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Randall Bramblett – The Bright Spots (2013)

It would be easy enough to tag this as Southern rock, or as blues, or even — at times — as gospel, were Randall Bramblett’s The Bright Spots not so consistently all of those things, and something more.

‘Everybody brings their own thing’: John Oates finds new inspiration away from Hall and Oates partnership

‘Everybody brings their own thing’: John Oates finds new inspiration away from Hall and Oates partnership

For years, John Oates was known for his work with Daryl Hall. These days, he’s working with a dizzying array of big-name collaborators — from Vince Gill to Hot Chelle Rae, not to mention producers for Taylor Swift and Eric Clapton.

Something Else! Interview: Jimmy Vivino on ’13 Live,’ Al Kooper and the Band’s indelible legacy

Something Else! Interview: Jimmy Vivino on ’13 Live,’ Al Kooper and the Band’s indelible legacy

Jimmy Vivino’s connection with the Band runs deep, and it continues right through to his upcoming release 13 Live, which was recorded at Levon Helm’s rustic concert space.

‘It will be a grand jaunt’: The Band’s Garth Hudson, Sister Maud set for series of summer appearances

‘It will be a grand jaunt’: The Band’s Garth Hudson, Sister Maud set for series of summer appearances

Even as Garth Hudson continues working on a new studio effort, the Band’s very busy multi-instrumentalist is prepping for a tour in Japan, to begin at the end of July.

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.