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It was 7 years ago that Rural Alberta Advantage blew my doors off with their debut. This track is the best thing I’ve heard them do since, really reminding me of their debut. I really love this song, a tune about the wildfires that led to the evacuation of Fort McMurray, a town that lead singer Nils Edenloff called home for a while.

Combined with the track they released last year, White Lights, I can’t wait to hear their new album. Here’s a little something that lead singer, Nils Edenloff, had to say about the process of the new album.

“I’ve never been good about focusing on a theme or having a specific plan at the outset of a new record,” says Nils. “For me, writing music tends to be more of a constantly evolving process, like following one strange trail after another until a song has come to its general conclusion. This time around, we’re following that natural writing process more and inviting fans to come along those trails with us.”

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Released on California’s Innovative Leisure label, you are expecting the album that is going to be influenced by the sounds of 60s. Sometimes those expectations can limit a band. With America’s Velvet Glory, I don’t feel that way at all. If anything, it gave the band a focus from which they branched out from there.

Born out of the vision of Lucas Fitzsimons, The Molochs first effort on Innovative Leisure is a real gem. If you grew up listening to classic rock as a teenager, you’ll hear some of the defining bands of your youth – The Stones, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, to name a few.

The enjoyment of the album is that, in spite of their influences all coming from a specific era, the album never gets repetitive. They dabble in psych rock (Charlie’s Lips, Beggar’s Banquet-era Stones (That’s The Trouble With You) and a tune that reminds me of The Butterfield Blues Band (No More Cryin’).

This is a great album, yet you feel like Fitzsimons has got so much more to give. With the band being able to take their influences and really turn them into special, I’m already looking forward to their new album.

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Been looking forward to this announcement since I first heard Molly Burch’s music last August. She has a wonderfully soulful voice that reminds you of the country music of yesteryear. Her debut will be out Feb 17th via the fine folks at Captured Tracks. In the meantime, here’s some info from PR team.

Growing up in LA with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, Burch’s childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in adolescence, Burch packed up to study Jazz Vocal Performance in Asheville.

Molly’s timeless voice is the first thing you’ll notice on Please Be Mine. It’s smoky, with an incredible range, effortlessly evocative of her early influences. After relocating to Austin after college, Burch began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting guides. Burch and boyfriend Dailey Toliver connected with Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, and they recorded all the songs on Please Be Mine at his idyllic studio in Dripping Springs, TX.

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Chis is a family man; a man who makes a great cup of coffee; a man who loves breakfast cereal. But most importantly he is a good friend of mine. A friend that I’ve seen perform countless times.

He’s done some time on music row; his music being influenced by his deep love of Elvis, Willie and Bruce among others. He’s had tunes turned down by Blake Shelton and others; to which my reply was always; “Then it must have been a good tune.” Needless to say, we’ve talked music on more than a few occasions as I’m constantly shoving up and coming artists his way.

Chris has released music over the years – solo or with his band Lucky Jackson Band. The tune below, is my favorite tune I’ve heard him do. If you’re a fan of good twang and old guys chasing their dreams, check out the track below. Here’s a little more on Chris via his website.

Growing up around his family’s restaurant/bar, Chris was exposed to a variety of live music but it was Country Music that resonated with him the most. His early fascination with Elvis made him want to be a performer. When he stumbled upon his first Willie Nelson record, at the age of 10, he decided he wanted to be a writer. But he never really did anything about it until he was 14 and saw Bruce Springsteen live. He started his first band the next day.

Upon graduating college he worked in a recording studio, played in bands, and sang commercials. Eventually he heard the call of Nashville and moved there to pursue his career. Within a year he was noticed by a management company who secured a record deal with River North Nashville.

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Old Nobodaddy releases new single Gun Is Coming

January 10, 2017

Old Nobodaddy is the moniker of Ian Francis, an artist out of New Orleans. He described himself as Nick Cave meeting a dust covered Father John Misty. I thought it sounded more like O’Death on Xanax which he enjoyed. The tune has a gothic-folk feel to it as Francis sings in almost chant-like fashion. There’s [...]

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Gold Connections announce debut s/t EP 3/31/17

January 9, 2017

Credit – PJ Sykes Gold Connections led, led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh — has signed to Fat Possum. The band’s genesis came in 2014 at William & Mary; a time when Marsh befriended Will Toledo, a fellow student (albeit one year older). In fact, Toledo handled the mixing of this EP, comprised [...]

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Julien Baker signs to Matador, releases new song Funeral Pyre

January 6, 2017

Photo Credit: Nolan Knight I didn’t connect with Julien Baker at first. Her PR team sent her first album, Sprained Ankle, over to me a few times but I couldn’t get into it. But as I readied myself for my maiden voyage to Newport Folk Fest last year, Baker was announced. So I dug back [...]

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Pardner releases debut LP, Medicine

January 5, 2017

I have no idea why I clicked on the email from this band out of Burlington, VT. I kinda thought their name was funny and I wasn’t buried at work yet, so there I was. Anyway, their lead track is a nice easy-going twangy track. Here’s a little more about the band. Gregory Mallozzi and [...]

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Boony Doon announce s/t debut LP

January 4, 2017

If you consider yourself a fan of The Silver Jews, well then you’d be remiss if you didn’t check out the track below. Bonny Doon are a four-piece from Detroit and they’re set to release their debut LP on 3/10 via the fine folks at Salinas Records. I’ve only heard one track but you can [...]

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Matthew E. White and Flo Morrissey announce new covers album, Gentlewoman, Ruby Man – 1/13/17

December 22, 2016

I am absolutely love everything that Matthew E. White touches. His two albums and his studio, Spacebomb, are forces to be reckoned with. I truly think that White is a visionary and one of the pioneers of this generation of music. Needless to say, I was excited to hear that he was teaming up with [...]

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