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Berlin band Rodeo FM send us indie-folk Americana with meaning on ‘Summer Rain’

Rodeo FM send us a lovely song to get in a reflective mood with the Americana-infused single ‘Summer Rain‘.

Rodeo FM were founded in 2004 and have quickly become the Darlings of the Berlin Americana scene. They have played relentlessly ever since, being compared to Tom Petty, Whiskeytown and the Stones and incorporating a heritage from Gram Parsons to Howe Gelb. They have played art and country fairs, demonstrations and symposiums, jazz and beer festivals, weddings and funerals, punk cellars and line-dance clubs. Blending their own Americana by moving effortlessly between country, folk, blues, jazz and garage rock.

Summer Rain‘ is the second single of the bands upcoming album ‘The Upgrade Of Truth‘, which is to be released in late 2020. The band have been taking their time to get their music together and this is such a polished release.

Berlin’s Rodeo FM bless our ears with ‘Summer Rain‘ which is such a mellow Americana journey for the ages. I love how honest this new song is. A fine effort.

Stream here via YouTube.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Cultural Vultures offer Alt Rock fans smooth bluesy redemption with a view of their ingenuity in action

Any true audiophile of the Alternative inclination will be as enraptured as we were by the invitation to watch Cultural Vultures live in the studio.

The voyeuristic view into their ingenuity starts with striking classical strings before the smooth bluesy, funk-deep Louisiana swamp sound takes hold of the seriously nuanced soundscape in the first track. If you thought Jim Jones was charismatic, just wait until you get to hear the redemption which the ‘live from the studio’ video has to offer.

Offering discernible talent is one thing, but Cultural Vultures offer so much more than a showcase of talent. Their magnetically captivating sound is an absolute pleasure to get lost in. I think I nearly forgot the real world existed.

You can watch the aural alchemy being weaved for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Desert Shade: “All For Nothing” – Classic Americana of the very best kind

Bringing the Classic Rock all the way from Annapolis, Maryland, comes Desert Shade. Describing themselves as ‘born out of necessity in the fall of 2019 to fulfil a headlining slot’, the band came from a scrabbled first headline set to a show that landed them on the Baltimore Soundstage just a few months later. Now, following a couple of early singles, they’re bringing their brand of Americana-influenced classic rock via this, from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP.

Awash of laid-back harmonica and tweedy Fender twang, meandering bass, and graced by a beautiful heavily wah-and-distorted lead-line from Nick M, ‘All For Nothing’ is a cigarette-lighters-at-the-ready burner in the style of ‘Someday Never Comes’ of ‘Forever Young’.

Quietly forceful and evocative without being schmalzy, ‘All For Nothing’ smoulders like the best of laid-back Neil Young, the Allman Brothers, Tom Petty, or the Grateful Dead.

You can check it out here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Premiere: UK’s Jonny Morgan is in reflective mood on indie folk ”Lonely In Soho”

Jonny Morgan is an alt-indie folk singer-songwriter with american infused influences that are infused perfectly on his music. He is here with his new single called ”Lonely In Soho”.

Whilst still honoring his roots and performing stripped back shows in New England on his latest tour in the US, Jonny spent time crafting and investing in new relationships in the mecca of Folk and Americana. In 2020, Jonny is turning his attention to releasing as much authentic music as possible. It feels like Jonny really enjoys the USA and can’t wait to return again I’m sure. He feels at home and his music is truly appreciated.

This is a reflective song and one that shows Jonny Morgan’s growing confidence and he seems to be getting better and better.”Lonely In Soho” shows that he is very keen for a holiday soon from lock-down in the UK.

Lonely In Soho” from UK singer-songwriter is a fascinating insight into Jonny Morgan’s mind as he longs to return to the USA and play in this massive country again. The lyrics are powerful and the voice ever-growing grit and determination to make it in the music world. This is a motivated musician with bags of talent to match.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Brian Setzer fans will want to prepare their playlists for Maple Run Band’s single “Independence Day”

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Maple Run Band followed up from their debut single with their roots-deep instantly endearing Americana Country Rock single Independence Day.

Even the jovially plucked guitar strings on the intro made my soul feel lighter. Yet, that was nothing compared to the infectiously melodic choruses which are enrapturing enough to allow you to forget that despite Independence Day recently passing, America really hasn’t had much to celebrate recently.

Instead of equipping their single with an arsenal of futuristic frills, Maple Run Band went right back to old school so that when you hit play, you’re hit with a flood of nostalgia, good vibes, and much needed aural escapism. Any fans of Brian Setzer won’t be able to resist the rhythmic charm in Independence Day. Neither should anyone else with rhythmic pulses to arrest for that matter.

You can check out Maple Run Band’s single Independence Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Conor & The Wild Hunt project beautiful pureness with stunning ”You’re Not Alone”

Conor & The Wild Hunt are from Baltimore in the USA and they are back with their special new single called ”You’re Not Alone”. The group animates soulful original songs with fresh perspectives on Americana, Folk, and pop styles. Their music is stupendously delivered with love letters that make me happy.

Conor Brendan, Chris Elvidge and Lena Traynham are Conor & The Wild Hunt and ”You’re Not Alone” is easily one of my favorite songs of 2020. The folk-fused indie treats are sandwiched together to make my stomach smile again.

You’re Not Alone” is such a peaceful song from Conor & The Wild Hunt that puts my mind at ease. After what has been going on with the world lately, this is exactly what we all need in our ears. This is pure music with such great vocals from both the singers. We aren’t alone if we have the support of those close to us. We just need to express ourselves and ask for help if we need it.

Stream this wonderful song that will make your heart happy here on Soundcloud.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Justin Thomas has released their compassion-invoking Americana Country single “Just Let Me Breathe”

Justin Thomas’ latest Americana Country single “Just Let Me Breathe” is a metaphorical masterpiece. After a three-year stint in releases, the American artist found inspiration in injustice. The incident of George Floyd’s death was used to illustrate the suffocating impact of systematic racial oppression.

Naturally, Just Let Me Breathe had a compassion-invoking resounding effect. Yes, the slightly psychedelically infused, angular guitar licks were absorbing and awe-inspiring. Yet, Justin Thomas’ compelling vocal style along with their ability to guide you into a contemplative empathetic state is why you’ll never forget Just Let Me Breathe.

We hope to hear plenty more from Justin Thomas in 2020 and beyond. Tracks such as Just Let Me Breathe are worth their weight in aural gold.

Just Let Me Breathe is available to stream via Soundcloud.

For more info head over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jon Davis featuring the Kenny Rogers Band – Someone Else’s Problem

In American singer-songwriter Jon Davis’ rhythmically infectious, resonantly magnetic standout single “Someone Else’s Problem” there are sentiments we can all undoubtedly relate to.

There’s potentially no better feeling than getting rid of insidiously toxic people, and the rhythmically indulgent feat of Americana Rock n Roll perfectly captures that sensation of freedom and elation along with the bitter-sweet aftertaste of lament.

The single stands as a testament to the artist’s nuanced talent in orchestrating Americana Country Rock perennial earworms which are laced with connectable emotion. It feels quite criminal that Jon Davis has spent a significant amount of his musical career in tribute bands. Their natural ability when it comes to aural expression is not easily paralleled.

You can check out Jon Davis’ single Someone Else’s Problem for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country revivalists Steve Bonham and The Long Road saunter down a winding road carrying with them this gem of an EP.

Bonham and his merry band of misfits have been steadily putting out authentic, salt of the earth music with a country twang. Their most recent output, the four-track ‘Moonshine Elegy’ EP, is the newest—and in some ways, most refined—addition to their ouevre. It hits all the Bonham notes: a tangible sense of grit, respect for and knowledge of a rich musical history of Americana, and an air of lived-in authenticity.

Steve Bonham and The Long Road craft real-ass music to do some honest, hard work to.

‘Moonshine Elegy’ is now available across all major platforms.

 

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The Star Prairie Project strives for freedom with ‘Home of Hope’

Country and Americana artist The Star Prairie Project has released new track ‘Home of Hope’. 

Self described ’brainchild’ of Nolen Chew Jr. – a songwriter from Star Prairie, Wisconsin’ – The Star Prairie Project have projected talents strongly with ‘Home of Hope’. Inspiring music, especially in times like these as many Americans will agree, can go a long way to finding one’s feet and ‘Home of Hope’ delivers on this optimism with toe tapping goodness put to all-American loving drawl and a tightly woven guitar sequence.

Countrified goodness is good for the heart and soul – and this is one for americana lovers all over to throw up on to their playlists for the long-haul.  

You can listen to ‘Home of Hope’ on The Star Prarie Project’s Spotify page now