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Scott Hayley – Reno: A Fitting Tribute to Americana Country Icon Doug Supernaw

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For those unaware of Americana Country Pioneer Doug Supernaw, up and coming artist Scott Hayley offers the perfect introduction with his latest release “Reno”.

Doug Supernaw perceptibly isn’t the only one offering inspiring alchemic Americana Country mesmerism through their virtuosic talent. The guitar progressions in Reno are so soulful and sentimental they almost border on psychedelic. Either way, you’ll feel euphoric as it unravels.

The shimmering tones in the instrumentals find perfect synergy with Scott Hayley’s timelessly authentic Americana Country Folk vocals. You’ll be hooked in from the first verse of this deftly immersive track which depends on raw rhythmic talent and candid soul instead of frills and gimmicks.

There will always be space on the airwaves for tracks such as Reno which offer such welcoming catharsis.

You can check out Scott Hayley’s latest single which dropped on March 11th via Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Folk Rock artist Ragged Road have released their latest single “I’ve Been Travelling”

Ragged Road created the perfect escapism music with their latest Folk single “I’ve Been Travelling” which was released on February 28th.

The concordant mellifluous rhythms in I’ve Been Travelling are accompanied by instantly captivating warm vocals which pull you through the meandering soundscape which oozes wanderlust vibes. I’ve Been Travelling may be a traditionally orchestrated Americana Folk Blues track, but magnetism found in nostalgia-inducing soundscapes will remain timelessly appealing.

Ragged Road made their debut in 2018, but they’ve already proven that they’re at the forefront of Alt Folk innovation. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see where they take their uniquely Celtic sound next.

You can check out I’ve Been Travelling for yourselves by roaming over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Magnolia Red – Ancient River: A Glacial New Take on Americana Rock

Magnolia Red has created a brand-new trajectory for the timeless Americana Rock sound with their single “Ancient River”.

The Norweigan artist alchemically created a single which simultaneously exuded warmth and a hauntingly ethereal chill. The eclectic instrumental arrangement sits organ wails around guitar riffs which are so glacial they weave in elements of Post Punk.

While, for the most part, the full-bodied sound makes it hard to pinpoint where the mesmerism is pouring from, the distinctively virtuosic guitar solos take Magnolia Red’s sound to a pioneering new level. They demand repeat attention.

Blues riffs have never sounded colder or more phantasmic. In perfect contrast to the instrumentals are the inviting, nostalgically beguiling vocals which will instantly enamour any fans of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Naturally, we’re hooked.

You can check out Magnolia Red’s latest single Ancient River for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Star Prairie Project – Steady As She Goes: Americana for the masses

Steady As She Goes sounds like a laid-back track you’d play while driving with one hand on the wheel of a classic car as your right arm hangs loosely out of a freshly unwound window. There is no visible traffic, people or worldly distractions, just an air of peace and serenity that makes you feel present in past memories.

The Star Prairie Project are like comfort food. They write accessible songs using words that feel familiar even when you first hear them. No matter if you’re a fan of their genre, which is traditional Americana, listening to this piece of music will make you feel calm like you’re in touch with all your future and former selves.

If you can, take these four minutes, pour that perfect beverage into your chosen receptacle, and let yourself be transported away on an internal roadtrip. Nolan Chew JR & Rick J. Vogelpohl are responsible for crafting a single that can be played on repeat without ever outstaying its welcome.

This song is an aural delight for those seeking company on long, lonely nights or during days you’d rather be somewhere else. If you take a chance on this track, you can take temporary leave of this world and find an ally in its simple sincerity.

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Review By Lisa Knight

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Jesse Slack – Rust: A Country Blues Pop Playlist Essential

Jesse Slack has perceptibly found the answer to keeping Country music commercially accessible with his latest single “Rust”. The genre-defying track may borrow plenty of elements from different genres, but the roots of Country Americana Blues are well and truly blossoming in Rust.

The cuttingly angular guitar tones sit alongside the winding rhythms which are more typical from the genre providing a refreshing added dynamic to the instrumentals. While the lyrics and vocals allow Rust to share reminiscences with Pop and Bluesy Pop Punk artists.

If there’s any justice in the music industry, Jesse Slack will share the same success as the likes of Taylor Swift. Because evidently, he shares the same talent when it comes to crafting sticky-sweet melodies which will stick in your throat during the build-ups.

You can listen to Jesse Slack’s latest single Rust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Country, Rock and Pop Converge in Kylee Stone’s Hit Single “Homegrown”

Up and coming Country Pop Rock artist Kylee Stone released her latest single “Homegrown” on January 31st and made Country music more accessible than ever.

It’s easy to see that Kylee Stone could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus after the release of Homegrown. There’s plenty of familiarities to be found in the timeless style of the track. But the distinction lies in the talent offered by Kylee Stone and her band.

No review of Homegrown would be complete without mentioning the insanely mesmeric lead guitar work. With riffs which would rival Slash’s, this emotive and soul-inspired single is taken to the next level. If any track could simultaneously appease Rock, Pop, and Country fans, it’s Homegrown.

You can check out the official music video to Kylee Stone’s latest single Homegrown for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyson Ray Borsboom – I Don’t Mind: Piercingly Emotive Alt Indie Folk

“I Don’t Mind” is the latest piercingly emotive Alt Indie Folk Rock single from up and coming Canadian artist Tyson Ray Borsboom. My soul may feel a little heavier for hearing it, but within the weight lies a comfort which reaches you through both the tonally diverse melodies and the harrowingly expressive vocals.

Even though the indulgently smooth Blues guitar tones gave us plenty to love, nothing else in the timeless record had the same enamouring effect as Tyson Ray Borsboom’s vocals. Instead of striving to assimilate every other Americana Country Folk artist who has come before him. He used the evocative distinction within his own voice to verse his lyrics which resonated liked passion-soaked poetry.

I Don’t Mind was a track orchestrated as a poignant reminder to be present for the people you love. I don’t need telling twice, but I’ll definitely be making I Don’t Mind a playlist essential after hearing the intrinsic empathy contained in the single which made the airwaves an infinitely better place since its release in January 2020.

You can check out Tyson Ray Borsboom’s single I Don’t Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Lone Canary – Leave the Gray: Hypnotically Suspenseful Americana Folk

https://thelonecanary.bandcamp.com/track/leave-the-gray

The deep bending acoustic melodies in the prelude prepare you for a sombre soundscape in the Lone Canary’s latest single “Leave the Gray”. Yet, you’ll find a smorgasbord of emotion offered by the Rockford Illinois-based Folk Americana artist in their unpredictably explosive single. It’s a fitting ode to the Folk artists who lay down the roots of the genre. Leave the Gray is positively arcane.

With the vocals carrying slight reminiscences to Stevie Nicks while the instrumentals meander through their intricate rhythms, Leave the Grey is an ethereal soundscape full of suspense and emotion. When the instrumentals reach peak momentum, you’ll be locked within a gorgeously wild array of high-octane alchemic folk. The transition is so seamless, you’ll need to hit repeat to appreciate just how the progression was made. Smokey Blues to searing riffs is no easy evolution.

You can stream and download The Lone Canary’s single Leave the Gray via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Unshackle Yourselves from Gender Stereotypes with Stacy Gabel’s latest Country Pop Single

Stacy Gabel

Femininity is hard. I’m still not entirely sure how to do it properly. But I do know that there’s plenty of resonance to be found in Stacy Gabel’s empowering upcoming single “High Heeled Shoes”. Especially for anyone who doesn’t particularly feel like bowing to gender normativity.

With Abba-style chorus vocals and Stacy Gabel’s accessible personality injected into the conversational verses, High Heeled Shoes is a work of unforgettable Indie Pop musical theatre. The instrumental arrangement is equally as eccentric with strings and the mandolin alongside the acoustic guitar in the Cabaret-Esque soundscape.

High Heeled Shoes basically offers the same mood-boost as watching your favourite musical – just without the time commitment. Make it a playlist essential.

You’ll be able to check out Stacy Gabel’s single High Heeled Shoes from February 21st, 2020. In the meantime, you can get a taste of her uplifting approach to Country Pop by heading over to Soundcloud and checking out her earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.) – Slow Fall:

Incubus fans will undoubtedly want to check out the sweet feat of Alt Rock “Slow Fall” from up and coming artist Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.).

The bluesy American Rock sound is switched up with inventive guitar effects along with a potent amount of emotion coming to you through the vocals. Slow Fall packs an emotive punch. But that’s not to say the deftly crafted melodic track is without raucous appeal. It may take a while for the momentum to pick up. But when it does, you’ll get a taste of how much of a powerhouse Electricity Keeping You Alive are.

The sonic guitar blasts, deep bass bends, and tantalising percussion work in perfect synergy with the expressively striking vocals. In short, Slow Fall is an Indie Rock-inclined audiophile’s delight.

You can check out Electricity Keeping You Alive’s latest single Slow Fall for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast