Teller and the Tale – “Rodeo”
-I am a really big fan of the electric guitar on this new track from Teller and the Tale. It reminds me of Needtobreathe or Rayland Baxter. The lead vocal fits in that company, resonating and soaring over the track. It’s just a well articulated style. The syncopated rhythm of the track really draws me in, getting me swaying. Once the organ emerges on the instrumental break, I can’t help but smile on this one. It’s romantic, it’s meaningful, and it’s the real deal.
Big Stuff – “Superficial”
-One of my favorite things about Americana is that it accounts for so many sub genres, including, in the case of Big Stuff, modern soul music. The vibe of this track immediately put me in mind of Lake Street Dive. There’s a coolness in the recording quality and certainly in the vocal that will get you feeling… well, nice. If you’ve ever been young and caught up in all the madness (maybe you are right now!), this track pops with a certain “what am I doing?” question at its core. It’s chill though for sure.
Robert Connely Farr – “Bad whiskey”
-I’ve personally been on a pretty big Kristofferson kick here lately, so when I clicked play on Farr’s latest track “Bad whiskey” I couldn’t help but think about Sunday mornings coming down. I couldn’t help but thinking about wasted and broken friends. It made me think about a lot of silver tongued devils. That said, Farr’s busted flat sound here begs interest from fans of Americana. I hope Farr gives some of Kristofferson’s later career redemption a shot as well.