Three Americana tunes that make old time sounds connect in the modern day

Destinie Lynn – “Once, twice”
-If you’re a fan of old school acoustic singer songwriters, you’ll love Destinie Lynn’s sound. The waltz timing from the guitar feels like a bygone style, but it has a fresh energy to it on this track from Lynn. The sweetness of the vocal is evident on first listen. It’s a song about a breakup, but there’s a hopeful expressiveness in the overall composition that I appreciate. Even though the subject is inherently sad, there’s almost a sense of celebration that the love happened at all. Oh… and the violin solo is a beautiful, gentle touch. This track is a treat.

Ruby Jones and Loretta Miller – “Eighteen”
-The great thing about Americana music is that there’s no one way to do it. The mixing of classic rock n’ roll with a breathy pop style might not match everyone’s definition of Americana, but it absolutely works on this track from Jones and Miller. In fact, I kept thinking “this sounds like the 50s” as I listened. It sounds like both country and pop rock music from the mid 20th century. Jones and Miller have some exceptional vocal harmonies on the song that really makes it stand out from the crowd. The combination of unique energy and excellent production makes the track a unique contemporary expression of a classic overall sound.

Our Atlantic Roots – “Under the sun”
-If you’ve been following our folk coverage recently, you are familiar with the name Our Atlantic Roots. They’re an emerging folk act who certainly have our attention. The production and dynamism of this track “Under the sun” is no exception. Everything from the vocal harmonies to the full band production come together for a remarkably emotional composition. There’s a bit of wisdom tucked into the song’s message that there’s “nothing new under the sun.” The lyrical message will be different for each listener, but I find it a charge to focus on embracing life because in some ways we, as individuals, do not matter as much as we think. It’s all about understanding your place in a larger chronological and universal context. It’s headier than you might think for a folk tune.

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