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Garth Hudson, Richard Thompson, Graham Parker, Eric Bibb, others – The Beautiful Old (2013)

Garth Hudson, Richard Thompson, Graham Parker, Eric Bibb, others – The Beautiful Old (2013)

It’s difficult, as this plays, to believe that The Beautiful Old focuses on sheet-music favorites from before the advent of electricity. These 19 gusts of folk-tinged turn-of-the-century Americana still hold boundless insights.

Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians – 13 Live (2013)

Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians – 13 Live (2013)

Some magic was bound to surround this, as Jimmy Vivino reunited with long-time former collaborators for the first time in years. But doing so in Levon Helm’s old-barn studio, where Vivino had made so many memories, only heightened the date’s sense of emotional reminiscence.

Mike McGuire – Kentucky Morning EP (2013)

Mike McGuire’s new six-song Americana EP Kentucky Morning takes the themes and atmospheres of 2011’s Beyond the Ark to a darker, more contemplative place.

Willie Nelson – Let’s Face the Music and Dance (2013)

Willie Nelson – Let’s Face the Music and Dance (2013)

Arriving as it does amidst of flurry of similarly themed songbook albums — from Rod Stewart to Paul McCartney to Jeff Lynne — Let’s Face the Music and Dance reminds us of Willie Nelson’s age-old command of the genre.

David Alter – Songs for Sale (2013)

Though Canadian singer-songwriter David Alter always had this passion for music, a career in medicine beckoned. Once he returned to that first love, however, the question became how to present his work.

Download: John Oates, “How Does It Feel To Be Back” (live, 2013)

Download: John Oates, “How Does It Feel To Be Back” (live, 2013)

John Oates is offering a scintillating acoustic version of his Hall and Oates gem “How Does It Feel To Be Back,” originally released as the opening track on their career-turning effort Voices. Download it here for free.

Exclusive stream: The McCrary Sisters, “Train” from All the Way (2013)

You may think you’ve never heard of the McCrary Sisters, but you probably have anyway: The quartet was featured, for instance, on Dr. John’s Grammy-winning 2012 Dan Auerbach-produced triumph Locked Down.

Poco – All Fired Up (2013)

Thirty-five years after scoring their biggest-ever hit with Rusty Young’s “Crazy Love,” Poco finally returns with a suitable successor called “Regret” — a song so full of sweet reminiscence that it’s difficult to believe this isn’t a leftover

‘I’m interested in things that are more provocative': John Oates on how his writing style has evolved

‘I’m interested in things that are more provocative': John Oates on how his writing style has evolved

Though he typically handed the microphone over to partner Daryl Hall, John Oates co-wrote three of Hall and Oates’ six No. 1 Billboard hits, as well as charting favorites like “She’s Gone.” But he says his compositional style has changed since then.

Kenny Roby – Memories and Birds (2013)

I’m a sucker for the storyteller. Sure, the swinging hooks and catchy riffs are great, but for all the various attributes that make an artist or band stand out, the bard card is generally what lures me into month-long catalog benders.