Joe Bourdet “Seamist”- Listen

A first listen to LA singer-songwriter Joe Bourdet’s new single is likely to bring to mind ‘Wolfking of LA‘ or ‘Topanga Canyon‘, perhaps leaning more to the latter as Joe Bourdet has more of Skip Battin’s laid back and accepting attitude than John Phillips’ rather barbed view of life.  ‘Seamist‘ has a dreamy floating guitar … Continue reading “Joe Bourdet “Seamist”- Listen”

Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” (Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)

Drawing on Appalachian textures and filtering them through a trio format, acclaimed banjoist Nathan Bowles delivers his latest album, ‘Plainly Mistaken,’ with the addition of fellow band members Rex McMurry on drums and Casey Toll on double bass. Opening with a version of Julie (Driscoll) Tippett’s haunting ‘Now If You Remember,’ Bowles invites us along … Continue reading “Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” (Paradise of Bachelors, 2018)”

Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” – Listen

Nathan Bowles’ upcoming new album Plainly Mistaken, out 5 October on Paradise of Bachelors, extends his acclaimed solo banjo and percussion practice into the full-band realm for the first time. The album’s newest single ‘Now If You Remember’ is a cover of a 1976 Julie Tippetts song that “welcomes you into Bowles’ exploration of a new world of unfamiliar melodies spun from … Continue reading “Nathan Bowles “Plainly Mistaken” – Listen”

Josh Taerk “Beautiful Tragedy” (Misty Creek Records, 2018)

Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk, pronounced ‘Turk,’ has, in his relatively short career, garnered praise along the way from some high-profile names such as John Oates (Hall & Oates) and Max Weinberg (E Street Band), along with some eye-popping headlines from esteemed publications such as The Bournemouth Daily Echo – “Rising star hailed as the new boss”.

Emmeline “Empire” – Listen

It just cannot be a coincidence that this big piano-led song by Dallas’ Emmeline is more than a little reminiscent of The National’s ‘Fake Empire‘.  Maybe it’s because, like the Dessners, she has a classical background, and has been playing since the age of four.  Maybe it’s because the song – although much softer toned … Continue reading “Emmeline “Empire” – Listen”

Adam Thomas Brown “Another Lonely Ghost” (Independent, 2019)

Spoiler alert: the appearance of ‘Another Lonely Ghost’ will probably not shake the foundations of either psych folk, indy rock or alt-country, the three genres Adam Thomas Brown’s debut solo album meshes together so efficiently and gracefully. But if maybe not groundbreaking, ‘Another Lonely Ghost’ does add a distinctive, if somewhat melancholy, voice to all three … Continue reading “Adam Thomas Brown “Another Lonely Ghost” (Independent, 2019)”

Plàsi “Mystery” – Listen

Swedish songwriter, musician, and producer Plàsi has released three singles from his EP, ‘Mystery‘ being one of them.  ‘Mystery‘ is a musing, dreamy and folky guitar based song – with twin levels of mysteriousness, a wide-eyed awe of nature and the sense of another presence close at hand but  somehow out of sight.  It was … Continue reading “Plàsi “Mystery” – Listen”

Shovels & Rope “By Blood” (Dualtone Music, 2019)

‘I won’t fail you when I walk out on the wire,’ sing South Carolina natives Carry Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, AKA Shovels & Rope, and it’s not just talk; they really walk the walk. The husband and wife duo are veterans of a decade long career, touring, curating the excellent High Water Festival for … Continue reading “Shovels & Rope “By Blood” (Dualtone Music, 2019)”