Kenny G has a new record out that was released this week. It’s called Brazilia is a poor man’s Herb Alpert without the erotic album cover, and is not really worth your time. So let’s move on.
The Americana Folk Rock Gods are certainly smiling this week. The Lone Bellow is back following their 2013 debut with Then Came the Morning, as strong a set of 13 songs as you are likely to hear all year, and the passionate and soulful vocals Zach Williams take center stage.
It is good to see Punch Brothers back with The Phosphorescent Blues, their first album since 2012‘s Ahoy. This is one pretty eclectically cool band. Not only are they mostly responsible for bringing back the Mandolin, they also show their musical chops on the opus of an opening suite “Familiarity,” an over tem minute tour-de-force that channels Holland era Beach Boys and Debussey in one fell swoop. This T Bone Burnette offering is a must listen.
Howling Rain is basically a revolving cast of Musicians along with singer and songwriter Ethan Miller and on Mansion Songs he is in fine form. The opening track “Big Red Moon” shows you about all you need to know about this record. Full of grizzled, blown out Country Rock and Garage Soul that will take you back to back streets and greasy barrooms at the blink of an ear. If you are looking for a Jones to satisfy your Black Crowes fix now that they have officially broken up, Howlin’ Rain may be your band, and this is definitely your album.
Drew Holcombe may become your new best friend, and Medicine, his latest long player will probably be your go to get in the car and drive soundtrack well into the summer. His mixture of Folk, Pop, and Country will make you a believer, and from the first refrain from “American Beauty” you will wonder where Drew Holcombe has been all of your life. Oh yeah, and even though this song is great, it probably is only about the fifth or sixth best song on the album.