After ‘sampling’ tracks via Bandcamp from the Shook Twins, Katelyn (Guitar, Slide, Glockenspiel, Mandolin, Vocals) and Laurie (Banjo, Guitar, vocals, beatboxing, bass, looping, ocarina, djembe) I was tempted by the sweet sibling harmonies into downloading their début album in full as part of this month’s eMusic quota, check out a trio of tracks from the album using the widget below.
"Window" by Shook Twins
Bit of street teaming for some for some artists that have got in touch through email or I’ve stumbled upon at MySpace and eMusic, or just plain forgot to mention before…………
Kicking it of with news of Swedish singer-songwriter Old Lost John is over in the UK and the end of May, info at his MySpace page.
Old Lost John @ MySpace Old Lost John Homepage Love this track from his Faceless album released last year. More at SwedesPlease
Staying with Sweden with indie folk band Tula, really enjoyed the two tracks from the band and will be checking back regularly for more, missed out on their single release via Static Caravan Tula @ MySpace
Moving westward to Iceland, described by Lucinda Williams as one of the best new artists she’d heard in years singer/songwriter Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, Lay Low Lay Low @ Myspace Lay Low homepage
And further . . . → Read More: Odds N Ends
Taking their name from a lyric in the Wilco track I Am Trying To Break Your Heart from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (source), American Aquarium from Raleigh NC deliver their brand of alt-country neat and honest. Small Town Hymns is the band’s fifth release following on from the excellent Dances for the Lonely (eMusic) released in 2009 – that album includes one of favourite rockers for sometime (just can’t resist belting it out at full volume when it blasts it’s way through the speakers) ”Katherine Belle”
The creative juices have being flowing again and this year’s ten track no filler release is well worth checking out, it’s a more restrained album than the previous one – but still has an edge and the quality level is right up there too, rocking and twanging in all the right places around the vocals and writing talent of front man BJ Barham. The . . . → Read More: American Aquarium "Small Town Hymns" (Last Chance Records 2010)
I first came across Jedd Hughes name earlier this year when blogging about Guy Clark’s latest album Somedays the Song Writes You, I stumbled across the fellow again watching a Woodsong performance featuring Rodney Crowell, who was joined by Jedd (and Will Kimbrough) for the set, Rodney performed songs from his Houston Kid, Fate’s Right Hand and The Outsider albums for the main part of the show and then Jedd and Will got to perform a song of their own.
Suitably impressed with the song and performance and picked up Jedd’s latest EP from eMusic earlier this week. You can here Rodney Crowell influence rubbing of in the opening track from the EP I Want Your #35 excellent stuff and loads of promise for the future. Jedd Hughes – Genevieve (Woodsongs Live)
. . . → Read More: Jedd Hughes – S/T EP
Part of my emusic fix this month was an excellent album by Haley Bonar , her fourth release Big Star is full of great tunes, intelligent lyrics and some nice melodies coupled with Haley’s wonderful vocal, you can get a listen here at myspace
Here’s the title track to tempt you into getting the album and a track from her previous release as well as some tracks borrowed from Haley’s Daytrotter session which you can check out in full here
Green Eyed Boy(Daytrotter)
Bad For You(Daytrotter)
“May Day” from a studio performance
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I’ve had an eMusic account for some time now and use it in the main for discovering new music or maybe following up on a review I’ve read, sometimes the 30 second samples don’t catch my ear but when they grab my attention it has resulted in some great “finds”, most recently a couple of EP’s from a Canadian songstress from Toronto, Emily Weedon & Delta
I got the downloads from eMusic & the CD EP “All Out In the Open” from Indiepool, without wanting to stick labels on it’s a rounded mixture of twang & alt-country, contemporary but with a nod to the past – Canadiana? it’s has five well written, original tracks with a light production keeping Emily’s sweet vocal to the fore, it’s pure country, a splash of Emmylou with a hint of Dolly and Elizabeth Cook. The title track from the All Out In The . . . → Read More: Emily Weedon and Delta