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I love real American folk music. The music is so simple and complex at the same time. This really showed up with this album when I put it on a car CD. Before it came on was thinking to myself that it would a little to mellow and folky for driving. But I was very wrong, it was perfect for it, showing depth that I hadn’t known was there.

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Red Tail Ring – Ohio Turnpike

This is just simple honest american folk. When it sounds this good I can never get enough.

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Get there stuff here: http://www.redtailring.com/

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Red Tail Ring – The Hearts Swift Foot

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Smutfish – Lawnmower Mind

I love Northern European Americana. Yes that is a thing.

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These guys have a fantastic guitar player that I feel really gives the song a unique sound. Along with great songwriting and that European way of pronouncing and singing particular words a little bit different, which really appeals to me for some reason.

They changed there name to John Dear Mowing Club at some stage, and then seemed to have disappeared just about altogether.

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The only trace I can find of a way to buy this is here http://www.mowingclub.com/product/lawnmower-mind/. Maybe you can email them for more options?

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Chris Knight – The Trailer Tapes

I have a lot of friends that don’t seem to enjoy country all that much. But they love Chris Knight with a passion. Go figure.

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Chris Knight – Leaving Souvenirs

This album has stripped back versions of songs he plays and and has mostly released earlier with his full band. I like the full band sound, but I like this one man and his guitar version that much better.

Even if you don’t like country, going on my previous experiences, you will still like Chris Knight. After that its a slippery slope my friend.

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Grab the Albums and stuff here: https://missinginkshop.com/chrisknight/

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Chris Knight – Hard Edges

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With a little girl on the way it is time to learn some lullabies to play her to sleep. First choice on my desk so far is the song just below.

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Gregory has been blowing my mind for quite a while and is very high on my list of how this type guitar folk should be done. This album has been out for a long time and is quite well known now, but still one that I listen to over and over. The banjo that comes in to accompany him is done very well.

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Grab the album and stuff from his site: http://gregoryalanisakov.com/

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Ola Podrida – Self Titled

To be able to build a song up from start to finish is a great thing to be able to do, and this first song in one of my favourites that does just that.

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This album from Ola Podrida contains many understated folk gems. If may take a few listens to really appreciate the quite vibe of the album as a whole, one that builds the whole way through to end with the great final song below.

You can grab the album through his website here: http://olapodrida.com/

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Did I mention I like sad songs. After watching an amazingly heartbreaking French film last night (Blue is the Warmest Color), I am in need of more heartbreaking music to get me through the day.

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This album is the second telling the story of a sailor whos life is pretty good at falling apart. That said you don’t really need to focus on the overall story to much (I’ve been listening to these for years and haven’t really figured any of it out), as each song is a story itself.

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You can grab the album here: http://rightawaygreatcaptain.bandcamp.com/album/the-eventually-home

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There are plenty of singer songwriters around. Hell why not, even you should be one and release your album. But with that much competition out there it takes a little more to standout. Caleb Stine does.

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Caleb comes across as world weary and as somebody that has been on the road for way to long. But that doesn’t mean he is going to stop. The album digs deep into his own psychological minefields and examines the simple problems of actually finding out how to just fit in.

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Check him out and get the music here: http://calebstine.com/

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Jack Day – The First Ten

Music needs room. Lots of instruments and sound can be good, but less and less can be better.

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Jack has produced a sparse masterpiece that has fantastic vocals and a story to tell. It often takes me a few listens to hear the real quality in an album, this one had me in the first minute.

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You can get the album, and really should, from his website; http://www.jackday.net/.

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I found my way to bluegrass through punk music believe it or not. One of the earlier bands back then that caught my ear was Split Lip Rayfield. Their energy and grit really came shining through in the music giving it a real edge over other music like this type around then.

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The loss of their guitar player Kirk Rundstrom to cancer a number of years after this album did not stop them continuing to make music, but without Kirk I feel some of the magic may have left the building for good.

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They used to have a website, but it appears to be down at the moment; http://www.splitliprayfield.com/. Unless it comes back I am sure you will be able to find the album for sale elsewhere. There is also a film with the same name about the band and Kirks fight with cancer in particular.

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The Great Unknowns – Homefront

I’m not sure when I really started loving country music so much. Even more mysterious is when I started loving female country singers. Oh well, this is my favorite driving album at them moment.

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The Great Unknowns sing sad trucker songs. Just about every song make you feel like you are out in your rig a long way from home not knowing if you will find anybody and home when you finally return.

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You can get hold of the album and info about Beckys solo touring here: http://www.greatunknowns.com/

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