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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The first time I heard Davis, I got lost. Lost in my thoughts, in the formative days of my youth and beyond. A good album tends to have that sort of effect. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Hailing from Knoxville, TN, folk band Cereus Bright offers a healthy blend of folk, blues, rock, and Americana. I first heard them play while they were touring the The Oh Hellos, and I was struck by their talented musicianship and thoughtful lyrics. If you like classy folk music inspired by the beauties and messes of life, or if you’re a fan of The Avett Brothers, then Cereus Bright is well worth a listen. Read more >>
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 >>
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 >>