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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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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 >>

No Limits on This Record: Interview with Future of Forestry

Future of Forestry is the musical project of California-based artist Eric Owyoung. Now on his sixth studio album, Eric has proven his abilities as a skilled multi-instrumentalist and arranger as well as singer and songwriter. Future of Forestry’s unique brand of cinematic alternative rock is both energetic and thoughtful.

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Hopeful Sojourning: A Reflection on the Music of Josh Garrels

Guest post by Stephen Williams

I was sitting in an empty office building sometime early in 2012 when I first listened to the music of Josh Garrels. It was hour five of my twelve-hour nightshift, and I was struggling to stay awake and bored out of my mind when I decided to check out this artist who had been appearing every now and again in my social media newsfeeds. I was not sleepy or bored for long. Read more >>

Music in Motion: An Interview with The Brevet

The music of California–based folk rock group The Brevet can accurately be summed up in a single word: “American.” 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 >>

Adventures and Trees: An Interview with Lunatic Wolf

Lunatic Wolf is a folk rock band from Johannesburg, South Africa. After performing and writing for a few years, the six-piece group released their debut album To the Adventure in 2014—and critics are loving it.

To the Adventure takes the best parts of rock and folk and mixes them together in a satisfying blend. The band’s sound has been described as “easy to listen to, yet energetic enough to keep you wanting more.” 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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