Pulford Avenue – “You”
-If you’ve been a fan of folk music for a long time, you know that there are a lot of different textures within the genre. As long as it has an acoustic guitar and some good vocal harmonies, it’s going to be a type of folk that I can enjoy. This track from Pulford Avenue does a lovely job of providing some really satisfying harmonies. It’s the kind of track that will have you singing along and tapping your toes. It’s a participatory folk tune and I’m sure it will find some fans among our readers.
Augusta – “The feeling’s gone”
-This is a beautiful little track. If you’ve ever had a feeling of love leave, this track will really resonate. The guitar work is balanced absolutely perfectly with the quality lead vocal. Those two elements are matched by some exquisite folk truth-telling lyrics. This is the kind of song that could have been by someone in the mountains in the 40s, by a Greenwich Village poet in the 60s, or by a prescient, wise soul in the 2020s. It’s so good.
Benjamin Gilbreath – “Unfortunate Pilgrim”
-The lyrics take a prominent place in this song. Gilbreath sings with a Pete Seeger sincerity and a Scott Avett delivery. It’s not a bad combination, let me tell you. I don’t typically support this kind of lyrical richness as it can pull the listener away from relaxing with a piece of music. This is a “shut up and pay attention” song. Ironically, one of my favorite parts of the song is the acoustic guitar interlude. It let’s the mind rest before the Guthrie-esque “travelling musician” second verse. This is a songwriter’s song. Give it a spin.