Four Arms to Hold You: Matt Woods, Nathan Seeckts, Christopher Gold & The New Old Things and Tyler Childers

These posts will keep on dropping on a daily basis now that I’m on vacation. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to the usual one post a month thing when the dayjob shoves the reality down my throat in a few weeks. I’ll throw in another gear today and add some rock’n’roll albeit countrified to this weird ongoing series. Starting with something brand new from Nashville, TN. Matt Woods is a long time blog favourite and his new album Natural Disasters is coming out on the 28th of June. A music video for the gorgeous album opener Blue-Eyed Wanderer surfaced yesterday. Directed by another huge blog favourite and personal hero Joey Kneiser (who also produced and engineered the forthcoming album).

Matt Woods Website

Moving on to Geelong, Australia for the next one. Musically we aren’t miles away though, because songwriter and storyteller Nathan Seeckts is delivering some extremely convincing country rock, folk and americana on his debut full-length The Heart of the City. The opening trio Old Blood, Beast Beneath the Bed and Sirens is a real homerun and the quality remains high even after that monster start. You need to check this one if you are into things like Lucero, American Aquarium and Drive-By Truckers.


Nathan Seeckts Website

Kentucky-born and Wisconsin-based Christopher Gold is the real unsung hero, if you are into the kind of music I posted in this little blog entry. He has this crazy or actually crazy good project going where he releases a new song every two weeks until he has 27 songs. I don’t know how he manages to keep the level so high all the time, because there’s about 20 of these songs out there now and I’ve probably liked them all (and most have been on the weekly playlists, I’ve left out a couple only when I’ve needed to give other artists some space too). These songs also form 3 different albums that will come available on his Bandcamp as name-your-price downloads. Here’s one great one from the first two albums that are now available. Showcasing slightly different sides of Christopher Gold & The New Old Things.

Christopher Gold Website

And last but definitely not the least, the new amazing Tyler Childers single / music video House Fire from his forthcoming album Country Squire. Maybe not the most perfect fit for this post, but not too far off either and I suppose Tyler Childers is so wonderful that he is a perfect fit with absolutely everyone. The success of Tyler Childers sure is some much needed reassurance that this music business can still make some sense. Country Squire will be co-released by Hickman Holler Records / RCA Records on the 2nd of August.

Tyler Childers 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: Caroline Spence, Kathryn Legendre, Iron Country Sisters & Emily Scott Robinson

Starting tonight’s journey from Nashville with a song from the new Caroline Spence album Mint Condition that came out on the 3rd of May. It’s her first on Rounder Records who are giving a platform to lots of great songwriters at the moment. It has always been a good label, but it has risen to an even higher level since John P. Strohm took over in late 2017. But enough about the label, Caroline Spence is the real star here and she has written a powerful and engaging album. Sit Here and Love Me is a love song that leaves a strong impression. It’s written from the perspective of a person who is dealing with depression and the message for her loved one is that all you need to do is to be present and love me. Even anxieties aside that message is universal and something that can easily get lost in the world where we live with a phone attached to our hand. Be there for the one that is close to you and not for the guy who wrote a bad uninformed tweet on the other side of the globe. I definitely can personally learn from this song too, because sometimes I’m guilty of what I just wrote. Sit Here and Love Me goes a long way.

Caroline Spence Website

I know it’s way too obvious and an awkward transition, but next this train travels to Austin, Texas and I’m going to post Sit Here & Cry from Kathryn Legendre. Just because I love both of these songs and they just fit well under the same post. At least Jake Nyman would be proud of me. Kathryn Legendre is a wonderful country singer-songwriter and her great new EP Making It Up came out on the 17th of May on Shotgun House Records.

Kathryn Legendre Website

Every now and then also Finland delivers high quality roots music. At the moment, I’m personally excited about the forthcoming Iron Country Sisters debut that is due out this fall on Soit Se Silti. The latest single Leaves came out on the 24th of May and it’s another winner with engaging lyrics and eternally beautiful singing.

Iron Country Sisters Website

Closing up tonight’s post with one of the most courageous, powerful and important songs of the year. Emily Scott Robinson is a singer-songwriter from Greensboro, NC and her magnificent album Traveling Mercies came out on the 22nd of February. The Dress is a song that I love, but I hate that there is a reason for it to exist. She is a survivor of a sexual assault and the song tells that story and the fear and trauma it caused. I have no words so I just sit here and love this courageous song.

Emily Scott Robinson 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: Shane Leonard, Jo Schornikow, Adam Ostrar & Joanna Sternberg

I’ve been super slow with my blog writings, but this time I wanted to quickly feature the album that matters the most to me right this minute. It comes from Eau Claire, WI and it’s the new Shane Leonard album Strange Forms that just came out on the 31st of May. It’s starting to look like Shane Leonard is going to rule my year end lists in December, because this solo album is a lock just like the albums he produced for Anna Tivel and Clara Baker (probably Her Crooked Heart too, but haven’t listened to that enough at this point). Anyway, Strange Forms is now out and available and it’s a tremendous album full of beautifully arranged warm-hearted folk songs. Title track Strange Forms and Postcard Laundry are the (should-be) hits and Maybe Next Year takes my breath away. Everything else works too. Extremely highly recommended.

Shane Leonard Website

Next I am again stepping into the Keeled Scales treasure vault to dig up the beautiful new album from Australian songwriter Jo Schornikow. This softly shining and quietly mesmerizing album carries a name Secret Weapon and came out the 29th of March. This is my personal favorite song Martingale.

Jo Schornikow Website

The label of the previous pick came from Austin, Texas, so let’s stick there for a little while to enjoy a magnificent song from the new Adam Ostrar album The Worried Coat. This lovely work of art came out on Super Secret Records on the 5th of April. Personal favorite is the gentle sway of Bloody Waves and you can listen to it below. However, this just one side of this engaging story that ranges all the way to 70s British folk vibes. So take a moment or two and spend it in the comfort of The Worried Coat.

Adam Ostrar Website

Wrapping up tonight’s Four Arms to Hold You story with one of my favorite songs of the year. Joanna Sternberg is a New York-based songwriter and her new album Then I Try Some More is due out on 12th of July on Team Love Records. My expectations are sky high, because I’ve loved both advance singles that have been released so far. This is the powerful first single This Is Not Who I Want To Be.

Joanna Sternberg 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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