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Amos Lee’s upcoming album Honeysuckle Switches (out on November 24) is a tribute album celebrating the music of iconic artist Lucinda Williams. Of the song “Greenville,” Lee shares: “It’s a breakup song but there’s also a kindness to it… There’s a lot of love in the lyrics – we’ve all been difficult and impulsive, but we are not unlovable or unsalvageable.”
Out today, the Toronto-based trio Lonesome Ace Stringband returns with the album Try To Make It Fly. According to the band, “The Echo” is about the experience of realizing that you may be basking in the echo of your own tribe; that although you thought you were too smart to let it happen to you, you’ve nonetheless been funneled into the warm, fuzzy, glow of an ideological feedback loop.
On her new Dirk Powell produced album, Ozark Symphony, Kelly Hunt shines with her banjo playing and songwriting. As you might be able to tell from the title, “Lost Highway” is inspired by a deep dive into Hank Williams’ catalog and features Natalie Haas on cello. (By the way, check out Henry Carrigan’s review of Ozark Symphony HERE.)
Sam Beam’s newest release (out November 17) is actually a live album and film. Captured by director Josh Sliffe at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, the soundtrack features nineteen songs from Iron & Wine’s twenty-plus-year career.