The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers – “Wilderness”
-This song will get you clapping your hands and singing. It’s got more spirit in one line than some entire albums being made today. I appreciate the harmonies OBVIOUSLY, but the entire energy of the track is empowering. The gospel piano work is exceptional. Any song that can cry out the name of Jesus with this kind of confessional sincerity is definitely worth sharing; I love the classic Americana performance from a group that sounds like they believe every word they’re singing.
Paul Moody – “Don’t wait too long”
-The easy going style here might make you think it’s a simple song, but it’s definitely not. It’s a sincere, loving song. It’s got a narrative to it, so I invite you to take some time and really picture it. I adore the connection between the guitar, piano, and bass on this one. It feels like an old school (maybe timeless is a better word?) sensibility here. In a world where time passes so quickly, don’t wait too long. Amen to that, brother.
Jake Etheridge – “In my head”
-I am fast becoming a huge Jake Etheridge fan. I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to interview him before too long. As far as I’m concerned, there’s not many people writing better acoustic folk music than him right now. I really appreciate the sense of narrative and personal confession on this track. The poetic phrasing reminds me of other artists I really dig right now like Darryl Rahn and Jeremiah Daly. The production value on this track (and all of Etheridge’s stuff) is outstanding. I’ll definitely be keeping this one on my personal playlists (and you should too).