Nashville by way of Napa Valley, newcomer Shelby Darrall recently released her debut single, "Swim." A mid-tempo easy flowing ballad backed by guitar and banjo, "Swim" features Darrall's airy, earnest vocals on a tune about the ebb and flow of a relationship. Follow the links to hear the track and for more information on Darrall who will release her EP September 1st.
Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5EuFSF0WkNdx3a0fbKQKOv
Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lostharbormusic/shelby-darrall-swim-lhm
Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/swim-single/id1263768296
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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.
Formed in early 2016 Acadian Driftwood sought to create roots music for the digital age. Their first homemade brew was E.P. Working Title, issued in October 2016 "straight from swampy garage to Macbook."
Since then, they have been playing festivals in the UK and have continued work in the studio with Norwegian producer Anders Johnsen. Their new material is a diverse alchemy of rock, blues, country, surrealism and anything else they can get their ears round and hands on including their new single, "Rain Falling In."
The spacious, relaxed rootsy track combines slide guitar, harmonies, and radiant lyrics that you'll find yourself instantly singing along to. "Rain Falling In" is accompanied by the B-side, "Mother's House," which you can listen to HERE.
Hailing from the Santa Cruz Mountains, The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain Men are prepping for the release of their third full-length, Roll With It, later this year. In advance of the new album, the quintet – brothers Jamie and Kellen Coffis, Kyle Poppen (lead guitar), Aidan Collins (bass), and Henry Chadwick (drums) - recently debuted the album’s first single, “You & Me,” an oh-so-welcome blend of rootsy rock and roll that will absolutely brighten your day.
Penned by Jamie and Kellen Coffis, the instantaneous ear-grabber is firmly grounded in a sunny California vibe that lyrically expresses the sentiments of relief for making it through the difficult times, satisfaction with what you have, and hope for the future. Blending an upbeat melody, the siblings near perfect harmonies, a firm backbeat, and airy keys, “You & Me” just makes you feel good.
Cambridge-based singer-songwriter Dan Mills released his latest all original album, Something Good, on July 7th – and if you enjoy well-crafted songs with melodies that get under your skin in the best way, then you’ll definitely find more than Something Good here.
The twelve-track project opens with the rollicking “Quiet Car,” and continues with the soulful, harmony-filled title track, and the folky-acoustic (and irresistible) “Sandy.” Mills successfully showcases a variety of genres from those mentioned above, to the old-timey knee slapper “Spinnin the Cowboys” (about certain proclivities), to the delightfully smooth “Lonely When You're Gone” to the 50’s inspired “Tuscon, AZ.” He expresses gratitude on the reserved “Buy A Boat,” cherishes Manhattan in “Crazy About NY” (hello clarinet!), and blends in California Country on “Easier Said Than Done.” Something Good is rounded out by the noir swagger of “Damage Is Done," which is led by a fabulous piano, the jaunty fiddle-laden “Let Me Do Me” and the airy, piano ballad “Hold On.”
Something Good is a gloriously varied collection held together by Mills endearing (often swoon-worthy) vocals and his honest, engaging story songs. Quite simply, it’s a gem. Discover it.
Dan Mills has been writing and performing original music for over a decade. In 2011, he portrayed country-guitar legend Carl Perkins in the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet, and his song “Best I Could” earned him a nomination for Sirius XM Coffeehouse’s “Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year." For much of his career, Mills was based in Brooklyn NY, with his band, which has been together for seven years. Last year, Dan moved to Boston—just across town from bandmate, Jesse Humphrey (drums), but a four hours’ drive from his other collaborators, Adam Podd (keyboards) and Mark Goodell (guitar & bass). Thanks to Pro Tools and cloud collaboration, the band finished Something Good even though they were over 200 miles apart.
Robyn Ludwick takes a hard look at loneliness on her fifth album This Tall To Ride. With an astute ability to capture slices of life that are real and raw, Ludwick draws you in with well-crafted songs whose hurt, empty, and occasionally seedy, characters (some of which you may not encounter in your daily circle) are ultimately people who share a deep, yet common, need.
Opening with the hazy guitar riffs of “Love You For It,” Ludwick (who vocally recalls a combo of Williams, Nicks, and Crow), at once urgent and pleading asks, "Come back baby tell me, tell me have you ever been lonely.” Desolation, desperation, and drugs permeate the mid-tempo “Rock N Roll Shoes” the story of a woman and man whose needs are stronger than love (and when Ludwick hits those high notes, you’re fully aware of what she’s talking about); while the breezy “Lie To Me” describes the willingness to experience something that will ultimately hurt you simply to block the pain of isolation, “He’ll come back for me someday/Those are words the fools say/Hold on heartbreak nothing’s gonna save you tonight.”
This Tall to Ride continues with the confessional, dark, and soaring “Freight Train;" the pedal steel fueled tale of heartbreak, and what you do to take that feeling away, “Bars Ain’t Closin’” (“Maybe it was love maybe I was a fool, but I’m a long way from Texas and tonight I’m taking down the blues”), and the affecting “Insider” where she announces, “I’m not a beauty queen no I have never been/I’m just a dime store mystery fifty pages in.”
Ludwick explores the aftereffects of a car wreck in “Mexia,” exhibits a bit of hopefulness on “Wrong Turn Gone” and exposes a vulnerability when appealing to a would be lover in “Junkies and Clowns” before closing out with the rootsy “Texas Jesus” a brazen, yet legitimate, tale of money changing hands to get what one needs to block out the pain - for a while anyway.
This Tall To Ride isn’t sunshine and roses, but it is replete with stories and characters that make you think, feel, and yes even empathize with, because underneath the broken souls, cocaine, and sex, there’s a commonality simmering through Ludwick’s record which is the human need to make a connection and be loved --- and that's something we all can relate to.
Austin’s Big State - James Brinkman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Brown (drums, vocals) added Patrick Conreaux (bass, vocals), and Aaron Seymour (lead guitar, vocals) - bring swagger and stomp on their first full-length, Sure Thing. Released June 9, the thirteen-track outing, recorded at Teenie Sound Studios and mastered by Matthew Agoglia of The Ranch in Beacon, New York, combines new songs as well as remixed and remastered songs from their two EPs, and finds the band on firm footing with rollicking alt-country, roots rockers. Kicking off with the irreverent, “Oh, Cordelia” where he asks said gal, “Do you wanna fool around?”, Sure Thing calls to mind the Old 97’s from the high-energy “Ballad Of Davy Crockett, Part 2” to the bar room sing along, “Heck Yeah, Dang Right.” The album also includes the raucous, lighthearted “Make America Shake Again” (“One day in November sets the course for 4 more years one side weeps while the other drinks their tears”), the humorous story of “Lynette” and a meeting in a drunk tank, and the tale of “Christine,” the older woman who took advantage of a younger man and “blew his heart to smithereens.” Brinkman and Co. ponder the mystery lights of “Marfa,” a missing male (“Where Is Robert”), and city folk who invade the country (“Upstater”) on a record filled with interesting story songs, humor, and hooks that lives up to its title.
In advance of the Fall release of his new EP, Every Way But Easy, Kent Eugene Goolsby is releasing the first single from the project, "Throwin' Stones" on July 31st. Penned by Goolsby, the mid-tempo track, led by electric guitar and Goolsby's smoky vocals (recalling Kip Moore), finds him expressing regret and remorse over words said and a desire to regain what a couple once had.
"We’ve done our share of fighting
And I know that I was wrong
So won't you take me by the hand
And lead me back to where we belong
What good are words
When love should be just shown?
I'm done using all these
Sticks and stones
So let's go back"
For more information visit HERE