There’s lots of new releases this month!   Below are two artists that will be performing in Buffalo

Jim Lauderdale’s new release: My Favorite Place

Performing at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on July 18th

Taken from Newreleasesnow.com.  My Favorite Place showcases the seamless synergy between Lauderdale and his touring band, the Changers. The album features guitarists Craig Smith and Frank Rische, bassist Jay Weaver, drummer Dave Racine, and vocalist Lillie Mae Rische, all of whom contribute to the record’s rich, authentic sound. Recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio, the 11-track album is a reminder of Lauderdale’s enduring commitment to the craft of songwriting. Standouts like “Mrs. Green” and “You’ve Got A Shine” exemplify the album’s emotional depth and sophistication. The single “You’ve Got A Shine” is particularly moving, serving as a heartfelt thank-you to those radiant individuals who illuminate our lives with their inner light. It’s a reflection of Lauderdale’s ongoing ability to connect with listeners on a deeply personal level.

At any given moment, you’re likely to find Jim Lauderdale immersed in his music, whether he’s laying down a new track in the studio or crafting spontaneous melodies at his Nashville home. Music is not just a job for Lauderdale; it’s an ever-present part of his existence. “It’s a constant challenge to try to keep making better and better records, write better and better songs. I still always feel like I’m a developing artist,” he muses. Such humility and relentless pursuit of artistic growth are striking, especially coming from a man who has already achieved so much. With 36 full-length albums under his belt, along with the Americana Music Association’s prestigious Wagonmaster Award, Lauderdale’s influence on the country music scene is undeniable. Since his debut in 1991, he’s not only released a prolific array of albums but also penned songs for a veritable who’s who of country music legends. But his journey is far from over, and as he continues to create and inspire, fans can look forward to many more chapters in his illustrious career.

Lake Street Dive September 17 at Terminal B at the Outer Harbor

Taken from Bassmagazine.com. On Good Together, the band arrives with a renewed sense of purpose, aiming to highlight our shared humanity against the social divisions pulling us apart. The ethos of Good Together can be described as “joyful rebellion,” just as energetic and danceable as it is defiantly principled.

“There’s a lot to be angry about in the world right now, a lot of pain and rage and divisiveness, but it isn’t sustainable to constantly live in that anger—you need something else to keep you going,” says drummer Mike Calabrese. “Joy is a great way to sustain yourself, and we wanted to encourage everyone to stay aware of that. In a way this album is our way of saying, ‘Take your joy very seriously.’”

The album finds Lake Street Dive working once more with Grammy-winning producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr.), also marking the first time all of the members of the band collaborated in the earliest, most vulnerable stages of songwriting together, creating a unique approach to the sessions. The group gathered in Calabrese’s Vermont home, where bandmembers would each contribute, expanding the band’s musical palette and expressive range. “At first it was terrifying to write together in the same room,” says Price. “But as soon as we got started it felt so fun. We very quickly realized, ‘Oh, we need to do this again and again.’”

The album finds Lake Street Dive working once more with Grammy-winning producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr.), also marking the first time all of the members of the band collaborated in the earliest, most vulnerable stages of songwriting together, creating a unique approach to the sessions. The group gathered in Calabrese’s Vermont home, where bandmembers would each contribute, expanding the band’s musical palette and expressive range. “At first it was terrifying to write together in the same room,” says Price. “But as soon as we got started it felt so fun. We very quickly realized, ‘Oh, we need to do this again and again.’”

On June 14, the group will set out on the Good Together Tour—their largest and most ambitious North American run to date, marking a career milestone with their first-ever show at Madison Square Garden on September 14. Tickets are on sale now, visit lakestreetdive.com for more information and see below for complete tour dates.
The new music follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2021 release, Obviously, which received a host of critical praise including from Rolling Stone, who heralded, “at a moment when pop strives for lo-fi, solitary-world intimacy, the jazz-pop-whatever band refuse to think small” while Downbeat cheers, “Lake Street Dive finds beauty in pop.”
Across their storied career, Lake Street Dive have built a legacy as a rare collection of musicians with dynamic songwriting chemistry and genre-bending mastery, pushing the boundaries of pop, soul, jazz, and folk. The group’s performances include “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “CBS This Morning,” and NPR’s Tiny Desk, and they have drawn critical praise from The New York Times and the Associated Press, among others. With tens of millions of streams, an acclaimed discography, and an enduring worldwide fanbase, the band—Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese, Akie Bermiss and James Cornelison—have become an exhilarating force in popular music.
Formed in Boston, the quintet first met while studying jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music. Their breakout album Bad Self Portraits was released in 2014, followed by Side Pony (2016), Free Yourself Up (2018) and Obviously (2021). Their most recent recording, 2022’s Fun Machine: The Sequel, is a six-track covers EP with songs by Bonnie Raitt, The Pointer Sisters and Carole King, among others.

…and a couple more new releases:

Taken from consequence.net:  Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are back to announce their fourth studio album, South of Here, due out on June 28th. The group has also shared the album’s first single, “Heartless.”

South of Here is the soul group’s first album since 2021’s The Future. It was recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas and produced by Brad Cook, who also produced the group’s previous album. In a statement, Rateliff praised Cook’s work behind the boards, and shared how his writing deepened when crafting the songs for South of Here: “Brad was a great producer to write alongside. This album is a look into my own struggle with anxiety, insecurity and also stories of my life. He encouraged me to take responsibility for my own narrative in the songs and to write about what’s happening in my own life,” he said.

Rateliff continued, saying “These recordings were done together in a room with my closest friends. I hope these songs and stories give you an opportunity to better understand your own struggles whatever they may be.” Lead single “Heartless” seems to epitomize the more personal direction that South of Here will take. “It was so cold leaving the comfort of my Missouri home/ And my childhood left me so broken man that I didn’t know,” Rateliff sings in the second verse. Though there are tales of anguish and doubt in “Heartless,” the harmonies around Rateliff from the Night Sweats offer support and a light in the dark.

Silverada
Silverada
  (Prairie Rose Records)

Taken from Americanboogie.com  Previously known as Mike and the Moonpies, the Austin-based band surprised the independent country world when they announced the new name change in January. “We spent the first part of our career figuring out who we are and what we’re good at,” says lead singer Mike Harmeier. “Now we want to evolve not only the sound of the band, but the dynamic of the live show, too. We’re all lifers here. We’re in this for the long haul. Silverada is us setting the stage for the next leg of the journey.” Harmeier wrote the album in his backyard studio while reading a bunch of books for inspiration, including astronomy texts and sci-fi novels. “We’d been on tour for so long, playing the same set for almost two years, and I wanted to write something that was a departure,” Harmeier says. The album also does expand further away from the band’s original Austin honky tonk sound more than any album before, and it might strive for perfection but fall just short of attaining it from a couple of sleepier songs. (edited from Saving Country Music review)

Kaitlin Butts
Roadrunner!  
(New West Records)

Though she’s a new name to many, Butts is establishing herself as one of the most dynamic artists to grow out of the Oklahoma Red Dirt scene, unafraid to test boundaries for which the regional (and male-dominated) sub-genre is known. Her 2022 sophomore album found her fiercely fighting for a reclamation of power for her characters and herself, wading through domestic violence, addiction, and family trauma. Roadrunner! meets Butts at the intersection of everything she’s ever loved: musicals, country, and her home state. And it lets her lean into the theatricality and drama she’s always sprinkled into her persona and live show, where the costumes are fringed to the heavens and her huge voice fills the room even on the gloomiest songs. “I don’t ever want to be the kind of artist where people can nail me down,” Butts says, “Red Dirt is where I learned the basics of storytelling. But I want to be unpredictable.”  (edited from Rolling Stone interview)

 

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