Courtney Marie Andrews and Chase Weinacht

Major news alert! A new Courtney Marie Andrews album Old Flowers is coming out 5th of June on Loose Music / Fat Possum Records. I can’t wait to hear the album and see her perform these songs about a week later at the STHLM Americana festival. The album also features another personal hero Twain on bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer and background vocals. Here’s the beautiful first single called If I Told.

Courtney Marie Andrews Website
Courtney Marie Andrews at Facebook

Chase Weinacht from Austin, Texas released a new single on 29th of February. It’s called Leap Day, came out on Keeled Scales and sounds utterly wonderful. A welcome return, because I don’t think I’ve heard solo Chase since the 2011 self-released albums Moon Country and Here Cinema (just listening to these records while I write this and still enjoying them a lot). If you enjoy this gorgeous new single, check out his great band Marmalakes as well.

Marmalakes Website
Chase Weinacht at Keeled Scales

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Stripmall Ballads, Hello Emerson, Adam Remnant and Crow vs Lion

Another quick round up of songs I love, because that’s all I manage these days. Today’s US journey starts from Maryland with songwriter Phillips Saylor Wisor and together we are meeting Susan at the Crossroads. It’s the opening song of the great new Stripmall Ballads album Distant that came out on the 1st of February. A bit of a low-key release for such a high quality album, so here’s my small part in spreading the word about this beauty. You can purchase the whole gorgeous album from his website.

Stripmall Ballads Website
Stripmall Ballads at Facebook

Next up is a midwest / Ohio music video double from the Anyway Records vaults. First Columbus, Ohio and Am I the Midwest? from the new Hello Emerson album How to Cook Everything. I’ve mentioned it before, but a revisit is in order due to its undeniable magic. One of my favorite records of the year so far.

Hello Emerson at Facebook
Hello Emerson Website

And then over to Athens, Ohio and to the finest music of 2018. Lately songwriter Adam Remnant has been getting into film photography and in the process created a lyric video for a song called Ohio from his fabulous 2018 album Sourwood.

Adam Remnant Website
Adam Remnant at Facebook

Final stop on this little round up is Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the 2019 album The Heart, The Time, The Pen from Crow vs Lion. It’s a music project led by songwriter Dan Gallagher. A long time blog favourite Raph Cutrufello (from Hezekiah Jones) co-produced and helped him to bring his vision to fruition. The Heart, The Time, The Pen is a concept album revolving around these three themes and I recommened listening to the whole thing to get a full grasp of the depth of it. Here’s the new music video Waking The Truth along with one of my own favourites Missouri to get started. Follow the bandcamp link to hear/buy the whole album.

Crow vs Lion at Facebook
Crow vs Lion Website

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Ali Holder, Jess Jocoy, Cassidy Waring and Kristina Murray

A quick run of a couple of singles that have been dear to me during the recent weeks. Starting from Austin, Texas with the new Ali Holder single Bruja. It’s the first single from the forthcoming album Uncomfortable Truths. I had this powerful song on the playlist last week and kinda badly fell in love with it during the week. It was the song I kept on returning to all the time and quite frankly should have started the playlist. What a tremendous song and I can’t wait to hear the album.

Ali Holder Website
Ali Holder at Facebook

Another big personal favorite has been the new single Love Her Wild from Nashville-based americana songwriter Jess Jocoy. It’s an outtake from her debut album Such a Long Way that is due out on the 10th of April. Everything I’ve heard so far sounds absolutely gorgeous and I’m sure this is going to be a special record. Here’s the single along with official acoustic video of Hope (Such a Long Way).

Jess Jocoy at Facebook
Jess Jocoy Website

Next we make a visit to Vancouver, British Columbia for a set of magnificent singles by Cassidy Waring. If you follow the weekly playlist, you have already heard these fabulous songs she has released during the last six months. Still about time to drop one hear too, because these have all been important to me. Personal favorite changes regularly, but let’s go with Leaving on this little blog entry. Check out the other three by hitting the links on the Bandcamp player.

Cassidy Waring at Facebook
Cassidy Waring Website

And for this last entry we’ll take a step back to Nashville and to the finest music of 2018. Kristina Murray is a great country singer-songwriter and her album Southern Ambrosia was one of the highlight of that year. Such an expectional country album is always relevant, but this time there’s more reasons to mention it than just its timeless greatness. There’s a brand new music video album for outtake Tell Me, a beautiful and sad country ballad that she co-wrote with Logan Ledger.

Kristina Murray at Facebook
Kristina Murray Website

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