Iron Country Sisters & Applewood Road


New and and excellent Finnish roots music. Iron Country Sisters is a name that actually should have been mentioned on these pages over a year ago. I saw them at Korjaamo, Helsinki when they were supporting the great Canadian Daniel Romano and I really liked what I heard. The songs were good and the singing, well that was just brilliant. I really could listen to them sing all day long. The first single Lonely Tune has been out for a while. I hope we will get to hear an EP or a full-length album sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Iron Country Sisters Website


If you like Iron Country Sisters, I highly recommend the Applewood Road album that came early in the year. They also deliver beautiful folk, country sounds in 3-part harmonies. Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace and the self-titled Applewood Road album is a beauty.

Applewood Road Website

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Freschard – Sunday Night


Time for a party. A new Freschard album Sunday Night is out and available on Wiaiwya. My vinyl copy is still on its way, but I have the download to keep me company. So if you see me strolling on the streets of Turku with a giant smile on my face, I’m most likely just listening to Freschard. She is an excellent French songwriter who currently lives in Berlin. All her records are both fun & irresistible and beautiful & moving. The new one isn’t an exception. So so brilliant. Listening to Freschard keeps my life as something manageable. Here’s Eagle Eyes and the music video for the first single Friends. Buy the vinyl from Wiaiwya or the digital files from here.

Freschard Website

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Matt Woods – How To Survive


This has been an incredible music year. It feels like there’s 3-5 excellent albums coming out each Friday. I probably would struggle to keep up even if was a full-time job. Unfortunately it’s not, but I’ll do my best (which isn’t very much at the moment). October 7th brought us new excellent albums from Matt Woods, Dan Edmonds, Zachary Lucky, Hiss Golden Messenger and Zach Schmidt. Plus all the great stuff that I’m not aware of.

I’ll start going through this latest new music Friday with Matt Woods from Knoxville, TN and his new album How To Survive. I’ve had it on heavy rotation and think it’s a wonderful country / americana album. Matt has the perfect voice for this kind of music and his singing would carry even weak song material into my heart. The songwriting is far from weak though. It’s damn good all the way through the album. Matt Woods also has an all-star or should be stars cast playing with him on the album. Including some of my personal heroes like Aaron Lee Tasjan and Todd Beene. Here’s the music video for the first single The American Way and a couple of outtakes from the album. You can hear/buy the whole thing on his Bandcamp or buy physical copies from his website.

Matt Woods Website

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