It helps that everyone in the East Nashville band Cordovas is a lead singer. Even better when your latest record, That Santa Fe Channel, is produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids who brings a sparseness to the songs that serves to enhance the vocal harmonies. “I’m The One Who Needs You Tonight” is one of the first songs the band played and has been a staple in their sets from the beginning.
Whatever you do, don’t discount Cordovas as just another of those Nashville bands. Sure, they make their home in one of America’s true music hubs, but that is only part of the story here. The new record, That Santa Fe Channel, is part Gram Parsons, part John Hiatt, and heavy on the Sweetheart of the Rodeo era Byrd’s. The Southern harmonies with enough Black Crowes seeping in to make this one a unique Roots Rock listen. The infectious new song and video just released, “Frozen Rose,” has a little bit of everything.
Lifted, the new record by Israel Nash, is truly one of the best records of 2018. A bit of Big Star here, some Laurel Canyon Laid Back harmonies there, with a heavy dose of Beach Boys Karma blending the whole thing together.
Elise Davis is another of those fine Nashville artists that deserve a larger following. Her new record, “Cactus,” lays her soul bare whether she is lamenting a one night stand in a motel as she does on “Hold Me Like A Gun,” or makes her romantic intentions known on the cinematic “Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” With a night like that who needs a honeymoon.
One of the hottest new bands coming out of Denny, Scotland is The Ocean Color Scene cover band, Ocean Color Scheme. Helmed by dynamic front man David Bateman who looks like Davy Jones, sings like a cross between Freddy Mercury and Paul Weller, and commands the stage like Mick Jagger, this band is ready to hit the big time.
We still don’t quite know how to wrap our ears around this band. They look glam, but aren’t quite. They dress retro 70’s Rock, but sound pretty Indie. They definitely have a swagger about them. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Lemon Twigs.
Luke Spiller, another stellar front man.