Joan Shelley – Electric Ursa (2014)

mp3 VBR~235 kbps | 63 MB | UL | OB | TB

There’s a haunting stillness to Electric Ursa, the new album from Kentucky singer/songwriter Joan Shelley. Some of that has to do with her voice: gentle and masterfully-controlled, it has the same effect as a bedtime story told in low tones — soothing, comforting, peaceful and warm. Even when the words she sings are sad — and, occasionally, they are — she sings like someone who can see the light behind the clouds. It’s perfectly paired with the album’s soft, pastoral instrumentation: distant guitars that seem wreathed in mist, slowly-pirouetting banjo, piano that arrives gentle as snowfall. The combined effect is breathtaking in its beauty: lovely, graceful songs that glide and swoop like far-off birds.

Marty Stuart – Nashville Vol. 1: Tear The Woodpile Down (2012)

Marty Stuart returns with this marvelous, if frustratingly brief, 30 minute album of traditional styled county originals. His appropriately named Fabulous Superlatives touring band is joined by a few guests, but this batch of wonderful songs that wrap themselves around oft-recorded C&W topics of truck driving, heartaches and lots of loneliness captures a rootsy groove that’ll make you forget all of Nashville’s slick qualities and love country and western all over again. In that sense it’s a continuation of Stuart’s career. The singer is in fine voice and seems inspired by this outlaw move to revive the time-honored music he loved when he first hit Nashville as an impressionistic kid in 1972.

mp3 160 kbps | 47 MB | UL