The wider I open my eyes (And ears), the more I find in my own back yard. Case in point: Singer-songwriter Jenny Van West is a New Englander with an impressive array of sounds, all culminating in her new album ‘Happiness to Burn’, releasing today. On this album you will find folk, country, and jazz all mixed into a melting pot of pleasant vocal-driven Americana.
Mark Currey is a singer/songwriter from Little Rock that I have recently become a fan of; he has a great ability to articulately lay out a song, sing it clearly, and make you feel what he is singing. After the Parkland shooting Mark was feeling much of the same helpless and angry feelings as the rest of us, but found hope in the youth making a stand for themselves. That hope led Mark to create the song “Land of Endless Summer”, which pays tribute to the victims, but also calls for us to “Let the children lead us”.
Jamie Talbert & The Band Of Demons are at #34 this week on the Texas Regional Radio Report with their current single “Back In My Arms”. I quickly highlighted these guys last year while “Whisky Drinkin” was climbing the charts, but with the new site I wanted to break things down a bit more. I figured it was a good time to talk about these guys and the album they released last year called ‘Do It’.
Usually when I sit down to write an article, it’s within a week of my first listen of an artist or their most recent record. That’s not the case with Matt York, I’ve let him ferment for months, waiting for the right time to spill the beans on one of Boston’s best troubadours. Taking my time has turned out to be a blessing; I’ve had the chance to get to know Matt a bit, meet his family, and see him belt it live at one of my favorite venues. As he gears up to record his next album we discussed the past, present, and future of this family man making an impressive run at the fabled world of music.
20 years ago a not-so-young gun stepped into the music game with a freshman album, it was self-titled like many first releases, but there was something different about this one. The way the plight of the every-man was depicted felt fresh and poetic, rather than old and trashy, and it was near impossible to avoid being roped into the descriptive narratives throughout. Chris Knight had introduced himself and people took notice.
The old formula for female singers just isn’t working anymore. Blame whoever you like, but very few are getting too far singing sappy love songs and the “Girl power” ballads of yesteryear. So why play by those rules? Enter Sarah Shook and The Disarmers, singing about things that many would consider masculine topics; booze, sex, drugs, and cheating. In reality we all think about these things and this is just a heart-on-sleeve human letting it all out without filter or give-a-shit about what you think.