Levon Helm Ramble at the Ryman. Helm, with friends such as Sheryl Crow, checks in with a rousing live set from this Nashville landmark.
Ray Charles Live in Concert. Recorded in 1964 and long out of print, this re-issue finds Charles at the height of his powers.
Emmylou Harris Hard Bargain. If you love Harris' soaring soprano, then you will want this album — a collection of songs that focus on life's challenges.
The Cars Move Like This. Time flies. Somehow 20 years have gone by without an album from The Cars and yet they sound as relevant as they did in the '80s.
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues. This young folk band from Seattle is reminiscent of the Laurel Canyon sound of the 70's; their harmonies evoke the best of CSNY.
Raphael Saddiq Stone Rollin'. Saddiq has the rare ability to marry the best of classic soul with the freshness of today's sounds. It's only May and this album is making early best-of-the-year lists.