Song of the Day: Lucy Dacus – La Vie En Rose

It was a pretty good year in 2018 for Lucy Dacus having scored a critically acclaimed album with Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers and their band Boygenius, but 2019 may be shaping up to be even more interesting. The song “La Vie En Rose” is the first in her series of songs that will celebrate holidays. This one, Valentine’s Day.

The song that Dacus herself has called the perfect song and the tune that was made famous by Edith Piaf is having a bit of a renaissance of late having also been featured by Lady Ga Ga in A Star Is Born.

— Jeremy Wren —

Song of the Day: J.S. Ondara – Torch Song

We have a sneaking suspicion that with the release of his debut album Tales of America on February 15th that J.S. Ondara just might be the next Leon Bridges.The Kenyan native settled in Minneapolis in 2013 without knowing much English and with limited guitar skills set about honing his songwriting skills. The somewhat haunting vocals come across sweet and melancholy. The sparse arrangement presented here are pretty much perfect for the song. The bandwagon is starting to get full. Jump in while there is still time.

Song of the Day: Mercury Rev (feat. Lucinda Williams) – Ode To Billie Joe

On February 8th Mercury Rev will release The Delta Sweete Revisited a song for song tribute to Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 release. Each song will feature a different female singer to include Hope Sandoval, Margo Price and Susanne Sundfor. Of course, you can’t release a Bobbie Gentry tribute record without including the iconic “Ode To Billie Joe.” The version that ends the record here is a brooding atmospheric beauty with Lucinda Williams playing the lead role.