Lou Turner – Microcosmos

On her latest record, Microcosmos, Lou Turner illustrates the joy, sorrow and humor of the tiny details of everyday life, as seen through a slightly surreal lens. Nashville songwriter and poet Lou Turner (aka Lauren Turner) is in top form on this album, skirting along the edge of country and psych-tinged folk rock with aContinue reading “Lou Turner – Microcosmos”

One Eleven Heavy – “Tyrant King”

There’s a kind of joy you can only get from a One Eleven Heavy album. Their bouncy boogie rhythms, squirmy guitar noodling and cheeky lyrics never fail to put a smile on my face. All of these qualities and then some are present on their latest single, “Tyrant King,” from Poolside, their upcoming LP onContinue reading “One Eleven Heavy – “Tyrant King””

After a Long Hiatus, Small Sur Drops a New Track and Announces his Next LP on Worried Songs

Fatherhood and the COVID pandemic kept Small Sur, AKA Bob Keal, a Baltimore-based alternative country-folk artist, from releasing a new record since 2014. Yet, the challenges and new responsibilities that came with being a teacher, parent and partner during COVID, along with the constant support of his friends and fellow musicians, helped Keal to notContinue reading “After a Long Hiatus, Small Sur Drops a New Track and Announces his Next LP on Worried Songs”

Joan Shelley – The Spur

Joan Shelley’s latest album, The Spur, is a record of raw beauty and naked emotions that’ll resonate with you down to your very DNA. Released on No Quarter Records, this album features some of Shelley’s most wistful songwriting yet, as she reflects on the bleakness of our present and the perhaps weakened rays of hopeContinue reading “Joan Shelley – The Spur”

Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves

At 80 years old, Michael Hurley is still as vibrant and canny as ever, as evidenced by his new LP on No Quarter Records, The Time of The Foxgloves. It’s always a cause to celebrate when Hurley returns with new music, but the songs here are some of the most moving recordings he’s turned outContinue reading “Michael Hurley – The Time of The Foxgloves”

Lorkin O’Reilly – Marriage Material

Lorkin O’Reilly’s new album, Marriage Material, is as gentle as Earl Grey steam and as poignant as a box full of old diaries and love letters. With a voice like a roughened whisper, O’Reilly, an upstate New York-dwelling Scottish singer-songwriter, weaves poetic lines that reveal the inner turmoil and tiny epiphanies of familial connections andContinue reading “Lorkin O’Reilly – Marriage Material”

Sophia Knapp & Dungen – “Desert Moon”

Sophia Knapp and Dungen’s new collaboration, “Desert Moon,” hits like a burst of sunlight (or in this case, moonlight) shooting through a dark cloud bank. Knapp composed this upbeat track while gazing at a rising October moon at Joshua Tree, as the natural magic of the scene filled her with the dreamy sense of yearningContinue reading “Sophia Knapp & Dungen – “Desert Moon””

Video Premiere: “Solar Eclipse,” by Lou Turner

To announce the upcoming vinyl release of the brilliant Songs for John Venn on Centripetal Force Records, Lou Turner has released today a charming new music video for her track, “Solar Eclipse.” We’re excited and honored to be able to share it with you first. Check it out below: Released originally last year through SpinsterContinue reading “Video Premiere: “Solar Eclipse,” by Lou Turner”

Fust – Evil Joy

Fust takes the melancholic and the downtrodden moments of everyday life and turns them into sublimely calm country-flavored ballads. Currently based out of Durham, NC, Fust is made up of Aaron Dowdy and John Wallace on guitar and vocals, Frank Meadows on bass, piano and vocals, Justin Morris on pedal steel and Avery Sullivan onContinue reading “Fust – Evil Joy”

The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 2), by James Rooney

If you missed out on part one of James Rooney’s piece on Tony Rice, click here to check it out. David Grisman was not a Bluegrass player. Sure, he honed his chops in some old-timey string bands, but by 1965, Grisman was a key player in Boston’s weirdo psych scene. A bona fide member ofContinue reading “The Old Home Place: Remembering Tony Rice and Bluegrass Music’s Spacious Renovation (pt. 2), by James Rooney”