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>CD reviews: Mike & Ruthy, Kate Redgate, Deadly Gentlemen

>Mike & Ruthy, “Million to One”   We first took notice of Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar-Merenda when their previous band the Mammals covered Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” as a stripped-down, slowed-down folk blues. Now out on their own as a duo they call Mike & Ruthy, the husband-and-wife team have released “Million to One,’’ […]

>CD reviews: Lake Street Dive, Lucinda Black Bear, the Bowmans

>Lake Street Dive, “Lake Street Dive“   Band members Rachel Price, Michael Olson, Bridget Kearney and Michael Calabrese met at New England Conservatory, but don’t let that dissuade you from putting on this album and dancing around your living room because as Lake Street Dive they play … a wicked mix of country/bluegrass/soul music.  Price’s voice is […]

>CD review: Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers

>  Gone Country… by way of Seattle ZOE MUTH &  THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS (Out now)   “Check out one of the best discoveries the EJB has made on the road…the great Zoe Muth!”This note by the Eilen Jewell Band on its Facebook page in late July was our introduction to the up and coming “country” girl […]

>CD review: Eilen Jewell Presents Butcher Holler

> EILEN JEWELL PRESENTS BUTCHER HOLLERA Tribute to Loretta LynnOut July 27 One day last summer, instead of coming straight home from work, I decided to head to the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for a show by a group called Butcher Holler. Full disclosure: I knew what I was in for. Eilen Jewell and her […]

>CD review: Sarah Harmer, “Oh Little Fire”

> SARAH HARMER Oh Little Fire (Out now) Sarah Harmer has always followed her own path. Her initial breakthrough album, “You Were Here” in 2000 was followed four years later by “All of Our Names,” which netted her the nice little hit “Almost,” and it looked like she was headed for some commercial success in […]

>CD reviews: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan, Pieta Brown, Jackie Greene, Crooked Still, Shannon McNally, In the Cinema

> GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS(Out now)Despite the fact that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are a killer, must-see live band, their past studio albums have never held up to the promise quite as well.But with this self-titled release, the group is on the verge of something big.First and foremost is the band’s change in […]

>CD Reviews: Josh Ritter’s “So Runs the World Away,’ Patty Griffin’s “Downtown Church”

>JOSH RITTER“So Runs the World Away” (Out May 4) Through the years we’ve become very familiar with Josh’s stories, both in song and between songs in concert. From “Lillian, Egypt” to “The Temptation of Adam,” he’s proven to be a natural storyteller. So it is no surprise that on his new album, the literary “So […]

>CD Review: David Rawlings Machine

>David Rawlings Machine – “Friend of a Friend” (out now)It’s been six long years since Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have released an album. Their avid fans, us included, have been asking – no – begging for some new music. Yes, we have scoured YouTube for clips of a tune we call “Throw Me a […]

>CD Reviews: Regina Spektor, Erin McKeown, the Avett Brothers, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

>Regina Spektor – FarOut now Regina Spektor albums are like an art gallery. Not a museum gallery, where ancient works depict life as it was, but a contemporary space where each artwork tells a story — maybe about who the artist is or how they view the world politically, socially, environmentally. In this way, Regina’s […]

>CD Reviews: Eilen Jewell, Sarah Borges, Sometymes Why, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Ali Marcus, the Bittersweets, Marybeth D’Amico, Red Sammy

>EILEN JEWELL – Sea of Tears Due out April 21 Eilen broke on the scene with her critically acclaimed debut, “Boundary County,” back in 2006. Her low-key, ageless Americana sound was often compared to Gillian Welch. Her second album, “Letters From Sinners & Strangers,” added uptempo grooves to her story songs. Now, with “Sea of […]