The Great Despiser, the new album from celebrated singer-songwriter Joe Pug, is the follow-up to Pug’s critically acclaimed full-length debut, Messenger, and his wildly popular word-of-mouth EP, Nation of Heat. The 11-track was recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Califone, etc). In addition to Pug, the album features various acclaimed musicians, including Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim) on piano, organ and marimba as well as backing vocals form The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn on the album’s title track.
Given that Geoff Farina’s career thus far has consisted of being the frontman in 90s experimental alt-rockers Karate and one half of indie duo The Secret Stars, it comes as a slight surprise to note that his first solo album in a decade is about as cutting edge as Spongebob Squarepants’ bollocks. ‘The Wishes Of The Dead’ comprises of ten songs chronicling a year spent living in a small town in Maine, and the influence of rural Americana is plastered all over these tracks.Fans of piedmont style finger-picked guitar will find a great deal of joy within ‘The Wishes Of The Dead’. Geoff Farina’s debut album is a master class in plucked intricate guitar riffs, all of which are centred around his dark baritone voice that broods over a variety of pretty melodies.
“There may be flashier songwriters than Robbie Fulks, but there are none better than him. His album, Gone Away Backward, is a sneaky triumph. Hobos and miscreants rub shoulders with nostalgic old-timers and lonely lovers. The musicianship on the album kicks ass, but the real star is the brilliant pile of songs Robbie has amassed for his return to the great Bloodshot Records.” –Rhett Miller, Old 97’s
This is spiritual blues that is reflected in the opening gospel track of ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’. This is an album produced with thought, love and care delivered by two superb musicians who what to convey the blues to you and they certainly achieve this. Every track is a little bit special but the flower at the centre of the bouquet is the stellar track of the album.
Heavy City Blues disc is advertised as the toughest race of the Vargas Blues Band. Based on the blues but putting your eyes on the birth of hard rock in the late ’60s. Includes 10 original songs and a cover of Love Hurts by the Everly Brothers.Javier Vargas recounts collaborations with drummer Carmine Appice and vocalist Paul Shortino, split songs with Bobby Alexander.
Jamie Lynn Vessels makes her stunning debut as a singer-songwriter in this collection of 12 songs, released in May 2013. Running the gamut from folksy, sweet string arrangements to full-blown blues rock. A must-have for fans of storytelling and rich, emotionally-driven music.
A roiling album filled with juicy blues, folky twists, and unique sounds that Jamie captures as all her own; her ability to weave story, music, and feeling is unlike any other as she delves into the heart of the human spirit.
Acoustic Syndicate is a band that has been not only making music together, but also farming and advocating for environmental rights for two decades. Now, the quintet is set to release their first record in eight years.
“The tunes on this album were written with an essentially positive message, one about humanity, earth, responsibility and peace,” said vocalist and guitarist Steve McMurry.
Billy Cardine – Dobro, Electric Dobro
Bryon McMurry – Banjo, Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Fitzhugh McMurry – Drums, Vocals
Steve McMurry – Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Jay Sanders – Bass