“The Question” by Anna Tivel, from the album “The Question”

The album’s title track, which challenges notions of religious and gender identity, is the heart of the ten-song collection. “I think a lot of the songs on this record, and that song in particular, are sort of about the struggle of figuring things out, whether it’s how you really feel inside of yourself or questions of identity or of country,” says Tivel. “Maybe the crux of it is that all that time searching and struggling is just as beautiful, even if it’s hard, as any sort of actual answer that you get to.”

 

 

“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

“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.

 

“Valley of the Bones” by Jane Kramer, from the album “Valley of the Bones”

 

Just listen to the words.

 

 

 For those who may be unfamiliar with Jane, she is an Appalachian singer/songwriter who is currently located in Asheville, North Carolina and who has been mentored by Mary Gauthier as a songwriter. Not content to just be a musician, Jane is also a social worker and humanitarian. She regularly teaches the process behind songwriting in prisons, hospitals, rescue missions and to at-risk youth.

 

“Eyes of a Child” by Greg Jacobs, from the album “Encore”

Greg Jacobs is one of the Red Dirt Troubadours based in Stillwater, Okla. who influenced the songwriting of fellow Okies Garth Brooks, Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Cody Canada, The Red Dirt Rangers, Bob Childers and Jason Boland. He’s a smooth singing vocalist who records only periodically, living by Childers’ adage of it’s better to write one good song than 10 bad ones. For “Encore,” which Jacobs indicates could very well be his last album, he sets forth a collection of songs with some of the state’s best session musicians including producer/string man Jared Tyler, Gene Williams, Jeff Parker, Shelby Eicher, Terry “Buffalo” Ware” and two duets with Carter Sampson.