Ottoman Turks, Paul Cauthen, Ana Egge and David Ritschard

Hey let’s do another of these round-up posts tonight, because I’m way behind. This one is a bit of a country video special.

We shall begin from Dallas, TX with some honky-tonkin rock’n’roll fun. Ottoman Turks is getting ready to release their self-titled debut album that will come out on 23rd of August on State Fair Records. A couple of singles are already out and available and both are excellent. I’ll pick the first one Glass Bottles for this little blog entry, because John Patrick Hughes made a lovely music video for the song. If you scored high marks on your country music exam, you might recognize Mr Joshua Ray Walker on lead guitar. If not, fill the hole in your education by listening to the awesome record Wish You Were Here he released early in the year. This band is still a whole another story though, so it’s time to raise glass bottles with Ottoman Turks.

Ottoman Turks Website

Staying in Texas, but moving to Austin and taking the substance abuse to a new level with the new Paul Cauthen single Cocaine Country Dancing. It’s an outtake from the forthcoming album Room 41 that is due out on the 6th of September on Lightning Rod Records. I’ll never do a hit of cocaine, but I sure can hit this crazy country groove with Paul Cauthen. There’s also another single and music video that you can check out here.

Paul Cauthen Website

Time to dust Texas off our boots, but cocaine is still hanging over our heads (at least on the song title). Brooklyn-based songwriter Ana Egge also has a new album shining in the horizon. The album titled Is it The Kiss will be released by Storysound Records on the 6th of September. Expectations are sky high, because both advance singles have been wonderful. Here’s the beautiful first single Cocaine Cowboys that came with a lovely music video and features Iris DeMent on harmonies and Buck Meek on guitar.

Ana Egge Website

Tonight this story ends in Stockholm, Sweden with the perfect closer of David Ritschard’s album Brobrännaren. Unlike the earlier entries, this record is already out and available. Brobrännaren came out on Rootsy Music on the 14th of June and it’s an extremely enjoyable collision between classic country music and nordic songwriting tradition. If Swedish language is not a dealbreaker, I highly recommend spending an afternoon (or well several) with this swedish honky tonk maestro. The album is a whole lot of fun and also very moving. Kanske kunna leva med mig själv (now there’s a perfect song title. I need a moment to collect myself after only reading it), Inte här (när jag är här) and this album closer Som en Hank Williams refräng are personal favorites. This video below is a must watch too. Fredrik Wågensand has done a brilliant job and I really love the style of the video. Plus my family had the same car (same color too) when I was a child so there’s some extra personal nostalgic vibes too.

David Ritschard Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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