Cactus Blossoms – “Hey baby”
-For a lot of people who think about the genre of Americana, a sound like the Cactus Blossoms is the first thing that comes to mind. They remind me a little of the Mavericks, one of the first bands I ever found with this rock-infused, country-flavored sound. It’s a wonderful mix of influences with a clear, easy-to-follow lyrical concept. The groove is familiar, evoking the likes of Buck Owens and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. I love the connection between these older classics with a contemporary, fresh sound. If you like Dwight Yoakam, you’ll love this one.
The Labra Brothers – “Fire”
-If you’re looking for an acoustic guitar-driven Americana tune, give this one a spin from the Labra Brothers. There’s a heartfelt sincerity to the composition style. The harmonies remind me a bit of an old school gospel flavor. The piano and fiddle enter the track for some nice highlights as well, although the main guitar and vocal are the backbone of the track. The song is vaguely biblical, referring to the passion that should be directed toward marriage is one is unable to remain single in service to God. I’m not sure if that’s what the songwriter was going for, but it stood out to me. Spin this one if you like your Americana with a hint of gospel flavor.
Brandon Padier – “Sweet by and by”
-If are a fan of the combination of old and new, Brandon Padier’s sound is going to connect with you. The lyrics and repetition reminds me of an older style of “sing along” style composition. There’s an almost Hank Williams flavor to the lyrics and root melody. The additional rock-influenced instrumentation feels a lot more contemporary, but the core of the song is definitely a classic form. This is a welcome take on the Americana genre and we’re happy to support it here.
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