I consider Songs:Illinois to be a folk music blog. It may lean a bit indie or americana at times. Or it may encompass some of the new world music that’s been cropping up (particularly any of the modern gypsy music that I’ve posted over the years) but by and large it deals with folk music – lucky for me that is a very broad term that can contain genres like blues, country, gospel, roots, etc etc.
So it should come as no surprise that I’m enamored with the folk label Signature sounds and its small stable of artists. Mark Erelli is one such artist. He’s one of a handful of singer songwriters poised to join the upper pantheon of folk artists like Greg Brown, John Prine, John Hiatt and Steve Earle. I’ve written about his music in the past. His guitar playing is simple but great sounding and his songs are consistently captivating, usually with a phrase here or there that is unforgettable.
Mark Erelli’s got a new record out on Signature Sounds called Delivered. “Five Beer Moon” leans a little more pop than folk. On it he uses his voice to great effect sounding like a combination of Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello. If you’re more of a fan of folk based finger-picked guitar check out his cover of the Greg Brown song “If I Had Known” that I just had to include even if it’s not on the new record. Pre-order Delivered here.
Bonus cover song recorded August `08