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The English guitarist Martin Simpson and German-born, Nashville-based Thomm Jutz team up for Nothing But Green Willow (out September 29), paying tribute to the songs of Mary Sands and Jane Gentry, folk singers from the Southern Appalachians. Simpson and Jutz bring together a mix of roots artists from both sides of the pond—Sierra Hull, Angeline Morrison, Odessa Settles, Tim O’Brien, Tammy Rogers, Seth Lakeman, and more. Cara Dillon’s stunning vocal performance on “Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies” is only matched by Simpson and Jutz’s instinctual guitar counterpoint.
Real brothers George and Charles Clements, identical twins from the heart of New England, first found prominence in the grass-roots group The Lonely Heartstring Band. Their first album as The Clements Brothers (out August 25) offers lovely folk harmonies on songs like “Morning Train.”
We don’t have to wait much longer to be fully devastated by Lori McKenna’s latest batch of brilliance with her upcoming release of 1988 (out July 21). She gives us one more glimpse of the record with the stunning “Happy Children.”
Although varied in styles and sounds, the Nashville/UK-based duo Ida Mae’s new album Thunder Above You (out August 25) does offer this lovely subtle gem.