New CDs: Scorchin' for kids

Fans of Americana and roots rock have a two new CD releases to they can grab today — one for themselves, and one for their budding young outlaw-country children.

Adam Hood, the Auburn artist who who has not been a stranger to Columbus venue The Loft in the past, releases "Different Groove." While he cites the likes of John Prine and Robert Earl Keen as primary influences, it's clear to hear that Hood is finding his own voice.

And Jason & the Scorchers front-man Jason Ringenberg releases a new kids' record under the monikor Farmer Jason. This second album targeting a young audience is called "Rockin' in the Forest with Farmer Jason," and features guest Todd Snider. Some song titles: "Punk Rock Skunk," "Ode to a Toad," and "Opossum in a Pocket."

Another release of note is Athens, Ga.-based of Montreal issues "Icons, Abstract Three," an EP that had been available only from the merch table at the band's concerts.