“The Dreamer” by Che Apalache, from the album “Rearrange My Heart”


The band’s Joe Troop explains that “The Dreamer” is inspired by the story of Moises Serrano, a North Carolina-based friend of his whose story is the basis of the documentary film Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America.

“As I wrote these lyrics, I worked closely with Moises in order to accurately convey his story, that of a DACA dreamer born in Mexico and raised in North Carolina, a state that makes life very difficult for undocumented people,” Troop says. “Undocumented immigrants in North Carolina are relentlessly villainized and rarely given a voice in regional media. This song attempts to humanize them.”

Sonically, the song pulls from the band’s diverse influences, which include bluegrass, flamenco, folk and rock. Troop, a North Carolina native, met the rest of Che Apalache while living in Argentina; both guitarist Franco Martino and mandolin player Martin Bobrik hail from Argentina, while banjo player Pau Barjau is from Mexico.

“Long Gone” by Penny and Sparrow, from the album “Finch”

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October 17, 2019: Penny and Sparrow released their live video for “Long Gone” from their new album Finch out now via Thirty Tigers. The Boot premiered the video for the “harmony-laden, forlorn” new track, directed by Sam Street, that captures a live rendition of the song that is so compelling, viewers will forget they’re playing in a Nashville parking lot. This video comes ahead of the band’s shows in Houston, Dallas, & Austin, where they will be recording performances for a forthcoming live album.
About the song, the band said, “When you know your lover is strong and they doubt it about themselves. When you know the self talk they’re hearing is brutal and all you want for them is relief. When you’re polite but insistent about helping to stop the bleeding. ‘Long Gone’ is a song about all those moments, all the rebar & concrete that make up a relationship. It’s a reminder of a promise you made to show up and be loving. But maybe it can also be this: A reminder to show up and ask for love when it feels far away.”
No Depression described “Long Gone” as “a stunning, sultry, yet synthetic ballad that opens the album and refuses to let the listener move on to the rest of the offerings until multiple spins have been consumed.” Associated Press called the song “sexy and sultry”.

Next up for Penny & Sparrow will be the recording of their first ever live album. Over the next few days the band will be recording their shows in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to capture the experience of the Finch tour.

The band notes, “Thus far on the Finch tour, we have started every show with the song ‘Long Gone.’ It just seems to fit as the ice breaker for an evening with us. We’ve been up the east coast and back again, making our way through the south and across to home. Tour begins again tonight (October 17th) in Houston, TX & we’ve decided to do something we’ve wanted for a while: we’re recording a live album at these Texas shows. If you’re in the Lone Star state (or you happen to be an adventurous road trip human) come and be on a record with us.”

Finch debuted at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #4 on the Billboard Vinyl Album Sales Chart. NPR Music included the album on their All Songs Considered New Music Friday podcast, naming it one of their Top 6 Albums of the week. Press has raved about the music as well, with accolades from No Depression, Associated Press, NPR’s World Cafe, Paste and more.
Penny and Sparrow are back on tour tonight and will continue touring throughout November. Find a full list of tour dates below and on their website.

Tour Dates:
10/17: Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
10/18: Dallas, TX – Majestic Theater
10/19: Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
11/5: Phoenix, AZ – Modern Instrument Museum
11/6: San Diego, CA – Belly Up
11/8: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
11/10: San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
11/12: Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
11/13: Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
11/15: Salt Lake City, UT – State Room
11/16: Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
11/17: Fort Collins, CO – Armory
11/20: Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
11/21: Lubbock, TX – Cactus Theater
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“An Ounce of Gold” by A Choir Of Ghosts, from the album “An Ounce of Gold”

Frontman James from A Choir Of Ghosts is to be found in the deep Scandinavian forest, fingerpicking the guitar to folksy melancholic tunes to long for, his biggest  musical influences lays in the reminiscence of Kurt Cobain, The Tallest Man on Earth and Hollow Coves. 


James wrote the single over 10 years ago, reflecting upon the break-up of his first love. It resembles  when your reality picture shatters to pieces and the cravings of finding home, may it be in people or a physical space. The single “An Ounce Of Gold” is an ode to past relationships and to go solo, spoken through elements of nature we’re all rooting back from. In the video we can see how he is searching for a place to call home, trying out different places, until he finds his peace in nature.

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Having released several singles – “Morning Light” reached 1.2 million plays on Spotify so far and counting – and the Woods EP, that caught the attention of international media, it brought ACOG beyond the wilderness of the North of Sweden, to explore Central Europe. With the upcoming debut album, also named “An Ounce of Gold” that is closely produced with Canadian producer Terry Benn (CA) and will be released by Greywood Records in 2019, A Choir Of Ghosts is roaring through, one forest at a time.


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.