The Karmanauts – Hold Me in Your Heart (Spotify)

The Karmanauts – Hold Me in Your Heart
(Spotify)

The Karmanauts – Hold Me in Your Heart (Spotify)

The Karmanauts’ experience as highly experienced and reputable studio session musicians in Northern California is so firmly infused into their music that the simple and solemn message, drawn from personal tragedy, of “Hold Me In Your Heart” maintains the interest of even the most discerning of music fans and musicians.
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Paul Turner – Clear Blue (Spotify)

Paul Turner – Clear Blue
(Spotify)

Paul Turner – Clear Blue (Spotify)

An easy listening guitar instrumental inspired for meditation and relaxation.

Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys – Ode to the Lonesome (Spotify)

Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys – Ode to the Lonesome
(Spotify)

Robert Connely Farr & the Rebeltone Boys – Ode to the Lonesome (Spotify)

Robert Connely Farr is a songwriter originally from Bolton, Mississippi (Charley Patton / Mississippi Sheiks) currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. Since 2017, cherished elder Mississippi bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes has been mentoring Farr in the Bentonia Style of the Delta Blues, an obscure style that Holmes learned directly from Henry Stuckey, who also taught Skip James, among others.

‘Dirty South Blues’ (recorded & produced by Leeroy Stagger) was released to widespread critical acclaim in various genres including Contemporary Blues, Americana & Indie Rock. Steeped in the haunting sounds of the Bentonia Style of the Delta Blues, the album garnered over 40 reviews in various publications & spent the better part of 2018 & 2019 on Canadian and International radio charts. As a result, Farr was nominated for Songwriter of the Year & New Artist of the Year for the 2019 Maple Blues Awards. The album was recently named by Greg Vandy at Seattle's heralded KEXP as one of the Top Albums of 2019.

Farr works closely with Jimmy "Duck" Holmes’ & his independent label Blue Front Records. And when Robert is home in Mississippi, he can most likely be found pickin' & grinnin' in Bentonia, Mississippi at Duck's renound Juke Joint - The Blue Front Cafe.

Christopher Ryan – A Little Bigger (Spotify)

Christopher Ryan – A Little Bigger
(Spotify)

Christopher Ryan – A Little Bigger (Spotify)

Christopher Ryan is a songwriter from Denver, Colorado who has always had a passion for songs that groove. "A Little Biggers" upbeat vibe merges the heartfelt lyrics and acoustic sounds Christopher is known for with his love for a funky rhythm. The idea for this song came about after an encounter with a street painter who had lost his arms below the elbows. He painted by holding the paintbrush in his mouth. The encounter inspired the idea that we are capable of living our lives A Little Bigger despite our challanges and circumstances.

The single was recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Larry Mitchell while Christopher was in residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. The song was mastered in Boulder, Colorado by Grammy Award winner David Glasser.

Nervous City Nervous Self – Yesteryears (and the gloom) (Spotify)

Nervous City Nervous Self – Yesteryears (and the gloom)
(Spotify)

Nervous City Nervous Self – Yesteryears (and the gloom) (Spotify)

”And the night paints its name on the walls in your room. Like the skyline of yesteryears and the gloom”.

Nervous City Nervous Self is back with the first single since ”Anthem” (2019) which was aired on Swedish National Radio (SR).

With the new release ”Yesteryears (and the gloom)" Nervous City Nervous Self brings forth an introspective song from the past, which fittingly enough also deals with the passing of time. Singer/songwriter David Josephson wrote the song in Berlin (yester)years ago in a sense of loss and confusion following a break-up, and it portrays a bewildered but rather clownlike character adrift in a foreign land. "Climb your mountain, put on your crown. Oh you say it´s all, but – hey! – it looks like none." The song later floated back into the wellspring from where it had appeared, and it was not until the isolation of the current pandemic that the song resurfaced in the songwriter’s mind and it was swiflty recorded at home; vocals, guitar - and a big reverb.

Rett Madison – Shame Is a River (Spotify)

Rett Madison – Shame Is a River
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Rett Madison – Shame Is a River (Spotify)

West Virginia-born Rett Madison evokes the strength and poise of artists like Julien Baker in her striking new single "Shame is a River." The 23-year-old Rett Madison commands attention with compelling vocals in this bare and raw performance.

The now LA-resident made her way to the city at 18 to attend university but dropped out by the time she was 20 to pursue music more seriously. Rett grew up listening to music on road trips with her mom - influenced by artists like Fleetwood Mac, Prince, Madonna, Cat Stevens, Norah Jones, Sade and the Bee Gees. With the support of her parents, she began taking piano lessons. "My first piano teacher, Carla, and her husband, Mike (who also played guitar) are like parents to me too. I spent a lot of time with them as a child taking lessons and even had a room at their house for a summer when I was six years old. I would just sit with Carla at the piano for a few hours and then run around outside at her home in West Virginia with her four German Shepherds. It was a really beautiful time," she shares.

Rett attended Interlochen Arts Academy to study songwriting from the ages of 16-18 years old. Located on a campus in the middle of a forest in northern Michigan, Rett found her passion for writing and creating. Surrounded by 500 other students all studying various disciplines of art, Interlochen completely changed her life for the better.

At around 18 or 19 years old, Rett had formed her identity as an artist and musician but still struggled with her identity as a person - it was then that she realized and accepted her queer identity. "I was raised Catholic, and grew up in a small city in West Virginia of about 15,000 people," she shares. "Although I had attended public schools in West Virginia until I was 16, I had a very bigoted and homophobic teacher my freshmen year of high school. I didn't understand my own identity yet, but I fought back on this teacher's homophobic remarks he made during class until the point I was in tears and outraged. I didn't have the vocabulary at that time to say he was being prejudiced, but I was very hurt by his words."

Rett has a way with words and sharing her life experiences through her music. "I try to be open about my queerness and those experiences in my music now, so that kids who may be living through similar experiences that I once did, won't feel as alone and will know there's better days ahead of them." Her previous releases "God Is A Woman," "Pin-Up Daddy," and "Mothers Girl" have received rave reviews and recognition from publications like Broadway World, Skope Mag, Vents Magazine and hundreds of thousands of streams on DSPs.

midori jaeger – Forest (Spotify)

midori jaeger – Forest
(Spotify)

midori jaeger – Forest (Spotify)

midori jaeger said about this song "In a world where we’re overloaded with information regularly, through technological devices or through physical urban spaces, we can lose touch with what it means for one person to really be there and listen in a time of need. This song is an exploration of the power of listening, and togetherness. While writing Forest I visualised a huge mass of dark green trees with two people in the centre. "

Gone Gone Beyond, Moontricks, The Human Experience – Coast (Spotify)

Gone Gone Beyond, Moontricks, The Human Experience – Coast
(Spotify)

Gone Gone Beyond, Moontricks, The Human Experience – Coast (Spotify)

Looking back at the night we wrote “Coast” with our friends Moontricks. We were on a tour stop in San Francisco and decided to take some time to sing under the moon. The lines of the chorus “it’s out of my control, so I’m gonna coast for a little while,” were a reference to our gypsy lifestyle. Little did we know that 7 months later, on the day we release the song, they would be emblematic of our collective psyche.

While we firmly believe that there are things you CAN control (your heart, your mind), the lyric serves as a reminder that sometimes you need to put down the paddle and let the river take you where it leads. And that’s something a lot of us need to hear right now. ❤️ -Gone Gone Beyond

Michael Baker – One God Damn (Spotify)

Michael Baker – One God Damn
(Spotify)

Michael Baker – One God Damn (Spotify)

One God Damn mixed by Aldous Harding/First Aid Kit Oli Baldwin and features Pedal Steel from Jack Whites band member Maggie Bjorlkland .