"Got a quiver full of fire and a head full of rain, and I've been clinging to the drifting air," begins Patrick Park's lyrically majestic and musically humble "My Holding Hand Is Empty." It's the kind of song that only a serious songwriter could write; that it's so well sung and performed just makes it all the more remarkable.
On "The Weight of It All," call-and-response vocals and a surging, guitar-lit chorus enrich the piano-based confessions of Newfoundland-born, Halifax, Canada-based singer-songwriter Kim Harris.
When she first joined KDHX as the Development Director she had no intentions of hosting a show, but it wasn't long before Caron House began working on Wax Lyrical, her Monday afternoon celebration of singer-songwriter craft.
According to St. Louis musician Beth Bombara, the new video for the song "Long Dark Hallelujah" was designed to "create beautiful images that at times blur the lines of photography with videography."
Ellen Cook has been hot on the heels of the St. Louis music scene for years. Last fall she released her first full-length album, "Bang Bang Bang," which has done well locally, under her stage name Ellen the Felon.
As ambivalent farewell songs go, "Numb and Blue" by Hayley Reardon (who is based out of Boston and is all of 17) cuts to the beautiful, bittersweet quick.
Veteran, left-of-center Nashville, Tenn. songwriter Amelia White returns with a classic Americana sound and a big, bright hook on the track "Big Blue Sun."
Portland, Ore. songwriter Ryan VanDordrecht says that he aims for "a sound that walks a fine line between polish and unrefined beauty." On the streamlined, harmonica and slide guitar-sparkled "Great American Life" he's achieved just that.