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Saycille: Wish

By Lyn Tyler Saycille’s spirit is infectious. The Netherlands-based artist came to music later in life and embraced it with refreshing enthusiasm and zeal. She found herself discovering her own musical abilities after working in home healthcare and community support. When her career ended, she joined a band and soon found herself figuring out how […]

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The Rightly So

By Stephen Chow Greg Zeis and Jess Chizuk are a perfect duo and their new self-titled album The Rightly So is nothing short of amazing. I love Americana and when it’s as good as this, I’m reminded of why. As The Rightly So, Zeis and Chizuk lay down just the right lyrics and just the […]

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Adam Winn

By Stephen Chow Adam Winn reminds me of a character out of novel where people live off the land and sit around fires telling stories and singing songs about harsh weather, fair maidens, and huge mythic animals, only Adam Winn is a real guy. Do pardon my run-on sentence. The singer songwriter takes real life […]

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April Martin: In the Blink of a Life

By Lisa Waugh Good hearted with a biting wit, April Martin’s steadily-paced In the Blink of a Life hits all the high and low notes of a life well lived. Whether she’s singing about love or death, Martin keeps her sense of self and humor in tact, never giving into cynicism, but definitely winking at […]

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Michael Van and The Movers: A Little More Country

By Alex Marks There’s something raw and pure about Michael Van and The Movers. The band communicates heartbreak, irreverence, and inebriated good times with a fierce passion on their latest A Little More Country. Michael Van has wisely surrounded himself with experienced pickers and music makers. Pete Ahonen, Alan Bond, Larry Lawson, and Bob Skye, […]

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Electra Day: Quiet Hours

By Antiem Boyd If you’re in serious need of some deep inner traveling, Electra Day’s latest project Quiet Hours is here just in time. As you take in the soothing and contemplative tracks of the record, here’s a little bit about the artist. The face and voice behind Electra Day is Julia Hampton. The name […]

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Galapaghost: I Never Arrived

By Lisa Waugh Casey Chandler is a hell of a lyricist. And he’s funny. That’s the power behind his project as Galapaghost (clever name, that). I Never Arrived is soulful, intense, and quite on point. First off, the record is open and honest. “Somewhere” and “The Secrets Our Body Keeps” are both stirring and soothing. […]

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Zonnis: Rise of the Sheep

By Lisa Waugh Zonnis’s Rise of the Sheep is a hugely entertaining blend of blues, reggae, roots, rockabilly, folk, and hilarity. Between Andrea Zonnis’s technical training and Adam’s wit, the duo is infectious. The record is smile-inducing. The couple-to-be performed together for the first time on New Year’s Eve in 2009. They married in 2010 […]

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Nic Nassuet’s Eleutherios

By Lip Parsons If you’re on the hunt for classic rock ballads, Nic Nassuet has just the thing. His brooding new stringed rock record Eleutherios brims with dark and lush themes. It’s a pure gothic folk record to be sure. Serious but not over wrought, the record certainly is a shining example of Nassuet’s work and […]

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Midwest Soul Xchange’s New American Century

By Antiem Boyd If you’re looking for that straight from the core of the Earth sound in your folk and Americana, Midwest Soul Xchange’s New American Century will satisfy. Rustic, organic, and an epic nearly-orchestral approach to the genres, Midwest Soul Xchange is carving out their own path. The duo of Nate Cherrier and Ryan […]

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Joel Ansett’s The Nature of Us

By Lisa Waugh He’ll have to pardon the comparison to Jason Mraz (most notably on the track “In the Eye”) because Joel Ansett is worthy of it. The shocker is that The Nature of Us is Ansett’s first full-length record. A gorgeously rendered collection of folk, pop and R&B. Ansett’s example of a self-financed (through Kickstarter) […]

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Ban Hatton’s Walls

By Rhin Howard A road album, an inward journey record, Ban Hatton’s folk Americana record Walls is about movement in any sense of the word. The young artist has discovered an old voice within himself. His music feels war protest era. The themes regard the wars that rage within ourselves. Walls is thoughtful, heartfelt, and […]

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Nemo James’ The Minstrel

For most of this life, Nemo James played for everyone else, and now he plays for himself. James, who had a successful music guitar supporting artists such as Tom Jones, Petula Clark, and Cliff Richard, has stepped back into the studio to produce a highly personal record. The 17 tracks on The Minstrel that could […]

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Lozk Non Language Meaningless Words Speaks Volumes

By Lisa Waugh While you were away, Leonardo Suárez Jiménez aka Lozk was out there furrowing new soil of electronic and experimental music. Someone has to lay down some new enroads. And the visual artist is just the one to do it. After just a few tracks, you’ll understand why Meaningless Words is a must […]

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Ben Lorentzen, America in Three Acts

By Antiem Boyd Ben Lorentzen is after you having an experience with his latest record America. The self-labeled ”Acoustic Pop Noir” artist is highly skilled at telling stories. Every track on his latest record America is its own little movie, complete with three acts for each song, all gorgeously rendered. The first tendency is to […]

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Violet Night’s I Hope You’re Well

By Lisa Waugh Violet Night’s I Hope You’re Well is full of heart and soul. And that is meant in a sincere way far from corny. You’re meant to feel something, not simply skate above it. The EP’s four powerful tracks also demonstrate simplicity gets your everywhere. Strong songwriting, engaging performance, and then clean production… […]

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Why We All Need Charity

By Antiem Boyd Charity Ward is a powerhouse for a few reasons. She is made of beautiful music and messages and her latest EP Yellow is proof. A soulful messenger who knows how to draw people in from the back row. She makes simple songs anthems. Big songs personal. It’s no trick of the voice. […]

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Tumbler’s You Said is a Much Needed Trip

By Rhin Howard Richard Grace has lived a life. He’s been a musician for decades and has weathered a lot of storms. He’s also here to live the second part of a storied life with his son as a musical partner and the result is stunning. Grace and his son Harry Grace formed Tumbler with […]

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