Joseph Huber – The Suffering Stage

Milwaukee’s roots wizard, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joseph Huber released a new album The Suffering Stage a couple of months ago. I first fell in love with his songs when I bought the final album of The .357 String Band. His songs like The Days Engrave were the ones that I really loved. I’ve followed him ever since and have all the earlier solo albums.

If you make a best of Joseph Huber album with songs like Coming Down From You, An Old Mountain Tune, The Days Engrave then oh my what an album that would turn out to be. Extremely talented songwriter and the best songs are just out-of-this-world good. Maybe he hasn’t always been capable of keeping that insane level throughout a full album, but every release has still find its way to my heart. A few filler songs on each record is hardly an issue anyway. 99,99% of records have them. The Suffering Stage is an excellent addition to his strong song catalogue. This is Diminished Things from the new album.

Joseph Huber Website

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One Chord To Another Mid-Year 2017 Playlist

I’m not sure am I going to do a mid-year best of lists. Probably not worth it. However, I did do a mid-year playlist. It’s mostly for myself, but I’ll post it here as well in case someone wants to take a listen. It’s already ridiculously long and I owe a beer to anyone who actually listens to it all way through. It’s not a definite best of the year list either. I’m sure I forgot a lot of stuff and several important ones like Leah Senior, Will Johnson, Fiver, Guy Capecelatro III aren’t available on Spotify. This is still a little under construction, but I’ll post it now, because the next work week will be horribly busy and I probably won’t have time to make it better. I might fix the order of the songs sometime later, because now there’s not a good flow and the songs are in completely random order and therefore it’s a little all over the place. I also might add another 20 when I notice what I forgot. Anyway, here are some 2017 songs that matter to me. Songs that I hold dear.

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Clay Parker – Queen City Blues

I didn’t plan on writing a blog entry tonight, but here I am at 4 am listening to the new Clay Parker album Queen City Blues for the first time and loving it so much that I need to quickly praise it before I go to bed. Clay Parker is a folk/country songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My first encounter with him was at CXCW festival where he performed a magnificent duet with Jodi James. I’ve kept an ear on him since then and recently my email alerted me about his new album. It took me a few days to find the the time to hit play, but tonight I did and what I found is a really beautiful and heartfelt folk album. Gentle guitar picking and a soft lovely voice and together they create a shoulder to rest my weary head. It’s perfect music for this really late Saturday night. In fact, I think I’ll go to bed now with the headphones on and I’m going to let Clay sing me to sleep and then continue listening to it when I wake up Sunday morning. Here’s a couple of gorgeous songs from the new album. The title track Queen City Blues and maybe a little bit Townes-y Upon A Winter Cloud. Listen to / buy the whole lovely album on his bandcamp or website.

Clay Parker Website

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Charlie Whitten – Balance

Lately I’ve been listening to quite a lot of songs by Charlie Whitten. I don’t know how I’ve managed to miss him before this year, but thankfully a couple of months ago I somehow ended up listening to his 2014 album Hey Love. I fell in love with the songs that night and ended up purchasing a download. The music is so warm and beautiful and while it’s not exatcly like it, it still definitely gives me similar feelings as early seventies folk / folk rock artists such as Iain Matthews, Bobby Charles and even Neil Young. There’s a new Playwright EP coming sometime fairly soon and I can’t wait to hear it. Gems On VHS made video for a song called Balance that you probably will find from the new EP. Such a charming song and a complete match with my overly romantic heart.

Here’s also a beauty called All Along from that 2014 album Hey Love. Erin Rae singing harmonies and Gems on VHS again responsible for the lovely video.

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Jerry Leger – Things Are Changing ‘Round Here (video)

Canadian songsmith Jerry Leger released a new double-album Nonsense and Heartache on 31st of March. I actually haven’t listened to the whole thing yet. So much great music and hardly any time to listen to new music these days. I definitely plan to check it out, so this little blog post is also kind of like a note to self. I’ve liked everything I’ve heard from the album so far, which are the songs on his Youtube. The latest entry there is this excellent brand new stop-motion animated video for album song Things Are Changing ‘Round Here. Nonsense and Heartache is out on Latent Recordings / Warner Music Canada.

Jerry Leger Website

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