Archive for March, 2013

New record from Nora Jane Struthers – “Carnival” (April 16)

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

I’m not exactly sure which level of the americana/roots stratosphere Nora Jane Stothers resides in. She is talented, beautiful, and a strong songwriter. Her music has equal parts bluegrass and sing-songwriter elements. That she is difficult to pigeonhole is a plus in my book. Her new record Carnival is due out April 16th. It’s the second full length from Nora Jane.

“Party Line” is a track from the forthcoming release and it showcases both her strong vocal presence as well as the top notch musicanship of her touring ensemble. Preorder Carnival here.

Party Line [Download]

Stella! – “Sorry, Stella”

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Well SXSW is over. I had a great time at all the day parties and a few of the events at night. I never see as much as I hope for but I was happy to see Drivin n’ Cryin, Steve Poltz, Spirit Family Reunion and bands I’d never heard of like Telekinis and Hurray For The Riff Raff.

Here’s a group that was not down in Austin but judging from their sound would fit right in any time of year down there. Stella! and their new record Sorry, Stella came out in 2012 but is just now picking up traction and considerable radio play. Stella! consists of singer-songwriters Jen Sygit, Diana Ladio, Laura Ann Bates and Jo Serrapere. It’s a Michigan supergroup of sorts put together by Jo Serrapere one of the founding members of Uncle Earl. You can buy the new record here via the band.

Pay For What You Got [Download]

Down In The Cellar [Download]

SXSW Preview – Branches (RIYL Frontier Ruckus, Avett’s, Mumford, etc)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Branches haven’t left the West Coast very often. As a result I’ve never seen them. That will change this SXSW as they are one of my must see acts of the festival. Their 2012 release Thou Art The Dream has all the handclaps and singalong choruses you could hope to wish for in an indie folk collective. The strained vocals on top of banjos, guitars, violin, pump organ and odd percussion performed by this group of effervescent Californians will have you clapping and singing along.

Join me singing off key at either of their shows. Thursday at the All Together Now showcase at Bayou Lounge at 2pm or for Friday brunch at 11:30 am at the Hipstamtic Showcase located at 509 Brushy Street.

Helicopter [Download]

Helicopter Live at the Sojo Sessions in DC

SXSW Preview – Emily Bell – “Back To The Way I Was”

Monday, March 11th, 2013

If you’re at all like me you had a hard time motivating this morning with the time change and Monday morning blues then you’ll need this as much as I did. The only thing that got me going was the new song from Austin based r&b singer and genre smasher Emily Bell. The fuzzy pulsating music topped off by Emily’s roaring vocals had me tapping my foot and clearing the sleepies from my eyes.

This song is available now along with a b-side from iTunes or from Emily’s website in the form of a 7″ vinyle single (with download card). You can catch Emily Bell at her official SXSW showcase at Creekside at The Hilton Garden on Friday the 15th. The new album In Technicolor is out on May 24th.

Back To The Way I Was [Download]

SXSW Preview – Austin band Crooks at The White Horse

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Whistling reminiscent of Peter, Bjorn and John, reverb-y americana a la Jim White and fuzzy guitars make this song by the Austin based band Crooks pretty darn likable. Add to that the fact that their showcase is at The White Horse along with the likes of Lincoln Durham, American Aquarium and Jason Eady and you have a pretty great combination. Catch the band Tuesday March 12 at 9pm at their official showcase at The White Horse.

Here’s the title track from their 2012 release The Rain Will Come.

The Rain Will Come [Download]

SXSW Preview – Jonny Fritz is Jonny Corndawg (new record, sxsw dates)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Jonny Corndawg never had a chance. Not with that nomiker and not with his irreverent style of country. Now he’s back but this time as Jonny Fritz and on ATO Records. His new record Dad Country is due out in April. From the single it seems he has kept the wry humor along with the authentic country sounds.

Catch him at SXSW on Thursday at the ATO showcase at Maggie Mae’s or at Rachel Rays party; on Friday he’ll be at “South By Sapparo” and the Ground Control party at the Mohawk. Lots more info here.

Ain’t It Your Birthday [Download]