New Albums for November

Two Southern supergroups, a modern soul legend, a rising bluegrass voice, and more music to add to your playlist this month
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ARTIST: Pistol Annies
ALBUM: Interstate Gospel
ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST: “Got My Name Changed Back”
It’s been five years since the Pistol Annies released new music, and the country supergroup—Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe—continue to deliver equal parts comedy and confession. “Got My Name Changed Back” is an anthem for a long-fought divorce, while “Commissary” laments opioid addiction and incarceration.

ARTIST: Charles Bradley
ALBUM: Black Velvet
Charles Bradley was sixty-two when he released his debut album, 2011’s No Time for Dreaming, and the former plumber and part-time James Brown impersonator became a favorite presence in the modern music landscape until his death last year from stomach cancer. The “Screamin’ Eagle of Soul” lives on with this posthumous set culled from the recording sessions for his three previous albums.

ARTIST: boygenius
ALBUM: boygenius
ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST: “Salt in the Wound”
Individually, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are three of today’s brightest and most promising songwriters. So naturally, when the trio of solo artists got together, the result was fantastic—expect swelling harmonies alongside hard-rocking instrumentals.

ARTIST: Rosanne Cash
ALBUM: She Remembers Everything
Rosanne Cash’s first release in almost five years calls on plenty of friends—Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, and more—to help tell deeply affecting stories. “Everyone But Me,” in which the narrator looks back on a lifetime of compromises, is particularly cutting: “I pleased everyone,” Cash sings. “I mean, everyone but me.”

ARTIST: Rhett Miller
ALBUM: The Messenger
ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST: “Total Disaster”
The Old 97s frontman is back with his first solo release since 2015’s The Traveler, and it’s a contemplative effort that takes aim at his deepest insecurities. “I Used to Write in Notebooks” and “Permanent Damage” tackle the depression he grappled with in his youth, while “Total Disaster” rails against perfectionism.

ARTIST: Rachel Baiman
ALBUM: Thanksgiving
ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST: “Madison, Tennessee” feat. Molly Tuttle
If 2017’s Shame showed the world Rachel Baiman’s bluegrass bona fides, Thanksgiving, a four-song EP ripe for the holiday season, is further proof that the Tennessee native is one to watch. “Times Like These” highlights the warm moments amidst troubled events, while her take on John Hartford’s “Madison, Tennessee” is particularly resonant—perhaps because Baiman recently decided to call the small town home.

ARTIST: The Revivalists
ALBUM: Take Good Care
Recorded half in their hometown, New Orleans, and half in Nashville’s iconic RCA Studio B, the Revivalists’ fourth album called on three producers—Dave Cobb, Dave Bassett, and Andrew Dawson—to achieve a poppier alt-rock sound. Diehard fans will find something particularly familiar in standout single “You and I;” the song has been a staple in their live sets for years.