It’s All True, by Sylvie Lewis

This singer-songwriter with a breathy tenor-alto takes a successful chance on the opening track, “Dylan’s Arms.” As spare guitar meets lush, multilayered vocals, Lewis offers a starry-eyed ode to the master songwriter (“He talks to everyone, but he sings to me, to me, to me”).

I’m Just Dead I’m Not Gone, by James Luther Dickinson and the North Mississippi Allstars

In his storied career, Jim Dickinson produced some of rock’s greatest acts (Big Star, the Replacements). Here his sons Luther and Cody, who gained fame as the North Mississippi Allstars, accompany him in a live gig recorded three years before his death in 2009.

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.