Our Favourite New Roots Records of 2017 … So Far

June 21, 2017 | By

 These are the records that I keep returning to, that have been released so far this year. It’s been an exceptional year for new roots music so far, and there is a lot more coming down the pipe.

As with all such lists, this is purely subjective. There are full reviews of most, if not all of these records on the web site in the reviews tab, so if you want to know more, check those out.

I am presenting these in alphabetical order, with regard to the artist’s name.


Amanda Anne Platt & The HoneycuttersAmanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters

Brilliant songwriting, great vocals and a super tight band.

Stand Out Tracks: Eden and Learning How To Love Him

Declan O’DonovanBroken Sky

Piano driven contemporary folk music. Excellent songwriting and fully realized musical compositions.

Stand Out Tracks: Let It Rain and Burn It Down

Gurf MorlixThe Soul and The Heal

Songwriting, songwriting and let me say it again … songwriting.

Stand Out Tracks: Love Remains Unbroken and Move Someone

Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitThe Nashville Sound

The best record this immensely talented man has produced so far … and that’s no small thing!

Stand Out Tracks: White Man’s World and Anxiety

John MorelandBig Bad Luv

The superb songwriting we’ve come to expect, dressed up nicely with more band arrangements.

Stand Out Tracks: No Glory In Regret and Lies I Chose To Believe

Lynne HansonUneven Ground

Another set of terrific, sad songs, because that’s what Lynne writes. Grittier production thanks to Scott Nolan.

Stand Out Tracks: Just For Now and Devil Said Do

Rhiannon GiddensFreedom Highway

The civil rights/protest record for modern times.

Stand Out Tracks: At The Purchaser’s Option and Birmingham Sunday

Rodney CrowellClose Ties

If it isn’t his best ever, it is most definitely his best in a good long time. Songs brimming with the wisdom of experience and hard living.

Stand Out Tracks: It Ain’t Over Yet and East Houston Blues

Shannon McNallyBlack Irish

A beautifully sequenced and paced collection of originals and well chosen covers. Produced by Rodney Crowell.

Stand Out Tracks: Banshee Moan and It Makes No Difference

Stephen FearingEvery Soul’s A Sailor 

A stand out record in a long brilliant career … brilliant songwriting all day long.

Stand Out Tracks: Red Lights in the Rain and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is






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