Austin James Craig – Ghosts of Ohio

This morning took a beautiful surprise turn when I saw Austin James Craig’s post on my feed. He is a great singer-songwriter from Akron, Ohio. I really loved his EP some years ago and I’ve been eagerly waiting to hear more of his songs. Now that wait is over, because he released a new album Ghosts of Ohio on the 11th of October. I haven’t had the time to listen a whole lot at this point, because first I had to battle through the workday. I still wanted to do my part in getting the word out, because this is major news on the onechordnet scale. Plus based on a few quick listens, it’s wonderful and full of beautifully arranged captivating folk / americana songs. Ghosts of Ohio is available on all streaming platforms and at bandcamp (as name-your-price download). This is Calgary from the new album.

Austin James Craig Website
Austin James Craig at Facebook

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Black Sea Dahu, Julie Arsenault, Paper Beat Scissors and Very Good

Lately I’ve let things slide and it has never done me any good. It’s also super easy to let things slide and so hard to start again. Anyway, I’ll try to get back on this and start with a quick video post of songs that I love madly. Swiss folk band Black Sea Dahu led by songwriter Janine Cathrein has been one of my biggest favorites during the year. Their wonderful new EP No Fire In the Sand came out on the 27th of September on Mouthwatering Records and it’s filled with exceptional songwriting and beautifully arranged folk songs. These songs How You Swallowed Your Anger and Thaw have been here before, but not these particular videos. I could listen to these all day long. Poignant, mesmerizing and eternally beautiful.

Black Sea Dahu at Facebook
Black Sea Dahu Website
Black Sea Dahu at Bandcamp

Next we travel to Toronto and also make a partial step to the finest music of 2018 category. Songwriter Julie Arsenault is a big favorite of mine and her last couple of EPs have both been on my year-end top 10. Her latest EP Mom Rock came out in November 2018. For a music blog that might seem like ages ago, but these current short-living album cycles are complete bollocks. The music is relevant whenever it hits your heart and this one does every time you hit play. Recently Julie Arsenault worked with the already legendary archivist of Canadian music Southern Souls who captured a video session with two beautiful performances of EP songs Trouble With Men and Pro Choice. Watch Trouble With Men below and then visit the Southern Souls page for Pro Choice and tons of other wonderful video sessions.

Oh and here’s an older classic from her 2017 EP. I will always keep on returning to this one and this EP is probably the only 2017 release that has never left my iPod. Yeah, I still use such a thing and very regularly.

Southern Souls Website
Julie Arsenault at Bandcamp

Staying in Canada for the next one, but relocating to Montreal. The songwriter Tim Crabtree relocated there from the UK and has been releasing enchanting chamber folk under the name Paper Beat Scissors. His latest album Parallel Line came out on the 13th of September on Forward Music Group. One of the highlights of the album is called Shapes and Derek Branscombe made a perfect video companion to this wonderful song. Both would work on their own, but together they find even higher grounds. Watch it below and then hit the bandcamp player for another great song and buy/listen opportunity of the whole record.

Paper Beat Scissors at Facebook
Paper Beat Scissors Website

We wrap this little blog post with something that is Very Good or in fact rather spectacular. I just saw this video and heard this song last night and absolutely loved every second of it. Falling Dreams is the final single from Very Good’s album Adulthood that is coming out tomorrow 11th of October (or well today because I’m writing this after midnight). I’ll definitely need to spare an hour or two of my weekend for just laying on bed with headphones and listening to this one, because I have feeling that Sean Cronin and co have created something very special. Based on the three singles this is going to be unique, beautiful and colourful work of art. Here’s two of them, first the video and then the first single Ghost Warning. By the time you read this, the album is probably available too so follow my lead, hit that Bandcamp link and dive into the musical world of Very Good.

Very Good at Facebook

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Jason Hawk Harris, Erin Enderlin, Vincent Neil Emerson & Garrett T. Capps

Most of my blog time for the next three weeks will be spent on the online anniversary festival, but first I want to quickly tell you that I absolutely love this new album from Los Angeles-based americana songwriter Jason Hawk Harris. The album Love & The Dark came out on the 23rd of August on Bloodshot Records and it’s one hell of a country record with a whole lot of rock’n’roll and heavy-hearted narrative. Super entertaining, but also able to drop your heart to the apartment below. One of my personal favorites of the year so far. Here’s a couple of great songs from the album. Listen to / buy the whole great record by hitting those links on the Bandcamp player.

Jason Hawk Harris Website

I’m embarrassed that I’ve missed this magnificent EP series from country singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin. I just stumbled upon this now when she is already in Chapter Three, but better late than never. All three chapters are full of wonderful real country music and captivating storytelling. Many of these songs are also available in form of an excellent music video. Here’s Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn from Chapter One and I Can Be Your Whiskey from Chapter Two.

Erin Enderlin Website

Continuing with tremendous classic country songwriting. Vincent Neil Emerson from Fort Worth, TX is a new find for me, but I’ve really loved all the singles I’ve heard from this forthcoming album album Fried Chicken and Evil Women, due out on the 13th of September on La Honda Records. Here’s a couple of those wonderful singles. A music video for Willie Nelson’ Wall and an acoustic live of 7 Come 11.

Vincent Neil Emerson Website

Let’s stay in Texas to wrap up this little blog entry with a song from the brand new Garrett T. Capps album All Right, All Night that just came out last friday on the 30th of August on Shotgun House Records. I’ve barely scratched the surface of this one at this point, but sure sounds like a damn good country album. Lately is on the weekly playlist at the moment, so let’s go with another great album cut Alone With You that features the wonderful Jamie Lin Wilson on vocals.

Garrett T. Capps Website

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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Frog, Eamon Fogarty, Fernando Viciconte & Wharfer

Tonight’s round up story starts from Astoria, New York with the new Frog album Count Bateman that was co-released by Audio Antihero and Tape Wormies on the 16th of August. It’s a very delightful album full of beautiful lo-fi indie songs and mellow and soft americana. Blissfully strange yet somehow instantly catchy. Here’s RIP to the Empire State Flea Market from the album. Follow the links on the player to buy/hear the whole lovely record.

Frog Website

Traveling on to Santa Barbara California and adding some jazzy vibes and psychedelic moods into the mix. Eamon Fogarty’s new album Blue Values came out on the 26th of July on Jealous Butcher. I still need to take some deep listens with this one, because I feel like there’s layers that haven’t completely sunk in to my consciousness. Nevertheless, I already and absolutely love some of these songs. Utopia In Blue, God’s Guts and If the Spirit in particular are just remarkable. The record ends with an intriguing cover of Chris Bell’s classic I am the Cosmos, but Eamon Fogarty’s own songs are the ones that shine most brightly.

Eamon Fogarty Website

Next up Portland, Oregon and the new album Traitors Table from Fernando Viciconte that came out on Fluff and Gravy Records on the 21st of June. It was a collaboration with Luther Russell and it’s a very powerful and provocative album. The whole thing is great, but I’m especially fond of the latter half of the album. It may be fragile and somewhat stripped-down, but damn these songs still have fierce power. Here’s one of the singles called Hey Darlene. As usual follow the links on that bandcamp player to buy/hear the whole gorgeous album.

Fernando Viciconte Website

Small step into Seattle, Washington for the last entry of this small blog entry. I haven’t been very good at promoting the forthcoming Wharfer album Teeth that is due out on the 11th of October. I’ve only shared the two advance singles on the weekly playlist so far. The latest one Myrtle Beach is there right this minute, so let’s go with the first single Obsidian on this blog entry. Here’s some dark folk brilliance from Kyle Wall aka Wharfer.

Wharfer at Facebook

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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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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