As the holiday season ramps up in December, the number of new releases tends to taper down. But there are still plenty of gems to make your days merry and bright. Check out the slideshow for some new releases that deserve a place in your playlist.
On his latest release, Scarlett Roses, Grayson Capps offers acoustic-based ballads, love tunes, and anthems replete with driving rhythms and distorted guitars. While the melodies on his current set are not, perhaps, as consistently enrolling as on previous outings, Scarlett Roses effectively showcases Capps as a mature singer and songwriter, his voice distinctly versatile, his lyrics addressing a variety of perennial themes, including love, heartache, beauty, and death.
Across its ten cuts, Shovels and Rope joins forces with essential Americana and Americana-adjacent musicians like John Moreland and Lera Lynn to cover songs by everyone from Leonard Cohen and Willie Nelson to The Breeders and Faith no More. It's one of those recipes that looks fine in the cookbook, sure, but just falls apart in the kitchen.
This isn't back porch, foot pattin' blues. You have to sit down and ponder this stuff. But as it creeps deeper into your ear canals, there's no doubt that Boubacar Traore and the blues are old acquaintances, bound together for life.