MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF 2017

1. SJ – Nashville:

When Brent Mason drops by your session, comments great tune, then grabs a guitar and rips a solo you know you just might be on to something. SJ, a singer songwriter from Cambridge has many such stories from her time in Nashville recording her debut album NASHVILLE SESSIONS. I was inspired to write this track (Nashville) after jamming in the Broadway bars, such an amazing experience. I did have a return ticket, but wished I didn’t! www.sjmortimer.net

2. Fred’s House – Shut Up And Dance:

Fred’s House is an indie-folk-pop band with West Coast influences and catchy harmony-lead songs. Having extensively toured the UK and playing some big festivals, their outstanding live shows are gathering them rave reviews from all corners of the country as well as an ‘Under the Apple Tree’ session with Bob Harris. Shut Up And Dance is the first single from their upcoming second album FAULTLINES, out Spring 2016 with a UK Tour. www.fredshousemusic.co.uk

3. Alison Brown – Carolina In The Pines: On

Carolina In The Pines, from acclaimed banjoist Alison Brown’s new record TH E SONG OF THE BANJO, Brown’s banjo lines are melodic and beautiful as she reimagines the Michael Martin Murphy classic. She is joined by guest vocalists, the Indigo Girls, whose trademark harmonies give warmth and freshness to the track. Dynamic, introspective and even romantic, THE SONG OF THE BANJO is an album for people who didn’t know they liked the banjo. For banjo lovers, Alison Brown’s new CD rekindles that affair. www.alisonbrown.com

4. Donna Ulisse – I’m In For A Long Ride:

I’m In For A Long Ride is taken from Donna Ulisse’s latest release, HARD CRY MOON, which offers more proof that, whether she is interpreting the work of others or her own compositions, she has earned her spot as one of bluegrass music’s most captivating artists. The album made it to number one in Roots Music Report and number three in the Euro Americana charts in October 2015. www. donnaulisse.com

The Open Secrets – Rain Upon The Sea:

Rain Upon The Sea is the title track from the new Open Secrets album. Inspired by the novel ‘Fugitive Pieces’ it is a tale of love and human frailty in the face of the Holocaust and its aftermath. The Open Secrets write and play the kind of Americana that will put you in mind of the Old Crow Medicine Show, but with an emotional intensity that is all their own.

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