Aubrie Sellers is no stranger to being part of the country music community: her parents are traditional vocalist Lee Ann Womack and singer/songwriter Jason Sellers. With New City Blues, Sellers delivers an explosive debut album that will easily be one of the year’s best albums. Described as “garage country,” the album features raw, grungy traditional country productions with stellar lyrics to create an out of this world experience. It’s no surprise that her voice sounds like her mother’s, but she uses her instrument to deliver an edgier country that separates herself from the music her mother records. New City Blues is a must have for any traditional country music fan.
Standout Tracks: “Sit Here and Cry,” “Losing Ground,” “Dreaming in the Day,” “Liar Liar,” “Loveless Rolling Stone,” “Like the Rain”
Legendary producer and artist Buddy Miller delivers an album of duets, Cayamo Sessions at Sea, with some of today’s best Americana artists. The roster of duet partners includes Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Nikki Lane, and many more. The album is filled with versions of classic country songs like “After the Fire is Gone,” “If Teardrops Were Pennies,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Loves Gonna Live Here,” and many more. The album’s most brilliant quality is the fact that the rerecording of legendary songs is done in a way that keeps them close to the originals while also modernizing them to fit the ear of the traditionalists of today.
Standout Tracks: “Love’s Gonna Live Here (with Kacey Musgraves,” “After the Fire is Gone (with Lee Ann Womack),” “If Teardrops Were Pennies (with Elizabeth Cook),” “Wild Horses (with Shawn Colvin)”
What I love about the digital age of music is that you can easily access music from independent artists that you normally wouldn’t be able to hear. Wayne Garner is an Austin, TX based artist with musical roots that sprawl across several country music subgenres including Texas country, Americana, red dirt country, and southern rock. The second album from Garner, Love Drunk Fool, features the standard sounds you’d hear out of the Austin city limits. By combining the sounds of Texas country with his southern rock voice, he’s able to deliver an album filled with music you’d hear out of either an Austin honky tonk or out of one of the many clubs on Nashville’s lower Broadway. Be sure to check out his haunting version of Hank William’ “Kaw-Liga!”
Standout Tracks: “Love Drunk Fool,” “Goodbye Loretta,” “Little Red Boots,” “Red River Band,” “Kaw-Liga”