Russ Parrish – “Coast of Carolina”
-Well, if you’ve ever been to the “coast of Carolina” you’ll understand why its worth writing a song about. It’s beautiful. That said, this song has a wonderful, timeless power to it. The vision in the lyrics is about running away with someone you love. It’s got imagination and energy that will put a smile on the face of the biggest cynic. I dig it.
Hazlett – “Monsters”
-It takes a lot to get me to REALLY wake up when I process submissions, but Hazlett flew out of the computer and slapped me right in the face. It’s an incredibly engaging sound with a ton of energy and intimacy all at once. Straddling the line between indie pop and singer songwriter subtlety, Hazlett’s sound really soars with the production on the vocal harmonies at the beginning of the chorus. This is an incredible track. Seriously stop everything and spin it.
Daisy Chute – “Give Thanks”
-This track is soft and charming. It reminds me of playing music at my grandparents’ house. It reminds me of growing up in the country, riding tractors and putting in a hard days work. It reminds me of looking down the table at my aunts and uncles, asking for another helping of gravy. The string work and quality lead vocal make for a genuine treat.
Tyler James Bellinger – “Find a way”
-I have absolutely no idea why this song is not in the top 40. This is a HIT SONG. I would love to hear this track rise all the way to the top. It’s so hard to figure out why some music is massively successful, but Bellinger’s vocal is OUT OF THIS WORLD good. There’s a saucy attitude and a beautifully deep blues sentiment in the song. Take a dash of early Michael Jackson and some of the soul of Sam Cooke, mixed with modern production value. This is an absolute hit. C’mon y’all.
Luke Powers – “Impending Doom”
-This here fella reminds me of someone and I can’t figure out who. The sincerity in the composition will grip you right away. It’s like sitting down with a friend over a beer. He’s got some smart observations about life that he shares with this folksy style. Before too long this electric guitar and persuasive vocal will persuade you to buy the next round. So good.