Ottoman Turks, Paul Cauthen, Ana Egge and David Ritschard

Hey let’s do another of these round-up posts tonight, because I’m way behind. This one is a bit of a country video special.

We shall begin from Dallas, TX with some honky-tonkin rock’n’roll fun. Ottoman Turks is getting ready to release their self-titled debut album that will come out on 23rd of August on State Fair Records. A couple of singles are already out and available and both are excellent. I’ll pick the first one Glass Bottles for this little blog entry, because John Patrick Hughes made a lovely music video for the song. If you scored high marks on your country music exam, you might recognize Mr Joshua Ray Walker on lead guitar. If not, fill the hole in your education by listening to the awesome record Wish You Were Here he released early in the year. This band is still a whole another story though, so it’s time to raise glass bottles with Ottoman Turks.

Ottoman Turks Website

Staying in Texas, but moving to Austin and taking the substance abuse to a new level with the new Paul Cauthen single Cocaine Country Dancing. It’s an outtake from the forthcoming album Room 41 that is due out on the 6th of September on Lightning Rod Records. I’ll never do a hit of cocaine, but I sure can hit this crazy country groove with Paul Cauthen. There’s also another single and music video that you can check out here.

Paul Cauthen Website

Time to dust Texas off our boots, but cocaine is still hanging over our heads (at least on the song title). Brooklyn-based songwriter Ana Egge also has a new album shining in the horizon. The album titled Is it The Kiss will be released by Storysound Records on the 6th of September. Expectations are sky high, because both advance singles have been wonderful. Here’s the beautiful first single Cocaine Cowboys that came with a lovely music video and features Iris DeMent on harmonies and Buck Meek on guitar.

Ana Egge Website

Tonight this story ends in Stockholm, Sweden with the perfect closer of David Ritschard’s album Brobrännaren. Unlike the earlier entries, this record is already out and available. Brobrännaren came out on Rootsy Music on the 14th of June and it’s an extremely enjoyable collision between classic country music and nordic songwriting tradition. If Swedish language is not a dealbreaker, I highly recommend spending an afternoon (or well several) with this swedish honky tonk maestro. The album is a whole lot of fun and also very moving. Kanske kunna leva med mig själv (now there’s a perfect song title. I need a moment to collect myself after only reading it), Inte här (när jag är här) and this album closer Som en Hank Williams refräng are personal favorites. This video below is a must watch too. Fredrik Wågensand has done a brilliant job and I really love the style of the video. Plus my family had the same car (same color too) when I was a child so there’s some extra personal nostalgic vibes too.

David Ritschard Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Kelsey Waldon, Leslie Stevens, Malin Pettersen and Mariel Buckley

I’ve spent the first vacation days in planning the forthcoming 18th Anniversary Festival, but now I’ll start the usual catch up special and during the next week or so I will share a lot of songs I’ve loved during the last couple of months.

Today this music journey starts from Nashville, where country songwriter Kelsey Waldon is getting ready to release her new full-length album White Noise/White Lines. The album is coming out on John Prine’s label Oh Boy Records on the 4th of October (Kelsey Waldon is the first signing in 15 years). The excellent first single Anyhow surfaced a few weeks ago with a music video. Check it out below before setting a camp outside the record store.

Kelsey Waldon Website

Moving on to Los Angeles to meet up with country singer Leslie Stevens and her magnificent songs. Her album Sinner is coming out on LyricLand LLC on the 23rd of August and it’s going to be a stunner based on the three advance singles. Here’s Depression, Descent, but the other two are equally awesome, so check them out wherever you listen to music these days. I haven’t even heard the album, but I’m already pretty sure that you’ll find this one from my year-end list.

Leslie Stevens Website

Next stop, Oslo Norway and the new norwegicana single Pause from Malin Pettersen. It’s an outtake from her forthcoming six-song EP Alonesome that is due out on the 11th of October on Die With Your Boots On Records. Solveig Selj made a video for this beautiful and moving single.

Malin Pettersen Website

The final destination of this little blog entry is Canada and more precisely Calgary, Alberta. Casting Stones is Mariel Buckley’s latest single. If I’m not mistaken this powerful song is a b-side for her marvellous 2018 album Driving in the Dark. It’s definitely way too good to be left in the drawer, so it’s good to have it burning its way into my heart now in 2019.

Mariel Buckley Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Black Sea Dahu, Caroline Spence, Kacy & Clayton and Izaak Opatz

A quick video post for tonight. Last year I discovered Swiss band Black Sea Dahu thanks to my FB friend Karen and I’m becoming more addicted to their music every single day. I could listen to the live at FluxFM version of In Case I Fall For You and this new single How You Swallowed your Anger all day long. Here’s a Berlin sessions video of my favourite song in the world today. It’s an outtake from their forthcoming EP No Fire in the Sand that is due out on the 27th of September on Mouthwatering Records.

Black Sea Dahu Website

Next up is the new music video from one of my favorite albums of the year. Who’s Gonna Make My Mistakes is an outtake from Caroline Spence’s brilliant album Mint Condintion that is out now on Rounder Records. Here’s some sweet and clumsy love in form of a music video that was directed by Steve Voss.

Caroline Spence Website

There’s a new and most likely wonderful Kacy & Clayton album on the horizon. Carrying On will drop into the record stores and our hearts on the 4th of October. A couple of singles are already out and available on New West Records. Sunny Adams directed a great music video for this second single The Forty-Ninth Parallel.

Kacy & Clayton Website

And finally a small step back to Mariachi Static. It’s an album by Izaak Opatz that originally came out in 2017 and then Mama Bird Recording Co reissued it in the summer of 2018. However, it’s definitely worthy of a revisit any day just because it’s so damn good. This time there’s an additional reason. Michael T. Workman directed a fabulous new music video for album cut Not Yet.

Izaak Opatz Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Four Arms to Hold You: Michaela Anne, Jason Hawk Harris, The Rumblings of Spring and Hermina Jean

Midsummer is around the corner, but first one of these quick round up posts of songs that I love. This time I’m almost up-to-date, because these are all fabulous songs / videos that have been released within a week or two.

Tonight’s journey begins from Nashville, Tennessee with the new Michaela Anne single By Our Design. She was signed by Yep Roc a while ago and they will release her new album Desert Dove on the 27th of September. I have really high expectations for this one, because I just saw her play live at STHLM Americana last weekend and I loved her concert. The new single is also wonderful and comes with a very sweet music video. The mutual love shines in each frame and each line of their own design. Plus there’s a really lovely cat on the video. I think I will return to this album several times during the coming months.

Michaela Anne Website

Moving on to Los Angeles for another album that I’m waiting eagerly. It’s Jason Hawk Harris album Love & the Dark that will come out on Bloodshot Records on the 23rd of August. The first single Cussing at the Light surfaced yesterday and Stanley Sievers directed a gorgeous music video for the song.

Jason Hawk Harris Website

Traveling on to Hamilton, Ontario for the new EP from long time blog favourite Matt Paxton. He has a new band called The Rumblings of Spring and the self-titled debut EP actually came out today on the 21st of June. It’s available on their Bandcamp as name-your-price download, so what are we waiting. Let’s pick a price and we’ll be awarded with some first class Canadian indie rock. Here’s the exceptional music video Kyle McCreight made for the opening song Tidal Waves.

The Rumblings of Spring at Facebook

Last destination for tonight is 2018 and Montana. Hermina Jean’s excellent Hot Grey EP came out almost a year ago, but there’s a couple of good reasons to revisit it. 1) Alana Waksman directed a great new music video for the album closer I Know Nothing 2) It’s just so damn good that any day is a good day to listen to it.

Hermina Jean at Facebook

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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Four Arms to Hold You: The Country Side of Harmonica Sam, Shawn Hess, Charlie Collins and Charlie Marie

A couple more of these still to come and then I’ll get back to the more normal update frequency. This time this is a bit of a suited up country & western special. Beginning the trip from Malmö, Sweden with the latest The Country Side of Harmonica Sam single My First Broken Heart (Since My Last Broken Heart) that came out on El Toro Records on the 16th of May. A mighty good band if you are into real country music, honky tonk and 50s rock’n’roll.

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam Website

Next location is almost a world away in Laramie, Wyoming. Country singer-songwriter is Shawn Hess a completely new find one for me and I didn’t know him before this album came out on the 24th of May. Records like World Away is actually the reason why it makes sense for me to make the weekly playlist. I find treasures like this when I’m searching for all the possible interesting new releases every weekend. There’s a lot of excellent country songwriting and storytelling on this one. A pretty broken-hearted collection of songs for sure, but still so damn enjoyable.

Shawn Hess at Facebook

The world tour takes this blog entry to Tamworth, Australia. This is also taking a step towards more modern territories like indie rock, but the country storytelling tradition definitely isn’t absent from this one either. Snowpine is a new album by Charlie Collins and it came out on 31st of May on Mirror Records. Here’s an excellent live versio of album track Mexico.

Charlie Collins at Facebook

Tonight’s journey ends in Nashville, Tennessee with a song from the new self-titled Charlie Marie EP that came out on the 3rd of May. Ok, maybe that’s not a suit, but the EP is wonderful, full of country sounds and engaging storytelling and is therefore not a bad fit with the other Charlie and the gentlemen. The magnificent opener Rhinestones wraps up this little blog entry.

Charlie Marie Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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