At 79, nothing is slowing cult hero Andre Williams. His past is as colorful as his music, with Williams hustling for six decades as a singer and performer and… hustler. Hey, that’s what you have to do to spend a life in music and not get hustled yourself by a really tough industry. Williams wears his scars well. Whether he’s been up or down, he’s always been Andre Williams and always able to bounce back and stand strong. And here he comes again with a brand new album, his fifth for Bloodshot Records, the highly respected Chicago-based alt-country and roots music label.
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Americana band Yarn has gone through a lot of changes over the last little while, including relocating from Brooklyn to North Carolina and having relationships end. Blake Christiana explains, “We were dealing with real life issues. Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things—and people—behind us. The new songs became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.”
Singer-songwriter Jared Deck labels his music “Midamericana”, a term which accurately describes his blend of Southern roots music, Americana, and heartland rock from the John Mellencamp school. Growing up in small town Oklahoma, a state that produces as many great singer-songwriters as they do oil wells, Deck worked the oil rigs to put himself through school. Then after starting a business and running for political office, he turned his attention more fully to developing his music. Now, Deck is on the verge of releasing his self-titled debut album on May 6th. Rolling Stone Country premiered his first single, “17 Miles”, which they loved and we have the pleasure of sharing Deck’s second single “Grace” with you today. “Grace” is heartfelt, soulful ballad with gorgeous harmonies that is Deck’s most personal song to date.
Tallinn, Estonia’s I Wear* Experiment play a shimmering, sometimes funky, brand of glistening synthpop just made for dancefloors. This is highly melodic music rich in texture that provokes the imagination with its cinematic flairs and delightful polyrhythmic drums. The band had a hit in Estonia with their first single, “Patience”, and the song we’re premiering today, “Deepfreeze”, is only their second single. But already the band has been tapped by Hurts to open their shows in the Baltics and they are currently working towards putting out their debut album.
Cardiff’s Tibet plays a uniquely British brand of indie pop that draws from ‘90s Britpop, but isn’t defined by that now often derided genre. Tibet honors the past while moving into the future, keeping the flame of melodic guitar rock alive and vibrant. The group springs from the fertile Cardiff music scene and Rat Trap Recordings, which began its life as a club night drawing bands together at various venues around town. Tibet releases a new EP, Above the Moon, on May 23rd and we have the lead single for you today. “I’ll Put You in My Pocket” is a stomping rock tune with great harmonies and hard-charging guitars. It’s pretty irresistible.