Ruthie Foster: Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn Music, 2014). If you’re a fan of later Bonnie Raitt slow blues rock then you should like Ruthie Foster. Her voice is borderline extraordinary — so natural sounding and musical it’s why she’s getting a shout out. The tunes were a bit Republican for my taste — I don’t love the burning Buddy Guy blues style but I did want a little more fire on this record.
Viet Cong: Cassette (Mexican Summer, 2013). I really liked the first song, Throw It Away — popping bass lines, nice Television-esque and I was psyched, but after the first tune the record kinda takes a dive right into the world of garage-y noise. I prefer the quirky indie to the reverbed out space garage.
Christian Kjellvander: The Rough and Rynge (Startracks, 2010). If lonesome Nick Drake had a lovechild with Dwight Yoakam that kid would make a record like this. Lonesome twang with sparse instrumentation and a bit of Daniel Lanois bigness to the sound of the record. My favorite tune is the first one, which is clipped below.