JB Boone – “Monjeau Lookout”
-Something about Boone’s sound feels refreshingly youthful. There’s an energy to the vocal and the guitar work that makes me feel young again. There’s a sense of adventure to the lyrics, too, about going on a great adventure with your friends. This feels like a lifetime ago for some of us, but it’s always nice to remember.
Gentle Temper – “Triple Dog Dare”
-This is a fun, engaging track with a tambourine. Seriously if you can’t get into the tambourine, are you even on the right website? We like the up tempo folk harmonies of Gentle Temper. It feels a bit whimsical, a bit adventurous, and refreshing overall. They seem like the kind of people who could put on a really fun bonfire singalong. I’m glad to virtually “meet” them through this song.
Paden – “Stories”
-The purity on the lead vocal is going to steal your heart. Notice I didn’t say “might.” This vocal cuts through to the core in ways we rarely hear in music today. The piercing lyricism reminds me of the classics in country and folk music. I feel “seen” when I listen to this song, like I’m sitting across from a friend who really wants to know more about me. The cinematic string and vocal harmony work elevate the song further. This one was good for my heart today.
Jacob B Little and the Little Family Band – “The Unwritten Song of Eire”
-This song has layers to it that are sure to put a smile on the face of a lot of listeners. The beat feels like it’s intentionally building to a powerful element of the track. The harmonies, though, are the calling card of the track. When it all comes together, I can’t help but feel a sense of movement forward. It’s a song about knowing who you are and where you’re going. It really resonates with me as a song for the modern folk moment.
David Barnard – “Half Price Smokes”
-Every once in a while I run across an artist that reminds me of the early days of looking on Bandcamp for new music. Before the days of dozens of emails and submissions, we had to find the diamonds in the rough ourselves. Something about the sincerity of Barnard’s articulate lyrics speak to my soul. It’s got some dripping folk honesty like Townes Van Zandt with a whimsical and sometimes sarcastic wit like Roger Miller. The combination is a rare treat.