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Linda Draper - "Shadow of a Coal Mine" (MP3) (PopMatters Premiere)

Singer-songwriter Linda Draper pens lean and spare songs full of atmosphere with elegant, every-note-in-the-right-place instrumentation.

Draper's latest record is Edgewise, which released last week and notably rekindled her musical passions. “With this album, I feel I’ve come full circle,” she says. “I feel myself returning to the roots that originally sparked my enthusiasm for music.” Today we present the premiere of her second single from the new record, "Shadow of a Coal Mine".

“I've always been fascinated with songs that are written from the perspective of the ‘bad guy,’” she says is regards to “Shadow of a Coal Mine". "Johnny Cash always did this incredibly well, and so when the lyrics started pouring out for this song, I decided to construct the perspective as if the bad guy (or ‘girl,’ as it were) was me.”


William Tyler 'Goes West'

Think of William Tyler's fingers as the wind rattling the leaves on the trees. There is no storm coming, but the gusts have their own power and cannot be ignored. They make a statement.

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