Hi there, Shapenoters. Here’s some stuff we’ve been enjoying lately. Maybe you’ll like some of it, too.
Jason Isbell: Southeastern. The fourth studio album by this former member of Drive-By Truckers has some great tunes on it, fuelled by the Tennessee songwriter’s stint in rehab. In 2012, Isbell toured with Ryan Adams, and it feels like they’d make a good pair.
Sam Amidon: Bright Sunny South. Sam Amidon is another one of those crossover artists who challenge the established notions of folk music. Collaborating with new music composers such as Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson has given Amidon’s traditional songwriting and instrumentation an ethereal tinge — notable on this, his newest album.
Sarah Jarosz: Build Me Up From Bones. Jarosz not only has a degree from the New England Conservatory under her belt, but had already secured a deal with Sugar Hill Records in her last year of high school. This is her third album, and it contains a version of Joanna Newsom’s “Book of Right On” that might even be better than the original.