Jarkko Martikainen has recently recorded a cover version of Austin Lucas’ Bells with Finnish lyrics. Kellot was recorded last september with the help of Samae Koskinen and it’s a very good version of the song. I do prefer the original, but also Jarkko nails this one pretty damn well and adds his own vision and style to the song. You can listen to the song on Jarkko Martikainen’s new website. He also has a new album called Usko coming out in april.
The great Austin Lucas has a new digital single Thunder Rail out now on Last Chance Records and the new album will follow in the spring. I think this was the second time I’ve ever bought a digi-single, but I love Austin and had to get it. The single is fantastic even though a little surprising. He seem to be going towards a full band sound, but I don’t mind at all because this sounds equally brilliant as the earlier country & folk troubadour stuff. I’m really looking forward to the album. Here’s a cool live version of the title track of the previous album Somebody Loves You that was one of the best albums of 2009.