Showcasing music that makes you feel something, without regard to boundaries of genre, because music that fails to stir emotion is nothing more than noise and there are already far too many labels in this world.
Kris Kristofferson Sunday Morning Coming Down @ Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA
I was bummed to learn Sam Outlaw recently moved from LA to Nashville. This dismay is multifaceted. The West Coast is lacking in traditional country voices, Nashville has corrupted the sound of more than one artist, and I like the fact Outlaw writes songs about things beyond the country norm. Such as this one from his 2017 album Tenderheart ...
But I get it. Artists have to chase the dream and yes, Tennessee is rife with song factories pumping out Bro-Country pablum to the masses, but it is also home to John Prine, Jack White, Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow and countless others creating genuine music across many genres.
I hope Outlaw doesn't get swayed by the execs sitting behind the desks. Now on to a closer look at this new EP.
Billed as a six track EP, we are actually looking at a trio of songs with introductory skit before each. But hey, the complete package is clever and funny, though tough to discern the dialogue.
The premise is a night out for a cowboy, looking for love as Johnny…
I first heard the single In The Night and it came with a vocal sound that immediately put me in mind of Emmylou and Ronstadt.
The soft melody, especially the chorus, reminded me of stripped down Isbelltune and this combination gave the track a retro vibe that hooked me enough to dive in deeper.
I dug into the album titled TELL ME HOW IT ENDS and was surprised by the varied sound of this band led my husband and wife Zachary and Bridget Galanis who take turns handling lead vocals.
The first single, Golden Line carries that power ballad vibe of the 70s, but feels fresh just the same.
However my favorite tracks are scattered throughout this 13 Track album. My favorite is titled Slayer on Cassette. All of the lyrics are published on the band website but here is the opening to Slayer on Cassette.
She's a certain somethin’ at the caffeine dispensary. Pale and pretty,
dressed for the 90’s. A transplant angeleno. If you want to go to
college you’d better learn to accept a millstone of de…
One of my writing gigs is reviewing music for the LA on Lock music blog and while some of the tunes I hear in their name are not right for that blog's audience, they are still worthy of a large partnership. Here are a few of those for y'all to check out.
Everyone of these comes with a slightly different sound, but each spoke to me. Hope they do the same for you.
Camille Miller is German born and raised in Canada. This particular song borders on pop and Americana but much of her work leans to a more folk sound.
Berith This single feels like old school Kenny Rogers for the first few measures and it carries that 70 country vibe. Berith is Norwegian and her voice hints at that accent to give it a nice complexity. V Blackburn V is a track on an EP titled Public Figures and every other song is a fresh take on a celebrity. She has a big voice and a unique approach to songwriting but this song spoke to me lyrically. Sad and hopeful at the same time.