“Big and Wide as the Sky” by Joy Zimmerman, from the album “To the Girl”

 

Joy Zimmerman is a soulful singer-songwriter known for compelling vocals, award-winning songwriting and engaging performances. A multi-instrumentalist, Joy performs solo, in a duo and with a full band.

 

Smooth and sweet, “Big and Wide as the Sky” is a perfect showcase for Joy.

 

Big and Wide as the Sky: words & music by Joy Zimmerman (BMI), copyright 2019. From the album, To the Girl, produced by Joy Zimmerman and Jimmy Dykes. Recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab. Download here: https://joyzimmermanmusic.com/new-rel… For more information: joyzimmermanmusic.com

John Prine – “Paradise” featuring Kelsey Waldon

Shortly after being signed to Oh Boy Records, Kelsey Waldon & John Prine went into the studio to celebrate! Although Kelsey and John have sung together many times on stage this was their first time time singing together in the studio. Recorded by Gena Johnson at her Studio G these two tracks play up both artists love of Kentucky.

 

“Leave Me Now” by Lula Wiles, from the album “What Will We Do”

Long before they were in a band together, the members of Lula Wiles were singing folk songs and trading fiddle tunes at camp in Maine. “All of us were lucky to have access to the folk music community at a young age,” Burke says. “The music traditions that we’re drawing on are social, community-building traditions.” On those warm summer nights, playing music was just plain fun. But the members of Lula Wiles carry those early lessons of community and the meaning of shared art with them to this day, as they seek to create music that questions cultural virtues, soothes aching wounds, and envisions a better world.

 

“Lean on Me, Love” by Merry Hell, from the album “Anthems to the Wind”

On our rating of 1 > 5 stars a few songs actually get a 6, not many but some, this is one of them.

‘Lean On Me, Love’ is a song that has grown to be a warm-hearted, spirited show stopper since its first appearance back in 2011.

“Hi-Fi Love” by Chris & Adam Carroll, from the album “Good Farmer”

 

 

“Harmony” in music is really a pretty simple concept. Sing the notes, practice, and (hopefully) make beautiful music together. “Chemistry,” on the other hand, eludes easy definition, which is maybe part of the reason it’s so difficult to attain. Chris and Adam Carroll have that chemistry. Not because they done got hitched (although, they did, in 2013), but because they’ve naturally developed a musical gift that’s brought them to record their first album as a duo, Good Farmer.

 

That chemistry jumps through the headphones on the very first track, “Hi-Fi Love”, and it’s because of their different styles that the song, and the entire record, succeeds so well. Originally written with Scott Nolan, the singers made a few changes so they could perform it as a duo, and they make it both funny and endearing, like the cool couple you wish you knew. Along the way, they drop gems like, “You’ve been drinkin’/Like a bricklayer’s daughter”, “Seems like she left me/In a wolf and sheep kinda world”, and “Freebird rockin’/White trash, h-fi love.” Their vastly different vocal styles (Adam croons easily in a drawl that’s somewhere between Southern and Texan, while Chris’s flawless voice might remind you of Alison Krauss) helps those great lines land just right.

“Adobe Road” by Cej, from the album “Adobe Road”

Today the album Adobe Road starts its month as our Spotlight album. Here is the title track and it is a beaut. my son says fantastic, many other listeners have raved about the track and the album.

 

“The Galway Shawl” by Dervish, from the album “The Great Irish Songbook”

The Great Irish Songbook places songs front and centre. Undoubtedly the well-worn song selection here will be more accessible to a wider audience, but this come-all-ye gathering, with a raft of guest singers, features both vocal performances and arrangements, some of them pedestrian in the extreme. Steve Earle delivers a lumbering reading of The Galway Shawl.

 

“Heart Again” by Darlingside, from the album “Look Up & Fly Away”

The pace slows down with the orchestrated, layered “Heart Again”, which vacillates between solo vocals and heavenly harmonies. The richness of the music on the chorus creates some of the strongest dynamics on the album.

 

 

 

“Gonna Be Leaving” by Abigail Lapell, from the album “Getaway”

Call it prairie noir, or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs, mapping epic natural landscapes and deeply intimate, personal territory.

“Gonna Be Leaving” echoes with the irony of someone who threatens to leave yet never goes—and the certainty that, sooner or later, every relationship will end.

“This is one of my favourite tunes on the album, and one of the most fun to play live,” says Lapell. “The song started as a guitar part that I couldn’t get out of my head, this insistent line that keeps circling back on itself, doubled by the vocals in a sing-song rhyme all about the contradictions of couplehood: the push and pull of independence versus commitment, trying to make it work even against the odds, or trying to leave and not being able to.

At the heart of these anxieties, to me, is the idea of impermanence in any relationship (one way or another, one partner will ultimately be the first to exit). I recently got engaged, so these themes have been on my mind! I love how the band builds on that simple, recurring melodic idea with a heartbeat rhythm section, tiptoeing piano, and overlapping harmonies that rise to a halting finale, rich with ambivalence.”

 

 

 

Said it in the evening, said it in the afternoon, said I’m gonna be leaving 
Gonna be leaving soon, gonna be leaving 
Gonna be leaving soon, and the odds are even 
You’re gonna be leaving, gonna be leaving 
You’re gonna be leaving too 

You’re the poison in the IV / rattlin the sabre, said it wouldn’t be, 
Wouldn’t be easy / said it isn’t gonna be fair, 
Are you gonna get angry? Gonna get even? 
Are you gonna be leaving? 
Gonna be moving on, are you gonna be, gonna be gone 

[Odds are even] You’re gonna be leaving, the odds are even 
Odds are even, you’re gonna be, gonna be gone 
You’re gonna be moving on 

And the odds are even / odds are even 
You’re gonna be leaving, gonna be leaving 
Gonna be leaving soon…. 
Said it in the evening, said it in the afternoon

“Somewhere in the Middle” by Wes Weddell, from the album “Somewhere in the Middle”

 

For the past twenty years, Wes Weddell has worked multiple shifts in the engine room of Seattle’s roots music scene asfrontman, sideman, writer, teacher, and community-builder. “Always heartfelt and well-constructed” (“Seattle Weekly”), listeners have come to expect Weddell’s songs to “speak for themselves” (“No Depression”).