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The Cellary

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Emily Rose

An adventure is a welcome friend. A book is often an adventure. I like to have a running soundtrack for my life.

Music to Feel: An Interview with Shawn James

Shawn James is an Americana artist from Chicago who Shawn’s music is twinged by a southern gospel sound incorporated into sets of lyrics that ask very pointed questions regarding love and society among many other topics. There is something about his slow almost bluesy drawl mixed with stomp and holler beats that absolutely captivated me. I was very excited to chat with him. Continue reading “Music to Feel: An Interview with Shawn James”

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Claiming My Chaos: An Interview with Liza Anne

I first experienced Liza Anne’s haunting music shortly after she walked onstage as an opener for Bear’s Den last fall. I remember being instantly captivated by her raw and honest yet never fragile voice. There was something so compelling in the way she quietly controlled the room. She was, hands down, the best opener I’d ever seen. Read more >>

Always Gotta Have Fun: An Interview with The Saint Johns

I first heard The Saint Johns while on a 2,500-mile whirlwind road trip to Prince Edward Island. They had just released their debut EP Open Water, and my friend and I listened through the EP probably fifteen times in the span of four days. It’s good. Read more >>

When the Magic Happens: Interview with Samuel Jack

Samuel Jack is relatively new to the music scene. The UK-based artist began performing in 2015 and released his first music in 2016. Vocally reminiscent of Hozier with plenty of musical energy and vivacity, Jack draws you into his songs through catchy rhythms and charming vocals. Read more >>

New Christmas Playlist: Incarnation and Good Cheer

The Christmas season is upon us! I can finally be open and shameless in my humming and singing of all the carols and songs of good cheer.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Ethan and I both love music—and Christmas music is no exception. We expect that a lot of you like Christmas music as well. So we’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite Christmas songs performed (and sometimes written) by some of our favorite artists. Read more >>

Northern Melancholia: An Interview with The Lake Poets

The musical project of Marty Longstaff of Sunderland, U.K., The Lake Poets is hauntingly dark and intriguing. Identifying his music as “northern melancholia,” Marty, who drew his stage name from a group of Romantic poets, writes pain-filled music as a way to help his listeners move past the more depressing times of life. Read more >>

A Wild Ride: Interview with Friendly Savages

With sounds ranging from jazzy piano solos to classic folk string energy, folk rock band Friendly Savages creates music that is inviting, yet tinged with an intriguing peculiarity. Read more >>

The Modern-Day Psalmist: An Interview with Wendell Kimbrough

Although the Psalms were originally written to be sung, that art has been lost in today’s Christian church. Wendell Kimbrough is bringing it back.

The folk singer/songwriter is on a mission to write a modern-day hymn for each of the 150 psalms. As the worship director and artist-in-residence for his church in Alabama, Wendell writes a new psalm each week for his congregation to sing. The result is a growing collection of sing-able hymns that capture the emotional power of the psalms. Read more >>

To Love More: An Interview with Jared & The Mill’s Jared Kolesar

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Jared & The Mill offer catchy yet profound songs with melodies and instrumentation somewhere in the mix between desert folk and bluegrass twang. The group formed in 2011 and has been touring and writing together ever since. They tell stories of the love, triumph, and heartbreak they’ve encountered in life on the road.

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