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.
Hide Your Emotion is the name of the just-released LP from Nashville’s Tanya Montana Coe, and you can hear its spare, startlingly-honest and powerfully-resonant “All Fucked Up” above. You can buy CD and digital versions of it right now from her Bandcamp page, where you can find her Silver Bullet LP as well. The album is also available from her Goodbuy Girls webstore.
A loving homage to the Dive Bar’s reassuring, gently-timeworn and evocative lore, the brand-new video rings with a dream’s hazed specificities. “Hoping For The Best at the Springwater Supper Club” is the plush new single from French-born, Nashville-based musician Pauline Andrès. You can stream the track right now on her Soundcloud page and you can find additional links to digital versions by visiting her website. All of her previous releases can be found on her Bandcamp page as well.
Plaintive, smoldering with hope and poetic, “Far Away” is the Emmylou-esque and sharply-painted new single from Brooklyn’s Karen & the Sorrows. This is the latest jewel that she’s shared from her forthcoming Guaranteed Broken Heart LP. Out from October 18th, you can find pre-ordering and pre-saving links to physical and digital versions of it by visiting her website.
This Fall Atlanta’s Kim Ware and her band The Good Graces release the Prose and Consciousness LP, upon which you’ll find the sharply-written and golden-hued “Snow Angels” and the nostalgic and affectionate “Crickets”. The album is released on October 11th. You can pre-order limited-edition CD and digital versions of it now from her Bandcamp page, where you can find more of her music as well.
Guaranteed Broken Heart is the name of the forthcoming album from Brooklyn’s wonderful Karen & the Sorrows, and above you can hear its doleful, sonorous title track — a modern, polished barrel-house classic. The album will be released on October 18th. You can pre-order natural-opaque-vinyl and digital versions of it right now from her Bandcamp page, where you can find more of her music as well.
The sound of a searching heart, it resonates — solitary in the moonlight, on the plains or lost in a crowd. “Alonesome” is an echoing coyote’s howl and the unadorned, polished and beautiful new single from Oslo, Norway’s Malin Pettersen. You can download it and more of her music from her Bandcamp page.