Lucinda Belle – “Baby don’t cry”
-I love the jazzy spirit of Lucinda Belle’s music. She seems to always pull me right into the heart of the music. After the “break” in this song, you’ll find yourself swinging hips and thinking about bygone lovers. It’s a really engaging song that hits the pop jazz world right on the nose. As a former horn player, too, I couldn’t help but melt thinking about playing with a band like this. Such fun!
Josh Rennie-Hynes – “Pieces”
-This track feels like a nice fresh iced tea on hot day. I don’t know why Rennie-Hynes writes such clear and refreshing blues music, but he does. I dig the rhythm, I like the organ in the background, and the lead vocal works really well. The whole production feels like a slice of Americana, getting the listener to reflect on relationships and life. I dig how clean this sound is overall.
Wilder Woods – “Electric Woman”
-We’ve been covering literally everything Wilder Woods sends us. Why? Because he’s outstanding. I love this album of his and intend to cover every track on it at some point. “Electric Woman” has a soulful vibe to it for sure, but unlike some of his more folk based tracks, this one has more of a rock ethos behind it. Once that kick drum hits and Woods bumps to the falsetto, it takes on a truly dynamic sound. I dig this so much.
Tanya Gallagher – “Dark Side”
-Gallagher brings a ton of attitude to this track and I like it! There’s a sort of mood of “why don’t you make me?” about the song that I really enjoy. The offhand reference to Pink Floyd is cool, but you can hear that Gallagher also has a vocal base in country music. The mix of influences makes something truly unique. I feel like Gallagher would be down for a night of listening to Grace Potter records and smoking cigars (maybe some whiskey?). But that might be a stretch. I dig the attitude and soul in this track.
Eddie Berman – “The Match”
-The layered sounds of Eddie Berman are fascinating. In this track you’ll hear this complex layering from Berman’s own subtle vocal to the spiritual style rhythm section in the background. The unique tuning on the acoustic guitar creates an exotic style. You have to listen carefully to get the gist of Berman’s lyrics but if you do they are worthwhile. It’s an earthy and rewarding song if you take the time to soak it in. (PS – Any song with a surprise trombone is going to have a fair shot at coverage here.)