Matt Paxton – Hunter Street Station Blues EP

I’ve been on vacation mode for the past week, but here’s a good reason to put this all back together. Matt Paxton from Hamilton, Ontario just released a magnificent new EP Hunter Street Station Blues. I’ve loved Matt’s voice and songwriting for some years now. He is a singer-songwriter who is always able to create intimate and beautiful folk songs that get instantly and permanently stuck on my heart. Hunter Street Station Blues is out and available on Other Songs Music Co.. This is the opening song Baby Don’t Go. You can hear/buy the whole charming release from Other Songs Bandcamp.

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Michael Nau – Some Twist

Michael Nau’s solo album Mowing was a big favourite for me last year. After falling for that record I soon learned that a band I adored during the Myspace-era of the internet, The Broadway Hush, actually consisted of Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw. So I had been enjoying his songwriting a lot longer than I assumed. Between The Broadway Hush and these new solo full-lengths, there are Page France and Cotton Jones as well. So Michael sure has created a huge amount excellent indie pop and folk songs over the years.

The reason for this little blog entry is that he has new solo album Some Twist out on Full Time Hobby (UK/Europe) and Suicide Squeeze (US). It’s again such a delightful and charming album. The man has the ability to create adorable and easy-going pop music. Sometimes it feels like these are just lovely sketches for a wonderful pop album and therefore one could make false assumption that the new album doesn’t offer more than pleasant background music for a lazy sunday afternoon. It does work perfectly as that, but after a few spins all the little bits and pieces got somehow stuck in my heart and I found myself totally hooked into the songs. Nowadays using it just as a comfortable background music is actually rather difficult, because I immediately begin humming the vocal melodies and start walking around the apartment making silly little dance steps on the side. Such a lovely record. Here are a couple of personal favourites, I Root and Oh, You Wanna Bet from the new Michael Nau album Some Twist.

Michael Nau at Facebook

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Erin Rae – Wild Blue Wind

One more for tonight as I desperately try to catch up on everything I haven’t featured on the blog. I’ll leave you with something out-of-this world good. Nashville-based folk singer-songwriter Erin Rae has released a couple of singles during the past month. Both Like The First Time and and this one Wild Blue Wind are wonderful. Hardly a surprise though, because the previous album Soon Enough was already rather gorgeous. Maybe not my biggest favourite as a whole, but especially the best songs like Clean Slate and Monticello were perfect on all accounts. If she can keep the level of her songwriting on the level of those four songs mentioned above on the next full-length I need to start expanding by English vocabulary, because my normal excessive praising mode won’t be nowhere near enough. Erin Rae also has one of the finest voices in the folk/americana/country circles and besides doing her own beautiful thing, you can hear her singing beautiful harmonies and backing vocals on several amazing albums. Lately I’ve enjoyed her singing on the songs and videos of my big recent music crush Charlie Whitten. This is the magnificent new Erin Rae song Wild Blue Wind. A really moving song about mental health.

Erin Rae Website

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Lilly Hiatt – Trinity Lane (video/single)

Lilly Hiatt’s new album Trinity Lane is coming out on New West Records on 25th of August. The first single and outtake from the new album is the title track Trinity Lane. I really liked the previous album and therefore I’m really looking forward to this one. The excellent lead single also has a lovely music video that features Lilly and her beautiful cat. I love cats more than anything and it feels so nice to watch that bond Lilly and her lovely cat have on this video.

Lilly Hiatt Website

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The Deep Dark Woods – Drifting On A Summer’s Night (single/video)

A long time favourite The Deep Dark Woods from Saskatoon, Canada is getting ready to release a brand new album this fall. I’m extremely excited, because I really love the band. I’ve said many times in the past that their 2011 album The Place I Left Behind is my favourite album of the current decade. I’m not sure have something passed it on that imaginary list during the past few years, but there sure aren’t many that I would rate above it. Drifting On A Summer’s Night is the first outtake from the forthcoming album. A damn fine song and oh how I love the vocals. Ryan Boldt has such an amazing voice and now he has Kacy Lee Anderson (from Kacy & Clayton) adding phenomenal harmonies to the song. They sound spectacular together. Here’s the video for the single that is now out on Six Shooter Records.

The Deep Dark Woods Website

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Zephaniah OHora with the 18 Wheelers – This Highway

Brooklyn-based songwriter Zephaniah OHora is a master of classic country music and together with the 18 Wheelers he put together an extremely convincing country album called This Highway. I’ve had it on heavy rotation for a few months and I can’t seem to get enough of Zephaniah’s timeless country balladry. Somehow he can make heartache sound so beautiful, comfortable and truly enjoyable. If you have any interest towards real traditional country music, you’ll need to give this one a spin. It’s out on all digital platforms and there’s also at least a small amount of cd/vinyl available. This is the music video for the album outtake Take Your Love Out Of Town.

Zephaniah OHora Website

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