PICK OF THE WEEK

Kristen Ford “Grey Sky Blue” (SINGLE)

The frenetic riffs mashed up against the voice of a new generation, Kristen Ford sets the stage for a space-age modern rock sound in the crushing “Grey Sky Blue”. The Nashville-based singer/songwriter is a whirlwind of blasting, distorted guitar and a candy-laced pop vocal. The instant rhythm and the drizzling …

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Swainn “Under a Willow Tree” (LP) 

Arizona based Celtic quartet Swann’s third studio release Under a Willow Tree embraces tradition, but only so far. The four piece, also known as Cockswain, doesn’t adopt a thoroughly purist approach to their songwriting but lovers of Celtic music will appreciate their fluency with the form. It has earned them the status …

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Luis Mojica “Songs from the Land” (LP)

Some people, even those who know better, roll their eyes when they hear the term “folk music”. It doesn’t refer to indigenous music from different cultures but, instead, the zeitgeist’s image of the stereotypical folky with an acoustic guitar warbling some interminable version of “Pretty Polly” with an optional harmonica …

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Sun King Rising “Delta Tales” (LP)

Sun King Rising isn’t a band in the traditional sense of the term, but you discover it doesn’t matter seconds into Sun King Rising’s first album release Delta Tales. Singer/songwriter/musician John Blangero’s desire to issue this work under a moniker likely reflects, at least in part, his musical background. He came of …

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Annette Adler “Color My World “ (LP)

Color My World from folk/country singer and songwriter Annette Adler is full of lush harmonies and riveting lyrics. Playing on her penchant for, well, colorful words, Adler’s angelic voice elevates the hues and honey-dipped melodies in this sing-along, reflective album. If you’re a fan of traditional country, these songs check several boxes. If you’re also …

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