Low Country Blues, by Gregg Allman

While the most tried-and-true way to say "I'm a serious American roots artist" is to book Emmylou Harris to sing backup, a close second is to get T-Bone Burnett to be your producer.

Say Goodbye, by Liz Janes

While Say Goodbye is no straightforward salute to Mem­phis, soul is as good a word as any for this quiet, strange but above all groovy little record.

Antifogmatic, by Punch Brothers

It's fine to eschew traditional bluegrass for intricate pop, but playing the latter with strict string-band instrumentation just sounds kind of gimmicky.

Something for Everybody, by Devo

The Ohio spudboys return with their first album in 20 years, and the sharp songcraft and sharper social commentary haven't dulled a bit.

Reverie, by David Wilcox

On his 17th album, Wilcox tries a bold experiment: he records in front of a live audience, but without applause punctuating each tune.