We’re all about the music on Episode 320 of Folk Roots Radio as we catch up on some of the great new music we’ve received recently. Among the new and upcoming releases we check out is the third album from highly rated roots singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Scouten, and Rescue Me!, a great new compilation that’s all about cats and dogs, and the people that love them. (Disclaimer: we’re cat people so we play cat songs on this episode, though the dog songs are pretty good too!). Check out the full playlist below.
Notes about some of the new music on our radar that made it into Episode 320 of Folk Roots Radio.
Sarah Jane Scouten is getting ready to release her third full-length album, the sassy and rootsy “When the Bloom Falls From the Rose”. Recorded in Toronto at Revolution Recording with veteran Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Jill Barber, Gina Horswood), the album features ten original songs, ranging in style from classic honky tonk to indie-folk, alongside two fairly unknown traditional Western Canadian songs, discovered on crackly recordings in university archives and given new life through Scouten’s haunting arrangements.
Developing a big, lush sound on the album, Sarah Jane Scouten really comes into her own as a songwriter and performer, drawing from such modern approaches to country music as Sturgill Simpson and Emmylou Harris’ iconic album Wrecking Ball, produced by Daniel Lanois. If you think you have Sarah Jane Scouten figured out, you haven’t heard anything yet. “When the Bloom Falls From the Rose” is released on June 16th. For more information visit sarahjanescouten.com.
The Eisenhauers are a new duo from Kaslo BC. they’ve just released their Steve Dawson produced album “The Road We Once Knew” although Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett have actually been touring for more than 12 years together, backing up each other’s solo projects. Check out The Eisenhauers online at theeisenhauers.com.
Ann Arbor Michigan’s Kitty Donohoe has been working on her new Irish American album “The Irishman’s Daughter’ for a few years. Starting out as a semi-autobiographical project on her own family’s immigration from Ireland, it eventually came to embrace some traditional songs and tunes alongside her own originals.
“I’ve tried to treat each trad number with my own imprint, like slowing the gorgeous ‘Star of the County Down’ down to an almost-air tempo, or treating the ‘Chicago Reel’ like a big-city piece with the boogie piano. None of these songs and tunes would be anything without the amazing musicians who played what I asked them to (whether they got it or not!) and, as ever, I’m lucky to live around so so many gifted players.”
For more information about Kitty Donahue’s music visit kittydonahoe.com.
Sheridan Wyoming’s The Two Tracks have returned with their second album of country rock and bluegrass infused Americana, “Postcard Town”. Featuring Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion), and Russell Smith (upright bass), the album is a bit of a travelogue, that also includes a guest appearance from Bruce Bouton, Garth Brooks’ long time pedal steel guitar player. For more information, visit thetwotracks.com.
Rescue Me! (2017, Blue Night Records) is a wonderful new compilation about cats and dogs, and the important place they play in our lives, out now on Blue Night Records. Featuring some great songs from some excellent singer-songwriters, all sales from the album will go to help support the work of animal welfare organizations.
And finally, Kerrville New Folk winner and one of our favourite singer/songwriters Ernest Troost has released a new song to radio. “So Much Rain”, is all about rain and lots of it, and something we’ve experienced a lot of in Ontario recently. The song that will probably make it onto his next album, the follow to 2014’s very well received “Oh Well”. Check out ernesttroost.com for updates on when the new album will arrive.
And that’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!
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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)
Order Of Time (2017, June Tunes Music)
The Road We Once Knew (2017, Black Hen Music) CDN
The Irishman’s Daughter
The Irishmans Daughter (2017, Self)
Durham County Poets
Diamonds On The Water
Grimshaw Road (2017, Self) CDN
Sacred Earth (2017, Celtic Collections)
Sarah Jane Scouten
Acre of Shells
When the Bloom Falls From the Rose (2017, Light Organ Records) CDN
Fading Mystery (2017, Self)
The Two Tracks
Eyes On The Road
Postcard Town (2017, Self)
Feels Like It Wants To Rain
Sleeper Years (2017, Self) CDN
So Much Rain
(demo) (2017, Self)
On The Fishing Line
Nonsense And Heartache (Nonsense) (2017, Latent Recordings) CDN
(single) (2015, Self) CDN