Josh Radnor – “The high road”
-Equal parts philosophy and introspection, Josh Radnor’s latest track “The high road” has layers of meaning. You get the sense that each line was penned with intention. For me, the line, “what would Jesus do? and other sages too? Probably not that” was absolutely a delight. Honestly, he could have cut right to the outtro after that line. But he didn’t. The song is charming, with guitar, uke, and percussion that all feel loose and fun. The instrumentation is easy going to allow the thoughtful lyrics to seep through. You won’t get it all in one listen so be prepared to listen a few times. If there was a logical opposite to Garth Brooks’ “Friends in low places,” this is it.
Jordan Prince – “Smilin’ back at me”
-The electric guitar work on this track is really charming. The vocal harmonies are also really great. This is a feel good folk song that reminds the listener of those moments of flirting when you first meet someone. It’s fun to think back to those moments (or dream of them in the future). This one has all sorts of feel good vibes and Prince’s vocal suits the mood really well. The whole mood of the track suits the 2021 mood as the springtime light seems to be cracking through the past year’s darkness.
Duncan Covey – “Come around”
-Take a carefully expressed acoustic guitar and a soft-spoken vocal melody… over top of a nice, full-sounding piano. The whole composition feels comfortable and familiar in the best way. This is what folk music can do for us as people. It connects. Covey’s writing is personal and also personable. The lyric about praying that he’ll be found is perfect. The song is, ultimately, about enduring through the hard times to make it to the good times. That’s how I heard it anyways… and I find this a beautiful melody with a welcome and necessary message.