Anna Tivel, Jon Latham, Tyler Childers, Clay Parker and Charlie Whitten

There has not been a whole lot going on in here as you may have noticed. I still have no idea when (and if) I will be able to put this properly back on track, because I’m still exhausted most of the time. I would still love to, because frankly my dear I’m even a little bit of scared of letting this go. This is tiny and insignificant, but for me it’s still sort of a big deal. My day job might not add any value to the world, but I like to believe that these songs and my love for them that I’ve tried to spread hold some value and purpose in some minor way. Therefore I think I’m stuck with and can’t completely quit even though it probably would be the wiser thing to do. Whether it’s one post a month or one every day is a whole different story. Anyway, time to stop this ridicilous personal self-pity filled mumbo jumbo that nobody cares about. Sorry about that. My goal was just to make a small post and share some songs that I’ve fallen in love with lately. So here it goes and more to come within a week or month or year.

Let’s start with the new Anna Tivel album Small Believer. She is a wonderful folk songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Anna Tivel is such an incredible lyricist and storyteller and this album is a treasure. Small Believer will be released by Fluff and Gravy on the 29th of September. This is Dark Chandelier from the forthcoming album.

Anna Tivel Website

Jon Latham’s long-waited new album Lifers came out on 1st of September on Cafe Rooster Records. My backer copy has not yet arrived, so I haven’t listened to it a lot yet, but I’m 100% sure it’s magnificent. This beautiful man can write great songs and has a gorgeous voice as well. Here’s Yearbook Signatures from the new album. A damn good song and a bonus point for The Replacements reference.

Jon Latham Website

Tyler Childers is a marvellous songwriter from Kentucky. Hickman Holler Records released his album Purgatory on 4th of August. It was co-produced by Sturgill Simpson, which probably gave it a little boost. It still wouldn’t carry him far, if the songs weren’t any good. There’s no worries on that department though. This is wonderful Lady May from Purgatory.

Tyler Childers Website

I mentioned Clay Parker’s new one Queen City Blues a while back, but a revisit in order because I love it wholeheartedly. I got the CD I ordered from him this week and have been listening to it all week long. Actually I even slept with this record every day last week. I had to wake up 4 am every day to go to work and when I eventually got back home late in the afternoon I was dreadfully tired. So every day when I got home I put the headphones on and I let Clay sing me to sleep. That nap with Clay was the moment that carried me through a rather shitty work week. There has not been enough talk about the greatness of this album in the blogs and websites that I read and I would like to change that. Such a brilliant record. This is the gorgeous title track Queen City Blues.

Clay Parker Website

I’ll end this little post with something that I’m madly in love with. Charlie Whitten’s new EP Playwright came out a week ago and it’s one of my favourite releases of the whole year. The songs are magnificent and it sounds warm, kind and beautiful. I wish this blog could be something like these songs. I wish I could be something like these songs. All four songs are pure gold and it’s impossible to pick a favourite, but I’ll go with the last song Virginia on this little blog entry.

Charlie Whitten Website

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