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2013 NewSong Contest winners Cardinal Sons video premier and grand prize EP ‘The Echo Choir’ now available for pre-order.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

 

Cardinal Sons EP Release Tour

Grand prize winners the Cardinal Sons announce video premier, EP release and East Coast tour.

 

2013 NewSong Contest grand prize winners the Cardinal Sons hit the road to promote the release of their grand prize EP ‘The Echo Choir,’ produced and mixed by Charlie Sexton and recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

 

Asheville, NC. July 25, 2014. We’re happy to announce the forthcoming release of the Cardinal SonsThe Echo Choir EP. Grand prize winners of last Fall’s NewSong Contest finals at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the New Orleans trio of musical brothers were awarded an EP recorded and mixed with producer and musician Charlie Sexton at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

 

The result is The Echo Choir EP, a five-song collection of tight, infectious and harmony-rich songs that Sexton has sculpted with the depth, drive and sweeping sounds akin to early material of the Killers.

 

The Echo Choir EP will release on August 19, and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Pre-orders include an immediate download of the EP’s first single ‘Day of Summer’ (video below).

 

Day of Summer video premier Echo Choir Pre-Order

 

As grand prize winners, the Cardinal Sons were also awarded an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café in January and upcoming appearances at both NPR Music’s Mountain Stage and a return to New York’s Lincoln Center as reigning NewSong Contest titleholders. Both appearances are part of the band’s upcoming East Coast tour to promote the EP’s release.

 

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EP Release Tour:

Saturday, 8/2 - Mobile, AL - Callaghan’s Irish Social Club  - INFO
Thursday, 8/7 – Jackson, MS - Hal & Mal’s - INFO
Friday, 8/8 - Birmingham, AL - Sound and Page - TICKETS
Saturday, 8/9 – Elkins, WV - NPR Mountain Stage - TICKETS
Sunday, 8/10 – Asheville, NC - One Stop - FREE
Monday, 8/11 – Washington, DC - Kennedy Center - INFO
Monday, 8/11 – Washington, DC - Velvet Lounge - TICKETS AT DOOR
Tuesday, 8/12 – Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie - TICKETS AT DOOR
Wednesday, 8/13 – New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 - TICKETS
Thursday, 8/14 – New York, NY - Lincoln Center - FREE
Saturday, 8/16 – New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks - TICKETS

 

2014 NEWSONG CONTEST – NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

2014 NewSong Contest

The 2014 NewSong Contest, presented by Red Jacket, is currently accepting submissions. This year’s NewSong live showcase and competition finals will again be held at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on Saturday, November 15. Grand prizes include an EP produced and mixed by Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) and recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios, and future appearances at Lincoln Center, Sundance and NPR’s Mountain Stage.

To learn more and submit, visit www.newsong-music.com

 

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Pat Sansone to produce & mix this year’s NewSong Contest Grand Prize EP. ‘Early Bird’ deadline is Midnight on Monday, July 7

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

 

Pat Sansone Producer

 

Echo MountainWe’re excited to announce that this year’s grand prize winner of the 13th Annual NewSong Contest – one of North America’s most respected performance and songwriting showcases – will receive a 6-song EP produced and mixed by songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense). The EP will be recorded and mixed at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios, one of the premier destination recording facilities in the country.

 

 

 

Lincoln CenterOn Saturday, November 15, twelve finalists will get to perform in the live performance showcase and competition at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a chance to take the top prize. Additionally, the grand prize winner will get to perform on NPR Music’s acclaimed Mountain Stage Radio Show.

 

 

 

To take advantage of the discounted ‘Early Bird’ rate, enter your original songs before midnight EDT Monday, July 7.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

 

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NewSong Partners with Arts Brookfield, Red Jacket Orchards & WFUV on NYC Townes Van Tribute Concert Series

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Press Release | For the Sake of a Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

June 9,  New York
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For Immediate Release                                 

For information and photos contact:

Patrick Kowalczyk, patrick@pkpr.com

Kait Smith, kait@pkpr.com

PKPR, 212.627.8098

What:  For the Sake of a Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt

When:    July 9, 10, 17, 23, 24, 31

12:30pm

Where:  Grace Plaza, 1114 Avenue of the Americas

One New York Plaza at Water and Broad Streets

Phone:   (212) 417-2414

Link:  www.ArtsBrookfield.com/Townes-Van-Zandt

Cost:  Admission is free, no RSVP required.

Download photos at: http://imgur.com/a/EYToU

 

FREE (JULY 9-31): LEGENDARY TROUBADOUR TOWNES VAN ZANDT

TO BE CELEBRATED IN FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES

AT THE GRACE BUILDING & ONE NEW YORK PLAZA  

Six lunchtime concerts to mark 70th birthday of the late singer-songwriter

New York, NY (June 9, 2014) –  Legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt, who would have turned 70 this year, will be honored with a three-week series of free outdoor concerts at the Grace Building in midtown and One New York Plaza in Lower Manhattan next month.

On six afternoons from Wednesday, July 9th through Thursday, July 31st, “For the Sake of a Song” will showcase rising singer-songwriters as they pay tribute to the influential musician, performing covers of their favorite songs from his catalog as well as original material that reflects his influence. The lunchtime series, which derives its name from Van Zandt’s 1968 debut album, is presented by Arts Brookfield with support from NewSong Music, Red Jacket Orchards, and radio station WFUV.

Townes Van Zandt, who died in 1997 at the age of 52, has been championed as one of the most brilliant songwriters in the country and folk pantheon by critics and fellow musicians alike. Steve Earle, his former protégé, ranked him as a greater songwriting talent than Bob Dylan, while The New York Times declared his best work better even than that of country-music icon Hank Williams. Renowned for marrying dark humor to transcendent beauty, Van Zandt’s songs have been covered by admirers as diverse as Robert Plant, Mudhoney, Norah Jones, Lyle Lovett, and Bob Dylan, and he maintains a cult following among fans of all ages.

Van Zandt songs confirmed to be performed during the series include: “I’ll Be Here in the Morning” performed by Amber Rubarth (July 10); “Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown” and “Lover’s Lullaby” performed by Milton (July 31); “If I Needed You” performed by David Berkeley (July 9); and “If I Needed You” performed by The Sea The Sea (July 17th).

“Townes Van Zandt continues to leave his imprint on one generation of singer-songwriters after another,” said Debra Simon, Vice President and Artistic Director of Arts Brookfield. “He’s the ultimate musician’s musician, and we’re excited to partner with NewSong Music to honor him with a celebration showcasing the latest crop of talent to draw inspiration from his sharp wit and raw honesty.”

 

The six performers in “For the Sake of a Song: A Tribute to Townes Van Zandt” include:

  • David Berkeley (July 9) – David Berkeley’s gift as a songwriter and storyteller is that he sees both the tragedy and comedy in life, managing to both reveal the sorrow at the heart of the human condition and the blazing joy and beauty in the same. Berkeley’s songs are at once hard and hopeful.
  • Amber Rubarth (July 10) – A subtle and insightful songwriter, Amber Rubarth has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan, sharing stages with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Jason Mraz, and Loudon Wainwright III. A grand prize winner in NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, she has earned enthusiastic praise from The Huffington Post, BBC Radio, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) produced her fifth album, “A Common Case of Disappearing,” (NewSong Recordings) which debuted at No. 13 on the iTunes songwriter charts and features a duet with Jason Mraz.
  • The Sea The Sea (July 17) – If life is measured by leaps of faith, then singer-songwriter duo Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley have found a way to catch up midair as they jump headlong into the infinite abyss. Their debut album Love We Are We Love finds the duo in suspended animation, exploring moments of the unfolding future through storyline lyrics, intimate harmonies, and emotive sonic landscapes.
  • Keith Everett & the Orange Morris (July 23) – The music of Keith Everett & the Orange Morris draws on jazz, country, blues, rock, and pop, culminating in solid Americana. Notable accomplishments include: finalist in Starbucks Music Makers Competition; songs licensed to television and film productions; and selection by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest to play NAMM in Austin, TX.
  • Jason Myles Goss (July 24) – A native of Hopedale, MA, Jason Myles Goss released his first album, Long Way Down, in 2003, and was selected as a finalist in the Newport Folk Festival Songwriters’ Contest that same year. Since then, he has spent his time touring the country and recording subsequent albums, including his fourth and latest effort, Radio Dial. Over the years he has built a steady following, and is now one of the most buzzed-about artists in both the New York City and Boston music scenes.
  • Milton (July 31) – Milton is a New York-based singer/songwriter and the leader of a lively, rootsy six-piece ensemble that plays up and down the East Coast and throughout the U.S. His songs are intimate and honest, trying to catch a good groove and tell you the story with all he’s got. He has written and recorded a lot of songs, played on TV and on radio stations around the country, and composed the score for an HBO movie.

 

ABOUT ARTS BROOKFIELD:

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.

Through December 2014, Arts Brookfield celebrates its 25th Anniversary through an interactive initiative, Art Set Free. The public is invited to submit original artworks of all kinds for digital display at Brookfield’s office properties around the globe and onwww.ArtsBrookfield25.com.

Americans for the Arts has named Brookfield and Arts Brookfield a BCA 10 2014 honoree, Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America.

About NewSong Music

NewSong Music is an independent music organization with the following two-fold mission: to build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists within this community and to work closely with them to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience. You can find out more about NewSong Music at www.newsong-music.com.

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Announcing the NewSong Presents: LEAF Contest Finalists!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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Announcing the finalists in the first annual
NewSong Presents:
LEAF Singer-Songwriter Contest 

 

Congratulations to the following artists, who will perform and compete in the live showcase finals at the upcoming LEAF Festival (May 8-11).

 

Tokyo Rosenthal
Tokyo Rosenthal
Chapel Hill, NC

Mother Explosives
Mother Explosives
Asheville, NC
Brown Bag Songwriting Competition Winner 

 

Spencer Scholes
Spencer Scholes
Durham, NC
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Mariana Bell
Mariana Bell
Los Angeles, CA
 
Wyatt Espalin
Wyatt Espalin
Hiawassee, GA
Indigo De Souza
Indigo De Souza
Asheville, NC
 
Oh, Cassius
Oh, Cassius*
Stamford, CT
Alexa Woodward
Alexa Woodward*
Greenville, SC
 

* Unable to perform in the finals.

 


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And a BIG Thank You to everyone who submitted.
Your participation helps support LEAF’s Schools and Streets program.

 

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About LEAF

LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations and festival profit goes towards music and arts education programming locally and globally.  Since 2004 it has served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide. Attendance at LEAF Festival not only provides an amazing weekend experience for your friends and family, and supports those without opportunity to live their dreams through music and arts.
www.theleaf.org

 

About NewSong Music
NewSong is an independent music and artist development organization founded in 2001 and based in Asheville, NC. NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers & songwriters across all genres and skill levels, introducing their music to a broader international audience. Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), management services, concert curation and promotion, and the annual NewSong Contest, its international performance and songwriting competition and showcase now in its thirteenth year. NewSong’s partners include New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Moog Music, the ASCAP Music Café at Sundance, and LEAF.
www.newsong-music.com

 

 

NewSong Announces Red Jacket as its 2014 Presenting Sponsor.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

13th Annual NewSong Contest

Red Jacket Orchards

 

Red Jacket Announced as 2014 NewSong Music Presenting Sponsor.

 

“An Independent Farm Supporting Independent Music

 

Asheville, NC – NewSong Music is pleased to announce Red Jacket, the independently owned and award-winning orchard and juice maker, as the presenting sponsor of its 2014 programs. Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State along the rolling hills of Seneca Lake, Red Jacket Orchards is owned and operated by the second and third generations of the Nicholson family.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” said NewSong co-founder and director Gar Ragland. “Red Jacket’s approach to its farming and business practices really resonates with what we’re working to accomplish with NewSong. Its focus on quality, integrity, community and sustainability are principles that translate directly to the music and artists we strive to showcase and celebrate across our programs.”

RED JACKET COLD PRESSED JUICES
Red Jacket’s fresh cold pressed, unfiltered juices can be found at Whole Foods, Fairway, Wegmans and other fine grocers across the country.

Red Jacket Orchards operates year-round and has been growing and selling fresh fruit since 1958. Their widely popular cold pressed all-natural juices, which genuinely taste just like the fruit they’re pressed from, are available at retail stores across the country. New Yorkers can find their fresh produce and friendly staff perennial staples at NYC Greenmarkets across the five boroughs. Red Jacket’s juices are unfiltered and cloudy in appearance because they contain a nutrient punch of soluble fibers, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

“Sponsoring NewSong is an opportunity for Red Jacket Orchards to work with an organization that is founded upon the very same values our brand stands for,” said Brian Nicholson, a third-generation owner of Red Jacket.  “Just as NewSong is committed to the quality, sustainability and community of its music programs, Red Jacket Orchards hopes to provide the same for its customers.”

As NewSong’s partner, Red Jacket is the presenting sponsor of this year’s 13th annual NewSong Contest, its international performance and songwriting competition and showcase, as well as this July’s six date NewSong Music concert series in New York City. Produced in collaboration with New York’s Arts Brookfield, the free lunchtime concert series will take place at the Grace Building Plaza in midtown and at lower Manhattan’s One New York Plaza. At each event, Red Jacket Orchards will be offering free samples of its fresh juices to thirsty concertgoers.

About NewSong Music
NewSong is an independent music and artist development organization founded in 2001 and now based in Asheville, NC.

NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers & songwriters across all genres and skill levels, introducing their music to a broader international audience. Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), management services, concert curation and promotion, and the annual NewSong Contest, its international performance and songwriting competition and showcase now in its thirteenth year. NewSong’s partners include New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NPR’s Mountain Stage, Moog Music and the ASCAP Music Café at Sundance.
www.newsong-music.com

About Red Jacket Orchards
Operated by the Nicholson family since 1958, Red Jacket has grown from a roadside retailer to a producer of delicious fine fresh fruits and juices. Today the Nicholson family grows on over 600 acres and makes award winning juices using environmentally sensitive methods.

www.redjacketorchards.com

To obtain additional Red Jacket Orchards press materials please contact Nancy Trent or Pamela Wadler at 212-966-0024 or pam@trentandcompany.com.

To obtain additional information on NewSong Music and any of its programs, please contact Ryan Cook at (904) 343-9775 or ryan@newsong-music.com.

LEAF Festival And NewSong Music Partner to Produce the First Annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

PRESS RELEASE 

Wednesday, March 4. Asheville, NC. LEAF Festival and NewSong Music are proud to announce the first annual NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition!  With a mission to empower singer-songwriters locally, regionally and nationally, LEAF and NewSong have joined forces to find the very best talent. 

The contest begins accepting online mp3 submissions today (March 4), and the final deadline to enter is Monday, April 7. Judges will select 7 finalists from the online submissions, who will then be invited to perform in the live performance finals that the Spring LEAF Festival on Saturday, May 10, 2014. 

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Additionally, Asheville Music Hall’s local Brown Bag Singer-Songwriter competition winner will join LEAF as the eighth finalist! The overall winner of the competition will be selected by a panel of judges at the finals, and awarded a performing artist position in Fall LEAF Festival Oct 16-19! 

All eight finalists will each receive two complimentary LEAF Festival day passes for Saturday, May 10 to perform in the live performance finals.

The LEAF Singer-Songwriter contest was created as a platform for Artists who have a wealth of talent, but limited access to the big stage.  The goal is to provide a springboard for Singer-Songwriters everywhere – to share art, shine on stage, and become household names within the LEAF, NewSong, and greater music community.

The cost to enter is $20 for one song, $35 for two songs, and $45 for three songs. Enter safely and securely online at www.newsong-music.com/LEAF. A portion of the contest proceeds will support the LEAF Schools and Streets program. 

“One of the greatest gifts we have to offer is our music and our story.  The NewSong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition gives musicians everywhere an opportunity to share their journey within an amazing setting, surrounded by an incredibly supportive community, for an opportunity to elevate their craft to the Big Stage!” ~ Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director

“It’s a great honor to partner with LEAF to co-produce their first singer-songwriter competition. The LEAF experience is so special and unique among music and arts festivals, and an ideal environment to introduce deserving emerging artists to an appreciative and supportive audience.” ~ Gar Ragland, NewSong Director & Co-founder

  

About LEAF

LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations and festival profit goes towards music and arts education programming locally and globally.  Since 2004 we have served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide. Attendance at LEAF Festival not only provides an amazing weekend experience for your friends and family, but supports those without opportunity to live their dreams through music and arts.

 

About NewSong Music

 NewSong Music is an independent artist development company headquartered at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios. 

NewSong’s mission is to build and support a community of performers and songwriters across all genres and levels of skill, and to identify the truly exceptional artists to introduce their music to a broader, international audience. 

Its programs include a record label (NewSong Recordings), management services, concert curation and the annual NewSong performance and songwriting competition. Its presenting partners include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, NPR’s Mountain Stage and the ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Important Contest Dates

 Tuesday, March 4 – Contest opens for entries online at www.newsong-music.com/LEAF 

Monday, April 7 – Final deadline to submit online 

Monday, April 21 – Finalists announced 

Saturday, May 10 – Live performance finals at the LEAF Festival (May 8-11)* 

  • All finalists will receive two LEAF Festival day passes to perform in the finals on Saturday, May 10.

 

 

 

Cardinal Sons & Charlie Sexton arrive at Echo Mountain Recording to record Grand Prize EP

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

 

Grand prize NewSong Contest winners Cardinal Sons and producer, musician Charlie Sexton arrive in Asheville to record EP at Echo Mountain Recording.

 

Tune in this afternoon (Sunday, March 2) at 4:00 PM Eastern for a free live stream of the Echo Sessions: Cardinal Sons.

Sunday, March 2. Asheville, NC. New Orleans trio of three brothers the Cardinal Sons are the 2013 grand prize winners of the NewSong Contest. Today, they begin recording their grand prize EP here at Echo Mountain Recording with producer and musician Charlie Sexton.

To celebrate the launch of the recording, NewSong has partnered with IAMAVL to offer a free live stream concert this afternoon at 4 PM Eastern from the studio. To tune in, visit www.iamavl.com.

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NewSong Partners

The 2014 NewSong Contest Opens March 1!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

NS-Contest

 

Friday, February 7. Asheville, NC. NewSong Music, producers of the annual, international NewSong performance and songwriting competition, announced today that the 2014 NewSong Contest will  open for entries on Saturday, March 1. Details to follow. 

www.newsong-music.com

2013 NewSong Contest Winners the Cardinal Sons to play New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to last year’s NewSong Contest grand prize winner the Cardinal Sons! It was recently announced that they’re on the bill of the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. They’ll be performing on May 2nd.  

CardinalSonsAbout the Cardinal Sons: 

Balancing crunchy organ and guitar with steady-cadenced drums, the three brothers of Cardinal Sons cultivate a sound steeped in the musical identity of their upbringing. Made in Mississippi, later moving deeper south — John, Joe, and Dave play loud, folky pop leavened with three-part harmonies and a left hand for a bass player.

In the summer of 2012, Joe and Dave’s shared musical effort went into hibernation. Older brother John, hell-bent on seeing his brothers’ progression, decided to begin writing songs himself, forming a new band of brothers that laid latent all along. Their debut recording Cardinal Sons Make an EP honors the straightforward, whole-souled creative process that took root among them early on. 

With the release of the EP came endearing videos, including  ”October Rolls,” Young Guns and Underdressed, an unmistakable dynamic and a quirky, but candid preview of themselves. Content reigns king with Cardinal Sons, as 2013 brings new videos, new recordings, and some memorable performances – inviting audiences into the family.

 For more information about the Cardinal Sons, click here.  

Chris Velan’s The Long Goodbye Makes the Dirty Impound 25 Favorite Album list of 2013

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Congrats to NewSong Recordings artist, Chris Velan, whose most recent album The Long Goodbye was selected by as one of Dirty Impound‘s 25 Favorite Albums of 2013The album was produced and mixed by Iestyn Polson at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios.

Here’s what they had to say about it: 

Chris VelanThe Long Goodbye

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As exposed and brave as Joni Mitchell’s Blue or Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, the latest offering from Canadian songsmith Chris Velan tackles the tough but all too common experience of really, really loving someone and realizing you’re not the one for them. Where most of us crawl away to hide in the shadows, Velan took his guitar and notebook to scribble down some wisdom and helpful reflection from within the worst of times. To love and not be loved in return – at least not on the same level – is a pain worse than most blades or bullets can produce. But there is a balm in music that directly addresses the confusion, the lingering I-want-the-best-for-you ache, and undeniable hurt and sadness at knowing that despite one’s best efforts there’s no way to chisel one’s self into something other than what they are. The Long Goodbye is a succinct, beautifully drawn work that may well help folks move on from such hurts and hampering history. (DI Interview with Truth & Salvage Co.)

 The album is in good company here; other albums on the list include releases by Akron/Family, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Jason Isbell and Hiss Golden Messenger. “I’m punching above my weight on this list of truly amazing releases,” said Velan. “If you enjoy top-notch music writing and want to hear what gems you might have missed this past year (as I’m realizing, going through this list), you’ll want to check out this curatorial gift from Dennis Cook.”

See the full list of 25 albums here