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John McCutcheon – Joe Hill’s Last Will

“No one has ever done a fully realized album of Joe Hill’s music, because I don’t think anyone believed there was enough commercial appeal to warrant it…commercial appeal be damned,” says Wisconsin native son and folk artist John McCutcheon about his decision to dedicate his entire 37th release to songs by Hill, an early 20th century songwriter. “Joe Hill’s Last…
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Brent Cates – Remnants

It’s been six long years since Brent Cates’ stellar debut record “Wasted Words,” but good things are worth waiting for. “Remnants” is the 12-song sophomore effort by this North Carolina progressive rocker with a voice that oozes southern soul. Solo-penned, self-produced and recorded in Charlotte, it’s got a full band sound by this one-man band…
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Natasha Borzilova – Wilder Days

“2013 was an unpleasant year for me. Nothing terrible happened, but it was full of small disappointments and petty losses…I even decided to quit making music. Once the decision was made and the pressure was off, I experienced a sudden surge of creativity,” writes singer/songwriter and folk artist Natasha Borzilova in the liner notes of her fourth solo …
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J. Carl Smith – The J. Carl Smith Project II

What girl wouldn’t love getting a humbling mea culpa like this: “So if I’ve lost my mind, forgive me/And if I’ve wasted your time, forgive me/If I’ve bruised your pride, forgive me/That just wasn’t my intention.” Nice guy J. Carl Smith sings just that in the chorus of “Forgive Me,” opening track of his latest EP, “The J. Carl Smith Project II.” This six-pack written by the artist is recorded in Nashville…
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Robert Bidney – It’s All About The Love

“Making this first album was a pure labor of love…Maybe, just maybe, my songs will make a difference,” writes Fort Lauderdale-area singer/songwriter Robert Bidney, in the liner notes of his debut CD, “It’s All About the Love.” Produced by Fernando Perdomo and recorded in Southern California, this collection of original songs, of which Bidney has a hand in penning all nine, reveals an…
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LoveCollide – Self-Titled

“We completely changed our direction. Although our music before was positive and we were faith-based, it wasn’t overtly Christian. We both felt like our music was missing a really important part, which was the message, which was the Gospel,” says Brooke and Lauren DeLeary in a 2014 Hickory Daily Record interview. These sisters, previously professionally…
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The Sideshow Tragedy – Capital

“Generally I am drawn to ambiguities in lyrics. That’s what makes songwriting so compelling to me. Stuff that goes beyond literal, political, or philosophical statements and tries to get at something deeper and human,” says songwriter Nathan Singleton about working on his fifth album as a duo with Jeremy Harrell, known collectively as The Sideshow …
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Fred Gillen Jr. – Wage Love

In the midst of the Occupy Movement, “Along the way I got re-acquainted with America, warts and all. I fell back in love with my country and got angry again. It inspired me to pick up this record and finally finish it. Whatever else you do, keep waging love wherever you can! It works,” writes folk artist Fred Gillen Jr. in the liner notes of his latest …
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Tom Guerra – All of the Above

“It all came together for me the first time I ever saw an electric guitar…I was transfixed, and I knew what I wanted to do,” says Hartford-based rock guitarist Tom Guerra, in a 2014 Huffington Post interview. This same kind of focused passion is heard throughout his debut solo effort “All of the Above,” released on Casa Del Soul Records. Produced by this long-time member…
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Diane Ward – Beautiful Ways

“…the recording process was a wonderful escape from what was happening at the time,” explains South Florida singer/songwriter Diane Ward, in a late 2014 “livewells latest” blog interview about her fifth and latest project “Beautiful Ways.” “It took a long time to finish the album, however, because I was simultaneously recovering from what my body was going through.” She’s…
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Shantell Ogden – Ghosts in the Field

“I actually get high off of writing songs…can I say that?” asks Shantell Ogden, looking straight in the camera lens, tilting her head and wincing a little — an endearing, off-the-cuff moment captured in her website’s brief video bio. It’s a moment as honest as her song lyrics, as real as the vocals on her fourth album, “Ghosts in the Field.” Five of the seven songs here are co-written…
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John & Judy Rodman – Here We Are

What’s left for a couple to pursue when the husband has had a long, colorful career as an in-demand drummer on tour and in the studio, and his wife has written #1 hit songs for others, has had her own #1 as an artist, and has been the recipient of the prestigious ACM Award for Top New Female Vocalist (not to mention wearing producer and vocal coach…
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Rachel Garlin – Wink at July

“Holding it together is a metaphor/For someone trying not to fall apart/Like the bellows of a loosely hung accordion/That move against a tightly pleated heart/They say it’s like a one-man band/A piano right inside your hand,” sings San Francisco singer/songwriter Rachel Garlin on the second track (“Accordian Song”) of her latest album “Wink At July.” It’s typical of her…
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Mickelson – Flickering

“This is the first time I wrote songs that were 100% personal and without any motivation but to make the most expressive record that I could with whomever I wanted and however I envisioned it. This is my first honest record,” says San Francisco Americana music artist Mickelson, referring to his debut solo effort “Flickering.” As longtime frontman and songwriter…
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David Corley – Available Light

Before saying it’s far too late to shoot for your dreams, you ought to listen to Americana artist David Corley’s debut album, “Available Light.” This collection of ten tracks by Corley, recorded in Wolfe Island, Ontario and Brooklyn, New York and produced by Hugh Christopher Brown, is a dynamic introduction to this 53-year-old Indianan singer…
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Amy McCarley – Jet Engines

“Pretty much everything you hear on the record is live. [Recording] was magical. We just went in there and went for it,” says alt-country artist Amy McCarley in an interview with The Huntsville Times, discussing the making of her sophomore album “Jet Engines.” “We” refers to the cast of solid musicians led by the producer …
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Jon Brooks – The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside

“I’ve already done four albums that inspire: it’s now time to offend,” says Canadian singer/songwriter Jon Brooks about his latest project — “The Smiling & Beautiful Countryside.” Produced and recorded live in the studio by David Travers-Smith, this Borealis Records release is a 10-track acoustic collection of mostly violent, rural crime stories. The long tradition of the …
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Bill Maier & The Campfire All Stars – Self-Titled

“Twenty years after our last record, and almost ten years since I moved south, this project was a long overdue excuse to spend some time with ya’ll. (And eat some real pizza),” writes Nashville singer/songwriter Bill Maier, addressing his bandmates in the liner notes of their new album, “Bill Maier & The Campfire All Stars.” Produced by Maier and…
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Kelley Hunt – The Beautiful Bones

“[The] album is about acknowledging, embracing and remembering our universal roots, not shying away from some tender truths, seeing the beautiful in the everyday-ness of the world, and celebrating the power of the heart of things,” says soul music artist Kelley Hunt, describing the theme of her 6th album, “The Beautiful Bones,” released on the 88 Records label. Having…
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Craig Bickhardt – The More I Wonder

“I may begin from a point of darkness, but I usually end up writing towards the light because, for me, hope is the thing worth singing about,” states singer/songwriter Craig Bickhardt on his website. This writer of four #1 country hits left Music City for his native Pennsylvania, returning to his lyrical folk roots, as well, on his third solo studio album “The More I Wonder.” Recorded…
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