Jon Latham – Lifers (new song + indiegogo project)

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There’s so much good new music out there right now and so little time to write this blog. A lot of great stuff has come out during the past two weeks. There’s new albums from John Calvin Abney, Kirty, M.Lockwood Porter, Tom Brosseau etc. I try to get to those current favourites sometime soon-ish, but this blog entry is mostly about future greatness.

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jon Latham is currently working on his sophomore album Lifers. Country Fried Rock premiered the wonderful title track Lifers early in the week and Jon has put an indiegogo campaign together in order to finance this future masterpiece. I did my small part, but maybe I should upgrage my perk, because I never bought a physical copy of the excellent debut album when it came out (I couldn’t find them anywhere at the time). It’s possible to grab these both now, if you experienced similar difficulties. This is the gorgeous title track Lifers from the forthcoming album that is estimated to drop into the hearts of the backers in April 2017.

And here’s a little bonus. I’ve shared some Jon Latham songs here over the past year or so, but I don’t think I have posted this one called Kimberly Met Billy that was co-written with another great tunesmith Darrin Bradbury. No idea will you find this beautiful one from the forthcoming album, but it’s definitely worth hearing. Here’s Flour Sack Cape’s live video for the song.

Jon Latham Website
Help Make Jon Latham’s Sophomore Album, Lifers at Indiegogo

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Kuparilinna – Kuparilinna

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Lately I’ve been very fond of this self-titled debut album by Kuparilinna. I’m a little ashamed that it took me until that Flavour of the Month concert the other week to get to know their music, because it’s fair to say that the whole idea of this blog was (and still should be) to tell the world or the few regular readers about such an amazing Finnish album. Well better late than never and all the other cliches. Anyway, I loved their concert and after that I bought a vinyl copy of the debut full-length that came out in the spring of 2016 on Palatsi Records.

You might remember the frontman Tuomas Palonen from Cosmobile and Kaveri Special, but Kuparilinna might even outshadow those brilliant earlier groups. It’s definitely the closest thing to my heart even though I was really into some of Cosmobile’s material. Kuparilinna takes influences from things like Eastern European folk rock, 60’s pop, Finnish schlager and bunch of other things and creates something extremely enjoyable and refreshing by blending them together. Tuomas Palonen and Liila Jokelin share the lead vocal duties on the album and both do an excellent job. Here’s one sung by Tuomas and one by Liila to get you hooked on this gorgeous album. Among the very best Finnish albums of the year so far. Easily on my top 5.

Oh and there’s also a music video for the song Aurinko.

Kuparilinna at Facebook

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Onechord.net strikes 15 today: Viljami Kukkonen – Mörönsyötti

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One Chord to Another is now 15 years old. Huge thanks for everyone who has been with me on this little journey through music. No matter whether you’ve red this blog the full 15 years or just browsed through a couple of post somewhere along the way. It means a lot to me that you’ve visited this and it makes the countless amount of hours I’ve put to this worthwhile.

I had this little anniversary thing going on for the past few weeks. I seriously run out of time, because I meant to do one or two each day, but I just didn’t have the energy to keep that going during 50+ hour work weeks. So very significant ones like Ochre Room, Daniel Markham, John Moreland, Topi Saha, Frontier Ruckus, Small Houses, Myriam Gendron, Lac Belot, Ilona V, Hezekiah Jones, The Deep Dark Woods, Koria Kitten Riot, Chris Bathgate are still missing. Maybe I continue doing these posts during the rest of this year. Not that anyone else than myself care that much if some significant onechord.net favourites are missing. Oh and the biggest inspirations behind this blog were mostly covered during the 10 year anniversary. The Sugarrush, Bridget, Cats On Fire, Office Building, The Rollstons, Penniless still rule my world.

It was clear from the start of these anniversary posts that I wanted to post something about Mörönsyötti by Viljami Kukkonen on this birthday. I’m forgetting my rules here a bit, because I couldn’t pick just one song from this wonderful album. It’s a friend to me that has been with me during the longest nights that thanks to Mörönsyötti always led to daylight. This album knows things about me that I might not even recognise myself by the time the morning comes. Sure the album has its fair share of sadness, but it’s presented is such a way that for me Mörönsyötti has always been a kindhearted shoulder. I so needed that when I had some heavy medical worries. Still do on some level, but Mörönsyötti and thyroid medication has significantly helped the situation.

Onechord.net has never been about music critique or writing analytic pieces about music. That is important and relevant too, but I don’t have the skills for that. Onechord.net is just about loving songs and albums so wholeheartedly that I want to tell the world or the 7 regular readers about them. Mörönsyötti by Viljami Kukkonen is an album that I’ve loved the most during these 15 years of One Chord To Another.

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Wesley Randolph Eader – Highway Winds

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I’ve lived the past couple of days under the guidance of the new Wesley Randolph Eader album Highway Winds. It’s been a good place to be, because this is rather spectacular songwriting. I think I’ll stick around here for a while and make this my home.

Wesley Randolph Eader is a Portland-based country-folk songwriter and Highway Winds is his second album. I completely missed the 2012 debut Of Old It Was Recorded, but I’ll correct that mistake once this gorgeous new album has left me off the hook. That might not happen very soon, because I’m very fond of this after a couple of days of listening to it. Man should be very wary of comparing anyone to the late great Townes Van Zandt, because he sure was one of a kind. However, there’s a couple of songs that remind me a lot of Townes. Sorrows For A Song and Waitin’s What We Do especially fall into that that category. These might also be my early favourites on the album, but there’s so much more to love. There’s a bit of old-time, bluegrass and even gospel too.. and a whole lot of amazing songs. All in all. It’s a really magnificent record filled by great songwriting. Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley also features heavily on the record as a musician and co-producer, but of course it’s Wesley that is under the spotlight right now. Here are a couple of excellent songs from Highway Winds. You can buy and/or listen to the whole album on his Bandcamp.

Wesley Randolph Eader Website

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Darrin Bradbury – Elmwood Park: A Slightly Melodic Audiobook

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That Darrin Bradbury album that I mentioned a while back is now out and available. The title Elmwood Park: A Slightly Melodic Audiobook sums this up quite nicely. Short stories and narratives delivered in form of captivating americana songs. I bought my download like a minute ago, so I can’t give final conclusions, but I’m loving it so far and I don’t expect that to change. My early favourite is a story called I Knew Him As Sam, which you can catch below. The album is now out on a new artist-run label Cafe Rooster Records and you can buy it from Bandcamp. Cafe Rooster roster is Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury and Ladies Gun Club at this point. I fully recommend supporting such fine people and real songwriting.

Darrin Bradbury Website

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