Video of the Day #145: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

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This blog needs some SOUL and Paul Janeway is the right man to provide it. St. Paul & The Broken Bones from Alabama just released an album called Half The City about a week ago. That thing hasn’t reached Finland yet, so for the time being I will settle for youtube videos (I obviously need need need the album as well. So I have some shopping to do later on). There are a lot of great performances. Ourvinyl’s video for the song Call Me is one of those great ones. Paul is the main guy here, but because I have a lot friends who are Jason Isbell fans, it’s worth mentioning that former 400 Unit guitarist Browan Lollar plays in this band these days. Hopefully we’ll get some new solo Browan in the future as well. I was just listening to his solo EP last week an still enjoyed it a lot. Cars is such a good song. Almost like power pop and I love that. But anyway, this is St. Paul & The Broken Bones. They seem to have a bit of hype surrounding them at the moment and rightfully so. The album Half The City is now out on Single Lock Records. This is Call Me.

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Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant

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This new Robert Ellis album The Lights From The Chemical Plant has been one of my favourites early in the year. The fans of classic country and folk music will probably struggle a bit, because it’s lighter and at times almost like a pop album. There’s something for everyone though, because it’s rather varied in style. Thankfully it still manages to sound cohesive. A couple of the songs drag on a little too long for my liking, but it’s not a big issue. Good song is still a good song even if it is a bit too long.

I really get lost in Robert’s voice. The vocals (and the whole record as well) always sound so warm that I’m probably smiling even when he is trying to break my heart. At best this is like the modern version of the warm, melodic and beautiful American pop-tinged folk music of the 70s. There are a few songs I’m not a big fan of (Bottle Of Wine, Sing Along), but at least 3/4 of this album is wonderful. This is one of my favourites and it’s called Pride. In the beginning I always picture Ville Leinonen entering the scene with his soft voice.


 
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Josh Harty & John Statz – 12 August

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John Statz is one of the folk troubadours that I’ve been following closely for several years. His latest release is a duo album with another really good singer-songwriter Josh Harty. The album called 12 August came out on Money Wolf Music on 18th of February. It’s very bare and intimate. It was recorded live without overdubs or edits, but it still sounds richer than all those overproduced albums. The song and the musicianship is what matters. This is World of War from 12 August

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