A Sound Recommendation: Folk Rockers Edward and Jane

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Originally formed in Cleveland, Tennessee, Edward + Jane trace their roots to a young duo comprised of Lee University Students, Timothy Edward Carpenter (guitarist/vocalist) and Emilie Jane Creutzinger (mandolinist/vocalist).

In search for a deeper folk sound, the duo quickly became a trio adding fellow Lee University student, Spencer Thomas Smith (guitarist/vocalist). The final member of Edward + Jane was added in Carpenter’s childhood friend, Jerome Obholz (drums), who completed the folk/rock sound. The four found immediate success in the Cleveland music scene, writing and recording their first EP, Grow, and earning early recognition by being afforded the chance to open for Jon Foreman.

As their Tennessee fan-base grew, Edward + Jane parted ways briefly when Carpenter and Creutzinger made the move up north, back to their hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The band‘s stint away from home in Cleveland created their first true debut EP, As Family We Gather, an album written and entirely dedicated to the joys and pains of family, being away from the ones we love, and growing older. This album, recorded at Varsity Recording Co. in Anderson, Indiana, established the rock/folk sound Edward + Jane drew influence from in the sister sounds of The Head and The Heart and The Lone Bellow. The album propelled the band to their first international tour in the Spring of 2017, three summer music festivals (once opening for Mandolin Orange), and the feature-length documentary, Gather, surrounding the making and touring of the album.

With the recent addition of Aaron Sawyer (bass), and Brenden Koon (keys), Edward + Jane are now reunited with the full six-piece band in Chattanooga, Tennessee, writing and recording their second EP. The band’s desire to make true, folk/rock music is heard in their honest lyricism and incredible family band instrumentation. They are a reminder to all who listen, that music is the cloth by which we clean the window looking into the heart of what’s really important in life—those we love most.

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The folk rockers just released their anthemic new EP Too Early To Tell. The heartfelt five-song set artfully continues the band’s tradition of making folk-rock music that brims with honest lyricism and incredible family band instrumentation. The album beautifully showcases the group’s palpable chemistry, harmony-laden hooks, and ability to make even the most stoic listener swoon, as they distill influences from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers-esque classic rock to soul-moving gospel choir sensibilities. Too Early To Tell is a nostalgic journey to freedom that blends the bittersweet pain of departure with the flourishing beauty of independence.

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Nashville Beats: Alt Country Artist Elise Davis

 

 

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Elise Davis moves between lush alt-country and stripped-down folk on her second album, Cactus. Arriving two years after The Token — the songwriter’s 2016 debut, whose electrified roots-rock sound earned praised from outlets like Rolling Stone Country and The Wall Street Journal — Cactus spins autobiographical stories about a self-sufficient woman in the modern world. Like the desert plant that lends the album its title, Davis takes pride in her own independence, confident that she doesn’t need help from others to grow tall.

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Davis’ independent streak began in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she kicked off her career at 12 years old. Now based in Nashville, she has earned acclaim not only for her live show, but also her sharp, articulate songwriting. She collaborates with co-writers like Grammy-winner Maren Morris on Cactus, whose bold, country-leaning sound was produced by Jordan Lehning. The result is Elise Davis’ most honest record to date — an album about what it takes to stand alone, rooted in the hard-won wisdom of a songwriter who’s unafraid to shine a light on her missteps and victories.

 

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A Sound Recommendation: Fiddler Gaelynn Lee

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When Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, her two decades as a hardworking and talented musician finally crystallized in a beautiful moment of national recognition. It was also just the beginning of a grand adventure. With the wind of her award at their backs, Gaelynn and her husband Paul sold their house in Northern Minnesota, quit their jobs, bought a van, and hit the road.

Since then, Gaelynn has played over 250 shows in 42 states and seven countries, adding nearly 100,000 miles to their Ford Econoline’s odometer. The singer-songwriter and violinist has performed everywhere from coffee shops, bars, schools and festivals; she’s graced the stage of renowned venues like Nashville’s Music City Roots , The Kennedy Center , House of Blues and even BBC World News . This June she was featured at arts festivals in Iceland and Switzerland, and she played the Winnipeg Folk Fest in July and Travelers’ Rest Fest (curated by The Decemberists).

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Her new album, Learning How To Stay , is an 11-song collection that runs the gamut sonically from pensive and luscious to aggressive and intentioned, from folk to decidedly pop, and even includes a couple of traditional fiddle tunes. Undoubtedly the connecting thread of this album is Gaelynn Lea herself. With her singular voice and deeply-affecting violin, she guides the listener through a journey that explores the contrasting nature of existence: dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy. Learning How to Stay encourages the listener to stay present for it all.

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In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn Lea loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, inclusion in the arts, and leading an enriching life. Gaelynn has a disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones Disease) and she is a strong voice in the disability community. Gaelynn Lea believes society must prioritize accessibility so people with disabilities can participate in their communities and use their gifts without barriers or discrimination.

 

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New Music and Memoir From American Troubadour Steve Forbert

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Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock, singer/songwriter Steve Forbert’s exceptional new memoir co-written with Therese Boyd, allows him ample opportunity to candidly reflect on those specific circumstances that first brought him to the public eye.

Originally conceived as a stage play and screen treatment, it finds him documenting his early adventures in the big city while pursuing his quest to make music. Sharing reflections and journals he kept at the time, he weaves an absorbing narrative that fully documents the trials, travails and triumphs that would eventually play out over the course of his prolific 40 year career. Big City Cat: My Life In Folk Rock also features first-person commentary from those who worked with Forbert on the road and in the studio.

The book is accompanied by its own soundtrack as well, an A+ new album entitled The Magic Tree that offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, overdubbed with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert’s fans have always come to expect.

Consistently upbeat and optimistic, the songs convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Then again, that’s been Forbert’s mantra for quite some time-honoring his past while plowing his way towards the future.

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The Magic Tree track list is as follows:

01. The Magic Tree (Version No 1) 3:51
02. That’d Be Alright (3:12)
03. Carolina Blue Sky Blues (3:02)
04. Let’s Get High (3:13)
05. Tryna Let Go (4:55)
06. Lookin’ At The River in the Rain (3:12)
07. Diamond Sky (2:51)
08. Movin’ Through American (3:40)
09. I Ain’t Got Time (3:35)
10. The Magic Tree (Version No 2) (3:19)
11. Only You (And Nobody Else) (3:58)
12. The Music of the Night (2:59)

Big City Cat – My Life in Folk-Rock and The Magic Tree will be released on September 14, 2018.  

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West Coast Beats: Meet MAWD

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MAWD is the moniker of Madeleine Mathews, a California singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist ( piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, accordion & banjo) , whose influences include, The Head and the Heart, The Staves, First Aid Kit, Nancy Sinatra, Lord Huron, and the Alabama Shakes. MAWD’s sound gravitates towards an eclectic mix of genres including indie rock, folk, folk rock, retro rock, and blues rock. The soulful, textured timbre of Madeleine’s vocals is diverse and ranges anywhere from a breathy sultry folk/blues vibe to a powerful Janis Joplin-esque/Karen-O belt.

Born and bread in Northern California, Madeleine made her mark in her hometown of Placerville playing original songs at a weekly local open mic. She found an even larger audience in Chico, CA, where she attended CSU, Chico’s music program. She quickly became a part of the blossoming local Nor Cal scene fronting and writing for various bands and winning local singer/songwriter competitions, resulting in TV and radio appearances and press. Madeleine’s stunning live performances and the unique vulnerability, power and shear beauty of her voice caught the attention of Roger Gisborne of Los Angeles based indie label Sound x 3 Records, who immediately signed her and sent her to Scandinavia to tour. As a result, she was invited to perform for several international festivals, including the Irish, YouBloom Festival.

Gisborne produced and released MAWD’s first EP during Madeleine’s last semester of school and brought in Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Beck, Cage The Elephant, etc.) to master the record, which received critical acclaim from noteworthy tastemakers leading MAWD to SXSW and a southwest tour with a new line-up of top British, Irish and American musicians, known as the “MAWD Squad”.

Known for her impressive and highly energetic performances in top notch venues, festivals and artist discovery programs such as Sofar Sounds, MAWD has made huge strides developing a dedicated fan base .

Madeleine is presently working with Gisborne and Cave producer/songwriter Josiah Mezzaschi (Deap Vally, Kate Bush, Jesus & the Mary Chain) on MAWD’s second EP set for release in 2019.

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AngloFiles: From Scotland “Trad-Rockers” Skerryvore

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Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” Award , Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree onto International tours that have included  performances in Central Park in New York, The Ryder Cup in Louisville, the Shanghai Expo in China and just last weekend at the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Skerryvore create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and pop that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the 8 band members who hail from different regions of Scotland.

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A Sound Recommendation: Contemporary Folkie Eliot Bronson

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In 2014, Eliot Bronson signed with independent music label, Saturn 5 Records.  

His ten-song self-titled album was recorded totally analog in Nashville by producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell).

Going for feel and vibe over modern perfection, he used a rare Helios mixing console and a tape machine on loan from the Norman Petty Estate, which was also used to record Buddy Holly in the 1950’s.  The album was recorded in one week at Cobb’s home studio and The Sound Emporium.  

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His latest,  James is now available.  Mercy, was used in an episode of the police procedural crime drama Criminal Minds.  

The album also includes “Rough Ride“, a song about fellow Baltimorean Freddie Gray. 

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