Led by a modern-day Linda Ronstadt, Granville Automatic writes songs the Associated Press calls “haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.” Horses, history and war are just some of the topics songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins prefer – all fitting subjects for a band named after a 19th-century typewriter. With sonic references such as Lyle Lovett, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Granville Automatic has created a quiet and lyrical sound devoted to telling stories from the past.
The Homing encompases three generations of artists from the UK, Canada, Greece and New Zealand who love and are influenced by a wide range of international music but manage to weave them together into something unique.Cross genre music spanning Country, Blues, Folk Rock, Rock and Folk: six musicians, sixteen instruments and three part harmony vocals. Sometimes its the kind of acoustic stuff you’d find playing at a county fair in Missouri, sometimes it’s like a loud electric gig in LA, sometimes it’s the kind of music you find on your car radio as you drive through the backroads of Mississippi.
With her new album, “Common Law Wife,” acclaimed Americana singer-songwriter Angela Easterling – once hailed by Byrds co-founder Roger McGuinn as “a bright shining star on the horizon” – clearly spells out the direction her life has taken in recent years.Recorded with Joe Pisapia (Guster, k.d. lang, Drew Holcomb) at his Middletree Studios in Nashville, “Common Law Wife” – in addition to sparkling multi-instrumental performances by Turner – features some of Music City’s finest musicians, including Will Kimbrough, Fats Kaplin, Dave Jacques and Paul Griffith.
D.L. Duncan’s new self-titled CD places him right in the middle of today’s Blues & Americana groundswell. Recorded in Lafayette, Louisiana & Nashville, Tennessee, this 2015 release shows Duncan at his best.
Duncan wrote 8 of the 10 songs on the recording. He plays guitars of all persuasions (electric, acoustic, resonator, dobro) and sings with conviction throughout. This new D.L. Duncan record is clearly the strongest effort so far from this relatively obscure musical treasure. There are deep American Roots reflected in these new & original songs by this great songwriter & guitarist… bluesy & vibrant.