Grand Salvo, Frontperson & VanWyck

We don’t celebrate thanksgiving in Finland, but lately I’ve been grateful of having the chance to live side by side with the new brilliant Grand Salvo album Sea Glass. Australian Paddy Mann has again written and composed something remarkable. This is exceptional art built around a single vivid memory that is presented to the listener on the second to last song Field of Flowers. A gentle male voice singing softly in an almost repetitive loop, often accompanied with a heavenly beautiful choir and instruments that I couldn’t name without the press release (qanun, kora, koto etc). It’s a wondrous stream of magical music that flows through me creating its own strong and compelling memory that I will carry with me wherever I roam. This and the new Laura Gibson album are the current contenders for the album of the year title. Not that music is a competition. I love both madly. Here’s the memory Field of Flowers and a live version of an album track In The Water. Still probably the best way to introduce your heart to this music is to to just listen to the whole album from the beginning. Sea Glass is now out on Mistletone.

Grand Salvo Website

I love Woodpigeon and therefore I’m thrilled that the man behind the moniker, Mark Andrew Hamilton, has released a new fabulous album together with Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers). Their band is called Frontperson and the album Frontrunner came out on the 21st of September on Oscar St. Records. Beforehand I was more familiar with the work of Mark Andrew Hamilton, but I’m equally mesmerized with the songs of Kathryn Calder. Frontperson is a gorgeous collaboration of two great Canadian songwriters. Here’s a couple of personal favorites from the album.

One more for this quick round-up post. Ballad Of The Quiet Citizen is a song by a Dutch songwriter VanWyck written for What the World needs Now platform. It’s a powerful protest song against a culture of fear and hate. A welcome reminder that love speaks louder still. Also remember to check out her 2018 album An Average Woman.

VanWyck Website

Frontperson at Facebook

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Robert Ellis, Vanessa Peters, Matthew McNeal & Jerry David DeCicca

Carrying on with the desperate attempt to share all the 2018 releases that matter to me. Tonight I’ll have a sort of a Texas video special for your viewing pleasure.

Kicking off from Houston with my favorite song of the past week. Robert Ellis will have a new album Texas Piano Man coming out on Valentine’s Day 2019 via New West Records. The first single Fucking Crazy is like a perfect love song for these insane times. I’m so looking forward to the album and can’t wait to hear what else this wonderful man has crafted for us.

Robert Ellis Website

Next stop Dallas and the new Vanessa Peters album Foxhole Prayers that came out on the 5th of October on Idol Records. It has been a big favorite of mine during the last few months. I’ve already written a few times about it and have also shared this particular song Carnival Barker that is based Warren G. Harding’s presidency and how dangerously the history is repeating itself right now. However, I don’t think I’ve shared the great music video of this powerful song and therefore a revisit is a must.

Vanessa Peters Website

A small step to the west on the map to find Fort Worth and songwriter Matthew McNeal. He has been quite busy in 2018 and has released a full-length album Good Luck in February and two singles Change and All For Nothing during the autumn. The music is a sweet combination of americana, rock’n’roll and soul. Kinda surprisingly I’ve especially loved the ones with laid-back soulful vibes like the last two singles. If you follow the weekly playlist, you’ve heard those already so let’s go with a lyric video of my favorite song from the album. This is Run from the album Good Luck that is out and available on Matte Black Sound Company.

Matthew McNeal Website

Heading down south to Bulverde, TX to meet up with Jerry David DeCicca. He has been been even more prolific than McNeal and has released two full-lenght albums during the year. The laid-back and mellow Time The Teacher came out in February on Impossible Ark Records. A really lovely jazzy album that might cause a sudden hunger for watermelons. The latest Jerry David DeCicca album Burning Daylight is a different affair, but still equally great. It was recorded live to tape and it’s a great rock record inspired by his songwriting heroes like Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Warren Zevon, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. Burning Daylight is now out and availabe on Super Secret Records and this is the video for the title track.

Oh well, have to drop another one too, because it’s so good.

Jerry David DeCicca Website

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Austin Lucas, Kent Eugene Goolsby, Pony Bradshaw & Megan Palmer

Another one of these round-up posts before the year-end lists.

The title track of the 2018 Austin Lucas album Immortal Americans has been shared before, but there’s a fairly new music video for the song and therefore a revisit is in order. This magnificent music video was directed by the multi-talented Joey Kneiser who has also written some of the finest americana music both as a solo artist and as a frontman of Glossary (besides music videos, his first full-length film as a director, Mr. Presto is now available on Amazon Prime). Anyway, I love the song and the video. Austin is a preacher that I would believe in and his congregation also contains some lovely familiar faces. The wonderful album Immortal Americans will finally get an UK/Europe release on the 23rd of November. Just in case you were wondering why it disappeared from Spotify and why it has been impossible to get it from a Euro record store.

Austin Lucas Website

If I’m not mistaken, Nashville-based songwriter Kent Eugene Goolsby was a member of Austin’s congregation in the video above. He is also capable of delivering convincing statements himself and has been featured here several times over the years. He just released his new EP Every Way But Easy on the 2nd of November. He has also done some beautiful old-fashioned stuff over the years, but this new ep carries on where his former band The Only Sons left off and contains excellent rockin’ americana. Here’s the opener Take Another Shot.

Kent Eugene Goolsby Website

Some readers might remember that a few years ago I was somewhat obsessed about Pony Bradshaw and especially the song Josephine. I really liked the whole Bad Teeth album too, but then suddenly all the material vanished from Bandcamp. It looks like the reason was that he got a record deal and some of these songs will reappear on the first proper Pony Bradshaw album Sudden Opera that is due out on the 25th of January on Rounder Records. Rightfully so, because this material deserves all the recognition in the world and I’m so eager to hear both new versions of the old songs and the completely new ones when the new album arrives in January. Looks like there’s an interest too, because the most visited entries of this blog during the past month or so have been the old Pony Bradshaw posts. Here’s the gripping first outtake 10×10 from the forthcoming album.

Pony Bradshaw Website

Time to close up tonight’s blog entry with one of the most powerful and important songs that I’ve heard during these last months of the year. Megan Palmer is an Ohio-born, Nashville-based songwriter and violin player. Her new song Stetson is a moving song about her battle with breast cancer and all the proceeds of the song/t-shirt go to Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee to raise money and awareness for people and their families experiencing cancer. So pick up a download or a download/shirt combo of an incredible song from her website and do some good simultaneously. The single is out now on Blue Rose Music.

Megan Palmer Website

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