Laura Gibson (USA), On the Rocks, Helsinki, 17.11.2019

I quite rarely promote concerts, but wanted to shout this one from the rooftops. Wonderful songwriter Laura Gibson will play in Helsinki at On The Rocks this Sunday on the 17th of November. Her whole catalogue is amazing and then there’s the 2018 album Goners, which was the album of the year on this little music blog. It would also be one of the first choices, if I made a proper favorite albums of the decade post. So let’s meet in Helsinki this Sunday. Luke De-Sciscio supports.

Laura Gibson (USA), Luke De-Sciscio (UK)
Helsinki, On The Rocks, 17.11.2019

Laura Gibson Website

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Austin James Craig – Ghosts of Ohio

This morning took a beautiful surprise turn when I saw Austin James Craig’s post on my feed. He is a great singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio. I really loved his EP some years ago and I’ve been eagerly waiting to hear more of his songs. Now that wait is over, because he released a new album Ghosts of Ohio on the 11th of October. I haven’t had the time to listen a whole lot at this point, because first I had to battle through the workday. I still wanted to do my part in getting the word out, because this is major news on the onechordnet scale. Plus based on a few quick listens, it’s wonderful and full of beautifully arranged captivating folk / americana songs. Ghosts of Ohio is available on all streaming platforms and at bandcamp (as name-your-price download). This is Calgary from the new album.

Austin James Craig Website
Austin James Craig at Facebook

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Carla Geneve, Black Sea Dahu, Joan Shelley and Lauren O’Connell

I’ve been busy on planning the anniversary festival, but a small break in the arms of songs that mean the world to me. Tonight this story begins from Perth, Australia with the self-titled Carla Geneve EP that came out on the 7th of June on Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. I’m especially fond of the last song I Hate You (For Making Me Not Want To Leave The City), but it’s all great and powerful.

Carla Geneve at Facebook

Moving on to Zurich, Switzerland for the new Black Sea Dahu single Thaw. They are probably my biggest music crush at the moment and I find myself listening every new song on repeat for a long time. I don’t know how these melodies always become a part of who I am. Their new EP No Fire in the Sand is due out on the 27th of September on Mouthwatering Records. Both this new one and the first single How You Swallowed Your Anger are pure gold and I can’t wait to hear the rest.

Black Sea Dahu Website

Traveling across the sea to Louisville, Kentucky to meet up with Joan Shelley (and hopefully Dwight too). She has a new album Like The River Loves The Sea coming out on the 30th of August on No Quarter. She is an exceptional folk songwriter and this album is going to be a beautiful treasure. Here’s the latest single Cycle (with gorgeous artwork and animation by Douglas Miller).

Joan Shelley Website

And the last station on this little blog entry is Oakland, CA. This is also a small step back to 2018, because Shimmering Silver is an outtake from Lauren O’Connell’s brilliant 2018 album Details. There’s a couple of good reasons to revisit the album 1) I still love it passionately 2) Marta Dymek directed a wonderful music video for this wonderful song.

Lauren O’Connell 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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Roseanne Reid, Iain Micah Weigert, Kate Vargas and Lily Dabbs

Hey look, another round up posts of songs and albums that I happen to love. Other vacation things to do today, but there’s time for one quick blog post. We shall begin from Edinburgh, Scotland with Roseanne Reid’s debut full-length Trails. This beautiful album came out out Last Man Music on the 5th of April. Teddy Thompson produced and Steve Earle makes a guest appearance, but Roseanne Reid and her captivating folk and country songs are the real star here. Here’s two gorgeous outtakes from the album, a music video for Amy and the first single I Love Her So. You’ll need to hear the whole album though (Levi is probably my biggest favorite, but these were easier to embed to a blog post).

Roseanne Reid Website

Next up is Iain Micah Weigert from Nashville, Tennessee and his 2019 album Dust to Mud that came out on the 24th of February. The highlight is the beautiful duet Wishful Drinking with Caitlin Anne Webster, but everything else works too. Here’s an early Nightingale Rodeo video of the same song and another excellent album cut. As usual, listen to/buy the whole album by hitting those links in the bandcamp player.

Iain Micah Weigert Website

Moving on to New York and getting ready to gently sway with the latest Kate Vargas single Nothing Turns My Lock. She is exploring old-fashioned jazzy horizons on this marvellous new single and it works perfectly. Here’s a gorgeous live in studio video of Nothing Turns My Lock. Filmed by Rob Dezendorf in Dubway Studios in NYC.

Kate Vargas Website

Last destination on this tour is Athens, Georgia and a new album from Lily Dabbs. I don’t know anything about her, but I really like this self-titled record that came out on the 25th of July. I just found it because I always go through new americana releases on bandcamp and listen to them (if I like the cover art). Her beautiful timeless voice instantly grabbed my attention and soon I discovered she was also able to write really good songs. Here’s one of them called Nowhere Road.

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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