Four Arms to Hold You: Michaela Anne, Jason Hawk Harris, The Rumblings of Spring and Hermina Jean

Midsummer is around the corner, but first one of these quick round up posts of songs that I love. This time I’m almost up-to-date, because these are all fabulous songs / videos that have been released within a week or two.

Tonight’s journey begins from Nashville, Tennessee with the new Michaela Anne single By Our Design. She was signed by Yep Roc a while ago and they will release her new album Desert Dove on the 27th of September. I have really high expectations for this one, because I just saw her play live at STHLM Americana last weekend and I loved her concert. The new single is also wonderful and comes with a very sweet music video. The mutual love shines in each frame and each line of their own design. Plus there’s a really lovely cat on the video. I think I will return to this album several times during the coming months.

Michaela Anne Website

Moving on to Los Angeles for another album that I’m waiting eagerly. It’s Jason Hawk Harris album Love & the Dark that will come out on Bloodshot Records on the 23rd of August. The first single Cussing at the Light surfaced yesterday and Stanley Sievers directed a gorgeous music video for the song.

Jason Hawk Harris Website

Traveling on to Hamilton, Ontario for the new EP from long time blog favourite Matt Paxton. He has a new band called The Rumblings of Spring and the self-titled debut EP actually came out today on the 21st of June. It’s available on their Bandcamp as name-your-price download, so what are we waiting. Let’s pick a price and we’ll be awarded with some first class Canadian indie rock. Here’s the exceptional music video Kyle McCreight made for the opening song Tidal Waves.

The Rumblings of Spring at Facebook

Last destination for tonight is 2018 and Montana. Hermina Jean’s excellent Hot Grey EP came out almost a year ago, but there’s a couple of good reasons to revisit it. 1) Alana Waksman directed a great new music video for the album closer I Know Nothing 2) It’s just so damn good that any day is a good day to listen to it.

Hermina Jean 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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Four Arms to Hold You: The Country Side of Harmonica Sam, Shawn Hess, Charlie Collins and Charlie Marie

A couple more of these still to come and then I’ll get back to the more normal update frequency. This time this is a bit of a suited up country & western special. Beginning the trip from Malmö, Sweden with the latest The Country Side of Harmonica Sam single My First Broken Heart (Since My Last Broken Heart) that came out on El Toro Records on the 16th of May. A mighty good band if you are into real country music, honky tonk and 50s rock’n’roll.

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam Website

Next location is almost a world away in Laramie, Wyoming. Country singer-songwriter is Shawn Hess a completely new find one for me and I didn’t know him before this album came out on the 24th of May. Records like World Away is actually the reason why it makes sense for me to make the weekly playlist. I find treasures like this when I’m searching for all the possible interesting new releases every weekend. There’s a lot of excellent country songwriting and storytelling on this one. A pretty broken-hearted collection of songs for sure, but still so damn enjoyable.

Shawn Hess at Facebook

The world tour takes this blog entry to Tamworth, Australia. This is also taking a step towards more modern territories like indie rock, but the country storytelling tradition definitely isn’t absent from this one either. Snowpine is a new album by Charlie Collins and it came out on 31st of May on Mirror Records. Here’s an excellent live versio of album track Mexico.

Charlie Collins at Facebook

Tonight’s journey ends in Nashville, Tennessee with a song from the new self-titled Charlie Marie EP that came out on the 3rd of May. Ok, maybe that’s not a suit, but the EP is wonderful, full of country sounds and engaging storytelling and is therefore not a bad fit with the other Charlie and the gentlemen. The magnificent opener Rhinestones wraps up this little blog entry.

Charlie Marie 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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Four Arms to Hold You: Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Teal Moss, Brack Cantrell and Daniel Markham

A busy day ahead, but first I’ll make one of these little blog entries. Today the story begins from Bloomington, Indiana with the brand new Mike Adams At His Honest Weight single/video Do You One Better. The advance singles have all been great melodic pop treasures and therefore I have high expectations for the new album There Is No Feeling Better that will be released this Friday 14th of June by Joyful Noise Recordings.

Mike Adams at His Honest Weight Website

For the rest of this post, we stay in Texas. I’m not 100% sure, but I think Denton is the more precise location for all of the rest. First up is the new Teal Moss album Dewy that came out on the 3rd of May. I came across this after I got an email notification about a new Brack Cantrell single from Bandcamp (see next entry) and after that I did some google searching of what’s going ahn in the Denton scene and found this lovely record that he co-produced. Teal Moss is an awesome new music project of Steven Fischer from the US Presidents that I’ve featured a few times on the weekly playlists. Here’s the lovely soft rock single/video of the lead single Lewis that also features a super cute dog. So what’s not to love.

Teal Moss at Facebook

And not so surprisingly the next entry for today is the new Brack Cantrell single Blissful Blues. I’ve been following his work since his 2015 solo album Glancing Glow and finally there’s a new album on the horizon. Blissful Blues is the lead single from his forthcoming album Famine or Feast that is coming out in the summer of 2019 and it’s pretty damn great. I thought I had checked if it was on Spotify too for the weekly playlist, but maybe I didn’t because it sure is there now. Well it goes on to the next playlist and meanwhile you can listen to beautiful single below.

Brack Cantrell Website

And even less surprisingly due to the Denton, TX connection, I’ll close this little blog entry with a song from the latest Daniel Markham EP In Space that came out in February. Kind of criminal that it has taken me this long to feature a song from this one outside the weekly playlist. Here’s the gorgeous ending song Crickets that shows a slightly different side of Daniel Markham.

Daniel Markham 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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