Another one of these round-up posts before the year-end lists.
The title track of the 2018 Austin Lucas album Immortal Americans has been shared before, but there’s a fairly new music video for the song and therefore a revisit is in order. This magnificent music video was directed by the multi-talented Joey Kneiser who has also written some of the finest americana music both as a solo artist and as a frontman of Glossary (besides music videos, his first full-length film as a director, Mr. Presto is now available on Amazon Prime). Anyway, I love the song and the video. Austin is a preacher that I would believe in and his congregation also contains some lovely familiar faces. The wonderful album Immortal Americans will finally get an UK/Europe release on the 23rd of November. Just in case you were wondering why it disappeared from Spotify and why it has been impossible to get it from a Euro record store.
If I’m not mistaken, Nashville-based songwriter Kent Eugene Goolsby was a member of Austin’s congregation in the video above. He is also capable of delivering convincing statements himself and has been featured here several times over the years. He just released his new EP Every Way But Easy on the 2nd of November. He has also done some beautiful old-fashioned stuff over the years, but this new ep carries on where his former band The Only Sons left off and contains excellent rockin’ americana. Here’s the opener Take Another Shot.
Some readers might remember that a few years ago I was somewhat obsessed about Pony Bradshaw and especially the song Josephine. I really liked the whole Bad Teeth album too, but then suddenly all the material vanished from Bandcamp. It looks like the reason was that he got a record deal and some of these songs will reappear on the first proper Pony Bradshaw album Sudden Opera that is due out on the 25th of January on Rounder Records. Rightfully so, because this material deserves all the recognition in the world and I’m so eager to hear both new versions of the old songs and the completely new ones when the new album arrives in January. Looks like there’s an interest too, because the most visited entries of this blog during the past month or so have been the old Pony Bradshaw posts. Here’s the gripping first outtake 10×10 from the forthcoming album.
Time to close up tonight’s blog entry with one of the most powerful and important songs that I’ve heard during these last months of the year. Megan Palmer is an Ohio-born, Nashville-based songwriter and violin player. Her new song Stetson is a moving song about her battle with breast cancer and all the proceeds of the song/t-shirt go to Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee to raise money and awareness for people and their families experiencing cancer. So pick up a download or a download/shirt combo of an incredible song from her website and do some good simultaneously. The single is out now on Blue Rose Music.