J.R. Rund – “Chameleon”
-This song will steal your heart if you just stop what you’re doing and listen. Rund sings with that poet’s sincerity that’s sure to capture your mind. The duo vocal makes for a sweet texture that makes the lyrics a little bit more meaningful. If you’re the kind of person who loves the chance to “sing along” with others to feel that special connection, this song is going to reach down deep into your heart and give you a big old blessing. This is one of the most unique pieces of acoustic Americana songwriting we’ve heard all year; it’s an absolute gem and worth your thoughtful consideration and connection.
Wild Child – “Wearing blue”
-The calm energy from the piano on this track invites the listener into an intimate setting; the duo vocals create a sense of connection as well. The easy going style of the track feels like an older orchestral blues tune from the mid 20th century. The intimate lyric, “hold me like you mean it” is the heart and soul of the track, repeated for dramatic effect. It’s a love song and a heartbreak song interwoven as the couple seems to be still together yet the lead is craving “more.” It’s got a real sense of longing and sincerity. This is a wonderful song and one that will be relatable for a lot of folks.
Joseph Decosimo – “Trouble”
-There’s trouble everywhere. Ain’t that the truth? This is ultimately a gospel song about how trouble won’t last forever. Ain’t that also the truth? It’s a beautiful song with a banjo that holds together the composition and a fiddle that sets it flying. The combination of the rooted instrumentation and the close, familiar vocal works really well. It’s a recording with a tangible sense of rootedness and “salt of the earth” vibrancy. I don’t know if Joseph Decosimo and I are related in any earthly sense, but I can tell you we are of the same stock and same people; there’s familiarity here. This is a wonderful roots folk song that’s sure to find some support among our traditional readership.