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Co-founder and former lead singer/frontman/guitarist with Steep Canyon Rangers Woody Platt is readying his solo debut album, which is set to release in spring 2024. His first single is an energetic rendition of a Blind Willie McTell classic with legend Del McCoury.
Alynda Segarra (they/them) is back with a new record (out in February) made in North Carolina and produced by Brad Cook. Of “Alibi,” Segarra shares “The Past Is Still Alive is an album grappling with time, memory, love and loss, recorded in Durham, NC a month after losing my Father. ‘Alibi’ is a plea, a last ditch effort to get through to someone you already know you’re gonna lose. It’s a song to myself, to my Father, almost fooling myself because I know what’s done is done. But it feels good to beg. A reckoning with time and memory. The song is exhausted with loving someone so much it hurts. Addiction separates us. With memories of the Lower East Side in the early 2000s of my childhood, mixed with imagery of the endless West that calls to artists and wanderers.”
This January 26th sees the debut album from six-time Grammy winner, Americana Association Instrumentalist of the Year, renowned songwriter, producer, arranger & recording engineer, and Rosanne‘s husband, John Leventhal. “I’ve always had a catalog of ideas that have never found a home,” he says. “In the back of my mind, I thought that one of these days I should try to harvest some of those ideas and confront the personal gauntlet of making a solo record. The world shutting down made it unavoidable.”
The Irish folk and roots trio of sisters (Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin) release their new album A Time To Grow this January 26th. The song “Not Your Fight” is a moving message for all those who find themselves helplessly witnessing a world torn apart by ceaseless conflict and violence. The single serves as a reminder of the shared human experience and our capacity for compassion and understanding in a world too often marked by discord.