Will Hawkins – “Charlottesville”
Originally, this track had a more profane title we were immediately drawn to. Of course, some distributing services don’t take kindly to profanity, so we have a more concise title. We appreciate Hawkins’ endearing songwriting greatly. His ability to be funny and poignant is something special. Tackling Nazis, the President at large, and even personal vulnerability, “Charlottesville” reminds us of a young Frank Turner. This is fine songwriting that makes a difference, however small, in the mess of the world we live in. We cannot wait to here more tracks from the UK singer songwriter. The world needs his brand of honesty now more than ever.
One Flew West – “Trial And Error”
An equally politically charged track, “Trial and Error” reminds us of Fallout Boy with a conscience. Equally profane and poignant, we appreciate a good F bomb sometimes. The way they plant their flag in Green Day territory, while still crafting infectious pop hooks shows us they are a band on the rise. It is whimsical but incredibly serious and man does it pack a punch. If you miss the straightforward guitar styling of the 90’s, then these are your brethren. If you are equally as mad about the current state of the world, then these are your kindred. Look for this act to make waves with their upbeat pop punk perfection.
Claire Bufalino – “Khakis”
The country styling of Bufalino are on par with some of the big names in the genre. Easily bouncing between Underwood and Musgraves territory, she has a strangle hold on bold women empowering country with a modest nod to the greats who came before her. She recently released her debut EP, Boys in Khakis, and you would benefit from a listen. She seems to have come out of nowhere to grab our attention and will continue to win over fans with her rambling country flare. We typically don’t fully dig the genre, but if anyone can give us an appreciation for it, it’s Claire Bufalino.