Nashville’s My Politic – Kaston Guffey (vocals, guitar), Nick Pankey (guitar, vocals), Wilson Conroy (Dobro mandolin, vocals), Will Cafaro (upright bass, electric bass), Jen Starinic (fiddle), John Woods (drums) – is set to release their first studio album, 12 Kinds of Lost, on August 25th via The Orchard. Their Appalachian-infused folk/country sound combines with compelling storytelling and achingly vulnerable vocals on the 12 track collection for a brutally honest look at some of life’s darker and more difficult challenges.
The fear of stagnation meets the fear of risk in “Bored Young Ghost” (“Dreams are too big for a small town kid to own”) and “I Don’t Wanna Run”. “Loneliness” and “Only Human” tackle coping with the emotional aftermath of lost love and finding a way to move forward from the depression. Alcoholism, addiction, family dysfunction and fear of repeating destructive patterns play out in “Down In Hell”, where the lilting melody seems to signal a quite resignation to the inevitable, and in “Devil’s Playground”.
“News Alone” explores suicide and self-isolation (“Friends are few, by design. They can’t give me up if they don’t know where to find me. But it’s getting hard to watch the news alone. Wish I had someone to cry with beside me”). The album closes with the title track, a sonic and lyrical summation of the human frailties laid bare in the previous songs.
12 Kinds of Lost is both sadness and beauty and definitely worth a careful listen. I look forward to hearing more from My Politic. You can visit their website to find out more about the album, the band, and their upcoming tour dates.
Nominated for Best Live Act, Best Country Artist and Artist of the year 2016 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, Ohio-based singer-songwriter Noah Smith recently released his new single, "We're On Fire." A mid-tempo country rocker reflecting on a love now gone (but hoping to be rekindled), "We're On Fire" draws you in with it's foot-tapping melody and Smith's muscular vocals.
"Past out in the over pass
Surrounded by your love and broken glass
Our hearts were beating baby I was stuck on you
I’d give up all these good time songs to sing one more song with you"
Smith has had the opportunity to share the stage with Josh Turner, Steve Miller Band, Aaron Tippin, Reckless Kelly, Levi Lowery, and Andrew Combs, among others. For more information visit his official website.
Tennessee-born, Ohio-raised, Robin April Newman was raised on country music, but credits her insurgent teenage years for her broadened horizons which included the music of Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift. Self-taught on the guitar at the age of 14, Newman competed in local talent shows all while being an avid YouTube user with some of her videos reaching as many as 100,000 views and counting. With over 1,000 subscribers, Robin left college at the age of 18 and set off to Nashville to chase her dreams.
At the age of 21 she met with a group of musicians who helped her embark on her first real musical journey. She spent time in the studio cutting her first recorded original songs - releasing her first single, "The Trusting Kind," today, August 4th. The mid-tempo number, led by Newman's steady, emotionally honest, yet weathered vocals, touches on the aftermath of being heartbroken and questioning whether you can open yourself to trusting another after being burned.
Listen to the track above.
For more information visit HERE.