Courtney Hartman, Nickel & Rose, Paper Wings and Will Beeley

A small round up for tonight. Again albums and songs that should have essays written about them instead of these small blurbs. Beginning from Colorado with Courtney Hartman’s new full-length album Ready Reckoner that came out on the 14th of June. It’s her first solo album after an EP and the two collaborations albums (first with Robert Ellis and than with Taylor Ashton). A stunning collection of beautifully arranged folk songs. It engages me from the first note and blissfully doesn’t let me go until the last note has drifted away from the headphones. Here’s my personal favorite called January Third.

Courtney Hartman Website

Next up is the folk music duo Nickel & Rose from Milwaukee and their powerful new single. Carl Nichols and Johanna Rose continue fighting the good fight with their magnificent and thought-provoking songs. The important new single Another Man addresses modern day racism and it will certainly keep on burning within the listener long after it has ended.

Nickel & Rose Website

Continuing with wonderful folk duos that are bringing some old time music into modern times. Paper Wings is Emily Mann and Wilhelmina Frankzerda from Nashville, Tennesse and their new album Clementine came out on the 14th of May. Here’s my own favorite called Troubled Soul. As usual, hit those links on the Bandcamp player to listen and/or buy the whole beautiful album.

Paper Wings Website

It’s 1 am here in Finland, so it’s time to call it a day with a sweet lullaby from the new Will Beeley album Highways & Heart Attacks that came out on the 14th of June. It’s his first record in 40 years. Tompkins Square reissued his albums from the seventies a couple years back and that snowball led to a whole new record. Jerry David DeCicca produced, Tompkins Square released and Will Beeley sang his heart out. I’m especially fond of this song called Singin’ Lullabies, but everything else works too. So you’ll know what to do. Listen to the song below and then carry on to the bandcamp page (or local record store, if you are lucky enough to still have one in your neighborhood).

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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