Buzzing vintage country-noir that hits hard, “Blue Moonlight” is one last shot at last call and the evocative brand-new single from Dadeville, Alabama’s Nikki Speake and her band Nikki & the Phantom Callers. You can stream the track now by visiting their Soundcloud page, and their debut LP Everybody’s Going To Hell (But You and Me) will be released on April 3rd.
Martha Spencer is an old-time-style musician from Whitetop, Virginia, and “Left Behind” is her ghostly, longing and accomplished latest single. Together she and Michelle Kowalski have directed its evocative, cinematic and vintage-cool new video, filming it both in Whitetop and in Mouth of Wilson. You can find her self-titled debut album and more of her music now on her Bandcamp page.
Carefree, confident and effortlessly cool, “Our Love Is Done” is the spiked, classic-sounding and instantly-alluring new single from Nashville’s Hannah Juanita. She and Michelle Kowalski meanwhile have directed its vintage-styled, easy-to-relate-to and charming brand-new video. This is the first delightful taste of her forthcoming debut LP, one she’ll release in the Spring.
Translucent and Gothic, its poetry obsidian, “When People Show You Who They Are” is the powerful, pastoral new single from Brooklyn’s Karen & the Sorrows. Its quietly-charismatic new video meanwhile was directed by David Andrew Stoler and the artist herself. The track is taken from her excellent and recently-released Guaranteed Broken Heart LP, and you can order opaque-vinyl, black-vinyl, CD and digital versions of it from her Bandcamp page right now.
Its intimacies rendered in humane detail, the ageless and thoughtful brand-new video was directed with a translucent touch by Marcus Söderlund. “It’s Been Heaven Knowing You” is the aching and gorgeous latest single from Gothenburg, Sweden’s Sarah Klang. Out care of Pangur Records, you can find streaming links for it right here.
A razor-wired, marching hymn, “They’ve Never Walked Through Shadows” is the communal, supernatural and brand-new single from Atlanta’s Nikki Speake and her Nikki & the Phantom Callers. The track is taken from their forthcoming debut LP, one due for release next Spring. In the meantime, though, you can find their previous releases by visiting their webstore.
Hopefully you’re watching Ken Burns’ landscape-altering film Country Music. It’s animated by a love for the genre coupled with a critical eye for historical realities — many unpleasant, painful and damning. It teaches that there was never one unbroken path from Jimmie Rodgers to now, and that the regressions and shifts arrived both cynically and naturally, from the boardroom to the grassroots. As importantly it shows that where we are now is the product of previously lightly-considered social forces — most notably the profound contributions to Country from Black, Mexican and women artists.
For those of you who have begun it, you’ll know that the twin poles of the program are Texas and Nashville, and here we’re featuring an artist from each. Both Kathryn Legendre and Tanya Montana Coe speak with a sharp-edged, easy eloquence for tradition, creativity, possibility and equality. They have much good to say and to represent about the genre’s past and future. Ms. Legendre’s most-recent EP Making It Up is available on her Bandcamp page, while Ms. Coe’s just-released Hide Your Emotion can be found on hers.
Understated and wise, it caresses memories as its ageless, relatable story unfolds. “The Child” is the textured, lyrical and immediately-engaging new single from Wynonna’s Wynonna & The Big Noise, one she co-wrote with Cass McCombs. Released by Anti-, you can find streaming and download links for this gem right here.
Heaven in a honky tonk, “Two Hearted Rounder” is closing-time poetry and the neon- and bourbon-drenched new and debut single from Birmingham, Alabama’s Sarah Lee Langford. The track is taken from her just-announced debut album of the same name. Out from November 8th through Cornelius Chapel Records, you can pre-order vinyl, CD and digital versions of it from them right now.