“Dystopian Dreams” by Ernie Hendrickson, from the album “Roll On”

 

Recorded live on the floor with the most minimal of overdubs, Roll On represents Ernie’s art at its most direct carefully worked out. This is not a paradox, this combination of craft and spontaneity. The contributions of Brian Deck, who has helmed great recordings by Americana and rock artists Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter and Counting Crows. was, as Ernie enthusiastically admits, crucial to the process. Equally important is the sympathetic, muscular playing by a crack studio band that included guitarist and pedal steel player Brian Wilkie, bassist Pete Muschong, drummer Gerald Dowd and keyboardist John Kattke. Several songs are enriched by horn arrangements that suggest Dixieland jazz on riverboats on the Mississipi and Randy Newman. Roll On is a true fusion of songcraft and sound, and represents Ernie’s artistry as writer, singer and player in its fullest form.

“Promised Land” by Heathcote Hill, from the album “Fight Another Day”

 

Fresh from the top of the playlist that is the brand new album Fight Another Day, Promised Land kicks things off with a heavy folk-rock, Americana-soaked core, and a contrastingly delicate, soulful vocal that’s quickly inviting.

As the track builds, it gathers momentum in a natural, organic and brilliantly entrancing manner. At the same time, the lyrics work hard to create this poetic yet deeply thoughtful story-line around listeners, enveloping them entirely in this ambient, rhythmic world of imagery and promises of a better place.

Coming in at just under the three minute mark, Promised Land sounds bigger than it ought to – the latter half in particular sees flickers of detail subtly add hints of further power and colour that really helps increase that weight and rising energy implied by the beginning. Again, the vocal continues to hold close to its smooth and seductive nature – a quality that runs throughout the album, undoubtedly giving Heathchote Hill a sound that’s entirely their own; and one that captivates beautifully.

 

Captain Blood the Vampirate by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

Nashville’s favorite pirates tell the tale of Captain Blood, the pirate vampire cursed to sail the seas for eternity searching for plunderable blood.

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers is a merry band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rousing historical rave-ups, afro-cuban tinged ballads, Cajun sea shanties, and bluesy Irish jigs, celebrating the days when the seas were ruled by great sailing ships. They offer family-friendly entertainment, sometimes playing a family stage early and a late night set for adults.

“Banker and a Liar” by Driftwood Soldier, from the album “Stay Ahead of the Wolf”

“Banker and a Liar” is a single from Driftwood Soldier’s 2019 album Stay Ahead of the Wolf. The only cover on the album, it was originally written by Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound and hits an important note railing against corporate greed and pitiful practice of selling your soul for a quick buck.

 

“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.

 

“Sparrow” by Mean Mary, from the album “Cold”

Sparrow comes hot of the new release from our Mean Mary, October’s Album of the Month.

 

“Dark Woods” by Mean Mary, from the album “Cold”

As you all know Mean Mary is up at the top of our favorite artists, you might not know she has a new album out in October and is busy on the next one with a Band!

Enjoy this video.  Dark Woods is on Mean Mary’s upcoming album, Cold. Pre-order now at https://meanmary.com/cold

 

Mary must be really really good because my boy loves her and his taste is impeccable when it comes to music, not so good when it comes to women. 

“Talking Reality Television Blues” by Todd Snider, from the album “Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3”

Recording in the late Johnny Cash’s mancave, Snider slings wit, targets hypocrisy, interrogates the blues, and sees ghosts, with Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell assisting.

 Punchlines fly from the get-go (there’s no Vol. 1 or 2), with humanity the usual butt of the jokes, though Trump’s a target, too. Take “Talking Reality Television Blues,” a tribute to Dylan.

“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.