Kent Eugene Goolsby – Temper of The Times

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Time flies by and I’m failing to keep up with all the new releases. I still try to at least until the end of this year. Then I probably close the books for whole January and think things through and decide whether it’s worth it to keep going as usual, if I don’t have the time or energy to do this as well as I would like to. 90% sure that I will continue one way or another, because music means the world to me and songwriters are the people that both a) make the soundtrack for the good times b) carry me through the dark times and convince me that even the longest night eventually leads into daylight.

Kent Eugene Goolsby is a Nashville-based folk / americana singer-songwriter and his new album Temper of the Times came out on November 11th. It’s a very impressive album and during the last few years Kent has grown to become a really great lyricist. Some of the insightful lines in these songs trigger something good in me by making me recognise patterns in my actions (or lack of actions) that don’t make a whole lot sense. Here’s The Stone from the new Kent Eugene Goolsby album. You can buy/hear the whole thing on his Bandcamp.

Kent Eugene Goolsby Website

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Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms – Innocent Road

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This has been a bit of surprise favourite for me. I didn’t know Caleb Klauder or Reeb Willms before I hit the play button, but they sort of instantly won my heart over. Innocent Road is a truly enjoyable album and no matter how brokenhearted it gets, I keep on smiling all the time. Old-fashioned country duets with sweet harmonies and vintage country sounds. Both originals and classics. The song below is their version of There Goes My Love by Buck Owens that might well be my favourite moment on Innocent Road. Whole thing is great though. Traditional American country music done right.

Caleb Klauder Website

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Viljami Kukkonen – Joko lähdetään (video)

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Viljami Kukkonen has a new music video for the song Joko lähdetään. It’s an outtake from his 2015 album Jos rakkaus tapahtuu, which was my favourite Finnish album of that year. Jos rakkaus tapahtuu is a finally getting a vinyl release as well. So if you didn’t purchase a copy just because you don’t care for those compact disc thingies anymore, there are no reasons to hold back now. The album is gorgeous and there will be a special church concert to celebrate the vinyl release of it. It will take place at Finlaysonin Kirkko, Tampere on the 11th of November. Check out Viljami’s FB for more information. Here’s the new video for the song Joko lähdetään. It was directed by Teemu Niukkanen.

Viljami Kukkonen at Facebook

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Zach Schmidt – The Day We Lost The War

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Trying to catch up on all great albums before it’s time to make those year-end lists in late December. Therefore I purchased a lot of albums last night. One of them was Zach Schmidt’s new album The Day We Lost The War. Only listened to a little bit of it so far, but seems to be filled with excellent american songwriting. Zach Schmidt is originally from Pittsburgh, but is currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are my early favourites Dear Memphis and Company Man. I think I relate to the latter one a little more than I would prefer. You can buy/listen to whole thing on his Bandcamp.

Zach Schmidt Website

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