Three of the Best

Earnest Americana albums

Sometimes irony just has no place in music. Here are three good ol’ fashioned (new) records that put feelings first.

The Carpenter (by The Avett Brothers) 

Rick Rubin loves them, and so do we:  a wholesome threesome from North Carolina. They’re not afraid to sing about things like flowers and sparrows and their joyously rootin’-tootin’ live gigs have earned them a die-hard following.

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Out in November (American Recordings/Island Records)

The Lumineers (by The Lumineers)

This Denver trio might dispute the country tag — there’s folk, rock’n’roll, honky-tonk piano and a female cellist in there, too —
but there’s something wonderfully timeless and tuneful about their debut. Plus they have a penchant for suspenders and small brimmed hats.

Out in November (Dualtone/Decca)

From The Top of Willamette Mountain (by Joshua James)

Even the album title will set you daydreaming (if you’re curious, it’s in Oregon), but so, too, does the otherworldly quality of Nebraskan singer-songwriter Joshua James’s floaty vocals and soundscapes. Good for whiling away wistful moments.

Out in November (Intelligent Noise)