Rodney Crowell will be putting out a new solo album, Close Ties, March 31 on New West Records. This teaser track, “It Ain’t Over Yet”delivers what we have come to love about his singing, songwriting and playing plus John Paul White and Rosanne Cash chime in too! If you are a Rodney Crowell fan, you should check him performing live at The Hamilton in DC April 1st.
Caroline Spence grew up here in central Virginia, was in a band with Carl Anderson before she left for Nashville, and now is releasing her second album since calling Tennessee home, Spades and Roses, on March 3rd. Quoting “Big Old James” Wilson of Sons of Bill, “While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America’s past, … Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.” WNRN is loving on the track, “Wishing Well.”
For fans of the Gourds, Austin’s Shinyribs is the place where the singer Kevin Russell is offering his talents these days. Lots of horns in these songs found on the new release, I Got Your Medicine. Although Russell’s songwriting is stellar, WNRN could not resist another verson of Ted Hawkin’s “I Gave Up All I Had.” The CD will be out February 24th.
Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk released North Americana, two years ago. Now it’s time for Vollebekk’s forthcoming album, Twin Solitude and the song, “Elegy.” It is a quiet album that is front loaded with piano-based tunes then more Nick Drake sounding guitar-based tunes on the second half. This will be released February 24th, too.