
Of The World." It will be released on June 3rd through Free Dirt
Records and revisits the roots of country music. Beginning with the
title song, you are introduced to this fine group of musicians that
remind us of the foundation of modern country music. The tempo picks up
with the two-step shuffle of "Double Or Nothing" and the classic, authentic
feel of "Knocking'em Down." Their love for honky-tonk comes shining
through on "Philosophers And Fools" and "In My Cups," before slowing
down for the sing-along chorus of "Off The Shelf." The album finishes
with the guitar-boogie of "The Long Game" and the country rocker "Rock
Salt." To find out more about Western Centuries and their latest release
"Weight Of The World," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/westerncenturies.
From Asheville, NC comes the new release from country-roots-Americana
band The Honeycutters titled "On The Ropes." It will be released on May
20 through Organic Records and continues their climb to nationwide
stardom. The new album features thirteen tracks, beginning with the
modern country swing of "On The Ropes" as lead singer Amanda Anne Platt
demands your attention with her strong, smooth vocals as shown in "Blue
Besides." The laid back tempo of "Golden Child" and "The Only Eyes"
showcases the power in their lyrics as they paint the perfect picture with
the combination of music and words. They pick the tempo up for the
guitar-driven country rocker "Back Row" and the fun, bluegrass rhythm of
"Let's Get Drunk." The album finishes up with the gentle, quiet touch
of "Ache," an eight-minute countrified version of Leonard Cohen's
"Hallelujah" and the slow build of "Barmaid's Blues." To find out more
about The Honeycutters and their latest release "On The Ropes," please