A fan favorite in the halls of Rock is the New Roll HQ. This is from his new record.
As musicians are dusting themselves off and getting ready to make their plans for the new year, the new record releases for this week have been a bit tepid, to say the least. But, fear not musical buckaroos, we will be back in full glory in the next couple of weeks as there are some really cool tunes primed and ready to hit our ear-waves very soon. In the meantime, here five cool ones that have hit our radar recently.
Grace Potter – Release
Somewhere along the line, Grace Potter has started to morph into a slightly more hip Beth Hart. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here, on her fresh as a daisy new video for some inexplicable reason, we see her pulling a boat down the beach in a bikini, slow walking seductively in a field of flowers, and sitting down at the piano singing like a bird. But ours is not to question why ours is only to enjoy the ride provided by this song from her highly excellent 2019 record, Daylight.
Lukas Nelson – Set Me Down On A Cloud
Son of Willie proves once again that the apple falls right next to the tree. His series of quarantine songs, Special Soundcheck Songs, has been a beautiful respite of calmness during these trying days. Here, he performs an acoustically lovely version of “Set Me Down On A Cloud” from his debut self-titled record.
Peanuts Gang – Roundabout
This is a tough song to cover, but here the entire Peanuts gang joins in on one of the best versions of the song you will ever hear. Spoiler alert, Snoopy plays a mean upright bass.
Brothers in Exile – Last Orders
The former member of the Welsh band Sonny Jim, Lloyd Jenkins partners with Stu Calder for a new project, Brothers in Exile. With this, their latest single, the boys deliver a bouncy hook-laden gem in the Wildhearts mold. Classic Rock magazine describes the tune as more fun than a clown car driven at speed into a bouncy castle. And, heck they may have something there.
The Quins – Wild Ones
Put a pin in this one and save it in your musical memory banks because you are going to bearing a lot more great music emanating from this band in the coming months, you can bet on it. Solid riffs, Power Pop textures with a dynamically voiced singer that can carry the day. For practice dive into their back catalog that includes their 2019 epic of an album, The Woods Look Good.
And, for extra credit check the band out live performing “The Devil’s Abode.”
Early James is one of the great new finds of 2020. Coming from Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye studios he is a perfect stablemate for one of the best production houses around. This one is live from Easy Eye.
The latest video from the highly excellent Country Squire album from 2019.
From the appropriately named new release Co-Starring with featured guests The Cadillac Three giving this one a bit more grit and grime.
Kendell Marvel is one of the up and coming Country voices in the Waylon Jennings Mold. Here, he covers the classic Lee Hazelwood Country-politan hit song, “Houston.”
One of the purveyors of the Gothic Country craze that seems to be sweeping the country, Charlie Crockett along with Orville Peck is turning the genre on its ear with his new record, Welcome To Hard Times.
Dallas based Joshua Ray Walker is one of the fresh voices on the Americana music scene. His songs are all about Honky Tonks, lives lived, and loves lost.
One of the best quarantine acts going, Lucas Nelson and the Promise of the Real perform a live rendition of “Couldn’t Break Your Heart” from their release earlier this year, Sacred Garden.
There is a whole lot of Dolly and Emmylou in Hugton Beach-based country chanteuse. Stay tuned for her debut record to be released later this summer with the coolly named Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline.