Brett Harris bases his career out of the pop triangle (a.k.a. the Research Triangle in North Carolina) where they still believe in pure pop with sparkling melodies, catchy choruses and jangly guitars. Harris has recently been a touring member of the Big Star Third ensemble, as well as having opened for pop gods the dB’s on the reunion tour. His new album, Up in the Air, releases March 4, 2016 on Hit the Deck Recordings and we’ve got a great slice of ear candy from that album to sample with “End of the Rope”.
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The Waco Brothers have known for 20 years now that alt-country and first wave British punk are perfect bedfellows in terms of visceral raw emotion, both lyrically and musically. Hell, Joe Strummer knew that too—just listen to his work with the Mescaleros—so the Wacos have been successfully following this fruitful path for nearly a quarter of a century. On 26 February 2016, the band returns with their first full studio album in 10 years, Going Down in History, a title that justifiably refers to their groundbreaking music.
San Antonio, Texas’ El Campo is an alt-country band that blends emo/high lonesome country vocals with killer harmonies, fast-flowing banjo rolls and a bit of steel guitar for good measure. The band formed in 2013, but they sound like they’ve been playing together for 10 years as they are a super tight and accomplished group of musicians. Jerid Reed Morris’ vocals are superb and memorable, making for a great frontman.
El Campo is releasing a new 7-inch EP, “Skinny Kids/Sloe-Eyed”, in January and heading out on a national tour in February. Based on the new song we premiere today, “Skinny Kids”, El Campo should be facing full houses and a packed festival schedule come summer.
Singer-songwriter Darius Holbert releases his new album under the name DARIUSTX today, and you can stream V. The Angels of Goliad in its entirety below. As you’ll hear, he serves up a high-energy, adventurous yet soulful take on Americana, bolstered by sumptuous guest vocals by Nicole Britton and Caroline Wilson.
Connecticut duo Violent Mae recently released their new album Kid, but have also recorded an alternate version of that album’s closing track “Birthday”, which features Chris Ballew (of the Presidents of the United States of America) playing the distinct two-string bass that belonged to the late, great Mark Sandman of Morphine, who was a major influence on the band’s sound.