I heart Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three and their “string jazz” and “ragtime blues.” If you don’t like Pokey Lafarge then we can’t be friends…Pick up his new album Middle of Everywhere. You’ll thank me later.
Matt Maguire and his band Larabee have just released the video for ”9:58PM,” the second single from their terrific alt-country EP Expose a Little Wire. “9:58PM” is a tragic track with the timeless sound of early 90s Americana.
Chicago indie-folkster, Mike Musikanto has been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Mason Jennings and The Head and the Heart, a serious and fitting compliment to be listed among some of the best and brightest Americana and folk have to offer. His debut album, Sky of Dresses, is set to be released on August 2 via Grape Juice Records. The record is a terrific blend of great storytelling with familiar and relatable narratives combined with well thought out, fluid melodies and catchy hooks. Musikanto’s intelligent instrumentation adds an emotional backdrop and sets the mood to each of his personal yet universal stories. Sky of Dresses has all the qualities of an excellent indie-folk album — sincerity, soul, and stories.
There’s a great deal of buzz about Bryan John Appleby and his 2009 EP Shoes for Men and Beasts in my blogging circle (Slowcoustic and Natural Beardy) at the moment. With a song like “Cliffs Along the Sea” it is quite obvious why. A sweet, melancholy song that will have you instantly hooked and immediately downloading the EP. And, as the result of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, Appleby will be releasing a new, full length album in which I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot about in the future. Until then, go, buy Shoes for Men and Beasts.
Laura Marling’s first single, “Sophia,” from her third LP, A Creature I Don’t Know, raises the anticipation level exponentially. The British singer-songwriter wiles the listener with its soft, trance-inducing beginning which unfolds and builds as the song continues ultimately ending with a bright finish. The track which is available to stream below, demonstrates Marling’s ability to wisely experiment with folk music without losing its integrity.
A Creature I Don’t Know is due out September 13 on Ribbon Music.
This isn’t a HELL YEAH post this is a FUCK YEAH post! I have never heard any coversong done in such way as Jeffrey Foucault’s cover of Neil Young’s jam “Albuquerque.” I could be a little bias as his newest album Horse Latitudes has been one of my listening staples since its release in May. C’mon, the album is sheer perfection and pristine Americana with its emotional pedal steel and Foucault’s tender yet rough vocals…Anyway, I digress…Back to his EXTRAORDINARY cover. Foucault does an outstanding job maintaining the song’s Neil Young essence all the while making it unmistakably his own. And, I must say the closing guitar solo gives me chills. Hell, the whole damn song gives me goosebumps. Oh, before I forget, I would like to thank one of my favorite blogs for posting this incredible cover. Big up, slowcoustic!
In the Spring we were informally introduced to The Milk Carton Kids by way of their live record, Retrospect, then, on July 19, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, make a formal introduction with their first proper studio release, PROLOGUE. Recorded live and mixed in four days at a studio in North Hollywood, the duo received recording help from Eric Robinson and a flattering foreword from Joe Henry. An arresting set of acoustic songs, PROLOGUE is just the beautiful blending of Pattengale, Ryan and their acoustic guitars. An exquisite piece of simplicity, PROLOGUE is a limited CD and vinyl only available at their live shows, but the duo is offering the album as a free download with no strings attached or email necessary.
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