Whitney Mann “The Western Sky”


Following 2009’s EP The Way Back Home that got the thumbs up from me on Beat Surrender, Whitney Mann has released a second EP, a six and a half (including a reprise track) offering this time around entitled The Western Sky, the Michigan born singer-songwriter has chalked up support slots for a quartet of country legends, Willy, Loretta, George and Dolly, as well as Chicago troubadour Joe Pug.

On this EP of self penned tunes Mann also takes on production duties in addition to playing guitar and banjitar, support comes from Kyle Jacobson on upright bass, Adam Cargin keeping time on drums and percussion, Chris Wagoner adding the country licks on mandolin and fiddle, Mary Gains on cello and Mark Harrod guitar and vocals.

Whitney Mann – All I Want

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John Statz “Ghost Towns”

Ghost Towns is the fourth release from Madison based alt-country singer-songwriter John Statz “inspired by grimy, war-torn Balkan towns and dying, broken down American cities” the songs were largely conceived on the road during Stantz travels across the US and Europe in locations ranging from West Virginia to Hungary and Colorado to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

For his first full band album Statz has collaborated with a bunch of Wisconsin based musicians including Blake Thomas, Adam Cargin , Jeremiah Nelson and Whitney Mann who provides sweet harmony vocals on my favourite track from the album The Wichita Waltz.

John Statz – The Wichita Waltz

John Statz – Disclaimer

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Whitney Mann – The Way Back Home EP

Got to listen to a wonderful six song EP this week – the CD Was released back in May of last year and is the first (and hopefully not the last) from alt-country singer/songwriter Whitney Mann from Madison, WI. Whitney is backed by Kyle Jacobson, Tim Russell and Andrew Harrison on the EP The Way Back Home which is a perfect showcase of the artists range – underpinned by a gorgeous country vocal and strong melodies with a healthy dose of pedal steel to complete the package.

Call the Cops is the lead off track and my pick from the half dozen on show, vocal and strummed guitar are joined by aching pedal steel in a tale of good love turning bad. On the strength of this EP Whitney is firmly in the “one to watch” category and I for one will be keeping an eye out for the next release.

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