Australian native, Kristy Cox proves that powerful and meaningful music is truly a part of her with every note of every song. Part of Me, Kristy’s second release for Pisgah Ridge Records, (an imprint of the Crossroads Label Group), is packed with emotional songs sung from the heart, and delivered by a true vocal powerhouse.Produced by award winning Nashville-based songwriter Jerry Salley, Part of Me, features interesting arrangements that often take unexpected turns, with a unique mixture of veteran, award-winning players, all in support of Cox’s amazing vocal performance.
From Baskin, Louisiana, singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson is country. Pure country. There’s no pop-country in this girl, which is such a refreshing change. It seems like every woman trying to break into the country music industry these days has the secret desire to be a pop star, but not Lainey Wilson. This song, driven by piano, displays Wilson’s beautiful, twangy vocals that set her apart from other country up and comers.
Magness’ new album Love Wins Again is yet another evolutionary step for the soulful, elegant, award-winning singer-songwriter. It’s 11 core songs and two bonus tracks are built on a sonically sophisticated architecture that’s in full service of Magness’ remarkably flexible and generous voice—which can flow smoothly as champagne or churn up gravel on command.Love Wins Again marks Magness’ fifth collaboration with four-time Grammy nominated producer Dave Darling, whose instincts compel Magness to tap her deepest creative powers and lead her songs to unpredictable places.
Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist, and her flair and immediacy as a lyricist have garnered her favorable comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, and Patty Griffin. She’s earned accolades from such distinguished taste-making outlets as The New York Times, Paste, Magnet, Billboard.com, and The AllMusic Guide. She’s shared the stage with such diverse and esteemed artists as Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martin Sexton, and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records.
Dylan Mondegreen returns with his fourth album Every Little Step.Dylan Mondegreen is a pseudonym for Norwegian recording artist Børge Sildnes.Although the new album sounds unmistakably like Dylan Mondegreen, the approach in the studio was quite different this time around. “The idea was to do it fast, mostly live in the studio, and to avoid many of the usual studio tricks. It sounds like a contradiction, but I like to to think of this as my punk album. Only it’s still pop music, recorded with nylon-stringed guitars, brilliant musicians and family-oriented lyrics,” describes Børge. For fans of: Jens Lekman, Belle and Sebastian, Kings of Convenience, Acid House Kings, Sondre Lerche, Prefab Sprout.
Robert Harbron and Emma Reid are renowned instrumentalists and compelling performers. Their duo performances combine their individual characters and influences with their shared roots in English traditional music, and also incorporate other styles and traditions including Emma’s expertise in the music of her motherland, Sweden. Their performances together are fresh, spontaneous and engaging.
Melbourne alt-country and folk duo The Weeping Willows recorded their sophomore album in Los Angeles and as such it has a lived-in, warm and lush sound. Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wriggleworth’s sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. They’ve taken a detour down some darker and moodier paths this time and it works exceedingly well. Dark folk, blues and country musings on nature, death and doomed romance suit them well and puts Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates right up there with the finest Americana music you’ll hear this year.
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