If you’re listening to a record by Margo Price, Andrew Combs, or Anderson East, you've no doubt heard Erin Rae. The singer-songwriter, and East Nashville's go to harmony girl, is finally taking her turn in the spotlight and focusing on her own music after her debut (Soon Enough) received acclaim from NPR and American Songwriter. Listen to her latest, the delicate and understated, yet incredibly moving, "Wild Blue Wind" below.
Little Mammoths are a London-based Rock’n’Roll band who continue charging down the road in the vein of The Hold Steady, Drive-by Truckers, and Wilco. Comprised of Matt Owens (ex-Noah & The Whale) and some of his oldest friends, Olly Cox on bass and James Besley on drums, and now neatly rounded off by renowned pedal steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte, the band will release their second album Cargo for The Road this summer. Check out "Hungover in New York" from the upcoming release below.
Somehow, a week got away from me, but the playlist is back with fresh tunes from Trapper Schoepp, Old 97's, Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters and more....and it's all bookended by my two absolute favorite tracks right now: The Dustbowl Revival's "Gonna Fix You" and "Got Over." Check it out!
Formerly of LA indie rock outfit The Futures League, Scott Ruth has since put down the bass guitar to hone his craft as a multi-instrumentalist and producer. He released his hauntingly reflective solo debut The Weight of It All in 2016, and has since been touring extensively supporting Noah Gundersen as well as headlining tours of his own. All the while, Ruth has been working towards his next release, “Are You There." The melancholy roots rocker finds Ruth ruminating on a past relationship and wondering if she might be around, holding onto dreams - and hurting too. When you dig through memories does it hurt this bad to think of me?"
Stream the track below.
A prolific songwriter with over 200 songs under his belt, Oklahoma native Evan Michaels is now ready to come out with guns blazing on the band’s six-song EP, Ain’t No Stopping This, which was released June 2nd. Each song embodies the essence of youth, being unhurried, and emboldened by love including "Bet On A Backroad."
Led by Michaels' robust vocals, electric guitar, and hints of mandolin, "Bet On A Backroad" is a mid-tempo tune about the romance of roaming carefree - and finding love along the way.
Stream “Bet On A Back Road” in full below.
Michaels says of the project, "We are excited to get this record out to our fans, as well as new fans. Want decided to come out with guns blazing on this project and provide party anthems for the summer. We hope it allows fans to get to know us a little better and want to come see us out on the road."
For more information visit: www.evanmichaelsmusic.com
Something a little different - in a good way - for you today. Hailing from the UK, Absenté Reo is an engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and remixer who produces a range of soundtrack, acoustic and contemporary dance and future bass under various pseudonyms. He spent two years backpacking in 15 countries with a rode microphone, a laptop, a guitar, and a sequencer/sampler and emerged with something unique.
Listen below as the atmospheric melodies pull you in to the story of "Khan Yunis" which was recorded with a Bolivian Charango and Chinese Erhu.
After an eight-year hiatus, San Francisco’s The Morning Line is back making jangly guitar pop with their latest EP, Smoke. Singer-songwriter Stephen Smith alongside bandmates Peter Craft, David Knupp, and Brian Mello bring bright hooks, sweet harmonies, and a steady percussive beat to seven tracks that range from the mid-tempo opener “Los Angeles” to the solemn Americana-esque “Last of the Losers” and the infectious closer “Only Game In Town.” Check the album out below.
Following up his acclaimed 2013 debut The Ballad of Willy Robbins , Vikesh Kapoor returns with his newest single, "Down By The River." The affecting ballad brought to life by Kapoor's ethereal and subdued vocals, restrained instrumentation, and imagery-filled lyrics is nothing short of beautiful.
"Down by the river there she was
pinning the line and drying her clothes
from the hill I watched as my love stood alone
Fare thee well, oh honey, fare thee well
The old church bells never did sound
as they did the day my love and I were bound
as they did the night my wife was not found
Fare thee well, oh honey, fare thee well"
Kapoor had this to say of the song, "I wrote 'Down by the River' while stuck in a blizzard in Pennsylvania. A river called the Susquehanna rushed through my town and I'd sit on its bank in the snow thinking about a Ukrainian girl I met there, by chance, the winter before. A few nights later, waiting for the snow to melt, the image of her on the edge of the river became clear in my mind. I finished the song while the sun was still down, but never got to sing it for her in the morning."
Listen (and be moved) below. Pre-order here: tinyurl.com/vkflexidiscpre