OCTA Weekly Playlist – Episode #95

Another week, another weekly playlist.

A bit ahead of schedule, because I have some weekend plans. Hopefully I didn’t miss too much good stuff due to this rush. I might add something later on. If you planned on listening last week’s playlist on this Saturday, you can check out the weekly playlist archive over here. I move the songs from the old weekly playlist over there and they’ll stay there for few months.

Quite a lot to love this weekend. New albums from Joshua Ray Walker, The Jayhawks, Margo Price, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Kalen & Aslyn, Tedo Stone, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Juniper Berries, The Beths, The Clientele (collection of early rarities), Nick Zubeck (now on Spotify), Rufus Wainwright and My Morning Jacket.

Finnish highlight of the week is the Helmi Levyt double single blast from Amuri and Rosita Luu. There’s also a new single from Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan.

My favorite international single of the week is the new Emily Barker song. Other faves came from Skyway Man (who joined the Mama Bird Family), Robert Chaney, Emma Kupa, India Ramey, Kathleen Edwards and so forth. You’ll find them all below. Update: added new singles from Jeremy Squires, William Matheny and Sylvie Simmons.

That’s it for this week. Love from a distance.

1. Joshua Ray Walker – Voices (Glad You Made It, State Fair Records, 2020)
2. The Jayhawks – This Forgotten Town (XOXO, Sham, 2020)
3. Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started (That’s How Rumors Get Started, 2020)
4. Emily Barker – The Woman Who Planted Trees (single, Everyone Sang, 2020)
5. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – Hello In There (All the Good Times, Acony Records, 2020)
6. Skyway Man – Muddy Water (single, Mama Bird Recording Co, 2020)
7. Robert Chaney – Before I Go (single, 2020)
8. India Ramey – Montgomery Behind Me (single, 2020)
9. Ray Wylie Hubbard feat Pam Tillis – Missisippi John Hurt (Co-Starring, Big Machine, 2020)
10. Kalen & Aslyn – Heather (Back of Our Minds, Normaltown Records, 2020)
11. Kathleen Edwards – Hard On Everyone (single, Dualtone, 2020)
12. Tedo Stone – Same Old Kid (Same Old Kid, Laser Brains, 2020)
13. Amuri – Herätä minut (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
14. Rosita Luu – Luiseva Luisa (single, Helmi Levyt, 2020)
15. Eric Slick – When It Comes Down To It (single, Slick Records, 2020)
16. Emma Kupa – Hey Love (single, Fika Recordings, 2020)
17. Caitlin Pasko – Horrible Person (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
18. Thanya Iyer – I Just Lay Down My Head (single, Topshelf Records, 2020)
19. Bill Callahan – Another Song (single, Drag City, 2020)
20. The Juniper Berries – Winning Streak (The Juniper Berries, Earth Libraries, 2020)
21. Ian Wayne – Baby (single, 2020)
22. Gold Star Gold Star – You Can Tell Me What It Is (Girl) (single, Earth Libraries, 2020)
23. William Matheny – Mind For Leaving (single, 2020)
24. Jeremy Squires – Cast Spells (single, Blackbird, 2020)
25. Sylvie Simmons – Keep Dancing (single, Compass Records, 2020)
26. Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints – You Know It Hurts Me (single, 2020)
27. Jeshua Marshall – Go Go (single, 2020)
28. Guided By Voices – To Keep an Area (single, 2020)
29. The Beths – Out of Sight (Jump Rope Gazers, Carpark Records, 2020)
30. Lily McKown – Backseat Driver (single, 2020)
31. Lomelda – Wonder (single, Double Double Whammy, 2020)
32. Adeline Hotel – Trying For You – Devra Demo (single, Whatever’s Clever, 2020)
33. The Clientele – Dear Jennifer (It’s Art Dad, Merge Records, 2020)
34. Hickey Eyes – Spoon Me (single, 2020)
35. Nick Zubeck – Hollow Thoughts (Venusian Blues, 2020)
36. Astral Swans – Bird Songs (single, 2020)
37. John Davey – Lower Tiers (single, 2020)
38. Kris Delmhorst – The Horses (single, 2020)
39. David Shultz – The Sea (single, 2020)
40. Northcote – Nine to Midnight (single, Black Box Recordings, 2020)
41. Grant Lee Phillips – Gather Up (single, Yep Roc, 2020)
42. Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Demons (Demons EP, Liars Club, 2020)
43. VeldHans – Big Z (single, OneAcre Recordings, 2020)
44. Eilen Jewell – Green River (single, Signature Sounds, 2020)
45. Rebecka Sandberg & David Ritschard – Getå (single, Ella Ruth Institutet, 2020)
46. Bror Gunnar Jansson – Breathe (single, Playground Music, 2020)
47. The Savants of Soul – More Than One To Choose From (single, 2020)
48. Rufus Wainright – Trouble in Paradise (Unfollow the Rules, BMG, 2020)
49. Tahtoisin kertoa sinulle tarinan – Tule mennään (single, 2020)
50. Szlachetka – Lifeboat (single, 2020)
51. My Morning Jacket – Still Thinkin (Waterfall II, ATO Records, 2020)
52. M. Ward feat Alia Farah – Daydream (single, 2020)
53. Matthew McNeal – Blackbird (single, Black Matte Sound Company, 2020)

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Oh and do buy the vinyl/cd/download. Spotify and other streaming services are perfect for these introductory purposes, but try to buy at least the music that matter the most to you

If you are looking this after a week has gone, the embedded Spotify will show the latest playlist. I’ll just update the same playlist because a) if someone wants to follow it, they can just follow that one list and will get a new set of songs each Sunday b) so that I don’t have a trillion of different playlists on my Spotify account.

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Zephaniah OHora, Philippe Bronchtein, Jesse Daniel and Daniel Romano

Another vacation round up post of country songs that I’ve loved during the first half of the year. I’ll start from Brooklyn, NY, because one of the most anticipated album releases of the fall is the new Zephaniah OHora album Listening to the Music. It was produced by Neal Casal and will come out on the 14th of August. The wonderful lead single All American Singer is already out and available. Check it out below and then follow my lead and pre-order a copy.

Zephaniah OHora Website
Zephaniah OHora Website

Then it’s time for some pedal steel magic in Nashville with long time favorite songwriter Philippe Bronchtein. He released a great double single on the 5th of June and this lead track I’ll Let the Steel Do the Crying is such a perfect classic country song.

Philippe Bronchtein at Facebook
Philippe Bronchtein Website

Next some compelling California country with Jesse Daniel. His second album Rollin’ On came out on the 27th of March on Die True Records. One of the finest country albums of the first half of the year. Here’s one of my personal favorites called St. Claire’s Retreat.

Jesse Daniel at Facebook
Jesse Daniel Website

And last but definitely not least, one of the many fabulous albums Daniel Romano has released during these weird times. This lovely man released an album every Wednesday for a rather long time during the spring. Check them all out on his Bandcamp, because they are all damn good. Here’s If Words Can’t Express It from the album called Content To Point the Way. If you have been missing the country side of Daniel Romano, this beautiful record is for you.

Daniel Romano at Facebook
Daniel Romano Website

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Lilly Hiatt, Whitney Rose, Caitlin Sherman and Abby Hamilton

Another small round up of 2020 releases that I’ve loved during the first half of the year. Kicking off from Nashville, Tennessee with a couple of songs from the new Lilly Hiatt album Walking Proof. I’m a huge fan and love this new record that came out on New West Records on the 27th of March. Here’s a couple of personal favorites, but hit the links on the Bandcamp to hear / buy the whole gorgeous record. Or better yet, order a copy from your local store, if you are lucky enough to still have one in your town.

Lilly Hiatt at Facebook
Lilly Hiatt Website

Moving over to Austin, Texas, but sticking with the finest country / rock’n’roll records of the year. The new Whitney Rose album We Still Go to Rodeos came out on the 24th of April and sounds mighty good. Here’s a couple of magnificent examples, Just Circumstance and Believe Me, Angela.

Whitney Rose at Facebook
Whitney Rose Website

While the first two songwriters were long time favorites, these next two are new 2020 finds for me. I love these records just as much though. Caitlin Sherman is a songwriter from Seattle, Washington and her awesome solo debut Death to the Damsel came out on the 14th of February on Small Batch Records. Here’s the remarkable title track from this dark and beautiful album.

Caitlin Sherman at Facebook
Caitlin Sherman Website

Last stop on this roundabout is Kentucky and the new Abby Hamilton EP Afraid of the Dark that just came out on the 12th of June. All four songs are excellent, but my personal favorite is probably this one called Change Things. I had to include the acoustic video too, because that’s how I found the song. This is just great songwriting. A captivating story with a plenty of instantly memorable lines.

Abby Hamilton at Facebook

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Twain, Damien Jurado, Sea Below and Junior

Another small round of songs and releases that I love. First a new Twain album that is always something to love and cherish. Days of Effort and Ease came out on the 19th of June and you’ll find it from Bandcamp. Here’s the quietly exceptional opening song Love, Go Lightly.

Twain at Facebook

The same applies to Damien Jurado. A new album is always a treasure vault of beautiful and moving songs. His wonderful new album What’s New, Tomboy? was co-released by Mama Bird Recording Co and Loose Music on the 1st of May. Here’s my own favorite song Ochoa, but make sure you listen to / buy the whole amazing album.

Damien Jurado at Facebook
Damien Jurado Website

A long time readers of this little music blog might remember German folk singer-songwriter Susanne Stanglow who released captivating albums as Haruko. The good news is that she is again releasing new music. This time under the name Sea Below. The first release, a beautiful EP called Sleeplessness came out on Bandcamp on the 6th of May. Here’s softly mesmerizing What’s Left from the new EP.

Sea Below at Facebook

Wrapping this little round up of songs and releases that I love in Missoula, Montana. If you followed the anniversany online festival of this music blog last September, you have heard this gorgeous song called Goddamnit. Back then it was performed by Hermina Jean who has since formed a band with Caroline Keys, Jenny Lynn Fawcett. Together they are called Junior and Goddamnit is the first single from their forthcoming album Warm Buildings. Check out the beautiful socially distanced music video below and pre-order the album from their Bandcamp.

Junior at Facebook

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