April 2 Update: Black Lillies, David Wax Museum, Bryan Sutton, Wye Oak, Black Prairie
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An update on the comings and goings at Port Merch….

INTO MY OWN, the new release from BRYAN SUTTON on Sugar Hill Records, is now available for pre-order. The album features guests like Bill Frisell, Noam Pikelny, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Stuart Duncan and more. It’s sure to be one of the best bluegrass releases of the year, so get yours now! Another Sugar Hill Release is rapidly approaching as well. BLACK PRAIRIE will release their third album, FORTUNE, on April 22 and it is also available for pre-order.

WYE OAK are gearing up for Coachella, another tour, and the release of their latest album, SHRIEK. Pre-order packages with CDs, Vinyl, Posters, and Shirts are still available. SHRIEK starts shipping on April 24.

THE BLACK LILLIES are having a strong year already, and they have a couple of new shirt designs, plus a new hat that is a favorite of ours. Right now you can get a FREE poster with any purchase of $20 or more, so take advantage!

DAVID WAX MUSEUM have released a pair of posters that were previously available only at shows. Check out the 2013 Geology and 2012 Wizard posters here.

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February 25 Update & Videos: Lake Street Dive, Wye Oak, Trombone Shorty, Don Williams
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There is a lot going on in the world of Port Merch bands. LAKE STREET DIVE is riding a wave of notoriety after appearances on The Colbert Report and Late Show With David Letterman. Their new album, Bad Self Portraits, is out now and you can bundle it with a t-shirt at their store.

In related news, TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE will join Lake Street Dive and Grace Potter at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO on September 20. That sounds like an amazing time!

WYE OAK is going on tour now and we are eagerly anticipating the release of their new album, Shriek, on April 29. Pre-order packages include CDs, vinyl, posters, and shirts. Don’t miss out!

The legendary DON WILLIAMS has a new release as well. Reflections will be released on March 11, and it is available for pre-order via CD, LP and download now.

See some videos from these artists below!

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New from Sugar Hill Records: Dirk Powell, Walking Through Clay
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Considered one of the finest Americana musicians performing today, Dirk Powell is set to release his fourth solo album and Sugar Hill Records debut, Walking Through Clay, on February 4, 2014. The album finds Powell, whom Steve Earle calls “the greatest old-time banjo player alive,” uniting the hard-hitting drums of guests like Levon Helm with homegrown electric guitars, fiddles, amplified fretless banjos and Creole accordions. Barriers between styles are cooked off and what remains is a fearlessly emotional portrait of rural American music presented as only Powell could. Listen to the title track below and pre-order now!

Throughout the album’s 12 tracks, the longtime Lafayette, La., resident speaks many musical languages with amazing fluency, bringing in guests like Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, and Mike McGoldrick to help with the task.

“This is my life and what I love and what moves me,” Powell says. “It’s time to share it without any limitations.”

Powell’s musical identity shapes every note of his craft: He’s plucked his share of strings in Kentucky, where his grandfather passed down Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes in the great aural tradition, and absorbed Cajun bowing straight from Dewey Balfa. But it’s his ability to unite those traditions with more modern sensibilities, while maintaining a deep commitment to expression as the goal of any artistic endeavor, that has led to work with artists such as Jack White, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kistofferson and Joan Baez, who says of Dirk, “God gave this one an overdose of talent.”

On Walking Through Clay, Powell has created a project that is the definition of Americana — a quilt that stitches together the past and present in a way that honors both.

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Jan 3 - New Year, New Artists, New Stores

Dec 11 - Grammy Nominations and Best of 2013 Mentions

Dec 9 - 2013 Holiday Sales and Specials


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