Canadian Ben Rogers has one of those treasured, whiskey-soaked, deep, rough voices that work so perfectly in country music and Americana. Rogers pairs that with a stellar band of musicians who help create the barren, prairie landscapes and the vast spaces of North America’s west. Right up front and crucial to the band’s sound is that mournful pedal steel—surely one of the most cinematic instruments ever devised—played with virtuosic ease by Matt Kelly (City and Color). Last August Ben Rogers released his second album, The Bloodred Yonder, and his new single is that album’s lead track, “Wild Roses”.
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Trevor James Tillery is a young Los Angeles singer-songwriter who blends gentle electronics in with his laid back singing, indietronica if you will. Tillery has already earned accolades from Zane Lowe and is about to release his new EP In Moonlight on March 25th. In Moonlight deals with many of the issues that gay people face when coming out. Tillery explains that “this song has been living with me for a while. I originally wrote it thinking it was about someone else, only to realize later that it is really about myself. Perhaps both. I had written ‘Sleeptalking’ prior to coming to terms with my own sexuality and it’s as if I’m telling myself to wake up.”
Eva Salina grew up immersed within the Balkan music community that highly revered the work of Serbian singer Šaban Bajramović, whose work in the 1960s and 1970s made him a star among Yugoslavians, the Romani and the diaspora of both groups. Salina studied Balkan singing from a young age and first traveled to the Balkans at the tender age of 12 to study the culture. Performing steadily around New York, Salina got the idea to record a tribute to the legendary Bajramović, but filtered through her own NYC jazz and worldbeat influences. Salina also secured the involvement of noted area bands such as Slavic Soul Party!, Kultur Shock, and the Klezmatics to help work on the tribute. “I Barval Pudela” is the first single from LEMA LEMA, which releases today. It’s a gorgeous tune that highlights the complex singing style employed in Balkan music and shows off Salina’s stunning voice.
Austin singer-songwriter duo Penny and Sparrow move from delicate folk to rough-edged Americana on their new album, Let a Lover Drown You. Vocalist Andy Baxter and composer Kyle Jahnke met while roommates at the University of Texas at Austin. The intensity that comes with living together contributes to the closeness and tightness of their harmonies, which have been compared on occasion to Simon and Garfunkel. “Makeshift” highlights these talents brilliantly and leans toward the folk end of Penny and Sparrow’s musical spectrum.
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