That’s Why God Made the Radio, by The Beach Boys

The new Beach Boys record doesn't always work, but when it does it dials in the group's age of innocence, filtered through years of experience.

Long Lost Ghosts, by Emily Hurd

Working with producer John Abbey (who has played with Daniel Lanois and Ray Davies), Emily Hurd turns in a soulful, tender album that recalls the best of Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin.

Elephant King, by Trace Bundy

Named “Most Promising New Talent” of 2008 by Acoustic Guitar magazine, Trace Bundy has been impressing audiences with his playing, which will please fans of Phil Keaggy, Michael Hedges and Laurence Juber.

True, by Willie Wisely Trio

This troubadour is a master of melody and pop invention, as evidenced on his McCartneyesque 1996 album She. Wisely returns to sparkling form here, and with depth to boot.