Eighteen-year-old Oklahoma-hailing country singer-songwriter Gabrielle Gore already has 14-years of performative experience behind her, when it came to writing her latest single, My Mustang, she was primed to serve an infectiously euphoric slice of Americana.
With bluegrass folk meeting crawling rockabilly rhythms, and a few pop elements thrown in for good measure, My Mustang crosses genres while staying true to each style borrowed from. The distinction doesn’t end with the instrumentals either; the rich and resonant vocal projection brings a vibrant energy to the up-tempo track that will transport you to the heart of Nashville before the chorus hits.
The tribal region of Arunchal Pradesh in India might not be the first place you think of when looking for guitar’s ‘next-big-thing’, but Takar Nabam – already named in Guitar Player Magazine’s ‘Top Five Guitar Players in India’ in 2020 – is absolutely at the forefront of innovative, convention-defying guitarists with his deep, instinctual understanding of both his instrument and his voice. Nabam demonstrates a deep respect and foundation in the musical traditions of his own culture whilst mixing in elements of contemporary blues and roots greats such as John Mayer, Tom Minsch, and slide supremo Derek Trucks.
Nabam’s 2018 album, ‘This Home, That Home’, garnered rave reviews, including featuring on Apple Music’s ‘Top Ten Indian Releases’ and Rolling Stone’s ‘Top Ten Summer Songs’; Nabam now returns with his new single ‘Ashes’. Born from Nabam’s collected life experiences, and mixing up all of those guitar-playing influences, ‘Ashes’ is a deep, meaningful, and mellow track that never lacks in power, authority, or lyrical poetry. Betraying Nabam’s deep understanding of blues and rock, but with a clear jazz and eastern tinge too. It’s a beautiful, gentle track which is at the same time expressive, calming, and uplifting. We’re looking forward to hearing more of Nabam’s new work later this year.
Even with a moniker which sounds like it seeped out of David Lynch’s imagination, singer-songwriter, Echo Wants Her Voice Back’s artful folk noir sound subversively surpasses all expectation.
Any artist who can leave you arrested with acapella vocals is definitely worth getting acquainted with. The perfect introduction is her latest single, Blue Lament, which was released on February 12th. The sombre blues-inspired single explores the complexities of grief in a powerfully sermonic style and celebrates that sweet moment when grief and loss finally relinquish their grip.
Singer-songwriter, Kevin Serey has been raking in the accolades since making their debut. As an Ohio Music Award Winner and an International Acoustic Music Awards finalist, his highly-anticipated forthcoming album holds plenty of promise. On the basis of the standout single, Old Man’s Eyes, he’s discernibly delivered.
As we’re collectively living through some of the most isolating times in living history, wisdom-fuelled singles, such as Old Man’s Eyes are priceless. Serey’s consoling words melodically shove you in a positive direction while his timeless bluegrass country folk tones leave you enraptured by evoking just as much emotion as the lyrics.
You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out Kevin Serey’s new album, in the meantime, hear their award-winning previous releases via Spotify.
With slight gothic hues lingering in Americana Blues Folk sound, The Bigst Hands’ latest single Catch a Fist is as delectably dark as it is soulfully soothing. Any fans of Kurt Vile will definitely want to delve into the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist’s Delta Blues sound.
The despondently sultry release will stick with you for long after it has faded to a close – especially considering that the track contains one of the most hauntingly cutting Blues guitar solos I’ve potentially ever heard. The Bigst Hands has a way of allowing you to feel like he’s playing the notes on your heartstrings.
The brashly booming drums, phantasmic quivers of the slide guitar and seductive melancholy offered vocally make Catch a Fist and unforgettable track. If Bukowski was still around, I could imagine he’d be an ardent fan of The Bigst Hands and their explorative lyrical style which makes no bones about dissecting the human condition – warts and wall.
You can check out Catch a Fist for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
Swedish Blues Folk Duo Vargen’s release of Love / Leave – 11 Songs of Bob Dylan couldn’t have been released at a better time. We’re all in need of a little escapism right now. And the timelessly consoling tones are just as solace-spilling and escapism-aiding as they were at the time of Bob Dylan’s original releases.
The tenderly emotive reimagining works bring the raw soul back to life, yet, Vargen have put their own ensnaring Bluesy spin on the soundscapes. While each track is as mesmerizingly cathartic as the last, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue is the perfect introduction to Vargen’s boundlessly fervent style. The dual vocals harmonise over the effortlessly mellifluous warmly ethereal instrumentals to create succinct melodies which almost allow you to feel like you’re swimming in sepia.
There was no forgetting Vargen after the chills they left us with after hearing their single From Stockholm to L.A. We’re immeasurably gratified for their return with the 11 track album.
You can check out Vargen’s stunning tribute to Bob Dylan yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
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.
Up and coming Alt Folk Rock artist Peregrino released their debut album “Feels Like Leaving” in 2019. If you missed it, you also missed a record which could simultaneously appease Soft Rock, Folk and Psych Blues fans alike.
If you dissect the standout single “Fire Away”, you’ll find a sticky-sweet melange of warm and cathartic tones which seem to evolve with each progression. The momentum may build, but the tranquillity of Fire Away is perpetual.
Fire Away kicks off with a mesmerizingly winding melody which ensures that you’re suitably captivated before Peregrino’s vocals creep in with plenty of vocal resonance. While Peregrino may share vocal reminiscences with the likes of Elliot Smith, the soundscape is a dynamic feat of ingenuity which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
You can check out Fire Away along with the rest of Peregrino’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
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.
Toronto-based Indie Folk Rock artist Zafer has recently released their cinematically captivating single “You Can’t Stop This Train” which offers plenty of timeless appeal to fans of personably soulful Folk Blues.
If you like your Folk simple yet evocatively snaring, you’ll warm to Zafer’s rhythmically rendered single before the first verse draws to a close. As for the chorus, that’s all-consuming. And you may want to check yourself if you’re in public when you listen to You Can’t Stop This Train. It’s impossible not to let the deftly crafted rhythms move you.
With the effervescently shimmering organs, animated yet gently melodic guitar progressions and snappy concordant percussion, Zafer made the perfect platform to lay down their optimistically arrestive vocals. It will stay with you for long after it has haded to a close.
You can check out Zafer’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.