With a nod to early Mumford & Sons and folk pop in general, Scottish singer and songwriter James Mackenzie ponders the doubt and the letting go of contemporary life in the new song "Maybe."
Whether singing Dylan, Van Zandt, Morrison or an American Songbook standard, Jimmy LaFave is known as one of the great interpreters of our day. But he's also a formidable songwriter in his own right; the new track "Trying to Get Back to You" reminds listeners of his unique lyrical way with the blues.
With an airy melody and a vocal range that would make Chris Martin take note, Adam Cleaver crafts an insinuating ballad on "The Salt Mine."
Seven-piece New Orleans rock 'n' rhythm 'n' groove band the Revivalists rev up their sound without losing their Southern soul feel on the new track "Keep Going."
Best Girl Athlete, aka Katie Buchan, lends a cool and dreamy air, in part courtesy of her Aberdeen Scotland roots, to the piano and strings-based ballad "Talk."
On the new track "Queen Mary," producer Bradley Will's electronic minimalism provides the tension. The voice of Austin, Texas' Francine Thirteen provides the searing, provocative beauty: “What good is your crown / With your heart on the ground? / Oh Mary…."
A lazy summer day, a winding river and a soundtrack courtesy of Dana Falconberry, whose "Crooked River" beautifully captures the feeling of a daydream far away from the madding crowds.
St. Louis jazz legends the Bosman Twins are back with a new album this year, and the sultry, melodic track "Many Moons" is yet another reminder of why the brothers are so beloved in this city and beyond.
The duo of Graham Fish and Jeff Musgrave, aka Strange & Primitive, create an imagistic, moody, synth-pop archetype on the new track "That Big City Glow."
Gothenburg, Sweden songwriter Patrik Wennberg looks for human connection and social meaning in the new track "Education" -- and he finds it where he least expects.