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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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Brandon Bing releases newest single Back Porch

Country at it’s finest is what Brandon Bing’s single ‘’Back Porch’’ offers. Something that isn’t the most listened to genre anymore is Country but Brandon shows his listeners just how good it really can be and how good of a mood it can put you in.

When you listen to the impressive Country sound that Brandon Bing brings to this track it’s so exuberant, it moves you and creates this buoyant atmosphere and it’s safe to say that Brian loves to let his booming amounts of energy shine through in his music and you can definitely hear that for yourselves through Back Porch.

Combining the iconic sound of the Ukulele, but adding in the high-pitch trombone as well as the compelling sound of the violin. So many different instrumentals used to create this creative and energetic Country song and there’s no doubt about how well it actually sounds.

Go to YouTube now to check out Brandon Bing’s new single Back Porch.

Review by Karley Myall

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Billy Mick releases new single Take It As It Comes

Billy Mick has released his track ‘’Take It As It Comes’’. With a variety of sounds from Country, Hip-Hop and Pop, he has created something that gets you feeling good.

With an up-lifting rhythm and a cheerful atmosphere to go along with it, not to mention the crazy amounts of energy that is injected into it. Billy sure knows how to take his audience by surprise, at first you’d think it’d be more a 80’s classic hit, with the use of synthesizers, gated snares and programmed beats, the synth of the song leads you into many dimensions and that’s why this one needs to be added to your playlist.

But then this full on Country sound comes rolling in and combines with that 80’s throwback style, a rather diverse mixture but one that works so incredibly well together.

Billy Micks has completely delved into music in such a positive manor, not being afraid to mix it up and rather than modernising his sound to be more up to date with this day and age, he instead wanted to hook his audience in and send them back on a journey through time and it’s so mesmerising to listen too.

Check out Billy Micks Take It As It Comes by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Karley Myall

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Sammy Listoe – Crazy: An Alt Country Pop Rock Earworm

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Sammy Listoe created an Alt-Country earworm with their latest single “Crazy”. The lyrics and vocals may be authentically Country, but their instrumental style brings their sound well and truly into the 21st century.

The soaring Blues Rock riffs borrow a few nuanced elements from Hard Rock. Yet you’ll be able to expect the usual captivating quintessential melodic progressions in the verses and chorus. There may be plenty of artistic distinction to be found in Crazy, but the accessibility definitely hasn’t been compromised.

While plenty of artists of all inclinations attempt love-inspired tracks, it’s Country artists such as Sammy Listoe who succeed in allowing their tales of romantic woe to truly come to life in spectacular colour. If you don’t get caught up in the sticky-sweet sentiment in Crazy, I have some bad news about your soul.

You can check out Sammy Listoe’s latest single Crazy for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jen Myzel Has Released Her Spiritually Reflective Alt Country Pop Single “Be Longing”

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With the poetic lyrics and the beguiling ease of the melodies, it’s impossible not to find yourself in a contemplative state while listening to Jen Myzel’s latest Alt Folk Country Pop single “Be Longing”.

With lyrical lines which feel like an introspective sucker punch and serenely stripped-back instrumentals, “Be Longing” is the perfect track to add to your ruminative playlists.

While there are many artists out there making a lot of noise without much to say, you’ll be able to find Jen Myzel’s distinctive sound on the other side of the coin. The Californian artist is perceptibly gifted when it comes to orchestrating uplifting and empowering soundscapes. Not by utilising abrasively ‘happy’ tones, but meditatively easing you into a better mind space with compellingly conscious lyrical wisdom.

You can check out Jen Myzel’s quiescently striking single for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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LIVE REVIEW: Amigo the Devil, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, 04/02/2020

There will never be anything as beautiful as someone who has seen the dark bringing the light with their music. And that’s exactly what happened when Amigo the Devil graced Manchester with his amicably macabre approach to Folk.

Within the realms of Dark Folk, you’ll find plenty of dark and twisted lyricism. But Amigo the Devil (Danny Kiranos) goes beyond that. He digs up the storytelling roots of the genre and exposes the complexity of 21st-century sentience with the addition of humour which will touch even the staunchest of existentialists.

I hadn’t quite anticipated how emotional a live set would be. Yes, you can practically hear each drop as his soul pours out through his lyrics on his records. But seeing the stinging conviction behind each word amplified their veracious meaning in a way I could never have anticipated. Yet, every time I was moved to tears, I was forcibly shifted back to laughter with his quick humility-soaked wit.

The words “crowd participation” usually send shivers down my spine. Yet, with Amigo the Devil, it’s almost a knee-jerk reaction to get caught up in the experience and become part of it in solidarity with his candidly expressive bravery.

Given that there’s a fairly eclectic array of instrumentals on their recorded material, I was slightly dubious how he could recreate that live armed with just an acoustic or banjo. But his inventive request for the audience to help out with foot stamping and clapping percussion was infinitely more immersive than any backing band could have been. He’d instilled unity in the room quite early on in the set by reminding us that death is one of the only commonalities which we’re certain to share, that will probably only sound depressing if you’ve never been to an Amigo the Devil Show.

It’s all too evident why a cult-like fanbase surrounds him. I think I’ve been indoctrinated, and I couldn’t be happier. If you get a chance to see him live, take it.

Artist Links:

Spotify, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mancana has made their debut with the infectiously catchy Psych Pop Rock Earworm “Living a Lie”

Manchester-based Alt Rock newcomer Mancana dropped their debut single “Living a Lie” on January 13th. The sticky-sweet soulful Americana-inspired hit affirmed just how lacking the airwaves are when it comes to naturalistically good-vibe feats of Rock. Mancana along with a whole host of other deftly talented artists more than made up for the shortfall.

The constantly evolving rhythms seamlessly sweep across a diverse tonal palette. From striking cutting Blues progressions to effervescent Jangle Pop to the euphoric ringing warmth of Psych Pop. Their sweet harmonic tones and infectiously catchy melodies transformed Living a Lie into one of the most welcome earworms we’ve heard in a long time. Living a Lie drips with 60s Psych Pop/Garage Rock nostalgia, but with Mancana’s personal charm, there’s no better revival to aurally throw yourself back in time with.

Additionally, with a bio like “A casual northern chancer with a penchant for the rock/country/Americana sound. Good honest & wholesome, like your Nan’s Sunday roast.” How could we not instantly become enamoured by Mancana?

You can check out Living a Lie along with the B-side single “CalifornIA” for yourselves by heading over to Apple Music or Spotify now.

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