Maverick Music Volume 2
Acclaimed New York folk-rock duo, husband and wife Maura and Pete Kennedy superbly demonstrate their gifts as stunning songwriters and performers in this haunting three-minute treasure, which opens their twelfth full-length studio album, CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW (2012).
The Haley Sisters—Let It Be Me
A rich blend of stunning female harmonies, shimmering mandolin flourishes and groaning strings from the two award-winning, West Yorkshire sisters, Jo-Ann and Becky Haley; Let It Be is taken from their fourth and latest studio album, WHEN I REACH THE PLACE I’M GOING (2012), available now worldwide.
Ian McNabb—Music Is Love
Liverpudlian singer-songwriter (Robert) Ian McNabb crafts an eclectic and original take on this classic track, which titles a 2012 singer-songwriters’ tribute album to music recorded by folk-rock supergroup, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; its musically-thick arrangement of sounds and harmonies making for a memorable listen.
Maria Jordan— Better Than Nothing
This Autumn-released single from gifted singer-songwriter, Maria Jordan—taken from her forthcoming 2013 release, DEBRIS—is an utter gem of a song, with guitar-driven choruses, juicy sounds and Maria’s lovely vocals at its core.
Jon Byrd—Silent Night
Simplistically effective, old-timey Americana from Alabama-native Jon Byrd. A versatile and gifted singer-songwriter with several accolades and at least twenty years’ experience beneath his belt, Silent Night—a song about singing the Christmas carol—features on the Eric Brace and Peter Cooper’s 2010 MASTER SESSIONS album.
Shelby Lynne—Even Angels (Live At McCabes)
Elder sister to fellow artist and musician Alison Moorer, Virginian-born singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne began her career in 1989 with her Billy Sherrill-produced debut, SUNRISE; her next two albums seeing her steadily progress further into the country music field. This beautifully performed vocal and guitar number will surely charm its listeners.
Hat Full Of Rain—Way Up On The Hill
Beautifully haunting old-timey folk from this Sussex-based quartet, comprising musicians Chloe Overton, Fred Gregory, James Shenton and Phil Jones. Renowned for their use of the ‘single microphone’ approach on stage, this three-and-a-half minute gem tells a tale of being witness to some shady deeds.
The Good Intentions—Lonely Train
Winners of the Best Americana Act of 2011, Liverpudlian alt.country trio, the Good Intentions—R Peter Davis, Gabrielle Monk and Francesco Roskell—possess that perfect British blend of folk on this gentle, mid-temp song, taken from their 2011 release, SOMEONE ELSE’S TIME.
Van Preston—My Heart Craves Him
Another stunning ballad from acclaimed (yet unsigned and unrepresented) Nashville songstress, Van Preston. With her passionate brand of country music, blended with stunning, expressive vocals, it’s a mystery as to why she’s not yet been snapped up for a deal.
Ned Evett—Bend Me
This stunning bit of guitar work and infectious chorus is sure to get your foot tapping in this fun, upbeat number from ‘The Glass Guitarist’, Tennessean Ned Evett; taken from his wholly emotive sixth studio album, TREEHOUSE (2012).
Lera Lynn—Bobby, Baby
Internationally acclaimed American singer-songwriter Lera Lynn won the 2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition as well as an award for Best Alt. Country Song in the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards Vox Pop poll for this sultry, darkened stunner.
Dave Gunning—These Hands
Co-written by Canadian Dave, and George Canyon, this simply effective, guitar-led anthem—taken from his tenth and latest studio album, NO MORE PENNIES (2012)—is now a title of his illustrated children’s book, with the message that everyone has the ability to be a hero of humankind.
Cicero Buck—A Christmas Message
Carrying the unique sound of gentle folkish-rock, Cicero Buck is husband and wife duo Joe and Kris Hughes who joined forces back in the summer of 2000 after finding they shared a love of writing and performing.
The Jim Dolan Project—Photograph
This roots two-piece, comprising friends and musicians from Watford, Luke Dolan (guitars, piano, bass) and Jim O’Hanlon (vocals, guitars) really shine in this near-beautiful, guitar-led gem.
Angie Palmer—Raising Hurricanes
Clearly a gifted guitarist, singer and songwriter, Lancaster-born, Manchester-based Angie Palmer busked her way around Brighton to fund her 2004 acclaimed debut, ROAD. Her latest release, OLD STICKS TO SCARE A BIRD (2012)—a line from a Yeats’ poem—features this great track.
Luke Powers—Thank You All (Hope It’s Not Too Late)
This simple little number from Luke Powers—a Tennessean English Professor at Tennessee State University—offers up a sentiment of light-heartedness; carrying a memorable ring to both its choruses and chords.