Hailing from La Crosse, WI Andy Hughes previously spent time as the front man and main songwriter for Alternative Reggae/Ska band, TUGG, whose recordings all made the Top 5 iTunes and Amazon’s Reggae Charts. A life-long fan of classic country - Hughes counts Cash, Kristofferson, and Prine among his influences - the singer-songwriter switched gears in 2017, releasing his debut album, Heartland and Heartache, a reflective, bittersweet, and memorable twelve-track collection which mines classic country melodies and relatable themes.
One of the album's standout tracks "Misery," a stirring duet led by a gentle acoustic guitar and steel, finds Hughes slightly raspy vocals exchanging sentiments with Hanson as they ponder the misery of loneliness.
"Eight long days since I felt your touch
In more way than one that just ain't enough
Eight more days and I need your love
Swear that you ain't giving it to someone who don't mean too much."
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Massachusetts-based quintet Parsonsfield put forth a mature reflection on the emotional turbulence life places at our feet in their new EP, WE. Produced by Dan Cardinal, WE embodies the band’s multi-person harmonies, layered instrumentation, tight musicianship, and signature merging of styles on four originals and one cover that offer perspectives on loneliness, sadness, and unrequited love in ways thoughtful and sincere.
The warm and spacious banjo-led track “Light of the City” opens the project, capturing an intense loneliness that's present despite being surrounded by many. That's followed by the wistful “Go Find Yourself,” which builds to become a passionate plea to follow your heart rather than taking the easiest path (“When love comes to find you/Don’t run and hide”), the bluesy-yearning of “Take Me Back,” and a stunning rendition of Everclear's "Santa Monica" which expresses the emotional weight of the song in an unexpected and welcome way. The short set concludes with the "Kick Out The Windows," a buoyant anthem of perseverance.
On WE, Parsonsfield explore universal experiences that while undeniably real, never leave you disheartened. Struggle, loneliness, and depression all exist, but do so alongside a hopeful resiliency with which we are tasked to mine and enjoy every minute of this gift we've been given.
No Dry County - Trent Langford (Singer/Songwriter/Guitar/Keys), Matt Newsom (Drums/Vocals), Dub Wood (Bass/Vocals) and Bristen Phillips (Guitars/Keys) - began in 2009 as an 80’s cover band. Developing a sound of their own, they released their debut EP Ella Rose in 2011 followed by their sophomore EP To Whom It May Concern in 2012 and debut full-length, The Night Before, in 2015. Now, the Texas-based foursome are gearing up for their newest LP, Panhandle Music, due this Spring.
Recently, NDC debuted the first track from the project, "Fifteen Piece Band." A melodic and moving roots rocker "Fifteen Piece Band" grapples with the struggles a veteran encounters when he tries to reconnect with family while trying to cope with PTSD.
"Seventeen when I signed some papers playing an arcade game
You were young and wild like I was, we were much the same
Now I'm waking night sweats, walking nightmares, it ain't what you signed for
The best thing a man can do is leave you on this big dance floor"
The poignant "Fifteen Piece Band" packs an emotional punch where you're feeling your feet move while simultaneously sensing your chest swell. It's a precursor to what you'll find on Panhandle Music - an album that tells the stories of the people within this landscape, from their deepest despairs to their highest hopes, climbing mountains, and facing illusions and failed expectations in the place they call home. For all the info visitHERE
Coming off his most recent #1, "God & George Strait," Rich O'Toole released brand new music on March 2nd with the track "Mississippi Baby." Led by a carefree, breezy melody buoyed along by electric guitar and O'Toole's familiar and heartfelt vocals, "Mississippi Baby" paints a vivid picture of one man's journey down the highway as he travels to seek clarity and escape the every day.
"I got the windows down, you can smell the salty air
I got a little gumbo, turn up that banjo
Dancing in the Dark, got the wind blowing through my hair"
What began as a way to make extra money by performing thousands of concerts at senior living centers, soon became a driving force in Jim Seem's life. In late 2016, the singer-songwriter took four days off to record a batch of brand-new material at Pine Hollow Studios in Eau Claire. And now, Seem is ready to share those tunes with the world beginning with the first single, "Shelly."
Inspired in part by a passage from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel, “Shelly” is utterly charming. Led by acoustic guitar, a breezy indie folk/pop melody, and Seem's throaty vocals, "Shelly", about the redemptive power of love, simply makes you feel good.
“Shelly” will be available everywhere March 3.
Hailing from Michigan, singer-songwriter Brandon Grafius’s upcoming second album, Highways and Backroads, explores the journey of life - our connections with places, what it means to travel from place to place, and why some places aren’t right for us, while others feel like home. The first single from the project, "Things Get Right" is a carefree shuffler led by fiddle and Brandon's rich, warm baritone that carries the listener along to a place of contentment where as Grafius sings, "things get right."
Brandon has performed widely throughout Michigan and beyond. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe, Jared & the Mill, the Drunken Hearts, and Michigander. For more information visit:
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Highways and Backroads is due May 11 on Lost Mitten Records.