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Our Favourite Songs in Might – MUSIC

Finest New Music from the Blue Ridge and Past

Each month our editors curate a playlist of recent music, primarily specializing in unbiased artists from the South. In Might we’re highlighting new tunes from the Avett Brothers and Adrianne Lenker.


“Proper Again to It”

Katie Crutchfield continues shifting in a rustic path on her new album, “Tigers Blood,” which got here out in March. On this slow-burning standout, she’s joined by Asheville’s MJ Lenderman for this considerate meditation on a long-term love that’s accented by arpeggiated banjo rolls and stress-free pedal metal fills. – J.F.

The Avett Brothers

 “Love of a Woman”

This month, the Avett Brothers are again with their first album in 5 years, a self-titled effort that when once more finds North Carolina’s native sons working with producer Rick Rubin. The primary single “Love of a Woman” dishes out Scott and Seth’s anticipated heart-on-the-sleeve musings by means of gritty, uncooked storage rock and a giant, harmonized hook. It’s a tune that’s ripe to be a giant winner at reside exhibits. – J.F. 

Chris Smither

 “All Concerning the Bones”

Chris Smither, who turns 80 in November and has been performing his folksy model of acoustic blues over a profession that dates again to the Sixties, is a licensed American musical icon. The title observe from his newest album, “All Concerning the Bones,” proves this near-octogenarian hasn’t misplaced a step. Adept acoustic finger choosing, Smither’s rolling baritone, and tasteful saxophone accompaniment spotlight this reminder that pomp and fluff matter little when in comparison with the true substance of a person and the legacy he leaves behind. – D.S.

Strange Elephant

“As soon as Upon a Time”

“As soon as Upon a Time” begins about as superbly as a music probably can; Pete Damore’s delicate banjo gives a easy prelude to the gorgeous vocals of Crystal Hairu-Damore, his spouse and musical companion. The husband-and-wife duo settle into their roles comfortably, combining highly effective harmonies over a stripped naked banjo and guitar melody, all of the whereas providing a frighteningly stunning music that lays naked the anxiousness held in a relationship wistful for its early idyllic years. – D.S.

Adrianne Lenker 

“Free Treasure”

Large Thief chief Adrianne Lenker dropped a brand new solo album, “Vivid Future,” again in March, and it consists of this attractive folks music stuffed with idyllic imagery.  The gently finger-picked “Free Treasure”—a duet with Twain’s Mat Davidson—is a meditation on the glow of recent love, when a relationship is brimming with discovery, and it’s the right soundtrack to the blooms and porch breezes throughout springtime within the mountains. – J.F. 


“Hold Going”

Faculty rock followers north of fifty are effectively conversant in the band Guster. The quartet has been an alt-rock staple for over thirty years, and this month they drop “Ooh La La,” their ninth LP (and first in over 5 years). The whole lot about “Hold Going,” the luscious vocals, danceable percussion, and effects-laden synth sounds, is hypnotic, with the band deftly capturing a strong sense of optimism, passionately espousing perseverance and the seek for pleasure amongst life’s attempting instances. – D.S.

Jacob Joliff 


Jacob Joliff is a monster on the mandolin. The Berklee grad, former member of Pleasure Kills Sorrow and Yonder Mountain String Band, and present touring companion of the likes of Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck, is releasing a brand new set of instrumental acoustic tunes this month. “Vera” is the primary single from “Instrumentals Vol. 2: Mandolin Mysteries,” and it’s breathtaking in each its complexity and wonder, with Joliff’s mandolin dancing observe for observe with George Jackson’s fiddle in what can solely be described as a grasp class in acoustic songwriting. – D.S.



Delivering the products because the 90s, Mark Oliver “E” Everett nonetheless often surfaces to supply some novocaine for the soul by way of his long-running Eels venture. His new observe, the woozy, downtempo “Goldy,” explores isolation and the consolation that may come from unlikely sources. It’s featured on the upcoming album, “Eels Time!,” which shall be launched on June 7. – J.F.