Five well-known, always busy Chicago singer-songwriters—Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, Alex Hall—get together to form a pop supergroup called the Flat Five that uses vocal melodies and harmonies as the main means of delivering 12 memorable earworms that will stay lodged in your brain for days. Chris Ligon wrote this batch of songs that offer a much needed dose of positivity and light heartedness as the bitter U.S. election nears its long-awaited end. The album title of the Flat Five’s debut release, It’s a World of Love and Hope, conveys this optimistic outlook. It releases this Friday via Bloodshot Records.
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Shaking hips and breaking hearts, Nashville singer/songwriter Becky Warren nails the immediacy of Saturday night revelry with “Dive Bar Sweetheart”, its toss ‘em back roadhouse groove introducing June, the female lead of her forthcoming solo debut, War Surplus. A story cycle revolving around the before and after effects of love during the Iraq war, “Dive Bar Sweetheart” marks June’s red carpet debut to Scott, the soon-to-be deployed soldier who will never be the same.
British singer-songwriter Rumer steps away briefly from recording her own music on her new album, This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook, to celebrate the timeless hits of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Bacharach and David’s songs are known for their breezy sophistication where light as air melodic confections rest on top of complex harmonic structures. At first glance, a tune of theirs might seem simple, but the songs are incredibly rich and they require the very best vocal interpreters. Of course, Dionne Warwick is most known for her takes on Bacharach and David tunes and now Rumer is adding the music to her repertoire.
“I couldn’t have made this album five years ago,” says Rumer. “I think I’ve now got a wide enough emotional palette to draw on for these songs’ characters and stories. That kind of insight only comes as you get older.” Indeed. Hear Rumer’s take on the classic “Walk on By” now and check out This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook when it releases October 21st via Rhino Records.