Especially in our corner of the music world, singer-songwriters can get really personal in their writing. They talk about their struggles, their hopes, their hurts, and their roads to recovery. Sometimes the subject matter is hard to listen to, and sometimes it resonates so perfectly that it can feel like a punch in the gut — or a wake-up call. Among recent roots music releases we have several whose songwriters put it all out there, so to speak, letting us in on their deepest thoughts and emotions. Check out our reviews of releases from Erin Rae and more this week and see what strikes a chord.