It’s a brand new month in a brand new year, and that can only mean that Trail Mix has a brand new set of tunes ready for you.

Of course we do! And it’s a mix most worthy of kicking off 2016.

Featured this month is “Magic Hour,” a brand new track from Aoife O’Donovan. The former lead singer of the masterful acoustic band Crooked Still returns with her second solo release, In The Magic Hour, later this month. O’Donovan is joined by such acoustic stalwarts as Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sarah Jarosz, and this record, her second on the always awesome Yeproc label, was produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, whose previous work includes projects with The Decemberists and Neko Case.

Another exciting inclusion this month is from long time Trail Mix faves Deer Tick. Their take on The Pogues’ “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” is part of a compilation from Bloodshot Records called Bloodshot Six Pack To Go: Working Songs For The Drinking Class. Other artists included in the project are, among others, Trail Mix alums like Banditos, Dale Watson, The Yawpers, Elizabeth Cook, Joe Pug, and J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices.

Also featured this month are brand new tracks from Battleme, Lew Card, The Winterlings, Bird Dog, Swaying Wires, Brooke Waggoner, Stone Cupid, Chris Storrow, Seven Handle Circus, Coldair, Sam Means, Cross Record, Ron Pope & The Nighthawks, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Nathaniel Bellows, and the Mike Farley Band.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. On tap are chats with Michael Clem, long time bassist and singer for Eddie From Ohio, The Cactus Blossoms, and a show preview and ticket giveaway for Travis Book and Jon Stickley’s performance at The Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee, on January 21st.

And if you are still looking for a New Year’s resolution, how about this one – I will get out there and support the amazing artists I discover on Trail Mix. Buy a couple records. Go see a show or two. Turn a friend on to a great tune you have heard right here. These artists will appreciate it.

  1. John Donne Michael Clem 3:22
  2. Nowhere Swaying Wires 5:06
  3. Widow Maker Brooke Waggoner 1:58
  4. If I Should Fall From Grace With God Deer Tick 2:30
  5. Riverside Stone Cupid 5:18
  6. When We Were Young The Winterlings 4:58
  7. Clown Collector The Cactus Blossoms 2:23
  8. Won't You Come And Sing For Me Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands 4:14
  9. All I Ever Wanted Sam Means 3:40
  10. Denounce Coldair 3:50
  11. Rain Mike Farley Band 5:05
  12. Back To You Battleme 2:50
  13. Southern Railroad Blues Lew Card 2:56
  14. Love In The Smokies Seven Handle Circus 4:06
  15. Magic Hour Aoife O'Donovan 4:18
  16. Ocean and Sea Bird Dog 3:53
  17. Oh Now Nathaniel Bellows 3:07
  18. Raised the Bar Chris Storrow 4:12
  19. Take Me Home Ron Pope 3:08

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