My blogging activity outside the weekly round-up and playlist has been next to none for various of reasons. That probably remains the case for the foreseeable future, but I try to make a couple of quick posts to share some songs / albums / videos that I’ve loved during the recent months. Starting from Tulsa, Oklahoma with a long-waited new solo album from Jesse Aycock. After excellent Flowers & Wounds (2014), he has been a member of Hard Working Americans and a trusted sideman for other excellent artists. Now he is back with a gorgeous solo album that ranges from mellow folk rock balladry to catchy (should be) rock hits with a fair amount of pop sensibility. What a beautiful record.
Moving on to Canada for the latest single Tangled from singer-songwriter Kelly Sloan. Two songs out so far and both are pure gold. I can’t wait to hear more from her and hopefully there’s a full album on the horizon, because it sure sounds like Kelly Sloan and producer Jeff McMurrich are on to something magical.
Speaking of timeless future treasures. Long time favorite Evan Cheadle from Victoria, British Columbia is about to release a new album Fault Line Serenade on the 11th of June. There’s a couple of great singles out there already. The latest one First Morning Light just surfaced in the form of a beautiful animated music video. Rest a while on its gentle sway and then hit that pre-order button on Bandcamp.
More reasons to set a camp outside a record store or do a pre-order at Bandcamp. I was thrilled to hear that Joe Bourdet is finally releasing a full album (thanks to Lara from the excellent Petal Motel blog to first breaking the news). I loved Joe’s Seamist / El Capitan single a few years back and shared it on this blog too. If you are into 70s folk rock and california sounds, you are going to love this one. Not that I’ve heard the whole thing, but I know it’s going to be a great one. I recently shared the opening song on the playlist, so here’s the other beauty that is already available on Bandcamp. It’s called Call You Friend and I love it to bits.