Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mildenhall

Great tunes abound. Here's a recent favorite from the mind of James Mercer and the Shins.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Valerie June's Two Hearts



Here's one that's impossible not to like: Valerie June.  I didn't get introduced until a PBS Newshour mini-feature on her just a few weeks ago. It piqued my interest and sent me on my way to her latest album, The Order of Time, which I've had on steady rotation since. A rootsy, bluesy, gospel, old-timey infused ride - and the main attraction: her unique voice.

Take a listen to my favorite: "Two Hearts" (joining the lexicon of other revered "Two Hearts" tunes along with Bruce Springsteen, Chris Isaak and the Jayhawks)..

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Santa Ana Winds - my intro to Sons of Bill



If there's one lesson I keep on learning when it comes to music, it's to keep listening to the recommendation services that our music services offer. If you spend any decent amount of time listening to streaming music on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, et al, well - they know what you like, and they'll slip in some gems now and then; and it doesn't take long until you a hear a new favorite tune or band.

Case in point today: Google Play Music's I'm Feeling Lucky feature. Up come my old pals Todd Snider, Uncle Tupelo, and Ryan Bingham - and then... "Santa Ana Winds" by Sons of Bill. They're a band of brothers from Charlottesville, Virginia - James, Sam and Abe Wilson. The tune comes from their 2012 album Sirens, which was produced by Cracker's David Lowery.

Obviously I heard the album cut first - a hard charging Americana rocker right up my alley. Guitars, organ, great hooks.. Then I hit up YouTube for some live action, and stumbled on a 'Music Fog' acoustic version which strips the song down to a heart-wrenching, gut-punching ballad. OOF! Hit me like a freight train. I think that may be James on lead vocal. Whichever Wilson brother it is, kudos to you my brother. Music to my ears. What a voice.

Another band where I'm late to the party. Hey, it just took a while to get from Charlottesville to Gilbert, Arizona. I'm on board now. All's well.

Listen to 'em both, won't you?

And...

Check out Sons of Bill's web site.
Sirens on Amazon.
And their latest release, Love and Logic, on Amazon.



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