Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Oklahoma singer/songwriter Beau Jennings took on a quest for inspiration from one of the greats: fellow Oklahoman Will Rogers. The film that resulted from his project, The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers, will be making its way around the festival circuit in the winter of 2015. In a few weeks, the album Jennings wrote in tandem with the filming of the documentary, The Verdigris, will be released. The LP features brand new material by Jennings inspired by his understanding of Rogers’ music. Below you can stream one of those tunes, “Scattered Lights”, which finds Sufjan Stevens (background vocals) joining Jennings for a reflective piano ballad.
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Time Out New York once said about the singer/songwriter Jesse Harris, “[His] gift lies in his deft rendering of fleeting moods and passing moments.” This holds particularly true for “Catch the Ash”, a track off of Harris’ new album with Star Rover, No Wrong No Right. The spartan tune uses delicately played minor chords to slow down time as Harris reminds us to “catch the ash before it falls”. Harris rose to fame after writing Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning song “Don’t Know Why”, but since then he’s remained a prolific and unique recording artist, a streak continued by No Wrong No Right.
Syracuse, New York singer/songwriter Martin Sexton is going to release his eighth studio record, Mixtape of the Open Road, this winter. You’ve already heard the lead single “Remember That Ride”, which premiered on Wall Street Journal online; now you can stream the wistful number “You (My Mind is Woo)” below.
The Boston/Washington, D.C based outfit Kingsley Flood has had a solid run already. Having opened for Lucius and Josh Ritter, in addition to playing a stint at the Newport Folk Festival’s main stage, the group is poised to take on 2015 with some serious momentum. The sextet is certainly not short on ambition: in addition to To the Fire, the band’s newest EP, it will also be putting out a summer EP, a fall full-length album, and multiple music videos. As if that weren’t enough, it’ll also be touring extensively throughout. To get a taste of this no doubt rising talent, you can stream the To the Fire track “Cavalry” below, a piano ballad reminiscent of Counting Crows’ “Long December”. Autumnal and evocative, the track is ripe for a powerful live performance, of which Kingsley Flood will have many in 2015.
As it turns out, the 2014 releases Cabinet of Curiosities, a new compilation LP, and We Are Time, a reissue of a 1980 compilation, were but the first few signals that more is to come from Bristol’s legendary the Pop Group. This winter, the band will drop Citizen Zombie, its first studio LP since 1980’s For How Much Longer Will We Tolerate Mass Murder?. The Pop Group’s hiatus, which began in 1981, was broken by a series of shows that began in 2010. With Citizen Zombie, the band shows that their comeback shows were not a one-off for nostalgia’s sake. Below you can stream “Mad Truth”, the latest track to be released off the album; the first was the title cut.