Clint Roberts – “Amarillo” (Acoustic)
-This is an amazing piece of writing. It’s a good *song* of course, but it’s also a great piece of eloquent writing. The meaning comes through well. Clint Roberts has a voice that’s right in that Johnny Cash and Colter Wall territory. Roberts commands the attention of the listener and utilizes inflections that pull the listener in right away. If this is your first time hearing Roberts, let me tell you it won’t be your last. You’ll find yourself listening to this over and over. It’s tragic, beautiful, and endlessly intriguing. I already can’t wait to hear more from Roberts.
California Gold – “Heartbeat”
-I appreciate the rising folk energy of this track. It reminds me of some of the big production quality we heard with bands like Mumford and Sons. There are layers behind the immediate guitars and voices that make the track feel richer than many in the genre. The characteristic lead vocal here is what makes the band stand out. The lyrics will have you reflecting on the meaning of a lasting relationship. The hand claps in the background bring some added texture that makes the song feel rich and rewarding.
Matt Burke and Brian Allison – “Leaving Home”
-If you’re looking for a folk duo, check out these two talented performers. There’s an obvious comparison to be made here with the Milk Carton Kids, but honestly Burke and Allison deserve to stand on their own. The rich stand up bass helps to create some additional depth to this conventional folk style. The vocal harmonies are obviously my favorite part. The lyric “I believe in us together” is sure to put a smile on a lot of listeners faces. This one is what folksy Americana is all about and we’re happy to support this endearing sound.