With his new album, internationally acclaimed cellist, composer, singer-songwriter, and environmentalist Ben Sollee pushed the boundaries of our bluegrass-leaning imaginations; with his stellar accompanying string band, Kentucky Native, Sollee has corralled and incorporated the sounds of bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle, Celtic folk, and Congolese rhythms. Paying homage to the origins of American roots music, while adding his resonant cello sounds and soulful vocals to the mix, he brings a modern feel to the ancient–a grassicana masterpiece.
Will Hoge – Anchors
Burned out and on the verge of having up his musical hat, seasoned singer/songwriter Will Hoge had an epiphany, inspired by his two young sons’ attempt at creating their own band in the family garage. Hoge realized he had forgotten the joy of his craft, and wrote album standout “17,” the age when he got his first guitar. On Anchors, Hoge’s voice is soulfully gritty and his soul his bared. Be prepared to swoon.
Brandin Reed – self-titled
Texas troubadour Brandin Reed takes us on a journey of self-awareness born from curious exploration on his self-titled new album. Reed teamed up with producer and drummer Aaron Sterling (John Mayer, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars) to bring his vision to life. With his breezy grooves and soulful, velvety voice, Reed calls to mind a country-tinged James Taylor; his music calms the mind and soothes the soul.