In an enigmatic, throwback haze appears “Santa Barbara”, the understated, honest and charming brand-new single from the elusive Annie of the Canyon. Quietly it honors its musical history, subtly its heartbreak glows in nostalgic mists. You can stream the track right now by visiting her Soundcloud page.
Nashville’s Nicole Atkins has just announced the release of Italian Ice, her next LP, from which you can hear its languorous and honey-coated “Captain” above. The album is out courtesy of Florence, Alabama’s Single Lock Records on April 17th. You may pre-order CD, signed-red-vinyl and black-vinyl editions of it right now from her webstore.
Co-written with Maren Morris, “Twisted Metal” is the heady and hard-hitting brand-new single from Weatherford Texas-born, Nashville-based Van Darien. You can stream this gem by visiting her Soundcloud page, and it will receive its official digital release on January 31st. Meanwhile her Levee LP will be released on April 10th, and you can pre-save that now on her website.
Plain spoken and reflective, “To Everyone I’ve Loved Before” is the mirror-smooth, sophisticated latest single from Nashville’s Victoria Bigelow. It’s a sweetly-refined, philosophical slow dance beneath warm sun through golden light and crisp, kaleidoscopic shadows. You can find streaming and download links for this right here.
Of course it’s too difficult to pick a favorite, but “Gold Soundz” is a time-altering tune and surely one of Pavement’s best. Here Nashville’s Jen Starsinic covers it with both love and an edge. Her six-track Bad Actor EP will be released on February 7th, and you can pre-order it from her Bandcamp page right now.
Free spirited and articulate, tough and contemplative, “Brightest Star” is the sizzling, comforting brand-new single from Nashville’s Lilly Hiatt. The track is taken from her next LP Walking Proof. Out through New West Records on March 27th, you can pre-order colored-vinyl, CD and bundled versions of it from them now, and it’s available from her Bandcamp page, too.
Morricone mystery with a gleam in its eye, “The House Is On Fire” is the tumbleweed-tossed and cinematic brand-new single from the elusive Bad Flamingo. It’s a dreamed spaghetti-western opening theme that continues to resonate once you’ve woken. You can stream the track and more of their music right now by visiting their Soundcloud page.
Bad Actor is the title of the new EP from Nashville’s multi-talented Jen Starsinic, and you can hear its immediately-engaging, easygoing and excellent “Picture in a Frame” above. Bountiful streaming and download links for it can be found right here. Recorded at The Smoakstack in her hometown, the EP arrives on February 7th.
Mercy Bell is a Queer, Filipino-American musician currently living in East Nashville, and she recently and independently released her self-titled debut LP. Its ageless-yet-current “Chocolate Milk and Whiskey” resonates with a hard-earned specificity, a kind nostalgia and classic-Country heartbreak. You can find links to digital versions of the album here, and you can buy opaque-pink-vinyl versions of it from her Bandcamp page as well.
“Wait (On Love)” blazes with deep emotions, its pain poetry, while “Powhatan River Blues” ambles with a thoughtful, ageless warmth through re-born Spring fields. Both are powerful brand-new singles from Nashville’s Caitlin Anne Webster, and you can find sundry streaming and download links for them right here. You can find her previous releases both as a solo artist and with Nightingale Rodeo on her Bandcamp page as well.