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Alejandro Escovedo gives a first-hand look into the immigrant experience with his new concept album The Crossing, out September 14 on Yep Roc Records.

Some of our favorite memories take place around the table, where friends and family come together to celebrate good food and good fortune.

Dawn Landes is one of the most fearlessly innovative musicians working today, but the songwriter has made potentially her boldest turn yet with Meet Me At The River (August 10 / Yep Roc Records).

From a julep at the Derby to barbecue at a bluegrass festival, good food is very much a part of the Kentucky’s cultural fabric. And you don’t have to dine in a restaurant to enjoy a taste of the state’s rich culinary history.

“It’s like we’ve been playing together since we were kids,” says Downey, California’s Dave Alvin of his musical partnership with Lubbock, Texas native Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Given their myriad of shared influences and the undeniable chemistry the pair exhibits on Downey To Lubbock (out now on Yep Roc Records), it seems hard to believe they haven’t.