15 scorch­ing tracks from our rootsy friends at blood­shot Records bring much-needed warmth to these get­ting-colder days. Ex­pect coun­tri­fied tones, punk, blues and rock’n’roll all the way.

Classic Rock - - Steve HAckett -

1 Rob­bie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis Wild Wild Wild

it’s wild al­right, in a lov­ably 50s-in­spired sort of way. grammy nom­i­nee Fulks and his part­ner in crime lewis have cooked up a hearty gumbo of rock­a­billy tones, honky-tonk piano and the kind of vo­cal har­monies that would make Johnny Cash and his mis­sus smile ap­prov­ingly. From Wild! Wild! Wild! https://rob­­

2 Ha Ha Tonka Race To The Bot­tom

a soar­ing in­die roots-rock bal­lad, from a mis­souri group de­scribed as sit­ting “at the cross­roads of amer­i­cana and in­die, where alabama meets ar­cade Fire”. lead singer brian Roberts is a can­cer sur­vivor who’s crit­i­cised the amer­i­can health­care sys­tem, and for all its pret­ti­ness this track feels qui­etly ur­gent in sen­ti­ment. From Heart-Shaped Moun­tain www.ha­ha­tonka­mu­

3 Ruby Boots Be­lieve In Heaven

aussie singer bex Chilcott, aka Ruby boots, is now a mu­sic City res­i­dent, and this track was recorded in dal­las with hot­shot col­lec­tive the texas gen­tle­men. swirling to­gether a cool mix of out­law sen­si­bil­i­ties (twangy amer­i­cana, gutsy rock’n’roll, garage grit) this is the rene­gade side of roots mu­sic. and we like it. From Don’t Talk About It www.ruby­bootsmu­

4 Laura Jane Grace & The De­vour­ing Moth­ers Apoc­a­lypse Now (& Later)

a slice of trou­ba­dour good­ness from against me!’s laura Jane grace and her rootsy, tom Pet­tyn­od­ding new band. at just over two min­utes, maybe this is what amer­i­cana sounds like on a punk sched­ule?

From Bought To Rot https://lau­ra­jane­gracethede­vour­ing moth­­

5 Sarah Shook & The Dis­arm­ers New Ways To Fail

’If you had your way I’d be some kind of proper laydee...’ quoth north Carolina coun­try-punk trou­ba­dour sarah shook, in the kind of drawl that sug­gests she’d sooner tell her sub­ject to go do one. dul­cet noises that pack an emo­tion­ally raw punch.

From Years www.dis­arm­

6 Wil­liam El­liott Whit­more Busted

Your ‘bills are all due and the baby needs shoes’. What are you gonna do? if you’re Wil­liam El­liott Whit­more, you write a song about it. in­spired lyri­cally by fam­ily life on a farm in iowa, his mu­sic paints alt.coun­try/ folk pic­tures of very hu­man strife.

From Kilonova www.williamel­liot­twhit­

7 Luke WinslowKing Chicken Din­ner

there’s a Paul si­monesque light­ness of touch to Winslow-King’s mesh of blues, stax soul and rock’n’roll. born in michi­gan but heav­ily in­formed by 15 years in new or­leans, he cuts a smooth mu­si­cal fig­ure.

From Blue Mesa www.lukewinslowk­

8 Van­doliers Trou­ble­maker

gal­lop­ing, rat­tling gui­tars, blasts of brass and fid­dle, pleas­ingly shouty vo­cals… We imag­ine this be­ing a hoot at a house party, at that sweaty point in the early hours when ev­ery­one’s hav­ing a good knees-up and long-since given up try­ing to be cool.

From For­ever http://van­

9 Bar­rence Whit­field & The Sav­ages Tall Black & Bit­ter

ahh, the sweet, swing­ing sound of clas­sic old­school 12-bar blues get­ting driven – in a stolen Chevy – down to some hop­pin’ dive bar in the south. god bless you, bar­rence Whit­field and your sav­ages.

From Soul Flow­ers Of Ti­tan http://bar­rence­whit­field­sav­

10 Jon Lang­ford’s Four Lost Souls Natchez Trace

Welsh­man and blood­shot sta­ple lang­ford cut his teeth in punk bands, but swiftly made his name as one of the first peo­ple to re­ally com­bine punk and coun­try in sin­gle delicious mu­si­cal dishes, like this one.

From Four Lost Souls https://jon­lang­­

11 Mur­der By Death Bloom

stylish, at­mo­spheric in­die rock from in­di­ana, mix­ing synths and other sub­tle elec­tronic touches into driv­ing, roots-laced gui­tars and drums. the sort of am­bi­tious but un­der­dog-ish tones that u2 would have killed for.

From The Other Shore https://mur­der­by­

12 Cory Branan Imo­gene

a nostal­gic re­flec­tion on young love that didn’t work out. in the tra­di­tion of ‘amer­i­can blokes with beards and/or tat­toos and acous­tic gui­tars’ (Ryan adams, Chuck Ra­gan) one should never over­look Cory branan. Es­pe­cially not on the strength of such stir­ring cock­tails of in­die-pop rock, roots and amer­i­cana as this one.

From Adios www.cory­

13 Ban­di­tos Healin’ Slow

as we ap­proach the end of this sam­pler, a proper slowie for you. and what a gor­geous one this is at the hands of south­ern six-piece ban­di­tos. singer mary beth Richard­son is the star turn here, mix­ing old and new soul into a re­flesh­ingly unclichéd coun­try bal­lad, which cli­maxes in beau­ti­fully chest-swelling fash­ion. From Vi­sion­land www.ban­di­tos­

14 The Yaw­pers Mon Dieu

From nois­i­est den­ver, a tan­ta­lis­ingly un­hinged hy­brid of dark coun­try, Cramps/mC5/stooges-y garage blues and punked-up ag­gres­sion. thought coun­tri­fied mu­sic was all plaid and Je­sus? think again. From Boy In A Well www.theyaw­

15 Scott H Bi­ram Long Old Time

We com­plete our blood­shot tour with blues har­mon­ica and mourn­ful coun­try sen­ti­ments, all bound up in a vel­vety south­ern gothic pack­age. think the White buf­falomeets-an old West­ern sound­track. From The Bad Tes­ta­ment http://scot­tbi­

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