Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World

Lately I’ve let things slide and it hasn’t done me much good. I don’t know know where to start or whether I should even start, because I already have at least twenty 2017 albums or songs that I should write about. I won’t be able to catch up anymore, so maybe I’ll just go with what I’m listening to today. These were mostly Carolina Spence’s latest and this brand new Jake Xerxes Fussell album What in the Natural World that came out on friday on the great Paradise Of Bachelor label. The debut was a bit of surprise favourite for me, but this time I knew to expect a wonderful record and that’s indeed what I got. Jake Xerxes Fussell is mastering the art of bringing back old American folk and blues songs and interpretenting them with heartfelt warmness to a new audience. Such a damn fine and enjoyable album. This is Jake’s version of Duke Ellington’s Jump For Joy from the new album What in the Natural World.

Jake Xerxes Fussell at Facebook

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Freschard & Is This Really Me Finland Tour 30.3 – 1.4

Something rather special is happening within a couple of weeks. A magnificent French born, but Berlin-based songwriter Freschard has joined forces with Finnish band Is This Really Me and together they’ll do a short Finland tour that includes dates in Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä. I’m super excited, because as you might have noticed I’ve been extremely addicted to her songs and albums during the past few years. Shh.., Boom Biddy Boom and Sunday Night are all awesome. You’ll find some personal favourites at the end of this blog post. Clemence Freschard will be touring with another great tunesmith Stanley Brinks who plays guitar on these Finnish dates.

I’m also very eager to see Is This Really Me live for the first time. Their album The Iron Door was one of the finest Finnish albums of 2016.

Freschard & Is This Really Me Finland Tour:

30.03 Tenho, Helsinki
31.03 Flavour of the Month, Pikku-Torre, Turku
01.04 Art Museum, Jyväskylä (notice early showtime 16.00)

Freschard – Tweet Tweet (from Shh..)

Freschard – Not Ready (from Shh..)

Freschard – Investigate (from Boom Biddy Boom)

Freschard – Eagle Eyes (from Sunday Night)

Is This Really Me – Folk Song (from The Iron Door)

Is This Really Me – Cave (from The Iron Door)

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Little Bandit – Breakfast Alone

Little Bandit from Nashville and their new album Breakfast Alone are big personal favourites at the moment. A whole lot of traditional country music & gospel-flavoured rock balladry with some modern twists as well. It’s just an extremely enjoyable album. Sometimes it even circulates the cliches of classic country tearjerkers, but does it exceptionally well and actually those songs turn out to be the ones that I love the most. The delivery is just so beautiful and perfect. The aching for lost love and somewhat dry humour go hand in hand on the album and my mood keeps on changing from crying to smiling. Breakfast Alone came out on Yk Records in February. Here are the video for Bed Of Bad Luck and another wonderful heartbreaker called Pitiful Heart.

Little Bandit Website

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Craig Finn – God In Chicago (video)

One more for tonight. I was a little skeptical of this new Craig Finn song God In Chicago when I started to listen to it and Craig begun the spoken word thing-y. But hey it was Craig and I love this man, so I let my guards down and sunk into the story. Turned out to be the right thing to do, because I was so hooked by the time it finished that I listened to it several times during that night and have continued during the following days. God In Chicago is an outtake from the forthcoming Craig Finn album We All Want The Same Things that is due out March 24 on Partisan Records.

Craig Finn Website

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Eric McEntee – Say It’s Not Over (Val Stöecklein)

It’s hard to keep up with the inbox because onechord.net is just a little hobby and not a full time job. Therefore I usually have hundreds of unread emails and it’s often very tempting to just hit delete all. The reason I keep on going through them is that a few times in a month I stumble upon a treasure that makes it all worthwhile. Some weeks ago the music of California-based songwriter Eric McEntee was such a treasure. Hitting play instead of hitting delete was a damn fine decision, because I kind of instantly fell for the songs. Warm and beautiful folk songs that take the listener to the late sixties and early seventies. The first outtake from his forthcoming album that is due out later in 2017 is called Say It’s Not Over. This is not an Eric McEntee original though. It’s a song by Val Stöecklein that appeared on his 1969 album Grey Life. I love the song and I definitely need to introduce my heart to Grey Life. So thanks to Eric for bringing Val to my attention. Anyway, here’s Eric’s excellent version of Say It’s Not Over. I can’t wait to hear the full finished album, because Eric’s own material is also excellent.

Eric McEntee Website

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