Last Year’s Man – “Brave the storm”
-The soothing fingerpicking at the core of this track is worth the approval alone. But as you listen to the comforting vocal style, Last Year’s Man feels like listening to a beautiful alchemy of many classic vocalists. The intimate lyrical style is beautiful. If the vocal harmonies sound familiar, they are indeed the incomparably talented Anna Tivel. This is an exquisite piece of writing by a need-to-know new folk talent.
Jodie Marie – “Caragreen”
-I like everything about this piece of music. Jodie Marie’s vocal is really peaceful, which has a warmth that really pulls me into the track. The easy going Laurel Valley folk rock energy is magnetic and pleasing to the ear. The classic, Carole King vibe of Jodie Marie’s voice makes me feel like I’m listening to music from another time… and I’m okay with that. It’s a beautiful song with some great writing and performance. Spin it!
Davis John Patton – “Honesty”
-We cover a lot of acoustic singer songwriters, so for one to stand out like this takes something special. The easy comparison for Patton is the early career John Mayer stuff. But honestly, I think it’s worth leaning into the track a bit extra to move beyond that and hear Patton’s unique phrasing. The lyrical style here, especially coming from a place of humility, contrasts from so much of the pop music scene. An acoustic heart-pour requesting grace and forgiveness… this isn’t something we hear on pop airwaves but is so important. Use this one for meditation and spiritual seeking; it’s beautiful and inspiring.
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