KASEY CHAMBERS - DRAGONFL...

KASEY CHAMBERS - DRAGONFLY

Kasey Chambers (from the album Dragonfly)

Kasey Chambers follows the success of her 2014 recording, Bittersweet, by doubling up her musical attack with a two-disc set in Dragonfly, her recent album release. Kasey Chambers looks to the cut “Ain’t No Little Girl” as the guiding light for Dragonfly. It was the first song written for the album and became a beacon for its theme. Fr...

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MALCOLM HOLCOMBE - PRETTY...

MALCOLM HOLCOMBE - PRETTY LITTLE TROUBLES

Malcolm Holcombe (from the album Pretty Little Troubles)

The words of Malcolm Holcombe travel back roads. The tales on Pretty Little Troubles, his latest release, are aimed at lives that exist beyond of city limits. The rhythms shudder and sway as clouds roll by in colors of red, white, and blue in “The Sky Stood Still” while notes and chords quiet to a hush for “Rocky Ground&...

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TIM O'BRIEN - WHERE THE R...

TIM O'BRIEN - WHERE THE RIVER MEETS THE ROAD

Tim O’Brien (from the album Where the River Meets the Road)

West Virginia provided the musical backdrop for Tim O’Brien in his early years. Tim returns to the sounds that are part of the experience of West Virginia on his recent release, Where the River Meets the Road. On his personal journey, Tim O’Brien headed west, forming Hot Rize in Boulder, Colorado, and coming back east...

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DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIG...

DREW HOLCOMB AND THE NEIGHBORS - SOUVENIR

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors (from the album Souvenir)

Physically, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors call East Nashville, Tennessee home. Musically, they are residents of the world, the songs of Souvenir,, their recent release, are the sounds coming from car windows down any street, heard through the walls of the apartment next door, and the spot where fingers stop dialing in radio stations acro...

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CARRIE ELKIN - THE PENNY ...

CARRIE ELKIN - THE PENNY COLLECTOR

Carrie Elkin (from the album The Penny Collector)

The old adage of ‘penny for your thoughts’ collects new change for Carrie Elkin on her latest album release. She is The Penny Collector as the songs play in a dream-like state of words and music. The catalyst, and the muse, for The Penny Collector is the tumultuous year that preceded the album’s recording. In a short space of t...

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DAVID OLNEY - DON'T TRY T...

DAVID OLNEY - DON'T TRY TO FIGHT IT

David Olney (from the album Don’t Try to Fight It)

A constant for David Olney is change. The Nashville, Tennessee-based songman is a musical chameleon on his album releases. For his recent release, Don’t Try to Fight It, David Olney took his song production out of his homebase, drawing back the curtain of the Great White North to stage his songs. Don’t Try to Fight It was reco...

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GUY DAVIS AND FABRIZIO PO...

GUY DAVIS AND FABRIZIO POGGI - SONNY AND BROWNIE'S LAST TRAIN

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi (from the album Sonny and Brownie’s Last Train on M.C. Records)

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi begin their tribute of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee by honoring the Bluesmen in song, starting off their recent album release with the title track for Sonny and Brownie’s Last Train. The tune envisions Sonny and Brownie boarding a rail line that slowly picks u...

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CORY BRANAN - ADIOS

CORY BRANAN - ADIOS

Cory Branan (from the album Adios)

As a lyricist, Cory Branan’s words are tough love on Adios, his recent release. His stories take bites out of their characters as he describes the dark corners that many eyes decide not to see. In western civilization, the nature of its citizens is to ignore the pain, to turn from the wreckage of the obvious towards the optimism of another sunrise. Cory ...

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CHIP TAYLOR - A SONGS I C...

CHIP TAYLOR - A SONGS I CAN LIVE WITH

Chip Taylor (from the album A Song I Can Live With)

Chip Taylor has made stream-of-consciousness into an art form. His recent album, A Song I Can Live With, continues the same songwriting process on the album, backing his words with stellar playing that manifests in a hushed whisper equal to the vocals of Chip Taylor. A Song I Can Live With was given birth on two continents, the recording taki...

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DEAD SOLDIERS - THE GREAT...

DEAD SOLDIERS - THE GREAT EMPTINESS

Dead Soldiers (from the album The Great Emptiness)

Dead Soldiers embrace styles and themes on their recent release, The Great Emptiness. Hints of Blues, Soul, Bluegrass, and Country can be heard in the mix of the songs as the Memphis, Tennessee-based band touches on universal topics of politics, society, and a wide range of human emotions. What separates The Great Emptiness from the work of oth...

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MIPSO - COMING DOWN THE M...

MIPSO - COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN

Mipso (from the album Coming Down the Mountain)

After forming in 2011 as a duo then a trio, Mipso presented its sound with a nod to the softer side of mountain music. Though Bluegrass traditions were easily found in the sound of Mipso, the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based band were more of a Folk collective, a quiet ensemble that held its songs as fragile creations. Coming Down the Mountain, ...

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ERISA REI - GLASS JAR

ERISA REI - GLASS JAR

Erisa Rei (from the album Glass Jar)

The Soul in the vocals of Erisa Rei cruises over the Americana rhythms of her music on her recent release, Glass Jar. A solid backbeat supports Erisa Rei’s claim that she is “Not Too Proud” as Glass Jar wraps warm organ chords around the tender confessions of “Don’t Fade Away” and struts out a groove to ride under the lyri...

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PI JACOBS - A LITTLE BLUE

PI JACOBS - A LITTLE BLUE

Pi Jacobs (from the album A Little Blue on Travianna Records)

Pi Jacobs is a Folk singer, collecting tales and turning pages on very personal pieces of her life on her recent release, A Little Blue. Her lineage can be traced back to the early 1960’s Folk era, where truth was the duo partner for solo acts that took to stages, city parks, and street corners with just a guitar. The differenc...

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EUFERZINE - WHERE DID THE...

EUFERZINE - WHERE DID THE TIME GO

Euferzine (from the album Where Did the Time Go)

A clock tower strikes to announce “The Bell Tolls” as Euferzine uses the signal to begin her recent double album effort, Where Did the Time Go. Euferzine searches the sky, watching as stars burn out while time cascades down the years on the track, life spinning through cycles in the story line. Where Did the Time Go stretches out with...

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SONGSWARM, VOLUME 1 - VAR...

SONGSWARM, VOLUME 1 - VARIOUS ARTISTS

Various Artists (from the album Songswarm, Vol. 1 on Puffbunny Records)

The title from the recent Songswarm release is a noun. By definition, Songswarm is ‘two or three performers practicing their art or act of improvisational accompaniment on each other’s original songs in front of an audience’. PuffBunny Records ups the ante for the pot of tracks collected on Songswarm, Vol....

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THE WOODEN SKY - SWIMMING...

THE WOODEN SKY - SWIMMING IN STRANGE WATERS

The Wooden Sky (from the album Swimming in Strange Waters)

Over the course of five albums, The Wooden Sky has sculpted a sound. The Toronto, Canada-based band uses notes like brush strokes, allowing the songs to hold touches of Folk, Country, Indie Rock, and Soul without being defined by any particular genre or style. Swimming in Strange Waters takes its first steps with determination, the titl...

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THE 81S W/ LUELLA - BIG M...

THE 81S W/ LUELLA - BIG MAN

The 81s w/ Luella (from the album Big Man)

Seasoned by influences from The Clash through Neil Young, The 81s w/ Luella take rock’n’roll back into the garage, adding in touches of true believers from The Velvet Underground to The White Stripes for the tunes on their recent release, Big Man. The guitar of East Nashville’s Tim Carroll builds the backbone for the tracks as Tim sha...

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RUTHIE FOSTER - JOY COMES...

RUTHIE FOSTER - JOY COMES BACK

Ruthie Foster (from the album Joy Comes Back)

Ruthie Foster lets her recent album release, Joy Comes Back, be a testament to her prowess. She leads with her music, never with her resume, though she easily could. Ruthie has made herself an integral part of the Austin, Texas music scene, the type of artist that the city full of musical talent uses as part of its own resume when building credibili...

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HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF ...

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF - THE NAVIGATOR

Hurray for the Riff Raff (from the album The Navigator on ATO Records)

Music has a way of being a reflection, albums showing the picture of their artist as they look into the mirror. The image of Alynda Segarra is that of The Navigator, told through her dreams on the recent release from Hurray for the Riff Raff. On the album, Alynda Segarra tells the story of ‘this girl who grows up in a ...

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THE MAVERICKS - BRAND NEW...

THE MAVERICKS - BRAND NEW DAY

The Mavericks (from the album Brand New Day)

The Mavericks promise a Brand New Day on their new album title, offering advice on opening cut as they cite taking a come-what-may attitude to keep “Rolling Along” as a sure fire cure for what ails you, supporting the movement with a non-stop Tex Mex groove. Brand New Day takes aim at current affairs with “Easy as It Seems”, q...

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