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.

 

“Surrender” by Pat Byrne, from the album “Rituals”

 

 

An Irish singer and recording artist, Pat Byrne hails from Borris, County Carlow.  

 “Pat’s voice strikes an emotional chord with his audience; ranging from seductive whisper one moment, to full-bodied rock ‘n’ roll growl the next.” – Stuart Gray, Hot Press Magazine

“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.

“On the Water” by Josh Ritter, from the album “Fever Breaks”

 

The notion of being drawn to another is also present in the nimbly fingerpicked, steel and piano accompanied On The Water (“I’m drawn to you., honey, like the sea to the fisherman’s daughter”), although this time the attraction is more positive (“I’ll be around it don’t matter what the others offer”), reaching out a helping hand when “you’re in-between nothing but thin air and the unknown”, although the object of affection has to make the choice.

“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.

 

“Locked Out” by Leroy From the North, from the album “Health and Fitness”

 

Locked Out is a real highlight as I’m a total sucker for that Allman Brothers influenced guitar sound

Leroy from the North is the debut solo offering from Eli Wulfmeier a singer/guitarist from Los Angeles by way of Michigan. If the name sounds familiar it s hardly surprising as Eli spent three years as a member of The Wild Feathers; whose 2013, John Jay Joyce produced, debut is a cool slab of Eagles/Jayhawks influenced country rock. Eli s other credits include playing with Katy Rose, Shelby Lynne and Joe Purdy amongst others and he is also a member of female-fronted hard rockers Dorothy. Eli brings all of these influences along for the ride on the five tracks that comprise his Health and Fitness EP

“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.

 

“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”). 

“Somewhere A Place” by RJ Cowdery, from the album “What If This Is All There Is”

From the first few notes you know this is a special album, but it’s RJ’s voice that seals it. The opening song, “Somewhere A Place”, hits you immediately. A reflective song about love denied wrapped in velvet vocals. It’s a love song, a what if song with a tom-tom pater, simple key strokes, and gentle guitar. 

words by Viola Krouse of  MAKING A SCENE