Need some completely new tunes to play on that drive to mom's? Wanna mix up the tracks at your holiday party? Tired of hearing the same old same old? Well, then listen no further and check out this week's EARGRABBERS which has some of my favorite songs from albums that have flown a bit under the radar but completely deserve your attention.
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Karen & the Sorrows are back with a new full-length album, The Narrow Place (due August 25th). Like any roots band, The Sorrows sing about heartbreak and loss - they just take the back roads less traveled to get there.
The Sorrows’ sound centers around singer-songwriter Karen Pittelman’s high, lilting vocals and Elana Redfield’s lonesome pedal steel guitar mixed with the dark twang and steady beat of the 1970s country-rock the band grew up on. Pittelman, Redfield, and drummer Tami Johnson formed the Brooklyn-based band in 2011. In 2012 they released the EP Ocean Born Mary about a ghost story from Redfield’s New Hampshire hometown. In 2014, they put out their first full-length record, The Names of Things, which was voted one of the Freeform American Roots Chart’s best debut albums of the year. A constant fixture in New York’s clubs and bars, the Sorrows have continued to build a strong local following as well as touring throughout the east coast from New England to New Orleans.
The Sorrows are also at the center of a growing queer country scene, creating a community for people who love country music even if country music doesn’t always love them back. For the last six years, they’ve run Brooklyn’s Gay Ole Opry Festival and the Queer Country Quarterly. “Now more than ever, we are grateful to be in community with so many amazing musicians,” Pittelman says. “Country music can tell compelling stories about family, love, heartbreak, and strength. Those stories should include all of our families, all of our love, and especially all of our heartbreak and our strength.”
Listen to "Do It For Myself," a stripped-down, stirring ballad about lost love that is led by Pittelman's wistful vocals, swells of twangy pedal steel, and hushed percussion below.
Being hailed as “the New Woman in Country,” and “Shania's Successor,” Jessica Lynn is fast on her way to becoming a household name. In the last two years, the New York singer/songwriter has completed three highly successful nationwide tours of the United States and has seen her first two full length concert television specials, “This Much Fun – Live from the Winery at St. George,” and "Jessica Lynn - Takin' Over - Live from The Paramount " be met with rave reviews and seen by millions of viewers nationwide across America.
Last year, Jessica hit the road with country legend Jo Dee Messina for a west coast tour and recently had the honor of opening for the “Queen of Country Music” herself, Loretta Lynn. Her high-energy and dynamic live show has garnered rave reviews from critics worldwide with the CBS Evening National News calling her a "Rocket Force."
2017 will take Jessica and the band around the world once again with a busy schedule that includes a summer long European/UK tour in support of her brand new EP, “Look At Me That Way,”. The new EP produced and co-written in Belgium by acclaimed Producer Patrick Hamilton (Katherine Jenkins, David Garrett), includes three new cuts that will be making their way to UK and European radio this summer. Listen to "Crazy Idea" below.
High Dive Heart's - Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy - new album, Grunge Lullaby, is a collection of nine re-imagined classics by Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and others set as lullabies for grown-up rebels. Described as a collection for "listeners whose cocaine-fueled youth has ripened into a marijuana-mellowed maturity", the nine-song outing's lead single, is a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit", a song that features the husband and wife duo's sweet harmonies and blissful arrangements. Check out the song like you're never heard it before, below, and for more information visit HERE
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Introducing Moxi, a Los Angeles based indie pop outfit built upon the dreamy, ethereal vocals of Anna Toy and surrounded by the moody, atmospheric keyboards of Andy Toy. Drawing on elements from pop, classic cinema, and 80's new wave, Moxi presents Anna's distinct vocals against a backdrop of dark electronic textures, innovative guitar sonics, and enigmatic, dream pop melodies. Moxi’s upcoming EP Figures Bathed in Light is produced by Emmy Award-winning songwriter Bobby Hartry and mixed by Bryan Cook (Radiohead, Beck). The six-song release is the result of a writing retreat to a cabin in the desolate mountains of Big Bear. This weekend of escapism was the catalyst for all creativity on the record. The duo's isolation during this time forced them to confront life altering experiences they faced fueling an EP filled with spiritual reflection, conquering life's demons and facing the dark as well as the light.
Title track “Figures Bathed in Light” was conceived after the couple escaped a near-fatal car crash. This life threatening experience empowered them with a wealth of creative energy and the need to create art to immortalize the new found hope they had following this encounter. Anna explains, "our inspiration comes from a myriad of sources and ideas, but the underlying themes come from our emotional response to art and life experience”. The track highlights the band's dreamy, floating quality of music and fascination with the supernatural. "Behind all the drifting soundscapes, I always build a violence and tension into the music, even if it’s not overtly present at first”, admits Andy. “We bring all of these elements together in a way that is hopefully relatable and memorable because ultimately, we want people to feel understood through our music.” Listen below and for more information, visit the official website: http://moxilovesyou.com
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.