Big high-five to eMusic for digitally stocking albums we would have to pay import prices for otherwise — the latest case being the Champaign, IL based Beauty Shop’s 2004 LP Crisis Helpline.

I’m not sure how The Beauty Shop evaded my leaning radar for as long as they did, but I’m thankful the first part of ’07 has been filled with the sounds of Crisis Helpline. Equal parts Lucero, Joseph Plunkett, and Richmond Fontaine, The Beauty Shop embarked on their first U.S. tour this past fall are seeing the re-release of their two full length albums February 20th via the Snapper label.

RIYL:, americana, roots music, et al

MP3: The Beauty Shop :: Paper Hearts For Josie
MP3: The Beauty Shop :: Nightcrawlers
eMusic: The Beauty Shop – Crisis Helpline ++

+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Beauty Shop MP3s
+ The Beauty Shop available via eMusic’s 25 free MP3 trial offer

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