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.

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The Parson Red Heads – Blurred Harmony

Oh how I feel the summer in my heart when I listen to the new The Parson Red Heads album Blurred Harmony. Ok, it helps that it actually is summer, but I would probably feel the same in the middle of a snow storm. This is a sweet one and totally the kind of music that I love. Beautiful pop jangle, sunny power pop vibes, folk rock and west coast americana, psychedelic pop, amazing harmonies. A bit of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci over there and a small dose of The Beachwood Sparks here. Actually this song by Blades of Grass pretty much sums up my early feelings towards this album. Not that it’s really happy happy joy joy. Quite bittersweet and even sad at times, but even those moments are wrapped inside heart-melting warmness. It just feels good to listen to it. A perfect album for the summer.

Blurred Harmony is now out on Fluff and Gravy (US) and You Are The Cosmos (Europe).

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Matthew Ryan – Hustle Up Starlings

I’m not sure does it make a whole lot sense to keep on buying music, if you don’t even have the time to listen to it. This was pretty much the story for me during the spring and early summer. So I’m catching up now that I’m on vacation and hey I was only kidding about that making sense part. Of course it makes sense to buy the music and support the artists that matter to you. Matthew Ryan matters and I picked up the download of his new album Hustle Up Starlings some weeks ago. This will be definitely be a big part of my vacation soundtrack, because it seems to be rather magnificent. Hustle Up Starlings was produced by Brian Fallon and came out on 12th of May. Here’s a couple of early favourites from this gorgeous album. The music video for album opener and single (I Just Died) Like an Aviator and Close Your Eyes.

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BMX Bandits – It’s In Her Eyes (single/video)

Speaking of pop legends. BMX Bandits also released a new single/video. It’s in Her Eyes is an outtake from their extremely highly recommended 2017 album BMX Bandits Forever and then there’s a couple of awesome b-sides and super lovely video for the lead song. There’s a little mistake in the press release though, because it says that You’re So Fine is a song by Alex Chilton that has never been released. This is not true, because Chariot already released that song on their 1998 album I am Ben Hur. I fell in love with it back then when I heard Ken Stringfellow singing it on that Chariot album. Not that I mind at all. It’s a great pop song and I’m so thrilled to hear BMX Bandits take on it, which is a lot different but equally magnificent. You’ll find them both below along with that lovely official video for the new BMX Bandits single It’s in Her Eyes.

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Last Leaves – The World We Had (single/video)

Brilliant news for the fans of the Australian indie pop legends The Lucksmiths. And well brilliant news for pop fans in general, because I’m 100% sure that Last Leaves will charm the world with its own pop magic and it won’t be just a sidenote to The Lucksmiths story. Last Leaves does contain three members of The Lucksmiths (Marty Donald, Mark Monnone, Louis Richter) and Noah Symons from Great Earthquake. If I’m not mistaken the primary songwriter is Marty Donald. The excellent first single and video The World We Had came out a few weeks ago and full-length album Other Towns Than Ours will follow October 13 on Lost And Lonesome (Aus) and MatinĂ©e Recordings (USA). I can hardly wait, but before setting up a camp outside the record store I’ll keep on spinning The World We Had over and over again.

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The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam – A Drink After Midnight (+Finland show 15.7)

Swedish group The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam and their new album A Drink After Midnight has been a bit of a surprise favourite here at the onechord headquarters. But hey what could possibly be more entertaining during these late nights and early mornings than sink knee deep into traditional honky tonk heartache. The Country Side of Harmonica Sam master all this just as well as their current American colleagues. This damn fine record is now out on El Toro Records.

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam will also have a concert coming up in Finland next week at Racecoast Rockin’ Fest #6. It takes place at Kangasala on Saturday 15th of July. I think that might be a good destination for a little summer vacation trip. So if you see someone there who doesn’t look like he belongs in the crowd, that’s probably yours truly. I’ll try to get the hang of it, if I end up in there. I’m not completely new into the music. I learned a lot from El Nino and also have several fifties rock and rockabilly box sets and compilations. Hardly an expert though, but one has to start somewhere and Racecoast Rockin’ Fest #6 might be a good place for that.

This is the video for the awesome single and title track A Drink After Midnight from the new album by The Country Side of Harmonica Sam.

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