Jim Lauderdale - When Carolina Comes Home Again Released early March, Jim Lauderdale yet again graced the music world with another irresistible bluegrass album. Standing to his namesake, the king of Americana is like a chameleon when it comes to music. When Carolina Comes Home Again ties Lauderdale to his roots and simply prefects each note and melody, from the title track “When Carolina Comes Home Again,” to “You’ve Got This” and “Takes One to Wander”
Aubrie Sellers- Far From Home In a talking track on Muddy Wolf Live at Red Rocks, Joe Bonamassa insists there is something in the Mississippi water for great talent, heroes and masters Mississippi has produced over the years. The same can be said about Texas! Whether it was the blues, Tanjno, Country, punk to an eclectic Americana scene. Up-coming alt-country/Americana musician Aubrie Sellers is one of those people! Daughter of both country music superstars Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Taking a different approach to her parents yet grounded to her roots, Aubrie Sellers Far From Home was by far a 2020 highlight. From heavy guitars, mesmerising tunes and Sellers haunting voice, the album is simply a breath of fresh air to the Americana world.
Bonnie Whitmore - Last Will and Testament Bonnie Whitmore released yet another fierce album titled ‘Last Will and Testament.” From the single track “Right/Wrong” to “Asked For it.” Whitmore’s new album delivers valuable lessons about dealing with toxic male masculinity and hypocrisy. Meanwhile, holding an important message to young girls and women. As a songwriter, Whitmore is known not to play around when it comes to delivering her music. It’s all about experiences told through songs, the openness in talking about taboo topics and preaching girl power. Bonnie Whitmore is all about the truth and this album is exactly that!
The Mavericks- En Español In a year like this year of 2020, a lot has happened from a deadly disease to political uproar. The Mavericks En Españolwas one of 2020 most vital albums to be released during these unusual times. Not only was it an exploration of the soul of Latin American music, and how it travelled. It was also had a significant political message of how influential the Latino community has had on America from music to food.
Emily Hackett - My Version of A Love Song This year Emily Hackett released a new EP titled My Version of A Love Song which was a collection of 6 songs, reintroduces Hackett’s exceptional storytelling in a blend of reviving melodies from the early 2000s grooves to classic rock tunes. Like how Joni Mitchell was a muse of her day, Hackett is exactly that today with her music. In one word, the EP is simply phenomenal.
True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. Garth Brooks