Alejandro Escovedo

"The Crossing" is about the Mexican/American border and the drama that unfolds there daily.

Paul McCartney

Considering that he is now 76 years old, "Egypt Station" his first album in five years should be savored. That it happens to be his best collection of songs in decades is just icing on the cake.

Passenger

"Runaway" not only lives up to this British artist's name but reveals his love of America with it's theme of traveling cross-country. It's one of the great road trip albums ever recorded.

Devotchka

"This Night Falls Forever" is dripping in bittersweet romanticism with dramatic flourishes that are spine-tingling.

Death Cab For Cutie

The band has been so good for so long and on their ninth album "Thank You For Today" they continue that string of excellence.

Dawn Landes

Over her fifteen year career, she has been known for bridging different styles but on "Meet me at the river" she dedicates all her songs to the classic country formula.

Wes Charlton

A native of Virginia's northern neck, Charlton has lived a lot of life and his new album "Morning Stars" draws on those experiences with dense guitar work, driving rhythms and earnest vocals.

Eliza Gilkyson

"Secularia" is her twentieth album and amid contributions from different members of her family she sings of spirituality. The songs praise the mystery and wonder of the world.

Rory Block

The acoustic blues great's last seven releases have been tribute albums to some of the greatest old-time bluesmen, now she's starting on the women. "A Woman's Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith" is the first of a series she will dedicate to the women of the blues.

Jim James

The third solo album from the leader of My Morning Jacket has a title that perfectly describes it. "Uniform Distortion" is a collection of guitar ready rockers about the digital age and it's darker side.

The Record Company

The final song on the new album "All of This Life" is called "I'm Changing" but fans of the band's Grammy nominated debut need not worry they are still rockin' the blues like no other band today and using the experience of the success they've had to inspire them to ever greater heights

Arthur Buck

"Arthur Buck" is an album length collaboration between Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck, two long-time indie rock heroes, Buck, with REM and Arthur, with his solo career of 14 albums.

Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

On "Downey to Lubbuck," the album named after their respective hometowns, the two legendary Americana artists find a lot in common.

Courtney Barnett

Guitars rule on the Australian artist's new album "Tell Me How You Really Feel." The Nirvana inspired bashing combined with her deadpan vocals make this a welcome anomaly in a music world increasingly dominated by synths and auto-tune.

Ry Cooder

On his new album "The Prodigal Son" there are eight covers of old Blues and Gospel songs and three new originals, illustrating his view of himself as a caretaker of American roots music, one who has returned to where he started more than 50 years ago.

Dr. Dog

The indie band from Philadelphia has been around for over 15 years but recently re-evaluated their process. Thankfully, tinkering is all that was needed and "Critical Equation" sounds as fresh as anything they've done.

Old Crow Medicine Show

"Volunteer" is the 7th album from the best Americana band in America, the boisterous, street corner stomps and heartfelt ballads flow freely as they draw inspiration from their twenty years as band .

Buddha Council

"True Love," the third album from this five piece reggae outfit from Hampton Roads, throbs with rhythmic intensity and psychedelia and doesn't let up until they get their message of positivity and togetherness across.

Kim Richey

Her new album's title,"Edgeland," is a term used to describe areas of the United States that fall between the urban centers and the rural countryside. It's the perfect metaphor for her hard-to-categorize music.

Erika Wennerstrom

It's fascinating when an artist can take personal experience and turn it into inspiring music. That's what The Heartless Bastards' leader has done on her solo debut album.

The Decemberists

"I'll Be Your Girl" is the album the band said would free them from old patterns and allow them to try something different. Turns out it's hard to shake the sound the band has established.

David Byrne

The former Talking Heads leader has released his first true solo album in 14 years "American Utopia" and says "These songs attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us ask ourselves-well, does it have to be like this? These songs are about that asking."

Lucy Dacus

The Richmond, Virginia artist has released her second album, "Historian" and, as good as her debut was, the 22 year-old's music has grown by leaps and bounds and her understated confidence makes this an album that will be noticed all over the country.

S. Carey

Best known as keyboardist and percussionist for Bon Iver, on his third solo album "Hundred Acres" he has simplified his instrumentation in order to emulate the lyrics of these songs about simplicity and the power of nature.