photo credit Doug Coombe

Michigan Rattlers appear to gearing up to releasing a follow up to 2018’s phenomenal Evergreen. Based on their first track, they are going to broaden their sound a bit; adding some horns to the mix. Here’s lead singer, Graham Young on the track.

“‘Desert Heat’ is a song about exploration. Geographical and mental” said the band’s frontman and primary songwriter Graham Young. “It’s about a midwestern kid moving west and attempting to figure out where he fits in such a vast and unknown landscape. It’s about the bigger picture. I think we can get so lost in the place that feels really dark and scary. And then there’s a moment or experience that sort of wakes you up and makes you realize and appreciate what you have and see it all for what it is rather than what it isn’t.”

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Michigan Rattlers are here

{ 0 comments }

Credit: Luis Rua

We get tons of emails (too much for me ever to go through) from artists; loads of them from folk singer-songwriters. For me, it can be hard to distinguish from one another when it is just a voice and a guitar. Every once in a while, a voice will pipe through the speakers and I will be transfixed. Tre Burt is one of those voices and apparently John Prine felt the same way.

Burt originally released this album in 2018. Prine took notice, signed Burt to Oh Boy Records and set to re-release this album. The influence of Dylan and Van Zandt is felt throughout but doesn’t come across as mimicry. Burt is clearly influence by the greats that came before him, but definitely has his own style. His voice has the way of pulling you closer to speakers to make sure you’re not missing a word. The title track asks some big questions without really giving any answers; it did make me think about my place in the great expanse. Undead God of War is a great statement on our current legal system; Burt has this knack of pushing his vocals at just the right moment. Real You is a love song for someone that you love but can’t find a way to make it work.

No denying that Burt is a special talent. Burt will be at SXSW and he is on my must-see list.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Tre Burt is on instagram

{ 0 comments }

Dogleg announces Melee for 3/13 release

by Woody on February 7, 2020

photo by Kris Hermann

I’m turning 50 in a couple of months. I assume sooner or later, I’ll be told for this music. But that day isn’t today. I can’t wait to see them down at SXSW. Moish and I might have to venture back into the pit. Here’s some info on the first track.

Dogleg’s latest single “Kawasaki Backflip” immediately propels the listener through two options of how anxiety and depression will be dealt with––by burning it all down with fire, or letting yourself be blown away completely by the wind. The accompanying video shows the band at its most violent, destroying everything in its path in an effort to make sense of the internal turmoil of these important feelings.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Dogleg is here

{ 0 comments }

Frances Quinlan – Likewise (album review)

by Woody on February 7, 2020

Photo Credit – Julia Khorosilov

Frances Quinlan is the lead singer and driving force of Hop Along. As a general rule of thumb, I am not a fan of solo albums when the lead singer steps away from their band. It feels like my parents are breaking up and I won’t have it. Even when I do enjoy the solo effort, I always enjoy the effort of the band better. Craig Finn is a prime example of this.

So with that in mind, do I like Frances better with Hop Along? Yes. Do I really like this album? Yes, very much so. Quinlan’s voice is obviously front and center here but the music is toned down throughout. In addition, she explores new sounds including synths which work mostly well; and I’m no fan of synths.

The thing I like about this album is what I like best about Craig Finn’s album. It’s different but not too different. There is still a connection to the main band. The opener Piltdown Man sounds like it could have been fleshed out into a Hop Along rager but I am so glad that she chose not to. That dovetails into Your Reply and you are well on your way to knowing you’re got something special on your hands here. A little later on, Quinlan opens up her signature pipes on Went To LA on what on the top tracks of the album. And then closes the album with a nice take on Built To Spill’s Carry The Zero.

Over the years I have said I would listen to such and such sing the phone book. Quinlan has one of those voices. The fact that she’s just an amazing writer is just the cherry on top.

Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

Hop Along is here

{ 0 comments }

ROOKIE Announces Debut Self-Titled Album, Out On March 13

February 6, 2020

credit Alex Basse ROOKIE has signed to Bloodshot Records for their s/t debut in a move that feels as right as eating Cookie Dough Ice Cream while watching The Bachelor with my daughter. I’ve seen these fellas around town in Chicago and they play good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Get excited, this is gonna […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Black Belt Eagle Scout – I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song (video)

February 5, 2020

photo credit – Sarah Cass Black Belt Eagle Scout; the moniker of Portland-based multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul released an excellent sophomore album titled At the Party With My Brown Friends in 2019. That seemed to get lost in the shuffle with my real job, kids, life, etc. I spent a lot of time with over the […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Hinds announce The Prettiest Curse for 4/3 release

February 5, 2020

Photo by Andrea Savall Hinds are back with their third LP, The Prettiest Curse. Based on the first track, the Madrid quartet appear to have pivoted to more a pop-leaning sound. The lead track, Good Times Bad Times, has a healthy dose of synths in it. Typically that’s my cue for heading to the exit […]

0 comments Read the full article →

James Elkington announces Ever-Roving Eye for 4/3 release

February 5, 2020

Photo Credit: Timothy Musho James Elkington is set to follow up 2017’s Wintres Woma with Ever-Roving Eye. If you have never had the pleasure of seeing Elkington play live, you’re cheating yourself. He’s one of the best guitarists you’ll see live. Sounds pour out of his guitar and it barely looks like he’s trying. Ever-Roving […]

0 comments Read the full article →

Bonny Light Horseman – s/t (album review)

January 30, 2020

CREDIT: Nolan Knight I still remember the first time I heard Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem. It was spine-tingling and to date remains one of my favorite tracks of all time. The title track, the story of a English solider, gave me that exact feeling. This folk-trio combo/”supergroup” of Anais Mitchell, Josh Kaufman and […]

1 comment Read the full article →

Ellis announces Born Again for 4/3 release

January 30, 2020

Credit: Ebru Yildiz Ellis is the moniker of Ontario’s Linnea Siggelkow and she is set to release her debut LP on 4/3 via the fine folks at Fat Possum. Musically, it is fuzzy dream-pop which I can go either way on, but she’s got a great voice. Here’s what she has to say on the […]

0 comments Read the full article →