Newcomer Brendan Dalton crafts a simple, dreamy song on "Beachcomber's Holler"; you can almost see (and hear) the campfires crackling in the distance.
Singer-songwriter Laura Marling is back. And this time she's wielding an electric guitar.
On the cusp of summer, Lorna has released "In Amber," a love letter to their home of Nottingham UK and a glistening, lush, harmony-soaked pop song about how sad songs can make you feel so good.
For his latest release, Kyle Wall, who works under the name Wharfer, put down his phone (he recorded his debut on it) and fleshed out his spare folk sound with some gorgeous pedal-steel guitar (courtesy of Jonathan Lam), a fine counterpoint to his riveting baritone and haunting images.
Nashville, Tennessee-based songwriter Josh Gilligan embraces the sweet folk style of James Taylor and Paul Simon, and channels it into a highly personal and nostalgic (in a true way) sound with the track "Old and Tired Ground."
The celebratory, spiritual song "Lift Me Up" arises from Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass' personal desolation. Marriage over, house sold, money gone, future prospects dim, Bass did pretty much the only thing he could do: keep writing and making music.
Courtney Barnett brings energy to the mundane issues of everyday life by adding rhythm, melody and wit to her musing stories on "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit."
"I feel like an old soul," sings Drew Holcomb on the new song "Tightrope. "I feel like a sinking ship." The world-weariness isn't a downer, however. It's Holcomb's way of facing the truth, which, like the friend and/or lover he invokes, helps him make it along the perilous tightrope walk of life.
As a child, Stacy was something of a budding show promoter, having once invited a group of girls to her home for a concert. Her uncle's band would typically play in her parents' basement, but one day Stacy told every teen girl in her neighborhood that the Monkees would be performing at her house.